Advisory Group makes sure its voice is heard

The Chamber’s newly-formed Brexit Advisory Group is already beginning to influence debate at the highest level. Launched at the end of March, it

recently hosted a business round- table event in Leicester with Lord Callanan, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union. Joining over a dozen businesses

and the Chamber at the event were Justin Homer from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, MEP for the East Midlands Emma McCLarkin and Ian Harrison from the Department for International Trade. Discussions during the two-hour-

long session included trade deals, the future of exporting post-Brexit, whether firms should establish a European base before the UK finally leaves the EU and the Irish border. Concerns were also raised about

delays at ports, particularly around the import of construction materials and perishable goods. The Chamber was represented

by Chief Executive Scott Knowles and Director of Policy Chris Hobson. After the event Scott said: “Lord

Callanan’s visit gave us and members another very good opportunity to deliver to the heart of Government the concerns and asks of regional businesses over Brexit. “It gave us another chance to

reiterate the message that the East Midlands contributes more to the national economy than anywhere else in the UK outside London and the South and that as the creators of jobs and wealth it is vital that the views of regional businesses are taken into consideration at all level of Brexit debate. “I talked to members after the

event and they expressed a general opinion that they felt more confident about Britain’s future relationship with the EU and global trading after hearing from Lord Callanan than they did before.” The Chamber’s Brexit Advisory

Group was set up in collaboration with Chamber Strategic Partner RSM, one of the UK’s leading providers of audit, tax and consulting services, to help regional businesses navigate their way through the Brexit process, starting with the publication of a checklist of things firms should be considering now to ensure a seamless transition.

28 business network June 2018

‘The Chamber’s Brexit Advisory Group was set up in collaboration with Chamber Strategic Partner RSM, one of the UK’s leading providers of audit, tax and consulting services’

TRAINING FROM THE CHAMBER The Brexit Effect and Managing Risk in International Trade

As Brexit continues to dominate the headlines we look at the facts and how to plan for longer-term global trading activity. This interactive course is designed to give you the most up to date

position on Brexit and how this might affect your business. It will offer guidance on how to address issues that may raise. Furthermore, the course will explore risk in international trade and

how to identify and mitigate this in order to make informed decisions about opportunities for export growth. This course takes place on 26 June at the Chamber’s Chesterfield office.

For more information visit “Despite there being only a year

Ian Harrison, who represented the Department for International Trade at the meeting

to go, considerable doubt remains over what the future holds for business, with things to consider ranging from customs arrangements through employing EU nationals to contracts and Intellectual Property

rights. In business terms, a year is a very short time in which to go through all the documents, processes and programmes currently in use and revise all those that need it so that trading can continue post-Brexit.” said Scott.

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