It’s now over 25 years since we stopped having to file Customs Declarations for trade between the UK and other EU members. Premier Margaret Thatcher’s vision of a Single Market and Customs Union covering the entire EU became real in 1993. Overnight, companies disbanded the teams of people who had previously dealt with all the paperwork that had been required.
Whatever happens over the next few weeks or months, if you trade with the EU and/or are considering trying new trade routes outside of the EU, it’s worth applying for an EORI number now. It’s free and it takes ten minutes.
If you only trade within the UK and Europe, Rules of Origin will not have concerned you. Brexit could make these Rules become a serious concern to you.
The cliff edge was averted. The EU granted us a reprieve. The Article 50 extension runs up until 31 October, but we could exit the EU in a matter of weeks if a deal is agreed upon before then.
A No-Deal Brexit could very easily be handed to the UK at 11 pm on Friday night. The parliamentary votes and cross-party talks continue and there have been attempts to block it, but No-Deal still remains the default position while an alternative solution is yet to be found.
The Government and Parliament are still to decide on the country’s Brexit fate. It’s frustrating, infuriating and ridiculous, but with ten days to go until 12 April, that’s what is still dominating the news headlines. Unless they sort something out rapidly, we will be leaving the EU without a deal and without a two-year transition period next week.
The EU has just stated that it feels that it is likely that the UK will leave the EU without reaching a Withdrawal Agreement. The UK Government also continues to state that while it is still seeking to reach an agreement with the EU, it is ready for a no-deal Brexit.
The blocking of the third Meaningful Vote on the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Deal doesn’t also halt what is currently an inevitable crash into a no-deal Brexit next week. Although it could still be avoided, a no-deal Brexit on March 29th remains the default position. Is your business ready for it?
Watching the people in charge of our exit from the EU is like looking on as children play chess for the first time. Whatever happens this week, small businesses can’t afford to just watch and wait and see.
Ready for Brexit is designed to steer your business around the extra obstacles that Brexit is putting in its way and towards the opportunities that it has created. We are a one-stop-shop.
Brexit is already hitting business hard. And if no deal is agreed, consumers are going to wake up on March 30 to face a shocking reality. This is why Ready for Brexit has just launched the one-stop shop consumer guide to Brexit.
Depending who you listen to, WTO rules make global trading as simple as a game of Monopoly. Here at Ready for Brexit, we keep out of the politics, we just stick to the facts. And the fact is WTO rules are no simple fall back.
Do you use the CE marking on any goods or products that you sell into the EU27 countries? If you do, you may need to move quickly to protect your position, given that the chances of the UK crashing out of the EU on 29 March in a No Deal Brexit are rising by the day.
Not only are the politicians going around in circles, they are going around in their own circles; coming up with plans that either Parliament, the EU or both even at this late point still seem unlikely to agree to. While they spin their lines, business has to start thinking straight.
It’s time to think for yourself. Look at Brexit from the point of view of your business. Don’t leave it to the Government to protect your livelihood, at this point in time the economy doesn’t look to be their priority.
Ready for Brexit was set up soon after the referendum in recognition of the fact that reaching a deal that the Cabinet and the EU could agree on, and that parliament would go on to ratify, was going to be one of the most complicated negotiations ever.
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Britain exits the EU on March 29th, 2019. As you can see from our ticker, that is just 100 days away and counting. We still don’t know what form it will take. Right now, the UK exiting with no deal is the default position.
Brexit is complicated. And, it is only going to get more so. If you’ve let the ins and the outs of the negotiations pass you by until now, hoping that some clarity would emerge that’s unlikely to happen any time soon.
Reality is biting. There is a Withdrawal Agreement on the table. It’s not ideal, but the Institute of Directors, the CBI, and the National Farmers Union are among the pillars of industry who have put their weight behind it.
China is being heavily talked up by various trade delegations as a fantastic alternative or supplementary market to the EU. The author of Selling to China: A Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses, Stanley Chau, writes in our latest Analysis piece that trading with China is relatively easy.
How do you prepare for Brexit when you don’t know what the outcome is going to be? That’s the question that Deborah Price, managing director of British Boxers asked in our latest interview. And it’s one that we can all identify with.
Companies big and small are now stockpiling for Brexit. No deal is something that none of us want, but it’s an ominous storm cloud that looks increasingly likely to break over our isles.
The Ready for Brexit Brexsure audit tool launched this week. Months in gestation, the Brexsure Brexit audit tool has been carefully designed to give a pretty accurate picture of how smoothly your business will sail through Brexit.
SMEs are getting increasingly frustrated with the continuing uncertainty over the process by which the UK will exit the EU. The large PLCs are throwing millions of pounds at their designated Brexit teams whose goal is to have a contingency plan for every possible Brexit scenario.
A footnote within furniture group DFS’s preliminary financial report this week drove home how the Brexit effect will impact on almost every business in the UK in some way. DFS wrote that it hopes that its partner suppliers will increase the near-shore supply of the timber and fabric that they supply them with.
We knew that unpicking the UK from the EU was always going to be one heck of a puzzle. Sadly the Government seems no closer to solving it. It’s time to take their preparation notes for a no deal Brexit seriously.
The Government’s latest batch of no-deal planning notices is not an easy read. I’ve read them cover to cover…
Once upon a time, soon after the referendum, a bunch of experienced business people began to realise that Brexit probably wasn’t going to be a walk in the park.
Whichever side you stand on in the Brexit debate, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is a mess. Unpicking decades of regulations that bind the UK to the EU was always going to be tricky. Ready for Brexit was set up in recognition of this.
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The latest news on Brexit makes depressing reading. The post-Brexit forecasts predict talent drains, shortages, and hold-ups at the borders. The big fish are publicly stating how they are getting ready for Brexit, SMEs must prepare for Brexit too and there is no time to lose.
This week, we’ve learned about large corporations such as…
Understandably, many SMEs have put off planning for Brexit until the day arose when they actually knew what they were planning for. Now that the Government has published its first batch of Technical Notices advising what businesses need to do in the event of a no deal Brexit, it is vital that you start planning for Brexit now.
The Government may call it “unlikely”, but that doesn’t mean that SMEs can simply ignore its raft of documents detailing how a No Deal Brexit will impact most businesses, either directly and/or indirectly…
It’s been over two years since the referendum on Brexit and, as our countdown ticker shows, we’re just months away from our official exit from the EU. Many SMEs have understandably tried to get on with the work at hand while waiting to see what the terms of Brexit would be and how it will affect them.
After all, it’s difficult to prepare for something when you don’t know exactly what you’re preparing for…
Ready for Brexit has been set up to help businesses deal with the challenges and opportunities created by Brexit. In particular, we are here to assist SMEs who, unlike the large PLCs, don’t have the resources to create a full-time Brexit planning team.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published a Small Business Plan for Europe and is urging MEPs to deliver on it. Anna Tobin reports
A report by UK law firm Penningtons Manches has found that foreign investment is still pouring into UK tech. Anna Tobin reports
Data from Barclaycard shows the Brexit delay encouraged consumers to start spending again, but six in ten consumers expect no change to their spending plans in May as they remain cautious. Anna Tobin reports
The UK Powerhouse study by law firm Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), predicts that in quarter four 2020, Milton Keynes, Reading and Oxford will be in the top three locations for economic growth. Anna Tobin reports
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), the professional body for the UK’s musicians, has today published its fourth report into the effects of Brexit on the music profession. Anna Tobin reports
The science and tech industries could be worth an extra £14 billion a year to the UK economy by 2025, but the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) warns that the brain drain of STEM students to the EU and the rest of the world must be stopped. Anna Tobin reports
Research carried out by the University of Cardiff’s Welsh Economy Research Unit shows a clear link between a business’s success and its adoption of superfast broadband. Anna Tobin reports
Ten percent more UK tourists are choosing to holiday outside of the EU this summer than last, finds Thomas Cook’s 2019 Holiday Report. Anna Tobin reports
Figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal that British car production dropped by 14.4% in March, representing the tenth monthly fall in a row. And a No-Deal Brexit could make things worse. Anna Tobin reports
Brexit poses the biggest risk to the UK’s flourishing fintech industry, finds a report entitled the UK Fintech Revolution published by international recruitment consultancy Robert Walters and market analysis experts Vacancy Soft. Anna Tobin reports
The CBI Monthly Growth Indicator showed that economic activity in the private sector was flat in the quarter to April, and it’s only expected to pick up slightly over the summer. Anna Tobin reports
European law firm Fieldfisher is merging with Irish firm McDowell Purcell, partly to ensure the smooth running of its business following Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The Santander Trade Barometer reveals that UK businesses are scaling back investment as a result of the ongoing economic uncertainty. Anna Tobin reports
Global credit rating agency, DBRS, is sticking with its AAA Issuer Rating for the UK, despite the political and economic disruptions unleashed by the referendum. Anna Tobin reports
UK dairies producing mozzarella would be faced with unviable tariffs in the event of a No-Deal Brexit, warns AHDB Dairy. Anna Tobin reports
A white paper published by Matthias Holweg, automotive expert and professor of operations management at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford highlights the damage the Brexit process has done to the UK car industry. Anna Tobin reports
The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has asked the EU for a Brexit support package for beef farmers struggling with the continuing Brexit uncertainty. Anna Tobin reports
Travellers had shown reluctance to book summer holidays amidst Brexit uncertainty, but the extension of Article 50 should boost bookings forecasts ABTA. Anna Tobin reports
The latest SME Confidence Tracker from Bibby Financial Services finds that over half of SMEs predict that the UK economy will go into recession this year. Anna Tobin reports
Consumer association Which? warns that Brexit could lead to the UK being flooded with unsafe goods. Anna Tobin reports
The National Farmers Union president Minette Batters welcomed the Article 50 extension but urges the Government to use the time to work towards a satisfactory deal and end the ongoing uncertainty. Anna Tobin reports
After hours of deliberation, the EU has agreed to extend the UK’s leaving date until 31st October, but there is the option to leave earlier if a deal can be reached before this new deadline. Anna Tobin reports
With the backing of senior members of UK manufacturing, Stephen Phipson, CEO of the manufacturers’ organisation, Make UK, has written to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition calling for article 50 to be revoked if the Government can not agree a deal to pass in Parliament.
Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Winning the Global Race to Market, a new report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Frost Sullivan warns that Brexit could stall the UK’s lead in its bid to be the first country in the world to mass market self-driving cars. Anna Tobin reports
An analysis by Santander Corporate & Commercial of the latest ONS export data reveals the fastest growing export markets for UK goods in 2018. Anna Tobin reports
The Financial Conduct Authority and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission today announced they have agreed two Memoranda of Understanding to ensure there is continuity between the two entities once the UK leaves the EU. Anna Tobin reports
A survey carried out by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme with members of the National Care Association, shows that the end of freedom of movement will cause critical issues for care home recruitment. Anna Tobin reports
Standard & Poor’s latest economic research Countdown To Brexit: What Might Have Been For The UK Economy makes grim reading. Anna Tobin reports
As another week of Brexit uncertainty draws to a close, the Chemical Industries Association calls on politicians to agree on a deal to give businesses the certainty they need to invest. Anna Tobin reports
Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce’s latest Quarterly Economic Survey of businesses across the region shows some promising signs of stability and improvement, despite the economic uncertainty caused by Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Research by Marketdojo shows that Brexit is pushing UK businesses to focus on looking for UK suppliers. Anna Tobin reports
A Brand Dialogue workshop at the RAC Club in Pall Mall yesterday looked at the impact Brexit will have on Geographic Indicator (GI) status goods. Anna Tobin reports
The latest CBI Growth Indicator shows the balance of private sector firms reporting growth is at -5%, the lowest in six years. Anna Tobin reports
The latest IHS MARKIT / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI is at a 13-month high spurred by Brexit-related stockpiling. Anna Tobin reports
With the European Commission saying that a No Deal is now “likely”, small businesses across the UK and EU27 have begun to look forward to the opportunities that it will create. Anna Tobin reports on April 1
Speaking at the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference, Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said Westminister has let business down over Brexit and urged the Government to make amends. Anna Tobin reports
At a press breakfast, Dr Elke König, chair of the Single Resolution Board (SRB) said that she sees no imminent risk to financial stability from a no-deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
A study by Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute and the Irish Department of Finance looks at how different Brexit scenarios will impact on Ireland’s economy. Anna Tobin looks at the conclusions
Speaking at the Welsh food conference BlasCymru/TasteWales the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths announced a £22 million funding package to help the Welsh food and drink industry post-Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The EU now views a no-deal Brexit on 12 April as highly likely and now claims that its no-deal preparations are complete. Anna Tobin reports
The Road Haulage Association is advising its members that carry pharmaceuticals not to book Government secured ferry capacity between 29 March and 18 April, because they would have to cover the costs of missed shipments. Anna Tobin reports
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn have written a joint letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to change her approach on Brexit and they have requested an urgent meeting to discuss their concerns. Anna Tobin reports
The latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey finds that UK manufacturing output growth in the quarter to March was at its weakest since May 2018. Anna Tobin reports
Brexit has hit employee confidence and IT finance specialists are most in demand this year, finds Robert Walters’ latest Salary Survey. Anna Tobin reports
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy and Brexit uncertainty is largely to blame. Anna Tobin reports
CBI Northern Ireland says that the Government’s proposals for the Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland border in a no-deal Brexit are ill thought out. Anna Tobin reports
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says that it is time for the political shenanigans to stop and for the Government to find a Brexit solution that protects business, communities and the economy. Anna Tobin reports
The National Farmers Union (NFU) highlights that some farming sectors have been given preferential treatment in the Government’s no-deal import tariff schedule and that cereal, eggs, fruit and veg suppliers will suffer
Unless Article 50 is revoked and the UK’s exit from the EU is delayed, the UK is now set to leave the EU without a deal on March 29 and the Government has published the tariffs that will apply to imported goods from that date. Anna Tobin reports
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has warned that potato exports to the EU could cease with immediate effect if the UK exits the EU without a deal. Anna Tobin reports
Think tank New Financial’s newly published report Brexit & the City – the impact so far finds that the UK’s disorderly exit from the EU has caused irreversible damage to the UK’s banking and finance sectors. Anna Tobin reports
The likelihood of a no-deal Brexit is being taken so seriously across the Channel that the Directorate General of Customs and Excise in France has produced customs guidelines to prepare traders for the UK exiting the EU without a deal. Anna Tobin reports
A study by Right Management, the global career and talent development division of ManpowerGroup, highlights the insecurities that employees feel about Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
UK border crossings are completely unprepared for the UK exiting the EU says the Road Haulage Association. Anna Tobin reports
A delayed Brexit or a no-deal Brexit combined with blue-collar staff shortages could see the UK economy lose out on £22 billion a year by 2024, claims study by workforce management software provider Quinyx in collaboration with Development Economics and Censuswide. Anna Tobin reports
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) quarterly SBI published today shows confidence among smaller firms remains negative. The FSB calls on the Chancellor to help improve this. Anna Tobin reports
The IHS MARKIT / CIPS UK CONSTRUCTION PMI® shows that UK construction has fallen for the first time in eleven months with Brexit uncertainty partly to blame. Anna Tobin reports
The president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Minette Batters has made it clear that a potential US trade deal can not result in a drop in food standards in the UK. Anna Tobin reports
Post-Brexit, the UK will remain a member of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement, allowing bids to be continued to be made for overseas public contracts. Anna Tobin reports
HMRC is urging businesses to take these three steps now to ensure that they can continue to trade smoothly with the EU in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has just updated its Brexit guidance for the firms it regulates. Anna Tobin reports
If the UK exits the EU without a deal in a matter of weeks, EU exporters are required to use pallets that meet the EU requirements for third-party countries and DEFRA has conceded that there are nowhere near enough of these available in the UK. Anna Tobin reports
Any form of Brexit will negatively impact the NHS, but leaving without a deal is the worst possible scenario, concludes the Health Policy Review. Anna Tobin reports
International life sciences consultancy Alacrita surveyed C-suite biotech executives in pre-eminent US companies and found that most feel that Brexit will make the UK a less attractive market. Anna Tobin reports
The Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) latest quarterly Service Sector Survey has found that optimism amongst business, professional and consumer service sectors has fallen sharply. Anna Tobin reports
The annual Startup Outlook Report has found that while many UK startups have deep concerns about Brexit, it isn’t set to dent their expansion plans. Anna Tobin reports
The world’s largest chemical business BASF plc has a large network of companies in the UK. Over the last few weeks, it has run a series of workshops for those working in its supply chain to ensure that its UK infrastructure is as ready as possible for Brexit. Anna Tobin reports from one such event
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) will recognise three London clearing houses in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The Irish state economic development agency Enterprise Ireland is offering grants of up to €5,000 to help its clients prepare for Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The European Commission today stepped up its no-deal planning for EU businesses with a particular focus on customs and indirect taxation. Anna Tobin reports
The University of Oxford is now preparing for a no-deal Brexit and is advising its staff and students how the UK exiting the EU without a deal could impact on them and the institution. Anna Tobin reports
The latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)/DHL Quarterly International Trade Outlook has found that the percentage of manufacturing and services exporters expecting to raise their prices has risen over the last quarter. Anna Tobin reports
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a list of twenty questions that businesses need urgently answered to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
With just a few weeks to go until Brexit, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) fears that small businesses are running out of time to prepare for all the changes that it will entail. Anna Tobin reports
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is urging UK-based manufacturers and formulators to take action now to continue to comply with REACH in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The Road Haulage Association says that the allocation of ECMT permits falls woefully short of what is needed. Anna Tobin reports
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, exporters of live animals and animal products to the EU will need to obtain Export Health Certificates and the Government has just published a list of professionals certified to provide these. Anna Tobin reports
The Centre for Economic Performance has found that, as a result of Brexit, UK firms are investing billions in the EU. Anna Tobin reports
Tomorrow sees the launch of a new Europe-wide safe medicines system, but the UK could be forced to leave this within weeks in the event of a no-deal Brexit says the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Anna Tobin reports
The Australian Securities & Investments Commission warns UK companies operating in Australia that Brexit could impact on their AFS licensing arrangements. Anna Tobin reports
As the Bank of England downgrades its growth forecasts for 2019, the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) demands that no-deal is taken off the table. Anna Tobin reports
Dr. Liam Fox MP, secretary of state for International Trade, told the International Trade Committee yesterday that trade deals will not necessarily roll over post-Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The Road Haulage Association says that the Government’s newly announced plans for simplified customs checks in the event of no-deal won’t do much to ease the Brexit pain for the haulage industry. Anna Tobin reports
Releasing it’s quarter three financial results today, Irish low-cost airline Ryanair revealed that it has put its No-Deal Brexit contingency plans into action. Anna Tobin reports
A survey of 1,200 company directors by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has found that 29% feel that they may have no choice but to shift operations abroad as a result of Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Gloucestershire-based global engineering and scientific technology company Renishaw announced in its 2019 interim report, published today, that as part of its Brexit contingency planning it’s establishing an Irish distribution centre. Anna Tobin reports
The German-based Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) now sees no prospect of an orderly Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) has responded with anger to the latest Brexit votes in the House of Commons. Anna Tobin reports
The Road Haulage Association’s chief executive, Richard Burnett and national chairman, Andrew Howard, this week wrote to MPs urging them to avoid a no-deal Brexit at all costs. Anna Tobin reports
The British Retail Consortium has written a letter to the Government cosigned by Britain’s largest food retailers warning of the dire consequences of a no-deal Brexit on the UK’s food supply. Anna Tobin reports
In the lead up to Brexit, the list of companies that are moving their headquarters outside of the UK or who are setting up additional companies in the EU is growing. Anna Tobin looks at who is going where
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has highlighted six principles that are required to deliver the best Brexit outcome for British farmers. Anna Tobin reports
A UK Border Force document obtained by Sky News is reportedly claiming that cross-Channel freight could fall by anywhere from 75% to 87% in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Pet store and pet care multiple, Pets at Home Group PLC, reveals that it is seriously considering stockpiling as part of its no-deal Brexit contingency planning. Anna Tobin reports
The UK’s largest container port, the Port of Felixstowe and DFDS have announced that they will be increasing roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) capacity at the Suffolk port by over 40%. Anna Tobin reports
Not only will your UK driving licence not be recognised for driving in the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit, you will need to obtain three separate international driving licences to drive across the whole of the EU. Anna Tobin reports
Following last night’s vote, the VDA, the German Association of the Automotive Industry warns that a No-Deal Brexit will be devastating for the British car industry. Anna Tobin reports
Following the Government’s defeat on the Meaningful Vote, The British Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) have all called for the Government to pull the stops out to avoid a No-Deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The £36 billion fund manager Hermes Investment Management has established an Irish domiciled management company, Hermes Fund Managers Ireland Limited (HFM Ireland) to mitigate against Brexit risks. Anna Tobin reports
The financial service sector has contracted for the first time since September 2013 finds the latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey. Anna Tobin reports
One of Japan’s largest banks Norinchukin has just revealed that Brexit has spurred it to open a Dutch subsidiary. Anna Tobin reports
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) announced today that Japan has just reached an agreement with the UK that opens up the Japanese market to British lamb and beef. Anna Tobin reports
The four UK farming unions have penned a joint letter to MPs explaining why they must take all steps necessary to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Individuals, companies and organisations that use a .eu domain are being warned by the Government that it may not be usable if the UK exits the EU without a deal. Anna Tobin reports
Business campaign group London First is urging the Government to stop the clock on Brexit to avoid leaving the EU without a deal on March 29. Anna Tobin reports
In its quarter four Quarterley Economic Outlook, Irish business group Ibec warns that the risks facing Irish business are on the rise in 2019. Anna Tobin reports
University leaders have written an open letter to MPs today warning them that a No-Deal Brexit will seriously impact the UK’s standing as an international academic research centre. Anna Tobin reports
Brexit has helped foreign direct investment in the Republic of Ireland to soar says IDA Ireland, the Irish Government agency responsible for attracting foreign investment in the country. Anna Tobin reports
In its January 2019 trading statement, retailer Next PLC said that Brexit uncertainty is making it difficult to make business predictions. Anna Tobin reports
The latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey finds manufacturing businesses reporting the joint-highest recruitment problems on record and service sector businesses reporting recruitment difficulties at near record highs. Anna Tobin reports
The latest IHS Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), published today, has found that December 2018 saw near record levels of stock being held by UK manufacturers preparing for Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
National Farmers Union (NFU) president Minette Batters uses her New Year address to outline the challenges facing farmers this year. Anna Tobin reports
The national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Mike Cherry, used his New Year message to urge the Government to do more to listen to the concerns of small businesses about Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Government awards multi-million-pound contract to run a No-Deal Brexit Ramsgate to Ostend ferry route to Seaborne Freight, which currently owns no ships. Anna Tobin reports
The confidence of business leaders in the British economy has sunk to its lowest level in over 18 months, find the Institute of Directors’ Confidence Tracker. Anna Tobin reports
Credit insurer Atradius’ December Market Monitor focuses on food performance and outlook in the UK and warns that a no-deal Brexit would pose a material threat to the food industry. Anna Tobin reports
A No Deal Brexit will kill off the British car industry and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) has said in a hard-hitting statement. Anna Tobin reports
With the Cabinet escalating its No Deal planning now, the detailed notices on how to prepare for a No Deal Brexit are pouring out of Whitehall. Anna Tobin highlights the ones most relevant to business
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) says that the proposals in the Government’s Immigration Paper published yesterday demonstrate that the Government is not listening to the needs of business. Anna Tobin reports
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC); the Confederation of British Industry (CBI); the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation; the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Institute of Directors have issued a joint statement calling on politicians to do their utmost to avoid a no deal Brexit
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) expects business investment to grow by just 0.1% in 2019, dropping down from 1.2% growth in its previous forecast. Anna Tobin reports
Welsh meat sector body Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) warns that the current political deadlock over Brexit is putting the income of Welsh farmers at risk. Anna Tobin reports
The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) says Brexit is the key reason that its members are reporting negative feelings for 2019. Anna Tobins investigates
British aerospace company Rolls-Royce used its 2018 trading update to announce that it is stockpiling and moving some regulatory aspects of the business to Germany in preparation for a no-deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
European lobby group BusinessEurope has warned that European business is extremely concerned about the continuing uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the EU. Anna Tobin reports
Speaking at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Global Media Day today, IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac warned of the risks of a no-deal Brexit to the aviation industry. Anna Tobin reports
A no-deal Brexit could cost almost three-quarters of a million jobs, with some areas of the UK hit harder than others, finds a study by the UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex. Anna Tobin reports
The CBIs latest economic forecast predicts that ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement and the resulting transition period will lead to steady economic growth in the UK, with a rise in business investment and continuing export growth over the next two years. Anna Tobin reports
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) quarterly Small Business Index finds one in three small exporters expect international sales to fall next quarter. Anna Tobin reports
High-performance polymer manufacturer Victrex PLC’s Brexit contingency planning is focused on protecting its supply chain. Anna Tobin reports
The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) Printing Outlook Printing Industry Trends Survey for quarter four 2018 finds that inflation and tariffs and non-tariff barriers are the biggest Brexit-related worries for the UK printing industry. Anna Tobin reports
Clothing retailer Joules reveals well-developed plans for Brexit in its pre-close trading update released today. Anna Tobin reports
If you are an EU-only trader, you will receive a letter imminently from HMRC asking you to take three actions to ensure that you are prepared for a possible no-deal Brexit. Anna Tobin explains what you must do now
The Department of Health & Social Care is inviting views on changes to nutrition regulations in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The IHS Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), published today, shows that the UK manufacturing sector remains muted, as new export orders fall for the second month in a row, with Brexit largely to blame. Anna Tobin reports
The Bank of England published two important research documents yesterday: The Financial Stability Report and Stress Test results – November 2018 and its response to the House of Commons Treasury Committee’s request for analysis of how Brexit will affect the Bank’s ability to deliver its objectives. Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, outlines its key findings
Global data and analytics company Dun & Bradstreet’s latest report UK SMEs: Brexit and Beyond finds that 19% of UK SMEs’ confidence in their future financial success is down year-on-year, and almost a third have considered leaving the UK to increase their chances of success. Anna Tobin reports
The Public Accounts Committee has ruled that the Department of Transport is woefully underprepared for the prospect of a no-deal Brexit and in this eventuality, there is a real risk of major disruption at UK ports. Anna Tobin investigates
In preparation for the UK’s exit from the EU, the Government has signed new customs arrangements with each of the Crown Dependencies. Anna Tobin reports
KPMG’s annual Risk and ICAAP benchmarking survey, Counting the Cost has found that 40% of the investment firms it surveyed have, or have plans to, relocate as a result of Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The Bar Council has issued a No-Deal Preparation paper to all 16,000 barristers in England and Wales. Anna Tobin reports
The Institute of Directors (IoD) surveyed 816 of its members following the publication of the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and found that three-quarters back the deal. Anna Tobin reports
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the Government to ensure that small businesses won’t struggle to employ EU nationals that they currently depend upon, post-Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Low-cost airline easyJet reveals that it is continuing to work towards being owned by a majority of European Economic Area registered businesses, excluding the UK. This will allow it to continue to operate as a European airline after Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The Institute of Directors (IOD) has welcomed the Withdrawal Agreement and is calling on Parliament to ratify it as the prospect of no deal and no transition period will be hugely damaging for business. Anna Tobin reports
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that the draft Withdrawal Agreement takes Britain away from the cliff edge. Anna Tobin reports
The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement isn’t a done deal until it’s been ratified by the UK and European Parliaments, but Anna Tobin examines what it would mean for British business if it gets the green light
Global professional services firm KPMG says that businesses are cautiously welcoming the Government’s Brexit proposals, but they are not fully confident that it will get through Parliament. Anna Tobin reports
Premier Foods, the British food manufacturer behind household brands Paxo, Oxo and Mr. Kipling, reveals in its half-year results, published today, that as part of its Brexit contingency planning it will soon begin stockpiling ingredients. Anna Tobin reports
International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, is reportedly seeking help from the Spanish Government to enable it to operate smoothly through Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The latest Labour Market Outlook Report published today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and The Adecco Group finds that a reduction in migrant workers and Brexit is putting a strain on UK labour supply. Anna Tobin reports
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK hauliers will be scrabbling for a limited number of the ECMT licences needed to operate within the EU after March 29, 2019. Anna Tobin reports
On the eve of its annual conference, where tackling the impact of Brexit on the Welsh livestock industry dominates the agenda, Anna Tobin spoke to Kevin Roberts, the chairman of Welsh meat sector body Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), about why the Welsh meat industry desperately needs to avoid a hard Brexit
Speaking today at the World Travel Market London, Kurt Jansen director of the tourism lobby group Tourism Alliance highlighted what the Government could do to help the UK tourism industry benefit from Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Brexit and the Health and Social Care Workforce in the UK, a report published today for the Cavendish Coalition, looks at recent trends in the UK’s health and socialcare workforce and the critical role of European economic area (EEA) nationals within it. Anna Tobin examines its findings
If the UK crashes out of Europe without a deal or a transition period many small businesses will lack the resources needed to check if their EU workers are still eligible to work in the UK, warns the Federation of Small Businesses. Anna Tobin reports
Unveiling Hiscox’s quarter three results today, CEO Bronek Masojada emphasised that the international specialist insurer is planning for a hard Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Research published today at World Travel Market London forecasts that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Brits will be much less likely to holiday abroad. Anna Tobin reports
Credit rating provider S&P Global Ratings sees no deal as a distinct possibility and says it would lead the UK into recession. Anna Tobin reports
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will become the state-aid authority for the UK post-Brexit. Anna Tobin examines what this means
UK businesses could be in for five years of turmoil in the event of a no-deal Brexit warns supply chain and logistics consultancy Scala. Anna Tobin reports
The British Coatings Federation, the trade association for the UK paints, printing inks, powder coatings, and wallcoverings industries has published a no deal guide for its members. Anna Tobin reports
An attempt by the Government to fast-track a deal with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to create smooth trade following Brexit, has not been particularly well received. Anna Tobin reports
The National Audit Office has published a report entitled: The UK border: preparedness for EU exit and it brings cause for concern. Anna Tobin reports
Trade unions and car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover have agreed to continue the suspension of the pay and conditions negotiations. Anna Tobin reports
Reaching a deal with the EU is crucial for the future of the Welsh food industry warns Kevin Roberts, chairman of Welsh meat sector body Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC). Anna Tobin reports
A new survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has found that eight out of ten firms say that Brexit has had a negative impact on investment. Many are also ready to trigger drastic contingency plans. Anna Tobin reports
The planned IPO of UK mobile operator O2 has reportedly been put on hold as a result of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Speaking in his role as chairman of Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc., Toyota’s president Akio Toyoda urged the UK Government to redouble its efforts to reach a withdrawal agreement with the EU. Anna Tobin reports
Low-skilled men with only GCSE qualifications or less are more likely than any other group to work in industries at particular risk from possible new barriers to trade with the EU finds the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Anna Tobin investigates
The EEF, the Manufacturers Organisation, and health and safety experts Arco have co-published a report calling for current health and safety regulations to be maintained once the UK exits the EU. Anna Tobin looks at the reasoning behind this
Which? has released a wide-ranging report into the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit with a disheartening conclusion. Anna Tobin reports
Think tank the Institute for Government (IfG) has assessed the Government’s technical notices that set out how Government bodies, businesses, and individuals need to prepare for a possible no deal Brexit and finds that some of the biggest questions remain unanswered. Anna Tobin reports
A further raft of detailed guidance notes on how to prepare for a no deal Brexit has been issued by Whitehall. Anna Tobin examines their contents
Homes for sale are at close to record lows, finds the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey and Brexit is seen as a major contributing factor. Anna Tobin reports
John Glen MP, the economic secretary to the Treasury and Minister for the City of London told the EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee today that he agrees with the Bank of England’s estimate that the City will lose 5000 jobs by Brexit day. Anna Tobin reports
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched its Brexit Readiness Programme in a bid to safeguard the UK’s automotive supply chain in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Charlie Mullins OBE is the founder of Pimlico Plumbers and the man behind the controversial campaign ‘Bollocks to Brexit.’ He spoke to Anna Tobin to explain why he set up the campaign and how concerned he is at the damage Brexit will potentially do to UK SMEs
The BRC – KPMG retail sales monitor for September 2018 reveals that UK retail sales fell by 0.2% year-on-year. A number of factors contributed to this drop and Brexit uncertainty is one of them. Anna Tobin reports
The £2.15 million Red Meat Benchmarking scheme launched today to help Welsh cattle and sheep farmers make their businesses more efficient and economic and to prepare them for Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has announced that even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the legal requirements designed to promote common safety and technical principles across all EU railways must still be met by UK rail companies and suppliers. Anna Tobin reports
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is inviting comment on how its legislation and regulatory processes should be adapted in the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Upholstery retailer DFS Furniture PLC used the announcement of its preliminary results to outline how it is preparing for Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Business consultant Richard Barfield who runs BrexitFactBase has produced an in-depth report that explains how different Brexit scenarios could impact the UK’s global status as a trading nation. Anna Tobin reports
All UK-based parties that receive funding from Horizon 2020, the EU’s programme for science and innovation, are urged to register their related projects on a portal managed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Anna Tobin reports
The Fairtrade Foundation, which campaigns to get a better deal for producers and workers in developing countries, warns that an increase in trade tariffs could seriously damage the Fairtrade banana market and many other Fairtrade industries. Anna Tobin reports
A Canada-style Brexit trade agreement has been talked up recently as a possible alternative to a no-deal Brexit, but Stephen Phipson, chief executive officer of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, warns that it’s not the answer. Anna Tobin reports
As the prospect of a no-deal Brexit becomes ever-more likely, attention has turned to whether a Canada-style Free Trade Agreement (FTA) could be negotiated once the UK has left the EU. Anna Tobin investigates how easily and effectively such a deal could be achieved.
The EU deal with Canada…
Only 14% of small businesses have begun planning for Brexit, finds new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Anna Tobin reports
The FSB report found that only one in seven small business have begun planning for Brexit…
Keen to expand its export footprint in the wake of Brexit, Suffolk-based St Peter’s Brewery has signed a deal with a Chinese importer. Anna Tobin reports
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned the Government that the current state of the Brexit negotiations is extremely worrying for small businesses and that its latest no-deal Brexit preparation documents have not allayed those fears. Anna Tobin reports
Responding to this week’s release of another tranche of…
When releasing its half-year results, British homeware and clothing retailer Next PLC issued a stark warning about the problems that a no deal Brexit will cause the business. Anna Tobin reports
Next PLC dedicated a large chunk of its half-year report to July 2018 to explaining its Brexit preparations…
While the UK Government is still working towards a deal, it has released another batch of planning advice documents for a no deal Brexit. These cover topics as diverse as intellectual property to the manufacturing and marketing of fertilisers. Anna Tobin reports
The Government’s updated list of guidance notes…
The latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey of 409 firms, shows that UK manufacturing output growth slowed in the three months to September, but stayed above the long-term average. Anna Tobin reports
In ten of the 17 sub-sectors, output grew. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report found that growth was driven largely by…
UK export growth has fallen for a sixth consecutive quarter and is nearing the point of contraction according to the latest European Export Index published by accountants and business advisers BDO LLP. Anna Tobin reports
UK export growth has dropped significantly and was the worst performing of the largest five EU economies in the last quarter…
Following the EU leaders’ meeting in Salzburg, Austria, global professional services firm KPMG has warned that the chances of a no deal Brexit are now higher than ever and urged businesses to prepare accordingly. Anna Tobin reports
Following today’s summit of EU leaders in Austria…
German car manufacturer BMW revealed this week that it was moving a planned month shut down of its Oxfordshire plant to April 2019 to coincide with when the UK exits the EU, many SMEs are also now taking decisive action to protect themselves from the predicted turbulent effects of Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has responded to the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) report on EEA migration in the UK and it’s not happy with its findings where SMEs are concerned. Anna Tobin reports
Among the recommendations of the MAC report was for Tier 2 migration opportunities to be…
The Government’s Migration Advisory Committee has published its final report on EEA migration in the UK. Anna Tobin looks at its findings
In July 2017, the Home Office commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee…
Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warns that a no deal Brexit leading the UK to return to World Trade Organization rules will be extremely costly for the UK. Anna Tobin reports
The newly published IMF’s annual review of the British economy concludes that any Brexit scenario will be costly for the UK…
Think tank the Institute for Government has published a report entitled Brexit: six months to go, which looks at the progress the Government has made in delivering Brexit and what still needs to be done. Anna Tobin reports
The British Chambers of Commerce economic forecast has been downgraded as a result of Brexit uncertainty hitting investment and trade. Anna Tobin reports
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today (September 17 2018) downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy. It forecasts that GDP growth for 2018 will be 1.1%, down from 1.3%…
The UK Government has published its second major tranche of documents advising individuals and organisations on how to plan for no deal. Anna Tobin reports
While the Government is still working towards a deal with the EU, it recognises that there is a possibility that the UK…
European credit rating agency Scope Ratings says even if a no deal Brexit is avoided, Brexit has already cost the UK economy over 1% of its GDP since the referendum. Anna Tobin reports
Scope expects the UK to avoid a no-deal scenario, but…
Unsure of what tariffs you could be paying on your goods if the UK exits the EU without a deal? The Government’s little-known trade tariff search could prove useful reports Anna Tobin
If the UK exits the EU without a deal, World Trade Organization (WTO) rules will apply to all UK trade…
The City of London lost out to New York in the September 2018 Global Financial Centres Index, which evaluates future competitiveness and rankings for 100 major financial centres around the globe. Anna Tobin reports
The September 2018 Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI24), produced by…
A report by the National Audit Office has found that The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has made good progress with its preparations for Brexit, but it still faces huge challenges, particularly when it comes to averting food and livestock delays…
The majority of UK businesses feel that they lack the necessary information to start making decisions about their post-Brexit recruitment strategy, according to new research by the CIPD and The Adecco Group. Anna Tobin reports
The Adecco Group’s quarterly Brexit tracker is compiled using data from the…
The Port of Antwerp assures British companies who bring goods through the port that it has everything prepared for Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
With an annual freight volume of around 15 million tonnes, the UK is the Port of Antwerp’s third-largest maritime trading partner…
Brexit could lead to a shortage of software developers in the UK, reveals research by software company Pivotal. Anna Tobin reports
UK businesses need to prepare themselves for a software skills shortfall post Brexit, finds a survey commissioned by Pivotal Software, Inc…
Many companies are setting up additional companies in the EU or moving their headquarters to an EU country in a bid to minimise the negative fall-out they expect Brexit to have on their businesses. Anna Tobin looks at who is going where
The number of companies leaving the UK because of Brexit is growing…
Universities UK, the body that speaks for the UK university sector, has called on the Government to create a new visa that would allow international students to stay and work in the UK for up to two years after graduation. Anna Tobin reports
The post-study work visa, which enables non-EU international students…
The cons resulting from exiting the EU without a deal far outweigh the pros says think tank The UK in a Changing Europe in its report The Cost of No Deal Revisited, published September 3, 2018. Anna Tobin examines its findings…
Now that the Government has published its first batch of Technical Notices on the implications of a No Deal outcome to Brexit, British companies that trade internationally are in a position to get better prepared for this scenario. Anna Tobin examines what this entails
Importing and exporting post Brexit will become a much lengthier process. The UK will become what is known as a ‘third country’ when…
Responding to the findings of the latest quarterly CBI Services Sector Survey, Rain Newton-Smith, the CBI’s chief economist, calls on the Government and the EU to finalise the Withdrawal Agreement and support people’s jobs. Anna Tobin reports
The Government has started to issue the first of a number of documents advising the British people how to prepare for Brexit in the event of a failure to agree on a deal. Anna Tobin reports…
Unless the Government breaks its current political deadlock over Brexit, 2019 will be a horrific year for the British insurance industry, warns international law firm Kennedys. Anna Tobin reports
In its latest insurance industry report entitled Brexit and the Insurance Sector: Towards 2020 and Beyond, Kennedys states…
As the UK enters the end game of Brexit, think tank The Institute For Government published its report looking at how it could now play out. Anna Tobin reports
The publication entitled Autumn surprises: possible scenarios for the next phase of Brexit…
British manufacturers are making preparations for a No Deal Brexit and are looking at their options outside of the EU, finds a new study by Sheffield Hallam University and SSG Insight. Anna Tobin reports
A stark reduction in EU nationals entering the UK coincides with a significant drop in suitable job applicants finds a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and The Adecco Group. Anna Tobin reports
The latest quarterly Labour Market Outlook from the CIPD and The Adecco Group, based on a survey of 2,001 employers, has found that pay rises will be stable at 2% for most workers…
The British summer fruits industry is concerned that the Government is not doing enough to safeguard the supply of seasonal agricultural workers from the EU post-Brexit. Anna Tobin reports…
The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has warned that Britain would run out of food within a year if it was forced to be self-sufficient. Anna Tobin reports
The president of the NFU Minette Batters has warned the Government that a year today, 7 August 2019, is the day that Britain would run out of food if…
The Government has just published guidance notes on what the Brexit implementation period means for those in the life sciences industries. Anna Tobin reports
The guidance notes published August 6, 2018, show that as those in the sector are already aware, the impact of Brexit on life sciences is going to be significant, but the implementation period brings some breathing space…
Ofcom-licensed broadcasters whose channels are exported to the EU, may need to obtain individual country licenses to continue broadcasting in Europe post Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Those Ofcom-licensed broadcasters who broadcast within the EU Television companies may have to reassess which countries they transmit to after Brexit…
Brexit has been named as the prime reason that 93% of UK businesses claim to be expecting a fall in revenues in 2019, according to a survey by MHR Analytics. Anna Tobin reports
Specialist provider of business intelligence and analytics solutions MHR Analytics used independent polling company Censuswide…
A survey by international payments provider Currencies Direct has found that the majority of UK SMEs are looking at international expansion as a way of growing their business as a result of Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
Currencies Direct’s research showed that 84% of UK SMEs are looking at international expansion and 57% thought that international trade generally offered more opportunities than challenges…
Research by immigration law firm Migrate UK states that companies are paying up to £100,000 in incentives in a bid to keep EU workers on their payroll. Anna Tobin reports
Migrate UK surveyed one thousand HR Directors from organisations who employ over 250 EU workers in the UK. The survey completed between June 21 and 22 2018 found that of those polled, 66% struggled to recruit staff with the sufficient skills since the Brexit referendum. This rose to 86% for banking, 83% for finance and 79% for IT sectors…
Today, July 25, 2018, the UK Government published an employer toolkit that is designed to equip employers with the necessary tools and information required to support their employees who are EU citizens and their families through the EU Settlement Scheme. Anna Tobin reports
The online toolkit available here includes six documents…
Leading food policy experts are warning the UK government, the food industry and the public that the political uncertainties surrounding Brexit could threaten the safety and integrity of food being sold and consumed in the UK and exported abroad. Anna Tobin reports…
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warns in its July 2018 Country Report that the UK’s departure from the EU will negatively impact both sides. Anna Tobin reports
The latest Country Report from the IMF looks at how integrated the UK is now with the EU and then given this relationship it assesses how different Brexit scenarios will impact on the UK and EU members…
In a bid to help businesses in the EU make the necessary changes and get ready for Brexit, the European Commission has published a factsheet detailing how businesses in the EU27 can prepare for Britain exiting the Union. Anna Tobin reports
Seven Things Businesses in the EU27 Need to Know in Order to Prepare for Brexit is the title of the European Commission’s factsheet and it recommends the following…
UK pharmaceutical bodies have welcomed the news that Parliament has voted in favour of amendment NC17 to the Brexit Trade Bill, which will make it a negotiating objective for the UK Government to seek the UK’s participation in the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) European medicines regulatory network. Anna Tobin reports
Arla, Britain’s largest dairy business, warns that Brexit could result in less choice, higher prices and lower food standards as a result of border changes. Anna Tobin reports
Arla Foods UK, the country’s largest dairy company, has warned that if Brexit were to result in non-tariff barriers to trade and restricted access to labour, it would have a huge impact on the country’s dairy industry…
The Royal Town Planning Institute has published a briefing paper produced in conjunction with the sustainability think tank the Institute for European Environmental Policy, looking at how different Brexit scenarios could affect land use in the UK. It indicates that environmental regulations could become heavily diluted. Anna Tobin reports
A survey by the Institute of Export and International Trade has found that 39.75% of UK exporters would like the UK to stay in the Single Market following Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
A Brexit survey of the Institute of Export and International Trade has found that two years on from the referendum 39.75% of UK exporters said that continued membership of the Single Market was of the highest possible importance, scoring it ten out of ten. This has increased year-on-year from 33.6% in 2017…
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has created a tool to help farmers assess the impact that Brexit could have on their business. Anna Tobin reports
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has designed the Brexit Impact Calculator to forecast how different Brexit scenarios could impact on farming businesses.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has issued a warm response to the UK Government’s Brexit White Paper and pushes the government to move quickly now. Anna Tobin reports
In a statement published in response to the UK government’s White Paper on the future of the relationship between the UK and the EU, Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the CBI, said…
One of the UK’s largest providers of professional services KPMG UK has issued a statement responding to the UK government’s White Paper on the future of the relationship between the UK and the EU. Anna Tobin reports
In response to the UK government’s Brexit White Paper, James Stewart, KPMG UK’s head of Brexit said: ‘Most businesses will welcome today’s White Paper…
Things are looking up for SMEs in financial services and manufacturing, but SMEs that export to the EU have a tough road ahead finds the Quarter 2, 2018 SME Growth Tracker. Anna Tobin reports
A survey by international payments company OFX embargoed until today, July 10, 2018, but carried out prior to the recent cabinet reshuffle, finds that SMEs are now more positive about Brexit than they were when surveyed a year ago. Anna Tobin reports
The key findings of the OFX annual survey of 500 UK small business owners and senior managers at businesses with between 10 and 249 employees. found that SMEs are starting to feel more positive about international trade, particularly within Western Europe.
Professor Doctor Ralf Speth, the CEO of Jaguar Land Rover has urged the UK government to provide clarity on Brexit. Anna Tobin reports
The CEO of Britain’s largest car manufacturer issued a statement July 4, 2018 calling on the UK government to rapidly provide certainty for business and to guarantee tariff-free access and frictionless trade with the European Union.
The British Chambers of Commerce has found that there are a number of Brexit questions that businesses want the government to answer. Anna Tobin takes a look at the concerns causing them to raise their hands
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has devised a traffic-light system for assessing the answers to key questions British businesses have on Brexit.
Professional services multinational PwC has released a report looking at how Brexit could impact on the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries and it highlights a number of key points, reports Anna Tobin
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have come together to urge the UK government and the EU to guarantee citizens’ rights after March 29, 2019. The two organisations represent millions of public and private sector workers and 190,000 businesses.
In a joint statement Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC and Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the CBI, said: ‘After 15 months of human poker, the uncertainty facing four million European and UK citizens has become intolerable.
If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without an agreed trade deal, businesses that export from the UK or import into the UK will have to operate under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. Anna Tobin explains what this means
The European Banking Authority (EBA) warns financial institutions that they must make contingency plans for a No Deal Brexit, reports Anna Tobin
The European Banking Authority is an independent EU Authority charged with ensuring effective and consistent prudential regulation and supervision across the Europe’s banks and financial institutions. Today, June 25, 2018, it highlighted its concern that financial institutions are failing to make contingency plans to cover themselves should the UK leave the EU without a ratified withdrawal agreement…
Airbus has issued a warning that a No Deal Brexit could pose a serious risk to its business, reports Anna Tobin
In a statement, the European aerospace manufacturer said: ‘The UK exiting the EU next year without a deal – therefore leaving both the single market and customs union immediately and without any agreed transition – would lead to severe disruption and interruption of UK production.