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.

Farmers ‘caught in the crosshairs of Brexit’ says expert


A leading Brexit expert says farmers are now firmly caught in the crosshairs of our exit from Europe – and do not appear to recognise the scale of the threat they face.


Peter Wilding, Brexit Director at leading Midlands law firm FBC Manby Bowdler, says large numbers of farmers say they back leaving the EU without a deal even though it could place their own livelihoods in jeopardy.

Mr Wilding says the agriculture sector could pay the heaviest of prices in the event of a so-called hard Brexit and warned farmers a ‘Brexit tsunami’ was about to hit them.

“There is something particularly difficult to explain going on in the farming community at the moment,” said Mr Wilding, a European law expert who is a leading authority on Brexit and was the first man to coin the word.

“Of all the business sectors destined to be adversely affected by Brexit, British agriculture tops the league. In spite of this, the Knight Frank Rural Sentiment Survey 2019 of 200 farm businesses revealed that more than a quarter of farmers are backing the hard Brexit which will directly imperil their futures. 

“Yet despite facing such problems, real and potential, more than half of businesses said they were making zero changes to cope with the challenges or opportunities of Brexit. 

“But I am afraid that the things that are farmers' main concerns - restrictive planning policy, poor rural broadband, fly-tipping, commodity prices and succession issues - will be as nothing when the Brexit tsunami hits them.”

Mr Wilding said FBC Manby Bowdler’s own research had indicated that farmers were more worried about Brexit than the Rural Sentiment Survey suggested, but had yet to grasp the full implications of  what a no deal exit could mean.

“Farmers must be ready for a generational existential threat to not only their businesses but their communities,” he warned. 

“They face pressure on all fronts. If we leave the EU without a deal it is certain that incomes will fall, land prices will fall and exports will fall. 

“At the same time we know that tariffs, costs and imports will all rise and that the farming sector will be  "on the table" in all future trade agreements. 

“British farming is firmly in the crosshairs and farmers must protect themselves.”

Mr Wilding, who is based at Church Stretton, Shropshire, 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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