Industry sector: Retail and wholesale

Antique dealer: Capital expenditure


Now that you have given further thought to exactly how your antiques business will operate, you might like to revisit your estimates of capital costs to make sure that you have identified all of the items you will need and any other capital costs you will incur.

Don't forget to include any expenditure on your showroom such as sign writing, or having your logo and livery put on your vehicles. Give plenty of thought to the security measures you will put in place. Think too about any tools and specialist equipment you need if you're going to do restoration and conservation work - these could range from small hand tools to equipment like a compressor and spray booth.

If you are paying cash for all the items you are buying for your business, enter the amounts, including VAT, in the months in which you expect to pay for them.

If you decide to buy some items on hire purchase, or with a loan, enter the deposit and the monthly payments in the months in which you will pay them. These payments will be made up of both capital and interest. Enter the capital here and the interest under 'Bank/finance charges and interest' in your cash flow. The agreement will identify the amount of interest payable annually - if you deduct this from the total amount you have to pay each year the balance is the capital.