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This unit enables learners to gain understanding of the impacts of socio-economic change, legal and political environments and statutory requirements on business and service industries.
This unit investigates the external factors that affect the operation and strategic development of commercial organisations, with a focus on business and services operations such as hospitality and catering, hairdressing and beauty therapy, sports and leisure, and travel and tourism. It is a broad-based unit covering the diverse range of external influences that affect business development, such as socio-economic change, legal and political issues, and the statutory requirements for establishing and developing a business operation. The unit provides the basis for more specific specialist study of aspects of business management. Learners must ensure that their evidence relates to the hospitality industry.
The section on legal and political environments will require formal input to present a comprehensive summary of issues, such as the structure, operation and influence of local government and the role and influence of the EU. Support from local political networks will be useful, but must be handled sensitively to avoid any risk of political bias. Once this has been achieved, further discussion and debate will extend learners’ thinking and enhance their approach to the development of knowledge and understanding. Statutory requirements will require formal input to establish the frameworks for different types of businesses and the procedures for establishing and dissolving businesses. Visiting speakers can be drawn from legal advisers such as solicitors and other sources of advice such as business counsellors and banking experts, as well as local business people who have direct experience of such activities. Debate and discussion can highlight advantages and disadvantages of different approaches. Most clearing banks offer business packs which would serve as a useful teaching resource. Additionally, Learning and Skills Councils and Chambers of Commerce can provide a wealth of information to complement learning activities.