Businesses urged to prepare for Brexit

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A service currently being provided for businesses is the ‘Prepare for Brexit’ campaign, a one-door approach jointly delivered by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland, with a range of other organisations helping promote the campaign, including Business Gateway.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage businesses to prepare themselves now for the changes that may come.

During this period of uncertainty, preparing your business for Brexit is about developing a flexible planning approach so that you can adapt and be resilient across a range of potential Brexit outcomes.

Business Gateway Argyll and Bute is encouraging business owners to take advantage of the tools and information available to help with planning at www.prepareforbrexit.scot.

This dedicated website hosts a Brexit self-assessment tool to help businesses identify how Brexit might affect them and provide recommendations for action to help preparations. It is also home to a 12-point checklist of actions businesses need to take now, expert advice, events, workshops and access to financial support.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Business Gateway service includes a team of experienced advisers who can offer free and impartial advice, in confidence.

In the past year, nearly 600 meetings with business advisers have taken place right across Argyll and Bute, ranging from regular Meet The Adviser sessions hosted in Dunoon, Helensburgh, Oban, Lochgilphead, Rothesay and Campbeltown, to adviser visits to the isles of Islay, Lismore, Coll, Mull and Gigha.

Some 96 per cent of businesses who have met an adviser in Argyll and Bute say they got what they wanted from the engagement, with the most common reasons for satisfaction being the relevance and clarity of the advice received and the knowledge and helpfulness of the advisers.

Whether you are looking to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, find out how a Business Gateway adviser could help. Contact the local office for an adviser appointment on 01546 808363.