Many projects and programmes are borne out of a need for change (burning platform) and because they happen in the real world, things are not as stable and predictable as we imagine they’ll be whilst in the planning and preparation stage of big changes.
At North Star we have experience of implementing change on large scale supply chains during challenging business conditions and are able to apply that experience and learning to this situation. To illustrate this, we answer some of the key questions surrounding these challenges:
How can we calculate the benefit if we don’t know the quantified duty, tax, planning relief on offer from the UK government?
It seems like an odd response but if you don’t know something then make it up? Or to be more professional, generate a range of assumptions based on real world knowledge and research on how much it would cost to make the changes required and use that to create the question “how big would the incentive need to be to make this worthwhile?” Once you know that you can build a model that allows you to plug in the incentives once they are known. North Star can provide this modelling expertise.
How can we put a bid together during a global pandemic?
In the same way you would do it under normal circumstances but with one benefit – less travel and meetings and more innovative use of communications technology. You may need to hire some additional help, so your business case may need to account for that, but if you want to go after the prize then prioritisation of resources is required. North Star can either provide subject matter expertise, programme management skills or both?
How can we prepare for this when the Brexit Trade Deal, that Freeports are ultimately a response to, is still being negotiated between the UK Government and the European Union?
Same answer as above, prioritising resources seems like an obvious thing to say but it isn’t always implied. You have two real choices (the third is “don’t bid” which we assume, if you have read this far is a non-starter), stop doing something else or bring in more people. Assuming you bring in more people they don’t necessarily need to work on the bid, you may have experts already in place with excellent knowledge, but they might be running operations? North Star could provide you with interim operational support so you can free up your experts to develop a bid?