Are local firms ready for Brexit?

By Ben Fitzgerald - 10 October 2018


Speaking to over 2,500 firms from across the UK, the British Chambers of Commerce found 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.

In Swindon and Wiltshire the situation is similar, with local business organisations concerned that not enough is being done.

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 Brexitt checklist which covers main key issues, focussing on planning, consultation and risk management.

“The risks and issues related to leaving the EU are much deeper than the millennium bug or GDPR” says Bishop. “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.?

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