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GCSE & IGCSE Business Studies Revision Notes - Master Listing

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GCSE & IGCSE Business Studies - Online Revision Notes from tutor2u

Enterprise and Entrepreneurs
What is enterprise?Objectives of a business startup
Qualities of an entrepreneurSources of new business ideas
Risks and rewards of enterpriseCreative thinking by entrepreneurs
Planning a startupContents of a startup business plan
Franchising for startupsSocial enterprise
Adding valueBeating the competition as a new business
Business Organisation & Objectives
Aims and objectives of businessStarting a business
Departments in a businessFinancing a new business
Growing a businessSole traders
PartnershipsLimited companies
Span of controlStakeholders and ethics

The External Environment

Introduction to the external environmentEconomic sectors
The Business / Economic cycleBusiness and globalisation
Government spendingGovernment taxation
Exchange ratesInterest rates - introduction
Interest rates & businessBusiness & the Environment
Labour market and unemploymentBusiness and the law
Business and technologyBusiness ethics - introduction
Business ethics in practiceEurope and business
What is marketing ?Kinds of market
Marketing orientationMarket segmentation - introduction
Marketing's role in businessMarket segments
Market mappingUnderstanding customers
Marketing strategy - introductionThe marketing mix
How products are distributedMarketing online - E-commerce
Distribution channelsDistribution intermediaries
Personal selling 
Introduction to productsBrands
Product life cycleProduct portfolio - the Boston Matrix
Product differentiation & USPsSWOT analysis & marketing
Promotion - introduction & overview 
Promotion - advertisingPromotion - direct marketing
Promotion - sales promotionPublic relations and sponsorship
Marketing research - introduction 
Marketing research - questionnairesMarketing research - primary research
Quantitative & qualitative market research 
Pricing - introductionPricing strategies
Pricing objectives 
Introduction to financeWhy businesses need finance
Startups - finance considerationsStartups - Personal sources of entrepreneurs
Startup - cash flow problemsCauses of cash flow problems
Handling a cash flow problem 
Understanding demandUnderstanding business revenues
Introduction to cash flowThe cash flow forecast
Estimating revenues 
What is profit?How is profit used by a business?
How a business handles a loss 

Business costs - overview 
Breakeven<Breakeven and contribution
Analysing financial performance
Balance sheetProfit and Loss account
Sources of financeBank loans and overdrafts
Shares as a source of financeOther external sources of finance
DepreciationWhy businesses need credit
Managing People in a Business
Communication in a businessEffective communication
Communication barriersManagement styles
Employee representationFunctions in a business
Organisation structures and chartsSpan of control
Motivating employees - introductionMotivation - financial rewards
Methods of payStaff retention
Motivation - non financial rewardsMotivation - main theories
Recruitment - introductionRecruitment - methods
Recruitment - interviews

Recruitment - job applications
Recruitment - workforce planningAppraisal
Groups at work - trade unionsHandling industrial disputes
Training - introductionTraining - types of training
Employment legislation 
Production and Operations
Choosing a business locationStages of production
Economies of scaleDiseconomies of scale
Production efficiencyImproving business efficiency
The production processFlow production method
Job production methodBatch production method
Lean production - introductionLean production - methods
Quality - introductionQuality management - methods
Stock control 

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