References to developing human resources exist but are few in number: in one case, under the ‘risk wheel’ there is mention of generational change as a potential risk and of the need to consider this in strategic terms. The product is novel and definitely brings forth some potential for work-oriented learning and development (CPD) for those working to support business (and strategic) development in the targeted agriculture and farming sector. Equally, there is definite merit for the targeted end beneficiaries, namely owners and managers of VSEs, with some potential to extend use of these tools to also focus on skills development and WBL for new and existing staff. There are some pre-conditions for those wishing to make use of the listed tools. In some cases, the proposed tool (AVEC, PERFEA) is copyrighted. In other cases, use of a specific tool might require a license for use. In the short-term, however, staff working on business support might consider the Handbook as a prompt for additional training investment. There is also the potential to build bespoke tools that centre on some of the proposed techniques. Finally, there is definite room for initiating and extending discussions on strategic development, with small (and very small) enterprises, to incorporate issues relating to human resources, skills development and WBL.