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.

Brexit Endgame is underway


FBC Manby Bowdler Brexit Director Peter Wilding says the Brexit endgame is under way – and we could be heading for an October election. Here, he spells out what might lie ahead.

What on earth are West Midlands businesses supposed to do now? 

Speaking at a conference in Birmingham last week, I asked one delegate how she felt about the Brexit planning. She replied “sick and tired”, quietly reflecting the view of most business people as they witness a trade-changing policy stuck in the political sidings whilst, yet again, the clock ticks down. 

Soon, six long months will have gone by since the Withdrawal Agreement with the UK was agreed in Brussels on November 25th. During that time, the Commons has rejected the deal three times. In between those defeats, MP's of all shades have, with increasing desperation, sought to bang their collective heads against a brick wall by devising ever more imaginative solutions to the impasse only to find none of them pass practical or political muster.

The unedifying sight of Brexit cans being kicked down one long road from the date of the Lancaster House speech in January 2017 has caused no end of frustration. 

Wherever businesses go to hear the latest advice, fresh-faced representatives from Whitehall hold their hands up and refer busy entrepreneurs to impenetrable government websites or say “please email me and I’ll refer your enquiry to my manager.” This approach has not been greeted with pleasure. 

So what can we expect to happen? 

My firm belief is that the chances of a no-deal exit on October 31st are higher now than ever. For three reasons:

1. A deal will not be agreed between the Labour and Conservative leaderships. Even if a compromise deal was reached, the fact that it would have to contain a permanent customs union and de facto single market membership entrenched in legislation unamendable by the next Tory leader will force upward of 150 Conservative MP's to oppose it. For Labour, upward of 150 MP's would oppose it unless it was subject to a second referendum. More would simply not countenance bailing out a Conservative Government, especially one as threadbare as this. 

2. Conservative wipe-out at the European elections on May 23rd at the hands of Nigel Farage will be the final straw for Theresa May’s premiership. 60% of their members and 40% of those councillors who weren’t kicked out in the recent local elections will be voting for the Brexit Party. For them – and the vast majority of MP's dependent on their members’ support – there is only one way to turn around plunging poll ratings and an imploding party – and that is to accept that the wind is blowing Nigel’s way. May faces a vote of no confidence from her party members, never mind her MP's, on June 15th. My bet is she will fall on her sword within the next four weeks. 

3. With May out of the way, any hope of the ugly compromise of her agreement surviving ends. Now, the battle will begin to seize a ship pretty much already on the rocks. In the leadership election that will then begin, I expect red-blooded no-dealers to be in full cry meaning that only a true Brexit believer will win. This means Boris. The members love him and will revolt if queasy MP's deny him a place in the last two candidates whom the members vote for. However, if it’s not Boris, it will be Dominic Raab – a man who won’t trim as some suspect Boris might.  

So by early September – 8 weeks to go before the Halloween cliff edge – we will have a new Prime Minister who will have no option but to declare that the UK will leave the EU on October 31st, no ifs, no buts. With him will be the tabloids, the members, a cadre of 30% of voters and the behind-the-scenes cabal of influencers from Rupert Murdoch to Rees-Mogg who will brook no compromise in their Cromwellian policy to create a new model economy. 

But nothing is quite as simple as it seems. If Boris wins, expect around 30 Conservative MP's to defect. If Labour carries on fence-sitting, expect up to 100 MP's to declare UDI. Here comes the final clash. Would these MP's support a no confidence motion forcing a general election and thereby condemning many of them to oblivion? 

Or would Boris pre-empt them, capturing whatever honeymoon is possible from a party which for once would have a clear policy mouthed by a leader who will go all Shakespeare about the glorious future of our “sceptred isle”. 

Business therefore will sit by watching the unfolding drama as the Trumpification of British politics reaches its climax in what I predict will be an October general election. 

So it’s hard Brexit or hard Corbyn coming your way. 

It’s time to prepare.    

Here at FBC Manby Bowdler we have a stellar team of experts on our dedicated Brexit Advisory Team who can help you take control of your business whatever the politicians decide.

If you would like to contact Peter or the rest of the team to discuss any of the above please call 01694 724440, 07901 008220 or email

Back to blog posts

Comments (1)

  • Laura Browne

    1 years 313 days ago

    Looks like this is a pretty accurate prediction so far.


Add Comment

Enter the name you would like to appear on the comment.
Enter the email you would like to use to get updates. You email is not visible and can not be used by other users.
Enter you comment help.

Meet our service specialists

  • Submit


Sign up to our newsletter

For the latest news and updates

Close ×

Sign up to our newsletter

For the latest news and updates

First name*
Job title (if applicable)
Business name (if applicable)


*Mandatory fields

Close ×



Enter your details below...

First name
Email address
Value linked to Google Ads tracking