Before you start working on your business capability statement, you need to select and decide a capability statement template.
Yes, you have all your information, related materials together. You’ve got all the 6 C’s of your capability statement together. But before that, you need to do is decide which capability statement template you need.
What is a Capability Statement Template?
A capability statement template is a pre-formatted and predesigned document for your capabilities statement with sections divided accordingly.
A capability statement template, apart from being predesigned and preformatted also comes with predefined colors and fonts.
The capabilities statement template is usually designed in the capability statement format. This means that the template of the capability statement is designed in the Z format i.e. Logo, Headline, Tags, Core Competencies, Past Performances, Differentiators, Contact.
Types of Capability Statement Template
There are basically two types of capability statement templates.
- Ready-to-use capability statement template
- Custom made capability statement template
The first one is a one page ready-to-use capability statement template. In this ready-to-use capabilities statement template, all you need to do copy paste your company logo, copy paste the Core Competencies, Past Performances, Differentiators, Contact of your company according to the sections present in the template.
What Does a Capability Statement Template Look Like?
Here’s a sample one page capability statement template
If you go to Google and type ‘capability statement template online’ or ‘buy capability statement template online’, you’ll find many one page predesigned and preformatted capabilities statement template. There are many free capability statement templates that you can easily download,
As you browse through the ready-to-use capability statement templates, you’ll find that there are different capability statement templates for different businesses. Labeled as ‘corporate capability statement template’, ‘construction capability statement template’, ‘startup capability statement template’ etc., you can buy and download these capability statement template as per your requirements.
There are however pros and cons when it comes to buying these ready-to-use one paged capability statement template.
As mentioned above, the pros of it is that these ‘easy to use’ capabilities statement template don’t need much work on it. All you need to do is copy paste your company logo, Headline, Core Competencies, Past Performances etc., and work around the colors already present in the template.
But there are cons to it too.
Many companies look for the easy way out. Their reasoning is, ‘Why spend time on creating a capability statement template from scratch when there are dozens of corporate capability statement template online’?
Though using the pre designed and preformatted company capabilities statement template might look attractive and tempting, it isn’t recommended and advisable.
If you are a company with not much portfolio to showcase or if you are a startup company that you have just launched, then it would make sense of using the readymade one page capabilities statement template.
But if you are a company that has completed many successful projects and has achieved the desirable success, then using readymade capability statement template would be like doing injustice to your company. I mean you can cram only so much in that one page template that you will end up not showing all your major successful projects. And if you reduce the font size or reduce the text, you will only make your company capability statement look ugly and extremely hard to read.
Then, there’s the second type of capability statement template; the custom made capability statement template. There are no cons to this type of template just pros. You don’t have to limit yourself to just one page but you can make it a 2-3 or more page capability statement for your company.
If you run an established company and have many projects to flaunt, the custom made capability statement template will be the right choice for you. The more projects you flaunt, the better the chances of getting noticed and getting contracts.
But that doesn’t mean only established companies need to have a custom made capability statement template. If you are a company with not much portfolio to showcase or if you are a startup company that you have just launched you too can have a custom made capability statement template especially if you want to stand out among your competitors. If you want to make your company capability statement special and noticeable, a custom made capability statement template is what will do the trick.
Through a custom made corporate capability statement template, you can evenly showcase each element and each section of your capability statement without compromising the fonts, the font size and the content of your capability statement.
Format of Capability Statement Template
Which would be the best format to present and showcase your capability statement template? When you search online for the format of a capability statement template, you might get varied results. While some companies showcase their corporate capability statement in Word, others might showcase their capability statement template in PDF format and some showcase their capability statement template on PowerPoint.
So, the question arises. Which format of capability statement template is suitable? How to decide on the format?
The answer is…well…it depends on you, your purpose for creating and designing a capability statement.
Though companies prefer to have a marketing capability statement for which they usually prefer a PowerPoint capability statement or capability statement in Word format to showcase their capabilities to their prospective clients, but if you are bidding for a government contract and asks for a capability statement in PDF, then your government capability statement should be in PDF format or if you want to showcase your corporate capability statement on your website, you can upload your company capability statement in PDF format.
So, have you decided on which capability statement template you want to go with? If you want to use a readymade capability statement template or a custom made capability statement template, you can contact me and together we can collaborate on creating and designing your capability statement.