Efficiency of operations is vital to ensure business resilience. Picture: Ruth Downing.

For business

For business

Agriculture and horticulture are changing, and businesses need to adapt to keep pace. Whether its staffing, skills or sustainability, we're bringing resources together to help you ensure your business thrives.
Efficiency of operations is vital to ensure business resilience. Picture: Ruth Downing.
Communication skills are a core component to any manager's skillset.

Building your team

The right staff can help you optimise your own workflow and improve efficiencies in your business. But there are few issues more stressful than human resources too.

We're always adding more tools and tips to help you better manage your workforce.

Members can use this toolkit to help them with each step in finding the right person to join their business.

Find out how you can benefit from offering work experience placements and how you can make them a success.

Find out how young apprentices and students can bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy to your business. 

You can quickly bring your team up to speed on key subject areas and share best practice with our Toolbox Talks.

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Our Recruitment Toolkit can help you find the right employee to fit in with your business.

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Our Discipline Toolkit can help you understand, process and handle tricky issues with employees.

New technology is bringing new opportunities - and challenges - to all sectors of agriculture and horticulture. Develop your skills to make the most of them.

Developing skills

As the industry changes, so will the core set of skills. New technology and tools all require new skills, and managers and owners will increasingly need a better idea of how to use the data generated on their farms.

We're helping you to identify gaps in your own skill set and that of your team, with our Capability Profile tool and industry-standard job profiles.

Find out how you can easily highlight training needs, and how you can track progress against your learning goals using our CPD Hub.
New technology is bringing new opportunities - and challenges - to all sectors of agriculture and horticulture. Develop your skills to make the most of them.

Find out how coaching skills are a key factor in increasing loyalty of staff and improving their efficiency.

Use our industry-standard job profiles to assess the skills of your staff and find areas of improvement.

Ensure your accreditations are valid by tracking all your CPD requirements in our Learning Record.

Improving efficiencies

Our Business Excellence webinar series has been created to provide you with expert advice on the big issues farmers and growers are facing.

Whether it's challenges around recruitment and staff retention or advice on how you can improve your business' resilience and reduce waste, our webinars offer you practical advice to improve your efficiencies.

What's more, we're creating handy resources and templates to help you make the changes our experts recommend - all available online and free to members.

Our previous webinars and resources

Discover the differences between coaching and mentoring and how your business can benefit from them.
Alistair Gibb discusses how businesses can optimise their chances of success when recruiting staff
Find out what lean management is and how your farming or growing businesses could benefit from it.
With farmers and growers facing contiued uncertainty, we looked at how you can strengthen your business.

Sustainability

Sustainability is about more than just environmental impact, it should account for the future management of that business, too.
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Get the bigger picture on subjects like recruitment and farm safety with our business guides.

Grow your knowledge

Our guides are designed to give you a deep dive into subjects, and direct you to the tools and resources that can help you with each aspect of the larger subject.

These complement the resources in the Learning Hub and our toolkits, allowing you to look at the bigger picture of any issue and directing you to the specific content relevant to any individual part of that.
Get the bigger picture on subjects like recruitment and farm safety with our business guides.
This guide aims to help farmers and growers identify quick steps to reduce the risk of an accident taking place on-farm.
Clear the confusion over sustainability and see how you can benefit from sustainable practices with this guide.
Follow this quick-start guide to best practice when looking to recruit new employees.