Best practice in business

What is best practice in business?

Guide

Best practice in business means finding - and using - the best ways of working to achieve your business goals.

It involves keeping up to date with the ways that successful businesses operate in your sector and others, and includes measuring your ways of working against those used by the market leaders.

Benchmarking best practice

Applying best practice means learning from and through the experience of others. One way of doing this is through benchmarking, which allows you to compare your business with other successful businesses. This lets you highlight areas where your business could improve.

See how to benchmark your business performance.

Standards for best business practice

Standards are fixed specifications or benchmarks, which are established by independent bodies such as the British Standards Institution (BSI). BSI develops two main types of standards:

  • technical standards - precise specifications against which you can measure the quality of your product, service or processes
  • management standards - models for achieving best business and organisational practice

Conforming to the right standards will enable you to apply best practice across your business. It will allow you to work against objective criteria to achieve manufacturing or service quality.

See how to make best use of standards.

Benefits of best practice for businesses

By following best practices, you can:

  • become more competitive
  • increase sales and develop new markets
  • reduce costs and become more efficient
  • improve the skills of your workforce
  • use technology more effectively
  • reduce waste and improve quality
  • respond more quickly to innovations in your sector

See also how to measure performance and set targets.