Thomas McEvoy of the Louth Local Enterprise Office.
Whatever your thoughts on the rights and wrongs of Brexit, and it has been the cause of many a row both here and in Britain, the fact of the matter is that it is happening and many local businesses just haven’t come to grips with that fact.
There’s no need to panic though because Louth County Council and the Local Enterprise Office are working hard to prepare SMEs for the return of customs controls and they are hosting a free workshop in Drogheda next week to help business owners and managers deal with the practicalities of customs.
The free “Preparing Your Business for Customs” workshop takes place in the The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda on January16th but if you can’t make it there will be similar events in Dundalk (Creative Spark) on January 24th and at Ardee Business Park on February 12thFeb.
Head of Enterprise in Louth Thomas McEvoy explains “Brexit is now fast approaching. Lots of small business owners have not yet grasped the impact that customs will have on getting goods in and out of Ireland. And unfortunately, many of them will only discover it when it is too late.”
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He continues, “These workshops are free to attend and really, really practical. They are aimed at small business owners who will have to manage these things themselves and want to minimise disruption to supply chains. The workshop will help ensure that SMEs in Louth are working to best practice.”
At the end of the workshop, business owners will understand the potential impacts and the formalities and procedures to be adopted when trading with a third country. The workshop will highlight the Customs facilities available to importers and exporters, opportunities to minimise import duty payments and ensure compliance with customs procedures.
Thomas concluded “This is a really valuable learning opportunity for SMEs. Places are free but pre-booking is essential. Book your place on www.localenterprise.ie/Louth”