From accelerating growth, to solving seemingly intractable business problems and even restoring your enthusiasm for the business, working with a mentor can be transformational. But the relationship is not a one-way street, the whole process can bring real benefits to the mentor as well.
With every new intake, fierce international competition makes recruitment tougher for UK universities. The University of Birmingham is among those adapting to the realities of a globally-mobile academic community.
Trade has become the key issue in whatever type of Brexit we end up with, presenting some risks, but plenty of opportunities too, writes Cedric Porter, editor of Brexit Food & Farming.
Cybercrime and fraud may not be something that people naturally associate with agriculture, but criminals are increasingly targeting businesses throughout the sector. Here we look at the steps you can take to protect yourself and the most common ways fraudsters may target your business.
Trends for healthier eating and developments in plant science and farm technology are creating “unlimited opportunities” for the horticulture sector. But, says the NFU’s Ali Capper, the UK needs a fit-for-purpose immigration policy and better access to funding and innovation.
From beef cattle, pigs and orchards to anaerobic digestors and glasshouses, the Hunnifords certainly haven’t rested on their laurels when it comes to growing the family farm business.
The UK market for eggs is in a strong position with sales on the increase. To maximise opportunities, producers need to ride out current overproduction and prepare for some fundamental changes. Gary Ford, the NFU’s Chief Poultry Adviser, explains more.
Your business plan outlines what your business does and what you are trying to achieve. It explains what the market opportunity is, what makes your business special and how you will make it a success.
To keep ahead of your competitors, you need to keep a close eye on your product line and, where appropriate, develop new and upgraded products to bring to market. Use this checklist to help to develop new products, from coming up with new ideas to setting budgets, deciding on product specification and prototyping.
Knowing your market, and the trends in your sector, is vital if you want to maximise sales and stand out from the competition. We explain how to find and use market information.