16 January 2019

Regional experts will use free seminar to outline the likely impact of Brexit on regional businesses and what they can be doing now.

Legal experts from the region’s largest law firm will join logistics and seafood consultant Simon Dwyer to offer business leaders vital Brexit advice.

A free seminar at the headquarters of Wilkin Chapman in Grimsby, with limited availability so booking is essential, comes as this week’s Brexit vote in the Commons leaves the country in limbo once more.

With just 10 weeks until the country’s scheduled departure from the EU, the Government’s comprehensive defeat in the Commons has done little to clear up mounting confusion in the minds of businesses along the Humber, where our key sectors rely heavily on international trade.

Simon Dwyer, the CEO of Seafox Management Consultants with vast experience within the logistics, shipping and seafood sectors is joining Wilkin Chapman’s Regulatory Partner Jonathan Goolden and the firm’s specialist Immigration solicitor Calum Hanrahan for the seminar, on Friday February 1.

Jonathan, an experienced lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of the offshore renewables sector, has witnessed a growing number of businesses asking what they could, or should, be doing to best prepare themselves.

On a regional level, it is those working within energy and renewables, food processing, logistics, warehousing, distribution and shipping, manufacturing and packaging who are likely to be first affected by any Brexit fall-out.

“However you voted in the referendum and whatever your views on the last two years since the Government gave notice under Article 50, Brexit is the most significant event to affect Britain in the last 40 years,” said Jonathan.

“Now is the time for businesses to chart the challenges and opportunities that leaving the EU will bring. This introductory seminar is designed to help you start that process in a clear and jargon free way,” he added.

Calum has already looked at the likely implications of the Government’s recent immigration White Paper and is ready to advise businesses on what action they can take if they wish to retain existing EU workers.

Meanwhile Simon, who is heavily involved in the Brexit agenda for the regional seafood sector and its 5,000 jobs, has been reaching out to MPs, Ministers and Government departments regarding future competitiveness of the sector. Particular focus has been on frictionless trade and logistics. He has also engaged with overseas Governments to make the case for sustainable trade arrangements.

“Brexit will change the way businesses plan. There will be a recalibration of logistics and trade, which will likely be positive for companies in our region,” said Simon.

There will be morning and afternoon seminar sessions on February 1, with the first starting at 8am and finishing at 9.30am and the second, from 3pm until 4.30pm.

To book please go to www.wilkinchapman.co.uk/events

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