Cross-border trade and business development body, InterTradeIreland in partnership with the Local Enterprise Offices, will host a free event next month aimed at supporting businesses in planning for Brexit.
The event, entitled ‘All facts. No noise. Practical help to navigate Brexit’, will take place at Croke Park, Dublin from 9am until 2pm on Tuesday 5th December. It will be of particular interest to SMEs across all sectors, the professional advisory community, as well as industry stakeholder and representative groups.
The event will be hosted by Today FM’s Matt Cooper and will feature Dr. Vincent Power, partner at A&L Goodbody in Dublin. An expert in EU law, Dr. Power will help firms focus on the key areas they should consider when planning for Brexit.
Dr. Power will also be a joined by Johnny Hanna, Partner and Head of Tax, KPMG, and a number of business representatives in a panel discussion around practical steps for business.
Attendees will benefit from a choice of practical workshops on the potential impact of changes in areas such as Rules of Origin, taxation, VAT and customs, led by the Revenue Commission, among others.
Aidan Gough, Director of Policy and Strategy at InterTradeIreland, said: “Our latest All-Island Business Monitor highlights that 95 per cent of companies have no plans in place for Brexit. Brexit will change the basis on which cross-border trade takes place and we are committed to offering firms practical support to start preparing for the different scenarios that might emerge.”
InterTradeIreland launched its Brexit Advisory Service in May 2017, offering support and advice to SMEs to help them understand Brexit, including a glossary of commonly used terms and case study examples. The Brexit Advisory Service also provides a €2,000 Start To Plan Voucher, which funds the cost of working with approved experts to help firms understand the implications of Brexit for their business.
Sheelagh Daly, Chairperson of the Local Enterprise Offices network, added: “We are encouraging as many businesses as possible to register for this free event, which will equip them with the knowledge they need to adequately prepare for Brexit. Despite the uncertainty around Brexit, one thing that’s certain is the need to consider all options and be prepared to act accordingly and it is positive that we are beginning to see an increase in the number of companies actively seeking guidance on Brexit matters. The 31 Local Enterprise Offices across the country offer a comprehensive package of supports to assist businesses to both assess their potential exposure and to take steps to address the issues and opportunities identified.”
InterTradeIreland and the Local Enterprise Offices are also planning similar events for Munster and the North-West region in early 2018.
Those interested in registering for the Dublin event can do so by visiting www.intertradeireland.com