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Brexit - Shaping a great future...

...and making sure uncertainty doesn't hold us back

Brexit checklist coverA year before the UK is due to leave the EU, the Chamber's new Brexit Advisory Group has published a checklist of things businesses should be considering now to ensure success in a post-Brexit economy.

The checklist is available as a pdf document here or by clicking the image to the right or as a word.doc briefing paper here.

As the leading voice for business in the East Midlands, the Chamber continues to gather intelligence on the short, medium and long-term impact of the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Brexit bannerWe are working with other Chambers through the British Chambers of Commerce to ensure we deliver, on behalf of our members and business generally, an informed, robust and comprehensive overview of real and potential challenges as well as opportunities that members face following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

The views and insights of our members since the referendum have been fed into broader research led by the BCC and are helping to shape national policy, including the BCC Brexit Transition Principles, to which we have subscribed.

Your continued involvement is essential to ensuring that together we shape a great future, that we maximise all the opportunities that will come from our eventual withdrawal from the EU and to ensuring that we recognise and avoid the potential pitfalls along the way.

Towards that end, we have partnered with law firm Eversheds to offer members a dedicated Brexit helpline. Chamber members calling the lo-call rate number 0333 456 0480 will be offered one hour’s free over-the-phone advice by an expert from the Eversheds legal team.

If you have any other questions, observations or experiences you want to share with the Chamber, please email plc@m-n.ouoiyecdlc.k.

As part of the process to inform and be informed, the Chamber has organised a programme of interactive seminars and workshops, designed to learn from members what their on-going concerns are and to arm them with the fullest possible understanding and knowledge of what post-Brexit conditions for business - locally, nationally and internationally - might look like.

We are also determined to keep members informed of developments as they happen. Recent stories, ours and those from other sources, that will help to inform members can be found below.

Shaping a Great Future

Shaping a Great Future document
The Chamber led a delegation of leading regional businesses to Westminster to launch an eight-page report setting out what business wants from Brexit.

The report is called Shaping a Great Future: Leading Balanced and Sustainable Growth in a Post-Brexit Economy
The full story is Business tells Ministers what it wants from Brexit
Feedback: Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie on Chamber Brexit event at Westminster

2018

Uploaded 26 April: Welsh and UK governments agree Brexit bill deal
Uploaded 26 April: Post-Brexit future is in robots - billions invested
Uploaded 26 April: Brussels wants Brits to pay £6 holiday visa fee post-Brexit
Uploaded 26 April: May loses Lords vote on post-Brexit powers for ministers
Uploaded 26 April: Irish EU commissioner urges rethink on customs union stance
Uploaded 26 April: Remain-backing MPs seize on David Davis comments
Uploaded 26 April: MPs to debate decision to leave EU customs union
Uploaded 24 April: Brexit 'can make UK world trade champions' says Liam Fox
Uploaded 24 April: Barnier to force Brexit through ECJ in resurrected call for Norway model
Uploaded 24 April: Brexiteer economist warns customs union plot EU negotiation tactics
Uploaded 24 April: Barnier demands UK fix Irish border or accept soft Brexit
Uploaded 24 April: EU Withdrawal Bill suffers third Lords defeat on human rights charter
Uploaded 24 April: Government insists UK will leave customs union
Uploaded 23 April: Rees-Mogg urges May not to back down in Irish border dispute
Uploaded 23 April: Brexit deal with Michigan to collaborate on new technology
Uploaded 23 April: Downing Street rules out U-turn on customs union pledge
Uploaded 23 April: Carney - Brexit uncertainty could delay interest rate rise
Uploaded 23 April: Brexit divorce cost uncertain, say auditors
Uploaded 23 April: No 10 still 'confident' of Irish border solution
Uploaded 23 April: Nicky Morgan calls for 'rational debate' on UK's customs plans
Uploaded 23 April: No-deal Brexit 'disastrous' for food firms
Uploaded 19 April: Fishermen furious at Brussels as small fleets face extinction
Uploaded 19 April: Brussels pushing through dozens of laws through within weeks
Uploaded 19 April: Brexit will not diminish the UK's global standing - Helen Clarke
Uploaded 19 April: Gove's pledge: Lords rejection won't stop Brexit 17.4m deserve
Uploaded 19 April: Brexit row 'reaching endgame' - Sturgeon
Uploaded 19 April: Ministers suffer first defeat on EU Withdrawal Bill
Uploaded 18 April: 'All they care about is spinning fibs to undermine Brexit' - Banks
Uploaded 18 April: Tusk vows to scupper deal unless UK bows to Brussels' demands
Uploaded 18 April: Osborne's 'Project Fear' exposed as con as Brexit Britain booms
Uploaded 18 April: German MEP demands Brexit deal UK 'always wanted'
Uploaded 18 April: Each Brexit scenario will leave Britain worse off, study finds
Uploaded 18 April: First talks on UK's future relationship with EU begin
Uploaded 18 April: UK firms face being kicked off .eu websites

News stories about Brexit have flowed thick and fast since Britain's historic vote on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU. They are far too numerous to continue to list on this page but have been archived to another page, available through this link, to provide a narrative for the process.

Brexit Support Programme

The Chamber created a four-day Brexit Support Programme to help businesses navigate the uncertain waters of leaving the EU – now recognised as the biggest challenge to UK business since the Second World War.
Delegates were guided through what is known about Brexit, its implications for businesses and what steps should be taken now to mitigate the potential impact of leaving the EU.
The first part of the programme consisted of an impact analysis on the sales and marketing, supply chain logistics and procurement operations, HR, back office (IT and finance) issues that Brexit might cause.
This was followed by a focus on the technical change management, business remodelling and decision-making techniques required to address potential impacts.
The next part of the programme consisted of potential solution considerations and the final part takes the form of a discussion around issues raised by participants and finding potential solutions on a group basis
The courses were delivered by Ron Mendes, Management Consultant at Prospa, the Professional Service Providers Alliance.
Ron is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and Member of the Institute of Risk Management where he is a Member of its Audit & Risk Committee.
He is a Council Member of the CBI’s East Midlands Regional Council and Committee Member in the IOD’s East Midlands Region.
For further information, or to book on the programme, visit http://bit.ly/2mtRe1B.

Providing facts and clarity about the UK’s withdrawal from the EU should be the Government’s main focus.

Scott KnowlesScott Knowles, the Chamber's Chief Executive, said: “With less than a year to go before Brexit becomes a reality, albeit that there might be a transition period, the immediate priorities for UK businesses remain market stability, economic security and political clarity.

“Business thrives on certainty. What businesses still need is to see the road road map that Prime Minister Theresa May and her Government plan to use to navigate our exit from the EU, but while negotiations continue there is still little clarity on what the outcome will be. That is why the Chamber, with Strategic Partner RSM, has set up a Brexit Advisory Group to act as a two way conduit between regional businesses and Government.

"A year isn't long in business so it is imperative that companies, if they haven't already, start making plans now for operating in a post-Brexit economy, even if it means planning for the worst case scenario while hoping for the best outcome.''

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