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Local Enterprise Office supports preparation for Brexit

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Local Enterprise Office Kildare outline the wealth of support available to better prepare for Brexit

The Local Enterprise Office in collaboration with the Kildare Chamber of Commerce welcomed clients and over 120 business owners to the Osprey Hotel on Thursday 31 January to put some context around the word Brexit.

Attendees were joined by guest speakers Lucinda Creighton, CEO of Vulcan Consulting Ltd, Sasha Kerins, Tax Partner at Grant Thornton and Enterprise Ireland representative, Senior Advisor Manus Rooney.  The speakers shared an overview of potential risk areas and provided guidelines and strategies in overcoming the challenges posed by Brexit.

Lucinda highlighted the potential changes in the Irish political landscape. She spoke about how Ireland will operate in the EU post Brexit, and that our position in the EU without the UK’s support will be challenging.

Sasha spoke about the implications of a no trade agreement, reminding us not to overlook the impact on services as well as on goods. In preparation for a ‘No Deal Brexit’, Sasha broke down the transition into three phases; preparation, disruption and adjustment. Sasha’s advice to the audience was to “plan for all eventualities and to identify opportunities that uncertainty and disruptions in the market create”.

Enterprise Ireland representative, Senior Advisor Manus Rooney highlighted the resources available to Kildare business owners in this time of uncertainty. Enterprise Ireland, Intertrade Ireland and The Local Enterprise Office can offer advisory and financial support to get your business Brexit ready.

The audience had the opportunity to engage further with the speakers as the floor was opened for questions, where Allan Shine, CEO Kildare Chamber of Commerce, facilitated a panel discussion.  Concerns were raised about the timeline of activities, the effects on labour and the pressure of a backstop.

Jacqui McNabb, Head of Enterprise at Kildare County Council brought the seminar to a close, inviting business owners to meet the team of the Local Enterprise Office stating “With the 29 of March deadline fast approaching, The Local Enterprise Office are committed to supporting Kildare based companies in mitigating the potential risks and positioning themselves to take advantage of the opportunities posed by Brexit. We offer a lending ear and the assurance that you’ll get the best support possible”.

Have you got concerns about how Brexit will affect your business? Our SME Brexit Scorecard will help you assess your organisation’s readiness for potential change in this new business landscape.  Log on to to take the first step toward preparing for Brexit.

For more information contact us on 045 980967, or visit us at Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, W91 X77F


Ends                                                                                                  5 February 2019

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