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Business justification case

Business justification case

Proposals for projects that are under £5 million total funding investment need to be submitted as a business justification case (BJC).

These submissions require the inclusion of the five cases which are dealt with in more detail in higher cost projects, these are:

  • Strategic Case
    • What is the strategic fit with government/organisational policies
    • Is there a robust case for change?
    • Is it ‘fit-for-purpose?
  • Economic Case
    • Does the proposal optimise value for money?
    • Is it appropriate?
    • Have different options been considered?
  • Commercial Case
    • Is the proposal commercially viable?
    • Is it attractive?
    • How will you procure the work?
  • Financial Case
    • Is the proposal financially viable?
    • Is it affordable?
    • How will you match fund the project?
  • Management Case
    • Will the management structure deliver the project on time and budget?
    • How will it be achieved?

A suggested format for this information is as follows:

  • Purpose
  • Strategic context
  • Case for change
  • Available options
  • Preferred option
  • Procurement route
  • Funding and affordability
  • Management arrangements

As good practice it would also be useful to consider including all investment appraisals and Net Present Value (NPV) calculations for options.

For more guidance and information on the format detailed above, please refer to our Business Case and publicity guidance.