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A team Scotland approach to Brexit

Prepare for Brexit support is open to all companies across Scotland, and is designed to make sure businesses are Brexit-ready. By making use of the self-assessment tool, our programme of events, and business experts, we'll equip you with the right information to develop your plans.

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The Prepare for Brexit campaign is being jointly delivered by Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies, supported by the Scottish Government.

We're working closely with key business and sector organisations across Scotland, to deliver both online resources and direct support to businesses, to help them navigate Brexit.

Ewan Mearns, a senior strategist at Scottish Enterprise said:

“Our coordinated campaign aims to support companies to actively plan for Brexit.

"We can help businesses rehearse how they might react in the event of alternative outcomes. And we can help them identify what questions they should be asking to get started with planning.

“Taking action now will put organisations in a strong position for when the current uncertainties in the Brexit negotiations are resolved - helping them get ahead of their competitors.”

Open to all businesses

The Prepare for Brexit campaign is focused on providing advice and support to all businesses in Scotland.

Our Brexit self-assessment tool can help businesses quickly identify how Brexit might affect them, and provide bespoke recommendations. These recommendations will focus on getting companies to take the necessary actions that will prepare them for Brexit, by planning activities that will focus on their individual business needs.

Companies can also access our Brexit toolkit and 15-point checklist. They cover what you need to know and deal with now, to plan for the likely consequences of Brexit and ensure continued business growth.

We'll also feature news and articles to keep you updated about Brexit developments, as they happen. And provide you with access to experts and a Scotland-wide events programme

Working together on your behalf

The Prepare for Brexit campaign was developed by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Development International and Skills Development Scotland, with Business Gateway also playing a lead role in delivering business advice and helping to promote the campaign.

Martin Johnson, regional head of sectors, inward investment and international trade, at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), said:

“While we do not know what lies ahead, we can confidently predict significant change for just about every sector of our economy, including tourism, food and drink, life sciences, energy and creative industries.

“Scotland has an exceptional network of business and skills support, and businesses can be confident that a coordinated programme of tailored support from partner agencies will help them manage their Brexit transition.

Gordon McGuinness, Director at Skills Development Scotland comments said:

“We're committed to helping businesses access the skills they need and assisting individuals to enter the workplace. This collaborative pan-Scotland response to Brexit will support business resilience in a time of uncertainty."

Industry-wide support

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the Chambers of Commerce, and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) among others, are also supporting the campaign which aims to reach out to companies that will be affected by Brexit.

Stuart Mackinnon, external affairs manager for the FSB in Scotland, said:

“The business environment in Scotland looks likely to change as a consequence of the UK leaving the EU. Firms need to investigate what this means to them and then take appropriate action to give themselves the best chance to succeed.

"This Brexit guidance is useful for firms small and large. Now is the time for Scottish business to look up this material and to get prepared.”

Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director said:

“While much remains unknown about the UK’s future relationship with the EU, that doesn’t mean that firms should put off starting to plan for post-Brexit investment and growth.

"Whether it concerns trade, employees, compliance, strategy, structure or any other area of operations, there are things that companies of all sizes can do to prepare for both the risks and opportunities of Brexit.

“We’re delighted to see Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies taking a pro-active approach to helping firms navigate this challenging and uncertain environment. Business and government must work together to ensure that Scottish companies get on the front foot when it comes to planning for a post-Brexit future.”

Scotland's Brexit support is open for business - to all Scottish businesses. Working alongside our key partners, and sharing knowledge and expertise, we're committed to making sure every business in Scotland is prepared for whatever lies ahead. 

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