Industry sector: Transport

Coach firm: Capital expenditure


Now that you have given further thought to exactly how your transport 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 operating centre, such as sign writing, or having your livery put on your vehicles. You might decide to invest in security cameras (CCTV) or in an electronic device for measuring the punctuality of your bus services (a GPS system).

If you are paying cash for all the items you are buying for your business, enter the amounts - including VAT - in the months when 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.