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Business Studies

Aims and objectives

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Businesses have different aims and objectives that can change over time.

Different types of business aims and objectives

An aim or objective is a statement of what a business is trying to achieve over the next 12 months. For example, a business can set itself any of these targets:

People sit outside in a street cafe in central London

A new cafe may just aim to survive its first year

  • survival
  • increased profit
  • growth
  • increasing market share

Having an objective is useful because it helps staff to focus on shared aims. A business could instruct its staff to work towards increasing sales by 10% by the end of the year.

Different organisations have different objectives. Some businesses are run to make as much profit as possible for owners. However, not all businesses aim to make profit. Voluntary organisations such as charities are more concerned with providing a service to others.

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