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Brexit Conference 2020 will prepare East Midlands businesses for new EU trading relationship

Businesses can find out how to prepare for a new trading relationship with the EU by attending a free online event hosted by East Midlands Chamber.

This year’s Brexit Conference, which takes place over the course of a morning on Thursday 26 November and is held in partnership with the Derbyshire Economic Partnership and Nottinghamshire County Council, will review the sweeping changes that 1 January 2021 will bring for exporters and importers.

Titled Business Preparedness: Where Are We Now?, it will offer guidance on the measures that can be taken to prepare for these changes and delve into what future trading conditions might look like.

East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles, who will deliver the opening address, said: “There are huge changes coming for businesses on 1 January, regardless of whether or not a trade deal is forthcoming, and now is the time to prepare.

“With all the latest updates, tips and takeaways, this year's conference is a must for all those looking to continue, or prepare, trading overseas.”

Brexit Conference 2020 sessions and speakers

The virtual conference involves a series of live streamed webinar sessions, keynote speakers and case studies.

It is aimed at businesses that trade internationally, customs agents, employees in businesses who are responsible for completing export documentation, and personnel who administer the documentation, sales, purchasing, logistics, dispatch and freight forwarders embarking into the export world.

Confirmed sessions include an overview of the future changes to trading conditions, HMRC update, routes to export markets, standards certification and the CE mark, effective supplier collaboration, HR implications and the ChamberCustoms offer.

Speakers include Keith Robe, managing director of customs solutions firm Cusdec; Simon Hart, lead international partner at RSM UK; Paragon Law managing director Thalej Vasishta; Nottingham University Business School professor of operations management Bart MacCarthy; and East Midlands Chamber’s director of partnerships David Pearson.

The Brexit Conference will take place on 26 November from 9am to 11.40am. To book a place, click here.

Business Readiness for Change events

It is just one of a number of Business Readiness for Change training programmes and events run by the Chamber in the lead-up to the end of the transition period.

Other planned events, which are all free to both members and non-members, include:

UK Border Customs Controls from 1/1/21: 50 Days to Go (11 November, 10am to 11am)

Developing New Export Markets: Doing Business in Poland (18 November, 10am to 12pm)

How to Prepare for Customs Changes incorporating Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) (24 November, 10am to 12pm)

Overseas Cultural Awareness (25 November, 10am to 12pm)

UK Border Customs Controls from 1/1/21: 30 Days to Go (1 December, 10am to 11am)

Globally, Locally, Expertly: Multilingual Copywriting - All You Need to Know (2 December, 10am to 12pm)

For more information about the Chamber’s Brexit-related activity or the programmes it runs, call the policy or international teams on 0333 320 0333 or email policy@eml-dnl.co.uk or international@emc-dnl.co.uk.