AFTER an already challenging year for companies, small businesses are being urged to refocus their minds on Brexit ahead of the December 31 deadline. Irrespective of what happens in talks between the UK and the EU, the transition period expires and that will change Ireland’s trading position with the UK.
This means any business that export or import with or through the UK will be affected and will have to change their processes.
Kilkenny County Council’s Local Enterprise Office (Leo) is calling on all small businesses to check their Brexit readiness and if in doubt, to reach out.
As part of its suite of Brexit preparedness services, Leo is running its ‘Prepare Your Business for Customs’ workshop, open to all small businesses.
Courses are scheduled for October 7 and November 16. Bookings: www.localenterprise.ie/kilkenny.
The programme will prepare businesses for trade outcomes, ie if the UK leaves with a trade agreement or if it leaves without one, ensuring companies are best prepared for both scenarios.
A Brexit supports webinar is scheduled for October 2 with expert one-to-one Brexit Advisory clinics on October 7 and November 11, also open for booking via www.localenterprise/kilkenny.
Businesses are reminded that at any stage they can avail of expert one-to-one mentoring to address their specific Brexit needs through a one-to mentoring programme.
Fiona Deegan, Head of Enterprise said Businesses cannot ignore Brexit just because it has been a particularly difficult year to date.
“Small businesses should not avoid their preparation for this, because the effects may be critical for them.
“The good news is that you have the time to ensure you are ready.
“The new phase of Customs Workshops is rolling out across the country and if you are trading in, out or through the United Kingdom you need to ensure you complete one of these.”
“Businesses should not stop there though. While Brexit can be viewed as a threat, it is also an opportunity for savvy business owners.
“Leo supports such as Lean for Micro and the Technical Assistance for Micro Exporting (TAME) grant, give small businesses the chance to maximise their potential and also see what new markets can be exploited to increase revenue streams outside of the UK.
“Our Autumn training programme also includes an Advanced Management Development programme, which will run over a 10-week period towards year end and will afford participants a chance to focus on their business needs.”
“Get in touch with us on 056-7752662 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details of all Leo assistance in relation to Brexit can be found on www.localenterprise.ie/kilkenny.