New initiative launches to help Swindon businesses prepare for Brexit

By Claire Dukes - 10 October 2018

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In a bid to support Swindon and Wiltshire's local businesses with the outcome of Brexit, local business, Workshed, will be hosting drop in sessions in partnership with Brexit Hub.

As the time grows closer to Britain leaving the EU, new research has revealed that businesses across Swindon and Wiltshire are not prepared for the outcome.

According to the British Chambers of Commerce, when speaking to more than 2,500 firms across the UK, Brexit risk assessments have shown that nearly two-thirds of firms still aren’t preparing for Brexit – and in the event of a ‘no deal’ outcome many would cut investment and recruitment plans.

Founder and director of the Brexit Hub, Amelia Bishop, said: “Business leaders often don’t think they will be affected - or there is just too much noise and confusion around Brexit to bother about it. But failure to plan can have big consequences - the vote to leave has already affected many businesses’ sales and profits”.

To support UK businesses, British Chambers of Commerce have issued a checklist for Brexit which covers main key issues, focussing on planning, consultation and risk management.

Amelia added: “The risks and issues related to leaving the EU are much deeper than the millennium bug or GDPR.

“The consequences and changes will have a much deeper and broader impact on how we live and work across the UK."

To support local businesses in their initial planning, Amelia is offering free one-to-one sessions at Swindon’s new innovation business hub, the Workshed - places can be booked online on the event registration page.

Workshed centre manager Jolyon Rose, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting these sessions. The new centre aims to be a hub for the business community in Swindon and Wiltshire and beyond - tech and digital themes are often the focus, but issues relating to international business and Brexit affect us all.”

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