Workshop

Brexit and Beyond: the UK and global trade

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Workshop

Brexit and Beyond: the UK and global trade

London

Santander House, 7th Floor Boardroom, 100 Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7RE

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Closing date for application:
Friday, 17 May 2019

 

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London

Santander House, 7th Floor Boardroom, 100 Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7RE

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Closing date for application:
Friday, 17 May 2019

Applications closed

Overview

There’s no hiding from the fact that the trading environment for SMEs is extremely challenging and with the UK’s new relationship with the EU still unclear, the outlook for the latter part of 2019 looks to be no different. But increasingly we’re hearing that businesses aren’t preparing enough for Brexit.

In September 2018 the British Chambers of Commerce carried out research with over 2,500 SMEs to find out more about the impact Brexit is having on businesses in the UK. Described as ‘Brexit fatigue’, the survey found that 62% of UK SMEs hadn’t completed a risk assessment on the impact a no-deal EU withdrawal would have on their business. We want to help you fight that fatigue by exploring what opportunities exist, and what planning is required, regardless of the outcome of the withdrawal process.

In a discussion led by Global Counsel we’ll be looking at the anticipated changes in global trading conditions, addressing the action you need to take now to ensure your business is ready for these new conditions. We’ll also be exploring, in more detail, the challenges and opportunities you might face in the coming months. We’ll also be inviting you to share your thoughts and experiences on how you’re addressing this currently in your business. Perhaps you’re already looking at new markets and feel optimistic at the opportunity this brings to your business? You might be trying to plan for changes to your supply chain, or perhaps you’re concerned about access to the finance you need to put your new plans in place? Whatever your situation, we’d like to hear your thoughts and understand how we can better help you prepare.

The discussion will be chaired by Stephen Adams of Global Counsel, an UK advisory business specialising in policy and political risk.

Who should attend?

Bringing together the knowledge of Global Counsel and Santander Business Banking this breakfast event could prove invaluable for any SME owner, MD, CEO or FD either currently trading internationally or looking to do so in the next 6 to 12 months. We’ll generally be focusing on goods trade, but services exporters will add a very welcome additional dimension.

Key speaker

Stephen Adams

Global Counsel

Stephen is a former trade policy advisor in the European Commission and Whitehall. He leads the GC trade policy team where he has both worked with UK SMEs on their Brexit trade contingency planning, and with the UK government training new UK trade negotiators. Stephen also teaches on trade policy issues for business at University College London.

Agenda

08:30
Registration, breakfast and networking
09:00
Welcome and introductions
09:05
Trading through change: Brexit uncertainty and a wider world of trade
09:35
Discussion, led by Global Counsel: what approaches are those around the table taking
10:05
Closing remarks and networking