Is your business prepared for Brexit?

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and entered an 11 month transition period. The UK and EU agreed a deal that governs their relationship from 1 January 2021 onwards. 

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 for the UK’s new relationship with the EU. 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:

  • How will the entry into the UK-EU trade agreement affect you?
  • How will the entry into any further UK-EU trade agreements affect you?
  • How will any long-term new trade agreements affect you?

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

A major challenge you face is complying with the terms of the UK and EU deal. Importing and exporting to the EU, travel, hiring and data have all changed. The deal is also not fully comprehensive and further issues, notably relating to the provision of services, are still to be fleshed out.

Our team can help you with all that you need in two 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.

2. 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, whatever industry you operate in.

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.

Sheep farming facing crisis as Brexit looms, warns expert


The country’s sheep farmers are facing the biggest crisis to hit the industry in nearly 200 years, a Brexit expert warned today.

A triple whammy of cheap imports, exports saddled with high tariffs and a major change in subsidies could wreak havoc across the sector if there is a no deal Brexit, FBC Manby Bowdler’s Peter Wilding says.

Mr Wilding warns that sheep farmers will face a 30 per cent cut to the value of lamb if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement, leading some to suggest that a third of the UK’s sheep could be culled to stabilise prices.

Mr Wilding, FBC Manby Bowdler’s Brexit Director and a leading authority on the European Union, says that no other industry in the country would feel the impact of a no deal Brexit quite as keenly as sheep farmers.

“Unless there is a deal which maintains subsidies, continues compliance regimes and enables untroubled exports and imports, a no deal Brexit will represent the biggest upheaval for farming since the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846,” he said.

“In a no deal scenario, sheep producers would effectively face low or zero-tariff lamb imports, tariffs of up to 60 per cent on some exports and a major change in subsidies.”

The Government had assured farmers that subsidies and financial support would continue until 2022 but details of what might happen after that period were still in short supply, Mr Wilding said.

And whilst the environment secretary Michael Gove had suggested tariffs could be implemented on imported food to protect the UK's agriculture sector, UK farmers would face tariffs in almost every export market after a no deal Brexit – effectively 46 per cent into the EU at current rates.

“The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board says that lack of access to the EU will cause flock owners to cull sheep as they become increasingly unprofitable.

“It has warned that sheep farmers will suffer a devastating cut to the value of lamb under a no deal Brexit, slashing the value of a 40kg lamb by about £23 as tens of thousands of tonnes of unwanted meat drags down the value of the UK market.”

Mr Wilding is leading FBC Manby Bowdler’s Brexit Advisory Service, which has been inundated with inquiries from farmers and food producers about how they can ‘Brexitproof’ their operations.

Mr Wilding, and FBC Manby Bowdler’s advisory team, can be contacted at or on 01694 724440.

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