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Business bodies get together to host free Brexit advice event in Belfast

Practical steps: Aidan Gough
Practical steps: Aidan Gough
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Local business bodies have come together to host a one-stop shop event offering companies practical advice about Brexit issues.

The free half-day event in Titanic Belfast next Tuesday (April 16) will focus on practical steps businesses can take to prepare the ground for whatever changes Brexit may bring.

It represents the first time the Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors, InterTradeIreland, Invest NI and the Northern Ireland Chamber have come together for a Brexit event, pulling together information, support and funding under one roof.

The day will include one-to-one clinics for companies, with a range of experts drawn from subject areas such as customs, logistics, tax, supply chain, data and employment.

Aidan Gough from cross-border business body InterTradeIreland said: "We appreciate the plight of many thousands of small businesses facing key investment decisions in an environment that is rife with uncertainty."

He said that now, more than ever, it was time for Northern Ireland firms to take practical steps.

"The first step is to fully understand the potential scenarios facing them and assess how these might impact on their business."

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Donal Durkan from Invest NI said while the political scenario continues to shift, it it necessary that businesses are fully informed and supported on Brexit scenario planning, to ensure they can continue to trade, regardless of the ultimate outcome.

"This joint event supplements the range of workshops we have delivered in recent months," he said.

"It will include the most up-to-date information available, based on the current position at the time, with advice zones on key areas to provide businesses with one-to-one guidance."

Belfast Telegraph