Find resources from the SmartHort programme which includes information on managing labour efficiencies, labour shortages, lean principles, and emerging technology, innovation and robotics for horticulture.
Labour and business management
Calculate your business labour efficiency
Self-assess your company’s labour performance and identify training and resource needs.
The champion approach
Introducing champions to your business can make an impact on your productivity. Find out more and watch the induction video targetted to your seasonal workers before they step out into the field to help them become a champion picker.
4 top tips for attracting the best employees
The Association of Labour Providers’ Head of Policy Gillian Haythornthwaite explains how you can attract the best employees to your business.
Five ways to keep your workforce returning year after year
Chris Rose, Management Consultant and fruit specialist, provides five top tips that could help retain your seasonal labour and encourage workers to return to your business next year.
Grow your own workforce
Coronavirus had a significant impact on the availability of seasonal labour for horticulture. We spoke to G’s Marketing Director, Anthony Gardiner, about their marketing campaign to recruit British workers into their business to help plug the gaps.
Video: Using your time effectively
This webinar looks at the benefits of taking a step back and assessing what you do in your day-to-day activities. We hear from a farmer who has carried out a 'time log' to see where time-saving improvements can be made, leading to a better work-life balance and more opportunity to concentrate on other important tasks.
Video: Operating in a reduced labour market
Listen again to AHDB and a panel of experts talk about the 2020 seasonal labour situation of the horticulture sector and the impact that Covid-19 had on growers operating in a reduced labour market.
Using root cause analysis to identify issues
Root cause analysis is a method used to identify the root cause of issues in your business, i.e. why problems occur in the first place. Adopting the technique will eliminate issues from your business and prevent time, money, and resource from being wasted.
Find resources all about lean management, which is a systematic approach for eliminating wasted effort from all business processes to improve profits.
Principles of lean management
Download this useful poster which outlines the basic principles of lean management.
Lean management for farmers and growers
Find more details and guidance on the lean management principles and how to use and implement them improve your business efficiencies.
Lean: driving waste out of business
Why should you implement lean into your business? Find out here.
Lean, labour and Lego: Boosting labour productivity in horticulture
How can playing with Lego boost labour productivity in horticulture?
Video: Using LEAN techniques to improve labour efficiency in horticulture
In this webinar, Gracie Emeny, AHDB's Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager who leads the SmartHORT programme, hosts a discussion on how LEAN management can help to improve the labour efficiency in horticulture. Joining the discussion are Neil Fedden and David Crowfoot from Fedden USP, experts in LEAN management.
This practical online course provides a step by step guide through the application of Lean theory within your business. Through four modules it will help you improve labour productivity, reduce business waste and build your capacity to grow the business.
Putting Lean into practice
Three SmartHort Strategic Centres helped growers address the challenges around labour and its rising cost.
The hosts acted as live case studies to demonstrate how implementing lean principals can help make labour and productivity improvements of between 25-40 per cent.
Technology and robotics
Bespoke autonomous guided vehicles designed for horticulture
Read about the autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) that is being developed that could help transform the horticultural sector and help tackle the labour shortage.
Technology and the future of horticulture: a view from Canada
As part of our SmartHort project to accelerate the uptake of automation and robotics in UK horticulture, we spoke to Saber Miresmailli, Founder & CEO of Ecoation, an AgTech company based in Canada.
Automation and robotics in 6 Dutch horticultural nurseries
How have nurseries in the Netherlands embedded automation in their businesses?
The SmartHort conference examined the potential of new technologies in light of current labour shortages in UK horticulture. Find the recordings and copies of all the presenations.