Brexit: time running out for answers to firms’ real-world questions

"Nearly 3 months have now passed since voters across the UK made the decision to leave the European Union.

What has become clear is that the process of transition will be a long, drawn-out and protracted affair, one from which the UK Government needs to secure the best possible outcome for businesses trading in the EU, and across the rest of the world.

We also now know politics - party and national - are getting mixed up with what needs to happen. Our politicians must remember they are here to serve us, not themselves.

As an apolitical organisation, we’ve observed the political fall-out, but we are focused on identifying the key business issues that members will want to see addressed in the negotiations.

We will be monitoring business-specific matters in a fast-changing environment to enable our members to maximise the opportunities that Brexit will offer.

In uncertain times, we can help businesses understand a changing trading environment because we usually know the (latest) answer.

We recognise that the decision to leave the EU is of huge importance, but it must not be allowed to side-line other priorities for business and the economy.

There needs to be a business-as-usual approach on the big ticket deals that fuel our domestic economy, and further measures to stimulate the exploration and drilling activities that are key for the oil and gas sector in the North-east.

Chambers of Commerce have global reach, are well connected and have been helping businesses to export for over 100 years.

With our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce, we have sought urgent reassurances from Ministers that they will work quickly to secure an ordered exit from the EU."

The above is taken from a piece written by Liam Smyth, Director of International Trade Facilitation, British Chambers of Commerce and guest speaker at our Chamber Keynote Lunch: Is Your Business Brexit Ready? Join us to consider the changes, discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead and find out about the support available from the Chamber network, the Local Export Partnership (LEP) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). This is a vital event for the Highland business community, as it seeks to look at the positive opportunities and practical steps that we can all take going forward from Brexit. 

Following the main presentations, Inverness Chamber Chief Executive, Stewart Nicol will facilitate a panel discussion. Stewart will be joined by:
Liam Smyth, British Chambers of Commerce
Martin Johnston from Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Jason Cleaversmith, AKVA Group Scotland
Alistair Paton, The Tomatin Distillery Co

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