Develop a strategy and business plan for the commercial operations of a land based college (fruit production, cider making, commercial nursery, and retail garden centre) that would bring together a dispersed set of operations, deliver a surplus, and better integrate with the student learning experience.
What we did
Formed a project team consisting of commercial, operational, and curriculum management staff to discuss issues and opportunities related to increasing revenue, reducing costs, and integration with the land based curriculum. Used workshops and individual coaching in business planning to develop a set of business and investment plans that supported a new, profitable, and cohesive strategy..
A consolidated business plan and report was produced that had the buy-in of the entire commercial and curriculum teams, detailing how a change in focus, and an investment in new technology and teaching methods could deliver a surplus and a better learning experience. The business plan and proposals were subsequently accepted by college leadership and implementation / investment approved.