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Chamber tool to help cut through Brexit ‘noise and confusion’

A free online tool launched by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) aims to cut through the ‘noise and confusion surrounding Brexit.’

The Business Brexit Health Check helps businesses find information on how Brexit may impact their organisation, tailored to answers they provide in a questionnaire. Businesses will also receive a personalised report which includes suggested steps for preparing for Brexit related risks or taking up opportunities it presents.

According to research released by British Chambers of Commerce earlier this year, 62% of businesses, in the West Midlands, had yet to undertake a risk assessment on the impact of Brexit on their business.

Henrietta Brealey, Director of Policy and Strategic Relationships at the GBCC, said:

“We are starting to get more and more questions from businesses on what they can do to start preparing for Brexit, now. You asked – and we delivered. There are thousands of pages of Brexit related advice, guidance and news reports published each day. With this tool we’re aiming to cut through the noise and confusion surrounding Brexit and get businesses the practical information they need to ramp up their preparations.

“The recent huge uncertainty regarding the proposed Withdrawal Deal has highlighted how important it is for businesses to be as informed and prepared as possible. As it stands, there’s only just over 18 weeks until ‘Brexit Day’ (29 March 2019) which is not long at all in business planning terms.

“This tool shows businesses where they may be exposed to Brexit related changes and signposts to relevant Chamber materials highlighting what we know so far about two key scenarios on the table: the draft Withdrawal Deal and a “no-deal” Brexit.

“While clarity on the final Brexit outcome remains elusive there are practical steps that businesses can take now to understand how Brexit may impact their business and reduce their exposure to potential risks or take up opportunities.”

Tim Pile, Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership said:

“This is a chance for business leaders to look, in more detail, at Brexit and how it may impact them and their workforce. It will provide businesses with the opportunity to address areas of risk and make use of tools that will help them to strategically plan for the future. I am glad to see the business community coming together to address the most important challenge facing the stability of our economy.”

To complete your free Business Brexit Health Check click here.