Business Support – Whose got their finger on the Post Brexit Pulse?

Looking at most business support platforms offering Post Brexit advice, most lost the will to live on this issue along with the stale mince pies and turkey sandwiches. There are however a number of organisations poised with pencils sharpened to keep their business communities updated with the latest impartial information and advice.  

Officially we are now in the Post Brexit transition period until the new rules take effect on 1 January 2021 but with currently  just 2 main actions for businesses to take on the .Gov.UK website SMEs will be looking for wider support.

The 38 publicly funded Growth Hubs around the country offer a wealth of support, in some cases this includes one-to-one specialist Growth Hub Brexit advice helplines, workshops and podcasts. Signing up to your local Growth Hub’s news bulletins is strongly recommended.

The Federation of Small Business (FSB) has an excellent ‘Brexit guidance for small business’ section on their website.  They’ve been generous, offering open source content to non-members that includes sector specific checklists, information links and podcasts.

Chambers of Commerce have adopted the same model, offering open source online advice.  For example Business West’s ‘Trading through Brexit’ service offers self-audit tools, FAQs and a Brexit Update newsletter.

My advice to any SME looking for support with their next step on the Post Brexit journey is to contact one of the many business advice organisations and speak to them directly.  As everyone is still unsure about the implications for business, support organisations are reluctant to set their advice in stone by publishing it on their website.  This is not helped by the fact that Brexit business advice varies from sector to sector, regional location, type and often changes.  

Speaking directly to a business advice organisation, you will find many of them have their own in-house Brexit Guru (or knows someone) who once you’ve given them an insight into your business, will offer you tailored advice.

Attending Brexit B2B events and workshops is useful, not just for information updates but for networking with other businesses in the same situation who you can exchange info with. For example, the following are a selection of just a few free or very low-cost business events:

Exporting post-Brexit: Where and Why?19 FebruaryNorth PethertonBridgewater Breakfast Club
Rise and Shine! We’ve Brexited, but what next…?20 FebruaryCardiffCIPR
Immigration – The Impact of Brexit (London event)
17 March The Law Society, LondonField Seymaur Parkes LLP

Hopefully in the course of time, further guidelines will be published nationally and businesses will proactively start receiving industry specific information, advice and guidance. The business support organisations will want to know these details more than anyone, therefore strengthening your relationships with them will ensure you will also have your finger on the pulse.