18/02/2019

Firms Urged To Confirm Post-Brexit Business Intentions

Businesses across Ireland have been urged to ensure consumers of their continued operation post-Brexit.

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation is encouraging firms to look into their suppliers and service providers and assess the continuity of their goods and services after the UK leaves the EU next month.

Businesses across all areas are urged to plan for the divorce and help mitigate the adverse effects their customers may face.

She explained: "Whether a business is a construction company, local beauty salon, bakery or even an Irish base of a multinational medical device company, it is crucial that they check their supply chains for vulnerabilities to Brexit impacts.

"If a business hasn't already done so, there are a number of steps they need to take. Firstly, they should make contact with their UK suppliers, service providers, logistics companies, wholesalers or distributors, to seek assurances about the continuity of the goods and services they rely on to do business.

"Next they should check to see if their suppliers use the UK as a landbridge to move their goods. If they do, this might cause delays and increased costs after Brexit. If they have any doubts about continuity in their supply chains, they should contact their Local Enterprise Office who can point them in the right direction to avail of Government supports and advice."

In addition, Minister of State Pat Breen recommended that businesses avail of the range of Government financial supports and advice available through InterTradeIreland, the Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Ireland, which hosted a webinar on the topic of 'Building resilience in your supply base' today at 11am.



(JG/CM)

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