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Wednesday, 10th October 2018

Free event to help Local companies prepare for Brexit

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Thomas McEvoy of the Louth Local Enterprise Office: “While the implications of Brexit are still unclear, small businesses must still be planning to secure their future." 

Enterprise Ireland will host a Brexit Advisory Clinic, in Dundalk on Monday, 22nd October to support companies exposed to Brexit to take action and safeguard their business in key risk areas.

This event, run with Local Enterprise Office support, is the second in a new series of Enterprise Ireland advisory clinics taking place nationwide, with events to follow in Waterford and Limerick.

More than half (54%) of respondents to an audience participation poll at the last tranche of Brexit Advisory Clinics ranked customs and logistics as their greatest concern and as a result, this area will be given particular focus and will feature a presentation by Revenue, Irish Tax and Customs. Additionally, the clinic will include a seminar on the movement of people, which is of concern to businesses in this region.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will also be participating in this new series of clinics and will be available to advise companies who import or export chemicals or other industrial products, like machinery and lifts, on the impacts of Brexit.

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Aidan McKenna, the Regional Director – Borders, with Enterprise Ireland said, “Enterprise Ireland is encouraging all companies in Louth and the surrounding area to take immediate action to mitigate the risks associated with Brexit.

“The first step for many companies will be getting valuable advice from experts, or hearing from other companies of similar size, or in the same sector, and these opportunities are available at the Brexit Advisory Clinics.

“The Brexit negotiations are reaching a crucial juncture and regardless of the outcome of discussions this month, taking action should be a priority for Irish businesses in the weeks leading up to March 29th 2019.”

The clinic will also feature expert presentations, one-to-one consultations and panel discussions in the areas of finance and currency management, and market development and market diversification.

This event is free to attend and will also give companies the opportunity to speak one-to-one with independent experts, who will provide company-specific guidelines and advice, while allowing company managers, founders and CEOs to privately discuss their circumstances and concerns.

Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Louth said, “While the implications of Brexit are still unclear, small businesses must still be planning to secure their future. 

“We all hope for a favourable outcome for Ireland, but it would be negligent for businesses not to be planning for a negative outcome.  We would encourage any small business or Local Enterprise Office clients to come along to the free Brexit Advisory Clinic and find out how they can take some simple steps to Brexit-proof their company.”

What:              Brexit Advisory Clinic

When:             Monday 22nd October at 8.00am

Where:            Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk

Who:               Jonathan McMillan, Brexit Unit Manager, Enterprise Ireland

                         Aidan McKenna, Regional Director – Borders, Enterprise Ireland

                         Thomas McEvoy, Local Enterprise Office, Louth.                      

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