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Sunday, 9th September 2018

Full house for Brexit breakfast briefing

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Speakers at the Brexit - supports for your business event in the Ballymascanlon Hotel (from left): Aidan McKenna, Regional Director, Enterprise Ireland; Dr. Vincent Power, A&L Goodbody and keynote speaker; Brian Colgan, SBCI and moderator; Nick Ashmore, CEO, SBCI; Denise Marron, Brexit team, Inter Trade Ireland; Thomas McEvoy, Head of Entrerprise, LEO Louth; Cllr. Liam Reilly, Cathaoirleach, Louth County Council.

Last Thursday (6th September) over 150 business owner/managers in Louth turned up for a highly insightful breakfast briefing to hear about the challenges Brexit will pose and the supports that have been rolled out to help them.

The breakfast event was hosted by LEO Louth & SBCI, who along with Enterprise Ireland, InterTrade Ireland and keynote speaker Dr Vincent Power addressed the large business audience at the Ballymascanlon Hotel.

Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Cllr. Liam Reilly welcomed all the attendees and said; "Brexit is one of the most significant challenges facing business and our community in recent generations. Because of its potential impact it is critically important businesses start preparing for Brexit now. I’m delighted that Louth County Council through its Local Enterprise Office is hosting this informative event with our partners which will help businesses start their preparations.”

Dr. Power, the head Partner on EU matters at A&L Goodbody, is one of the leading authorities in Ireland on Brexit. In his very informative and entertaining address he outlined in practical terms what a future Brexit will mean for business in Ireland. He detailed how Brexit will neither be ‘hard’ nor ‘soft’ but in fact is likely to be a ‘Spectrum Brexit which will evolve over time’.

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Representatives from LEO Louth, SBCI, Enterprise Ireland and Inter Trade Ireland outlined the supports they can provide to SMEs to assist them address the challenges Brexit will pose.

Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise at LEO Louth encouraged business owners to tap into the assistance available noting ‘the supports we have will help small businesses reach new markets, become more competitive, look to innovation, trade online or provide finance to invest in their future.’

He concluded “businesses should first go to www.prepareforbrexit.com which will generate a report they can take to our office to seek support.”

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