If you trade with the UK or your supply chain is partly dependant on the UK you may need to take steps to mitigate the impact of Brexit.
Businesses should review their operations to see if they rely on goods or services that come through or from the UK and vice versa. This includes where businesses indirectly source materials, stock, ingredients or any other types of goods though a distributor or wholesaler.
Steps you can take include:
- Where your supply chain does involve the UK, you are advised to make contact with your UK suppliers, service providers, logistics companies, wholesalers or distributors, to seek assurances about the continuity of the goods and services you rely on to do business.
- You should also check if your non-UK suppliers move goods through the UK, as there may be delays and cost implications such as supply, customs, tariffs and related impacts.
- You might also consider sourcing your goods or services in Ireland or elsewhere in the EU, if you have any concerns about continuity of your supply chain.
- You should contact your UK customers to discuss how you will continue to trade post Brexit.
To help you assess the impact of Brexit on your supply chain there are a number of Government supports available:
- The 31 Local Enterprise Offices across the country run a Brexit Mentor Programme to support business owners and managers. This programme can help you to identify key Brexit exposures and develop robust strategies to address issues and maximise potential opportunities.
- Intertrade Ireland offers up to €2,250 to help you engage professional advice to get Brexit ready and runs a Brexit Advisory Service giving practical advice and support.
- Enterprise Ireland continues to run Brexit Advisory Clinics across the country offering information and practical support to companies.
Find out about the full range of Programmes Funds and Supports here.
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