News release from 16/10/2018
Council and business leaders are calling on small and medium sized businesses to attend a Brexit workshop next week as they work with firms to understand and develop the support needed for the UK’s proposed exit from the European Union.
With under 165 days left to go until the proposed exit, South Cambridgeshire District Council and the Federation of Small Businesses have teamed up to host a free #FSBConnect event where businesses can share their concerns.
They will also be able to let councillors and business representatives from both Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire know about the support they could provide that would have a positive impact on their business.
The workshop forms part of the evidence gathering work of the Brexit Advisory Group, which was set up following elections in May. The group is keen to support small and medium sized businesses who often have less resources to understand and address the issues Brexit could have on them.
Representatives from the Federation for Small Businesses and Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce will be on hand during the evening to provide information on existing information and support that is available to business.
The Managing Director of Local Cottenham based business, Eagle Distribution, will be attending the event and is also urging businesses to support it so they can learn from one another and tackle the Brexit challenges.
Michael Russell, Managing Director of Eagle Distribution, who is a Federation for Small Businesses member and also runs CSA Cleaning Equipment, said: “I’m big on networking, and small businesses supporting other small businesses. I often find that a solution can be found to a problem by just speaking to other small business owners in the area. On Brexit, I am worried about import tax changes and securing products from Europe. The cleaning machinery we supply comes from Italy in just two days. There are lots of unknowns for businesses as we move toward March as we don’t
know if the costs will increase, timescales for securing products will go up and people might hibernate on spending.”
Cllr Geoff Harvey, The Chairman of the Brexit Advisory Group, said: ““We know that businesses are concerned about Brexit and there are lots of unknowns for them as the date of a proposed UK exit in March races towards us. This event is to help us shape the support we put in place for our small and medium sized businesses. We are targeting these businesses as they often have less resource. Just keeping up on the latest on Brexit isn’t easy and I’m sure we will be able to do more in this area to support companies. I’d encourage as many people as possible to come along as the outcomes we achieve will be far better for all.”
Alan Todd, area leader FSB in Greater Cambridge, said: “With so little time remaining before the UK leaves the EU, time is running out to seal a deal that will avoid a disorderly ‘no deal’ exit. Smaller businesses, and those businesses they rely upon, simply don’t have enough time to prepare for a cliff edge Brexit. A recent FSB report found that 86% of SME's are not prepared for 'no deal’ Brexit.”
“We are grateful to South Cambridgeshire District Council for providing this opportunity for small businesses in their area to have their say and would encourage FSB members and other small businesses to come to this event to give their views.”
The free event on Wednesday 24 October starts at 5.30pm and will finish around 7.30pm at South Cambridgeshire District Council’s offices on Cambourne Business Park. Small and medium sized business from Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire can attend.
To register for the event, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fsbconnect-cambourne-networking-tickets-48350908870.
There will be a buffet and refreshments provided.