EU exit toolkit

The following resources are available to help you look at the specific business areas needing improvement that you’ve identified from completing the resilience check list. While many of these tools have been tailored for individual sectors, the principles can be applied across all farm enterprises. 

Minimise overhead costs

Look at ways of spending less money producing each unit of output. Are there changes you could make that would help control costs better?

Read more about minimising overhead costs

Set goals and budgets

Have you got a clearly set out vision and objectives for your business? Carrying out detailed financial budgeting each year not only gives an indication of expected profitability but can also make farming activities fundamentally more profitable.

Find out more about setting goals and budgets

Compare yourself with others and gather information

More than half of farmers operating in the bottom quartile do not realise they are underachieving, suggesting the benefits of benchmarking or other comparable analysis could be tremendous.

Find out more about benchmarking

Minimise overhead costs

Look at ways of spending less money producing each unit of output. Are there changes you could make that would help control costs better?

Read more about minimising overhead costs

Understand the market

Remaining resilient and competitive will also require you to grow and/or provide produce that the market demands.  As part of this you will need to understand how consumer trends and market changes can influence contracts and therefore what you grow.

Read more about the market and consumer trends

Focus on detail

Once the farm structure is correct, the attention to detail of every aspect of farming makes a cumulative difference.

Focussing on the details

Have a mindset for change and innovation

Do you keep an open mind in trying new things in order to see if improves certain aspects of our business? Although this involves an element of trial and error, there is no doubt that having the right information at the right time will help you make the right decisions for your business.

Find out more about improving and innovating

Continually improve people management

Empowering staff (including family labour) to do a great job involves investing time and money, but especially time in them. Training, motivation and crystal-clear leadership all contribute to trusting, loyal and hard workers.

People management
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