04/04/2019

Business Organisations Join Forces For Unique Brexit Event

Hundreds of firms are expected to converge on a unique Brexit one-stop-shop event planned for Belfast later this month.

The Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors, InterTradeIreland, Invest Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry are coming together for the first time to jointly host 'Practical Advice and Support for Brexit', at Titanic Belfast on Tuesday 16 April 2019.

This free, half-day event will focus on pragmatic steps firms can take to prepare the ground for whatever changes Brexit may bring and pulls together a host of information, support and funding under one roof.

Core to the event will be the chance for firms to benefit from one-to-one clinics with a range of experts drawn from subject areas such as customs, logistics, tax, supply chain, data and employment.

Aidan Gough, InterTradeIreland Designated Officer, said: "We appreciate the plight of many thousands of small businesses facing key investment decisions in an environment that is rife with uncertainty. Nevertheless, now more than ever, it's time for our firms to take practical steps. The first step is to fully understand the potential scenarios facing them and assess how these might impact on their business.

"Every business is different, but time is of the essence for everyone: that's why InterTradeIreland has joined forces with Northern Ireland's other major economic development and business organisations to offer firms a one-stop-shop to prepare for Brexit. This collaborative approach makes it as easy as possible, for businesses of all sizes and sectors, to access expertise and find out more about the full range of support and financial assistance on offer."
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Donal Durkan, Executive Director of Strategy at Invest NI said: "While negotiations and discussions between the UK Government and the EU continue, it is essential that businesses are fully informed and supported on Brexit scenario planning to ensure they can continue to trade, regardless of the ultimate outcome.

"This joint event supplements the range of workshops we have delivered in recent months, and the information available on Invest NI. It will include the most up-to-date information available, based on the current position at the time, with advice zones on key areas to provide businesses with one-to-one guidance."

Kirsty McManus, IoD NI National Director, added: "Ever since the EU Referendum was first announced, we have been working with members to assist them in their preparations for what may lie ahead. Through regularly updated guidance notes, webinars and events that provide an opportunity to engage with those with their finger firmly on the pulse of negotiations, we have helped businesses drill into the details of what Brexit means for them. We look forward to joining with them and many others for more valuable lessons at this unique Brexit event."

Ann McGregor, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: "Our Quarterly Economic Surveys tell us that more and more members are seeking advice on Brexit.  In fact, the latest survey suggests that around 45 per cent are currently seeking advice on Brexit from a variety of sources across the public and private sectors. It does however mean that around half have not sought advice or guidance. This event therefore provides the perfect platform for businesses to take that important first step towards preparing for all of the potential scenarios facing them."

Visit InterTradeIreland's website here to secure your place at the event.

(JG/CM)

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