Business owners must engage in continuity planning for Brexit in the same way they would for any other potential risk to their business.
By Philippa Batting, Managing Director, Buckinghamshire Business First
I’ll get straight to the point: is your business ready for Brexit?
I’m under no illusions that you would have given the subject of Brexit a lot of thought over the last few months and years, but have you considered its impact on your business enough to actually take action to prepare for it?
There’s a time and a place for looking back at the whole process that has lead us to Brexit, but business owners have no choice but to look ahead and use the information available to them to make the best decisions for their business.
It’s understandable that the perpetually ongoing negotiations can cause some to think that Brexit may never happen, or will be delayed again. However, businesses cannot be complacent and assume that they won’t need to prepare for what is going to come.
Planning for Brexit is just continuity planning in a different name
Business owners must engage in continuity planning for Brexit in the same way they would for any other potential risk to their business, and uncertainty over what a final deal on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will look like, or whether there will be a deal at all, should not be used as an excuse for inaction. Ultimately, delaying continuity planning is more dangerous than hoping for the best.
Do you know what key actions you need to take, such as applying for an EORI number in order to continue trading with EU countries in the event of a no deal Brexit? HMRC announced recently that it would automatically allocate EORI numbers to more than 88,000 VAT-registered businesses, but non-VAT businesses still need to apply for one themselves unless they already have one.
Bookmark our Brexit homepage for ongoing advice
Visit bbf.uk.com/brexit for a comprehensive list of information and resources all designed to help your business prepare for Brexit. Remember to return to this page when you need information.