Is your business prepared for Brexit?

We know that the uncertainty about Brexit has made it difficult to know how to prepare, and that as the deadline approaches and things remain unclear, it's easy to bury your head in the sand. But the countdown to Brexit is on and it's time to get ready and put practical steps in place to make sure your business is ready for 31st October 2019.

Our team of expert advisors can provide bespoke assessments of your business and the areas where your business might be affected by Brexit. providing personalised practical plans to ensure your business is ready for when Britain leaves the EU.

You can start by taking our Brexit checklist quiz to see how your business could be affected by the changes. You can also request a call back from one of our Brexit Advisors to help you work through exactly what your business should be doing to prepare for Brexit right now.

Below you are able to download our FBCMB regional tube maps, where you can find your sector line and see the issues that will affect you on each stop. You will travel through zones covering 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.


The big questions are; how will you do business in the short term in the event of no deal? In the medium term during any transitional period between Brexit and the entry into force of a new UK-EU trade agreement? And in the long term under the new trade agreement?

It is already clear, however, 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 do while the UK is 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, in other words without any withdrawal agreement in place, and have in place contingency plans which are flexible enough to respond to developments in the negotiations.

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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. To be Brexitproof, FBC Manby Bowdler’s online survey can help you legally and commercially.

  3. Action - Based on this survey, 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. Peter Wilding, our Brexit Director, is able to provide in-depth analysis on the political, policy and legal implications of Brexit, and translate what they mean for manufacturing, agricultural and hospitality clients. He has 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. Few other lawyers have a background so suited to giving Brexit advice.

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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