Why business will survive Brexit

Gail Thomas

POSITIVE: Gail Thomas

Business in Hampshire will survive and prosper whatever the outcome of the UK’s Brexit negotiations.

That’s the message a high-flying company executive will give to hundreds of the county’s business leaders at a special conference this autumn.

Gail Thomas, Managing Director for Europe and Asia of £150m turnover company TW Metals, is hosting a Brexit Breakfast at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce’s Roots to Growth conference.

She said: “Companies will always find solutions, whatever decisions the government makes, to ensure trading continues successfully. We just get on with it.

“There will be challenges ahead, especially in dealing with agreements the government may be party to after Article 50 is actioned, but I am not unduly worried because, as ever, we have to manage change effectively.

“Business will drive the path forward. We are all so deeply inter-connected across Europe with hugely significant amounts of trade being carried out that pressure can be levered to counter possible embargoes and sanctions.

Gail, whose Nursling, Southampton, firm is a leading global distributor of metals, especially to the aerospace industry, added: “I speak from my own perspective in an international company and other executives may see things differently.

“I’m hoping the Brexit Business will spark an ongoing debate. A substantial variety of wide-raging views could well help companies to see the future a little more brightly.”

Gail, who joined TW from school at the age of 16 and is now responsible for hundreds of employees, added: “I sit around the table with French, Germans and Italians and hear about political turmoil in countries across the EU, so Brexit may well be just the start of a new Europe.

The conference, at the Ferneham Hall, Fareham on October 20, is designed to bring members and business leaders together for a day of inspiring presentations and networking opportunities alongside a business exhibition.

Hampshire Chamber’s fifth annual conference also features Jody Scheckter, the South African-born 1979 F1 champion who now owns the multi-award winning 2,500-acre organic Laverstoke Park Farm at Overton near Basingstoke. He will discuss how to build a successful business from scratch without compromising any ideals.

Other speakers include:

There will also be a panel of experts including Kevin Stansfield of Action Coach Business Coaching, Gary Jeffries, David Stevenson, Andy Stanford-Clark and Steve Driver of Spirit Circuits answering questions on challenges to growth.

The Roots to Growth conference begins with the Brexit Breakfast at 7am. The guest speakers’ programme begins at 9am before concluding with a buffet lunch until 2pm.

The conference is backed by financial experts Smith & Williamson and ActionCoach Business Coaching. The event also includes business exhibition stands.

The conference costs £30 +VAT to Hampshire Chamber members and £40 +VAT for non-members. To book a place visit http://tinyurl.com/hkjfm6w  or call 01329 242420.

Notes to editors

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is the independent voice of local business across the county and one of the largest regional business networks in the UK.  It brings together the combined influence, strength and expertise of Hampshire’s three former major chambers of commerce. It works with over 2,000 individual firms spanning all sectors and sizes of business. For more information, visit www.hampshirechamber.co.uk or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hantschamber.

HCC is affiliated to The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), a powerful network of 52 accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes and within all sectors. For more information visit www.britishchambers.org.uk

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