Prior to establishing the company in 2006, Thommie held various management and strategic roles at a number of multi-national companies based in South Africa, Africa and the United Kingdom. As a Ph.D. and M.B.A. Graduate, Thommie has personally been involved in successfully managing thousands of Business Plan Projects, Feasibility- and Market Research Studies on behalf of local and international clients.

Applying For Funding? Your Business Plan Will Be Rejected!

Despite having a great idea for a new product or cutting-edge service, many aspiring business owners find themselves asking, “Am I ready?” Considering just how much there is to accomplish when launching any business – protecting your idea, figuring out the proper compliance and licensing, getting the right office space, structuring, hiring staff, figuring out how much

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The Top 10 Questions That Investors Will Ask You When You Present Your Business Plan

Entrepreneurs need to be prepared when pitching their start-up companies to investors by anticipating the questions they will receive. Presenting to potential investors will involve as little as 10 questions and as much as 100 questions. We have focused on the Top 10 Most Common and Most Difficult Questions that entrepreneurs can expect when presenting

Top 10 Ways To Promote Your New Restaurant

New restaurants are popping up with every new shopping mall and suburban ‘trendy’ hangout spots and are all contending for the same customers. How do you then ensure that the customers are walking into your dining establishment and not the competitors? We have all seen empty restaurants while another one on the same street is

Speciality Agriculture

BUSINESS TYPE Crocodile Farming

STAGE OF BUSINESS Existing

INDUSTRY OF OPERATION

  • Crocodile Meat and Skins
  • Leather Goods
  • Luxury Goods and Retail

COUNTRY/REGION/CITY South Africa, Europe, Japan, Far East

PURPOSE OF BUSINESS PLAN

  • Investor Funding Proposal
  • Acquisition of Business by a BBBEE Consortium
  • Grant Funding Application to the Department of Trade and Industry

LOAN AMOUNT R75 million

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Crocodile farming is not a new concept. There are two big buyers of crocodile skins in South Africa. The first manufacture products such as handbags and shoes and the other exports the skins to International markets, to clients such as Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. It’s a niche market and fewer than 10% of skins manufactured in South Africa are sold here. Wet skins are sold abroad. Roughly 90% are absorbed by fashion houses in Europe and Japan, and the lower grades end up in the Far East. There is great demand for Nile crocodile skin, although the industry is highly susceptible to changes in the economy. The Company is an established and successful commercial Crocodile Farm based in South Africa. From the purchasing of the land and inception of the farm in 1997 to its present operational status, the current Shareholder has more than 18 years’ experience in the industry.

Speciality Financial Services

BUSINESS TYPE Credit Bureau

STAGE OF BUSINESS Early Start-Up

INDUSTRY OF OPERATION

  • Consumer Credit
  • Financial Services

COUNTRY/REGION/CITY  South Africa

PURPOSE OF BUSINESS PLAN

  • Business Loan Application
  • Strategic Plan detailing a Start-Up Strategy and Planned Expansion Strategy to the Company’s Shareholders

LOAN AMOUNT R15 million

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Company is a Fully-Fledged Credit Bureau in the broadest sense of the word. They provide bespoke Credit Bureau Products and Services to Consumers, SMEs, Government Institutions, and Large Banks, Retailers, Telecommunications Providers as well as Private Organisations.  As a newly established organisation, obtaining a permanent place in the local Credit Bureau industry is their primary goal. The Company’s vision is to acquire national renown with the next three to five years. The organisation’s management team has direct knowledge of the industry, extensive management experience, and professional administration skills.