Brexit business support

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A team of advisors are on hand to give businesses across the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area free advice about how to prepare for Brexit.

The UK has left the EU and there is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue during the transition period. New rules will take effect on 1 January 2021, and businesses are being urged to prepare ahead of the changes.

As a member of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, Lichfield District Council is highlighting a new Brexit business support service, which companies across the district can access for free.

A team of Brexit account managers are available to meet and assess individual businesses, so they can tailor a plan to maximise opportunities and minimise risk. 

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said:

“Businesses have just under a year to prepare ahead of the end of the transition period. If you’re unsure what Brexit might mean for your business, please take advantage of the resource. The advisors are available to help you navigate your way through the changes ahead so your business doesn’t lose out as we exit the EU. Their services are free to use, so book a meeting today.”

Businesses have been urged not to wait until every detail of Brexit is agreed before seeking support. National survey figures have suggested that a third of all businesses have not truly considered the impact of the UK withdrawing from the EU.

“As the UK and EU work through negotiating a trade deal and what this will mean, contacting the advisory team now will help local businesses face the likely outcomes and to be as prepared as possible,” added councillor Eadie.

To find out how the free service can help your business, contact the Brexit advisors on 0800 032 3488 or email [email protected]

To find out more, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/brexithelp.

 

Published: 13 February 2020