UNIT 20: BUSINESS HEALTH CHECK

UNIT 20: BUSINESS HEALTH CHECK
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LO1 Understand the focuses of the business
Focuses: current positioning of business, priorities, successes, distracters, current/future aims (short-, medium- and long-term), strengths and weaknesses, stakeholders, sources of advice and guidance, potential for business improvement Factors impacting on the business: external, internal, resources, opportunities, threats
LO2 Be able to develop plans for businesses
Review: areas eg products/services, marketing, sales, finances, staffing; effectiveness, overall business performance, business image, record keeping Business planning: forecasting eg for marketing and sales, design, productivity, quality, service, financial management systems; roles and responsibilities of staff and management, performance monitoring, laws and regulations (including updating), action planning, timescales, risk assessment, appropriate sources of advice, relevant information, information handling and administration
LO3 Be able to evaluate and develop skills of management and staff
Evaluate: monitor performance to include current experience, skills and abilities (technical, operational, managerial); effect of current performance on the business, assess targets set, other relevant information, make informed judgements Planning and development: assessing re-skilling/up-skilling needs, setting clear targets, linking skills targets to business targets, advice and training, costs/benefits analysis Support and advice: free and paid-for help, personal contacts, networks, fees, limitations of advice and support, record keeping
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UNIT 20: BUSINESS HEALTH CHECK
Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this unit a learner will:
LO1 Understand the focuses of the business
Assessment criteria for pass
The learner can:
 1.1 analyse the objectives of the business
1.2 explain factors that impact on the business
1.3 determine potential improvements to the business organisation and/or operation
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LO2 Be able to develop plans for businesses
2.1 review the effectiveness of the business
2.2 develop plans to improve the business, justifying their value

LO3 Be able to evaluate and develop skills of management and staff
 3.1 evaluate the current skills of management and staff
3.2 devise and justify plans for the development of skills for management and staff

UNIT 20: BUSINESS HEALTH CHECK
Guidance

Links

This unit has links with a number of other units within this qualification. Tutors and learners should take into consideration the core operation of the business being investigated and ensure that links with other relevant units are reflected in their work. This unit maps to the following Management NVQ units:
B1: Develop and implement operational plans for your area of responsibility
B2: Map the environment in which your organisation operates
 B5: Provide leadership for your team
B6: Provide leadership in your area of responsibility
B11: Promote diversity in your area of responsibility
C1: Encourage innovation in your team
 C2: Encourage innovation in your area of responsibility.
Essential requirements
Business priorities will vary and discussion groups will enable learners to consider a broad range of issues. In reviewing a business in order to develop plans, tutors will choose for learners group to work as a whole unit to support an existing business, or to use a case study. It is important to understand the development of health-check processes as the outcome of this unit. Capacity is limited by the time frame for delivering and assessing the unit and a wider coverage can be achieved through a group effort. Learners need to understand the range of support and help they can utilise when carrying out a business health check. Sources of advice and guidance learners will explore include business associates, business advice centres, business advisers, counsellors, coaches or mentors, specialist consultants, non-executive directors, accountants and other professionals.
UNIT 20: BUSINESS HEALTH CHECK
Employer engagement and vocational contexts
Evidence should be gathered where possible from links with local business organisations willing to support the delivery of this unit. Learners must respect the confidential nature of data and other business-orientated information generated by their investigations. A clear policy statement from the centre reflecting this may encourage local industry to support both delivery and the generation of appropriate evidence. Learners must have access to a range of local business operations that are willing to co-operate with delivery and assessment, in return for practical guidance through the outcome of learners’ work. This should be supported by case studies used to illustrate theoretical points and issues, together with current cuttings and reports from the business press, which will contribute to vocational realism. Tutors should also establish relationships with business consultants and other providers of business support. This can be delivered to learners either as stand-alone presentations of business practice, or as part of a real business health check being provided for a local organization.
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