Longford business owners attend Brexit seminar

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Brexit breakfast

Michael Nevin (Local Enterprise Office Longford), Niamh Donlon (Longford Chamber of Commerce), Conor Anderson (PerformanSC Supply Chain), Gerard Brady (IBEC) and David Coffey (The Clearview Group)

Local Enterprise Office Longford and Longford Chamber of Commerce hosted a Brexit Information Briefing last Friday, February 8 in the Longford Arms Hotel.

A high number of local business owners attended this informative session which detailed practical information for businesses to help prepare for Brexit.

Guest speaker Gerard Brady, Head of Tax and Fiscal Policy with IBEC, provided information on how disruptive a no deal Brexit might be for businesses as well as the sectors that might be particularly exposed.

Conor Anderson, Logistics & Compliance Manager with PerformanSC Supply Chain, gave a detailed presentation on customer and tariff codes, potential duty impacts for importing and exporting post Brexit.

David Coffey, from The Clearview Group discussed strategic sourcing, including procurement strategies and the potential impact on supply chain post Brexit.

Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Longford, Michael Nevin explained,
“The three expert speakers gave business owners a good insight in to the potential impacts Brexit could have on individual firms and emphasised the need for small business owner managers to take steps now to reduce the risks associated with either a Hard or Soft Brexit.

“Any small firm worried about designing or implementing a Brexit plan should make contact with the Local Enterprise Office.”

The Local Enterprise Office Longford offers a range of supports linked to Brexit.

Business owners can meet with business mentors to get advice on a Brexit strategy.

The first step is to complete the Brexit scorecard which is intended as a first step towards preparing for Brexit and developing a robust Brexit Plan.

Also, eligible businesses can apply for the Brexit Start to Plan Vouchers from Intertrade, the Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters grant and the Brexit Loan Scheme which can provide working capital support to fund innovation, change or adaption to the business to mitigate the impact of Brexit.

Details of supports can be found at www.localenterprise.ie/longford.

For further information contact info@leo.longfordcoco.ie or phone 043-3343346.