Is your business prepared for Brexit?

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. We know that the uncertainty around Brexit has made it difficult to know how to prepare, but our expert team will help you to put practical steps in place to make sure your business is ready during the commencing transitional period.

Our team of Brexit advisors offer in-depth analysis on the political, policy and legal implications of Brexit and how it will affect your business.

We specialise in a wide range of sectors and can help to answer big questions about Brexit and the preparations businesses should make, including:

  • What your business should do in the event of a no-deal Brexit?
  • How will the transitional period between Brexit and the entry into new UK-EU trade agreements affect you?
  • How will any long-term new trade agreements affect you?
  • What contingency plans will you need in place for each potential Brexit Scenario?

Our team of advisors can provide bespoke assessments of your business, including:

  • Assessing how your business could be affected by Brexit
  • Providing personalised practical plans to ensure your business is ready

We've also developed FBCMB sector specific regional tube maps, where you see the potential threats and issues which will affect your business. The 'lines' include international standards, EU rules, opportunities, people and trade. On each step of this journey you will need advice and our team are on hand to provide it.

It is already clear, that you or those you supply are not going to enjoy the same access to the EU's Single Market under a trade agreement as you did while the UK was a member of the EU.

The main threat you face is uncertainty about the outcome. Nonetheless, you need to assess the impact of a worst-case-scenario Brexit now and have in place contingency plans which are flexible enough to respond to developments in the negotiations.

Our team can help you with all that you need in four steps:

  1. Information - You need to have procedures in place to ensure you are well-informed about the Brexit process. Relying on press reports won’t be enough. Understanding and forecasting the likely impacts are fundamental to your Brexit strategy to gaining early competitive advantage. FBC Manby Bowdler will give you with a tailored service which monitors progress, analyses published documents, and identifies the impacts for your business the moment they become clear.

  2. Preparation - Prepare for Brexit with and without a deal. To do so, businesses should carry out a Brexit legal impact assessment followed by a Brexit commercial impact assessment. These will form the baseline of any contingency measures. 

  3. Action - You should decide what contingency plans you need and when they should be activated. You might be marginally or massively impacted. Contingency measures could include setting up alternative supply chains, identifying new customer markets, or re-skilling employees. FBC Manby Bowdler has been at the forefront of advising clients on the commercial implications of Brexit. We have the experience to help you devise and implement contingency measures for your business, and stress-test them against a range of Brexit scenarios, whatever industry you operate in.

  4. Influencing - The best way to avoid a Brexit that damages your business is to influence the outcome yourself. Brexit provides an opportunity to do that, which businesses should exploit more. FBC Manby Bowdler has the benefit of advisers in Brussels and London. We can devise and implement policy advocacy strategies to influence the course of further Brexit negotiations, the negotiations on a new trade agreement and build long-term regulatory compliance strategies, including relationship-building with key influencers and government authorities.

Our team of experienced sector specialists has examined the potential impact of Brexit in your sector and can provide an in-depth analysis on the political, policy and legal implications of Brexit, and translate what they mean for manufacturing, agricultural and hospitality clients. We have an expert understanding of how each piece of the jigsaw of EU policy and legislation fits together, an insider’s knowledge of the political and administrative processes of the negotiations, and considerable experience of how UK legislation is enacted. 

Expert help to Brexitproof your business at workshops


Vital advice on how Midlands companies can make their businesses Brexitproof is to be offered at two workshops by one of the country’s leading European experts.

Peter Wilding, Brexit Director at FBC Manby Bowdler, is staging the two events in Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton to help guide firms through the Brexit maze and ensure they are doing everything possible to be able to thrive after the UK’s EU withdrawal.

Mr Wilding – the man who first coined the term Brexit and who has spent more than 25 years at the heart of Europe – said the events would be essential for any business importing from or exporting to Europe or which employed EU staff.

He will lead the workshops – Brexitproof your Business – at the Mytton and Mermaid hotel at Atcham, near Shrewsbury, from 9am on March 6 and at the Mount Hotel in Wolverhampton on March 20, also at 9am.

Mr Wilding said: “Although Brexit is still clouded in uncertainty, there is an awful lot that businesses can do now to make sure they are in a position to thrive when it does finally happen.

“I will take them through the steps they should be taking now and over the next few months in a number of key areas. We will look at topics such as employment law and what you will need to do in order to retain your EU staff and continue to employ them after Brexit.

“I’ll discuss issues around exporting goods, services and agricultural produce and what changes to the compliance and certification regime will mean for exporters in the region.

“For farmers, we’ll take a detailed look at what will replace the Common Agricultural Policy and whether they stand to gain or lose as a result of any new subsidies.

“And we’ll have an in-depth look at what Brexit will mean for importers, for those in a supply chain which spreads across the continent and who need to get plans in place to continue their work after March 29.”

Mr Wilding, who heads up FBC Manby Bowdler’s comprehensive Brexit Advisory Team, said the aim of the four-hour workshops would be to give businesses a firm foundation from which to draw up contingency plans and prepare for both the challenges and opportunities which Brexit would bring.

To book your place, please follow the links below to either our Shrewsbury or Wolverhampton workshop, which cost £150+VAT;

Shrewsbury | Wednesday 6 March
Wolverhampton | Wednesday 20 March

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