Farm expansion consultants, who say they have a growing backlog of clients, are being inundated with calls from frustrated clients desperate to access the services of their most trusted professionals.
The industry is facing an unprecedented wave of calls for assistance from new and established businesses seeking help in the expansion and transformation of their business.
Some of the businesses have become so overwhelmed that they have started calling on a different, more trusted service provider, which is often a consulting firm, said David Henshaw, the executive director of Farm Business Consultants, an industry association based in the United Kingdom.
Henshaw said the backlog is especially acute for small and medium-sized businesses, which are more reliant on the expertise of an experienced business owner than on a consultant.
Many of the larger, more established companies have also experienced a surge in calls, Hensshaw said.
Hensenaw said there is no doubt that the demand for the services is there.
It’s a situation that we’re seeing with the recent rise of the social media and digital media.
People are really responding to that, Hensenaw added.
But many of the more established firms are not responding at all.
“There is no reason why a smaller firm cannot help their clients with the expansion of their operations and the transformation of a small business,” Hensaw said.
Hensaw says that the backlog of business expansion consultants is becoming a huge problem for both small and large businesses in the country, and has created a lot of frustration among many of those who are unable to get the assistance they need.
“The clients who are in the most trouble are the larger firms,” Hensenow said.
The increasing volume of calls has prompted some of the firms to call the industry’s main body, the Association of Farm Growth Agencies, to discuss the problem.
Some of its members have also asked for advice from Henshaws’ association.
Hinshaw said he has been in contact with the industry, which includes the Association for Small Business (ASB), and is also asking for information about the nature of the backlogs.
The ASB says it will be looking into the issue.
Honshaw said many of his clients are from small and mid-sized business.
He said some of them have been working in the farming industry for decades, and have been struggling for years with the backlog.
“I’m hoping that the ASB will take a look at this, and they’ll be able to get to the bottom of it,” Hinshaw told ABC News.
The ASBC, which represents more than 7,000 members in the agriculture and business fields, does not have a formal response.
But Henshyaw said that many of its member firms are facing an increasingly difficult time getting their businesses and projects off the ground.
He said he hopes that by the time the backlog clears up, many of these firms will be able see a return on their investment.
“We’ve been waiting for the big boom in this industry and we’ve been working on it for 20 years, and we’re now ready for the next one,” Hanshaw said.
But the business owners who are struggling most are those who have already invested heavily in their businesses, said Hensha.
For example, he said, he has heard of many businesses that have doubled the number of employees in the past few years and now are struggling to keep up.
“They’re not in business yet and they have been in business for a very long time,” he said.
“Many of these smaller businesses have been built over many years, they’ve been operating for decades and are struggling now.”
“We’re seeing an increasing number of business owners not being able to make ends meet.
That’s what the backlog situation is really all about,” Hineshaws added.
Heshaw said that the industry has a lot to learn from other industries, and that it needs to find ways to help business owners.
“If you’re a small-business owner, you need to know that you’re not alone,” he added.