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Brexit checklist to prepare for no deal

All businesses in Scotland should continue to actively prepare for a no-deal Brexit on 31 October 2019. It’s vital that your business acts now to be in the strongest position possible to adapt quickly and thrive.

Think your business won’t be affected? Think again.

EU legislation, regulation, funding programmes and trade agreements, created over the last 40+ years all currently govern business operations in Scotland. Therefore, a no-deal Brexit will impact all sizes of businesses in Scotland, across all sectors. 

Main Brexit impacts

Labour - Even if you don’t employ any EU workers, the availability and cost of local labour may change.

Tax, laws and regulation - It’s possible that under a no-deal scenario regulations under which your business operates may change.

Supply chain - Even if you’re not a direct importer or exporter, the chances are that many components and products you use originate in the EU.

Competition - Even if you only serve Scottish or UK markets, the competition your business faces now may change.

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Low-risk, low-cost actions you can take now

Christene Leiper, managing director, Onorach Ltd

Christene Leiper, managing director of Dundee-based Onorach Ltd is using the Brexit Support Grant to gather insight on how Brexit will impact employing EU citizens.

"We have used the Brexit Support Grant for consultancy fees. Having knowledge of the effect of employing EU citizens has helped us mitigate uncertainties and allow us to progress forward."
Peter Sunderland, director, Instrmnt Ltd

Peter Sunderland, director of Glasgow-based Instrmnt Ltd is using the Brexit Support Grant to help with research and planning to ensure the company's continued success, both in the UK and internationally.

"We have been able to employ an intern to specifically help us negotiate uncertainties, making thorough preparations for the impact of Brexit."

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