Another fundamental section in your business plan is your organisational structure.
You should list your key team members (if not all your employees in a smaller business), their role and information about their skills needs and progression opportunities. When writing this section, it is an opportune time to consider some important questions which could make you more prepared for any personnel issues which may arise:
- Will you need to recruit over the next three years? If so, when? Have you allocated budget for recruitment costs? How will you go about the recruitment?
- What if one of your key employees leaves – who would pick up the workload and for how long? Would you be able to fill the role internally?
- What technological changes could affect your workforce – is there potential for any automation in the coming years? Would you be likely to invest in labour-saving technologies?
It is also important to consider the training requirements of your employees. AHDB has helped to develop new apprenticeship standards which can be used as progression opportunities for existing staff as well as apprentices new to your business. The resources created to support these apprenticeships can also be used as standalone tools to help you review and identify skills gaps with your employees. AHDB also delivers management and leadership training courses; more information about these can be found on the Skills section of the website.
Your local land based college may be able to assist with any training requirements you have and you can obtain contact details for them from the Landex website. Lantra and UK Rural Skills also provide searchable directories of accredited training providers who may be able to deliver any technical training you require.
Your Local Enterprise Partnership may be able to assist with business skills workshops, mentoring and funding for the training your business needs.