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Preparing your Manufacturing Business for Brexit

Do you import goods from overseas, operate in international supply chains or export goods? If so, there are some significant changes ahead for when the UK leaves the Customs Union.

This workshop is a direct follow up to the Brexit series the Manufacturing Growth Fund delivered in early 2018 and aims to inform manufacturers in the North-West region of the latest Brexit developments that have come through.

Whilst trade deals and timelines are still to be finalised, there are measures that you can implement now to futureproof your business before the March cut-off date. Developing a plan to manage Brexit now, no matter the final outcome of negotiations, will ensure that you are able to continue servicing your customer base and carry on with business as usual.

The Manufacturing Growth Fund will be delivering the two fully-funded workshops in Lancashire and Cheshire & Warrington respectively, in partnership with the local Growth Hubs. These events will provide you with an outline of what Brexit means for small and medium manufacturing firms and provide you with tools required to prepare your business.

Who should attend?

Manufacturing leaders and managers from small and medium businesses who are responsible for strategic development, financial management and/or sales and marketing.

This workshop will be particularly beneficial for manufacturing businesses that currently only export or import to and from the EU and are unfamiliar with the paperwork and procedures that are usually required for countries outside the Union.

What will I leave with?

  • Tools to start preparing your business planning
  • Access to local expertise to help you with business planning, supply chain management and/or sales and marketing strategy

Event agenda

Each event will include a presentation from consultants specialising in Import, Export and Business Planning strategy development, who will provide an update on the latest Brexit policy developments, as well as guidance on the implications of leaving the Customs Union. This will include details of tariffs for export and import, plus a look at other barriers for business including rules of origin, regulation and standards.

In addition, the session will feature a Planning/Strategy workshop which will allow delegates to consider how to navigate Brexit based on their business’ needs and internal aims and objectives.                                                                                                  

There will also be an opportunity to speak with Manufacturing Business Advisors who can let you know about funding which can be used to make these preparations.

Book your free place at your local event

Thursday 24th January - The Base, Dallam Lane, Warrington, WA2 7NG

Thursday 31st January - Blackburn Technology Management Centre, BB1 5QB

For more information about these events please contact the Manufacturing Growth Fund team on 0161 237 4196.

Please note:

Our workshops are part-funded by European Regional Development Funds.

Our workshops are delivered free of charge to participants; however, as they are fully-funded, they are classed as state aid to participating businesses and are subject to state aid rules and the associated eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Location: North West manufacturing clients
  • SME: Small or medium enterprise i.e. less than 250 (Full Time Equivalent) employees and
    annual turnover less than 50 Million Euro OR Balance Sheet less than 43 million Euro 
  • Sector Restrictions may also apply

Confirmed speakers

Mike Brook, Principal Consultant, Brook Corporate Developments

Mike is the founder of Brook Corporate Developments and has successfully grown from a one-man outfit to a team of 17. He is a Mechanical Engineer by profession who has gained considerable practical experience in operations management. He moved into business improvement consultancy in 1997 and now concentrates his efforts helping other companies move forward and increase competitiveness and profitability.

Jayne Mezulis, Specialist Export and Import Consultant, Brook Corporate Developments

Jayne is an MIEx (Grad) qualified export, import and marketing consultant, fluent in French and German. She is experienced in a variety of fields including export sales, import purchasing, international shipping, export market research and marketing. Jayne has a successful track record helping start ups and established clients identify new overseas markets, implementing lean back office systems and procedures and training staff involved in the international trade function.

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