BUSINESSES in Dorset were urged to seize the support on offer to help prepare for the challenges and opportunities of Brexit.
More than 130 delegates attended the Business Brexit Conference to hear practical advice about the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU.
Issues raised in a question and answer session with an expert panel included supply chains, VAT registration, no-deal Brexit, working time directives, food safety, trade deals, employment and broadband.
All delegates received a Brexit support pack via email from the Dorset Chamber – the county’s voice of business – following the conference.
Ian Girling, who is chief executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “This conference was a timely opportunity to talk through practical issues surrounding Brexit.
“It was a great success and I was impressed by the positivity and ‘can do’ attitude shown by the many Dorset businesses at the conference at the Hallmark Carlton Hotel in Bournemouth..
“They listened intently to the advice offered, and were urged to take full advantage of the support available as we move through the Brexit journey.”
The Dorset Chamber, the county’s leading business support organisation, held the event as part of its programme of activities to help firms during Brexit.
Speakers included Matthew Elliott, who was chief executive of the Vote Leave campaign during the referendum, Stuart Chapman from the Government’s Business Intelligence and Readiness Directorate and Prof Nigel Jump, a strategic and analytical economist from Bournemouth University.
The expert panel included REIDsteel managing director and CBI manufacturing council member Simon Boyd, Mr Elliott, Prof Jump, Kate Fretten of Frettens Solicitors, Bournemouth University professor of economics Dr Sangeeta Khorana and Lester Aldridge international trade lawyer Linda Jacques. It was chaired by Nicola Newman, who is chief executive of Ansbury Guidance.
The conference, sponsored by Purple HR, was free for members and non-members of the Chamber.
It was the latest in the Chamber’s series of Dorset Business Forums, which address heavyweight issues affecting the county.
Dorset Chamber is offering more support for businesses, including seminars, international trade support and advice in a dedicated Brexit section on its website.
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