Better Business Cases: HM Treasury approved course

Your Business Case is the most document in your project.  It sets out WHY your project is worth doing and WHAT benefits it will deliver. Better Business Cases training helps you justify your spending proposals using the official Treasury approved process.

Learn more about Better Business Cases training:

Advantage Learning provides official Better Business Cases training and exams in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff.  Private courses can be run at your location.  For more information contact Paul Atkin:

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Better Business Cases training

Better Business Cases - Background

Better Business Cases (BBC) is a systematic and objective approach to develop the business case.  It sits alongside the HM Treasury’s Green Book guidance.  The syllabus is based on the Welsh Government's Five Case Model and the publication ‘Delivering Public Value From Spending Proposals Green Book Guidance On Public Sector Businesses Cases Using the Five Case Model’ which works with Green Book guidance.  BBC is already been in use with the UK, Welsh and New Zealand Governments and is receiving interest from the World Bank.

What will I learn?

BBC courses are available at the Foundation and Practitioner levels.  The following areas are covered in depth:

1 - The importance of the business case

2 - Types of business cases

3 - The Five Case model

  • The Strategic Case – Strategic fit and robust case for change.  Is it applicable and meets strategic and operational needs.
  • The Economic Case – Choice and preferred option.  Is it appropriate and offers optimal public value.
  • The Commercial Case – Procurement and potential deal.  Is it attractive to public and private sectors.
  • The Financial Case – Affordability and funding.  Is it affordable within agreed funding.
  • The Management Case – Delivery and robust approach.  Is it achievable and can be successfully delivered.

4 - Fit with best practice assurance and approvals

  • Strategic Outline Programme (SOP) for policy, regulation and grants programmes.
  • The Business Case Development from the Strategic Outline Case (SOC) to the Outline Business Case (OBC) to the Full Business Case (FBC) for major projects.
  • Business Justification Case (BJC) for minor spending proposals.
  • The 10 step delivery process.
  • The key roles in the business case development.

The courses also look at:

Each course has time for discussions and group exercises giving you the chance to discuss your own projects and how the BBC course can be adopted and adapted to your organisation.

Who should attend Better Business Cases training?

Better Business Cases is suitable for anyone involved with a project so they can understand the work required to produce a Business Case.  The ideal candidates for the course will be:

1 – Senior Responsible Owners (SROs), Programme Directors and Project Managers

2 – Directors of Finance and Procurement and Planning

3 – Members of the Management Board with strategic responsibility for approving proposals

4 - Business analysts

5 - Staff from PMOs, Centres of Excellence or Portfolio, Programme and Project offices

2 Better Business Cases Qualifications

Better Business Cases training and certification is available at the Foundation and Practitioner levels:

Better Business Cases Foundation - 2 days

The Better Business Cases Foundation course gives you a good understanding of Better Business Cases so that you can confidently work as part of a team using the Five Case Model. 

Included in this course is the BBC Foundation exam.  This is a closed book multiple choice paper.  There are 50 questions and the pass mark is 50%.  You have 40 minutes to complete this paper.  And, on successful completion, you will receive the Better Business Cases Foundation certificate.

Better Business Cases Practitioner - 2 days

The Practitioner course and exam develops your Foundation level skills to give you the ability to apply BBC in order to develop and tailor high quality business cases.  By the end of this course you will be ready to start applying the Five Case Model to produce live business cases. 

The BBC Practitioner exam is an open book test, based on the objective testing format.  There are 4 questions, each worth 20 marks, and the pass mark is 50%.  Although open book, the only text you can use is the "Delivering Public Value from Spending Proposals: Green Book Guidance on Public Sector Business Cases Using the Five Case Model"

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