The way to rise to Brexit chal­lenges

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AC­TION: A ro­bust and re­la­tion­ship-based ap­proach to business will help the UK rise to the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of Brexit, ac­cord­ing to a lead­ing lawyer.

Jamie Martin, the manag­ing part­ner of Ward Had­away, said the le­gal in­dus­try and other fast­grow­ing sec­tors are con­cerned about un­cer­tainty over Brexit.

A RO­BUST and re­la­tion­ship­based ap­proach to business will help the UK rise to the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of Brexit, ac­cord­ing to a lead­ing lawyer.

Jamie Martin, the manag­ing part­ner of Ward Had­away, which or­gan­ises the York­shire Fastest 50, said the le­gal in­dus­try and other fast-grow­ing sec­tors are con­cerned about the un­cer­tainty linked to Brexit.

He said: “We have a ro­bust and re­la­tion­ship-based ap­proach to business which will see us through Brexit and gives us an op­por­tu­nity to en­cour­age and sup­port fast-grow­ing com­pa­nies across the North. This year’s Fastest 50 event in York­shire of­fers us a proac­tive way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing to oth­ers that the North re­mains a great place to do business.

“Af­ter the Brexit vote, there was ini­tially some volatil­ity in the mar­ket as com­pa­nies tried to fig­ure out what it meant to them, but since then busi­nesses across York­shire have adopted a ‘get on with it’; ap­proach and have con­tin­ued to pur­sue in­vest­ment and growth plans.”

He added: “No-one can pre­dict the long-term im­pact of Brexit, but I do think the next few years will be cru­cial for us and we need to keep do­ing what we do best – de­liv­er­ing re­sults and sup­port­ing the high-qual­ity com­pa­nies that man­age to prof­itably grow their busi­nesses year on year.

“As a re­la­tion­ship-based business, we have to keep talk­ing to our clients and send­ing out a pos­i­tive mes­sage through the Fastest 50 to help drive fast-grow­ing busi­nesses for­ward.”

Mr Martin added that when the Ward Had­away York­shire Fastest 50 was launched in 2011, the UK was still re­cov­er­ing from the af­ter-ef­fects of the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis and times were tough.

He added: “In 2011, we still saw a raft of high qual­ity com­pa­nies and it’s re­mained that way ever since. There is no doubt that Brexit will pose chal­lenges of all kinds to busi­nesses over the com­ing years, but it will also of­fer up op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“In the end, it will be the busi­nesses which re­spond the quick­est and which adapt the best in post-Brexit Bri­tain that will pros­per – and which will make up the Ward Had­away York­shire Fastest 50 in years to come.”

He said: “Brexit presents us with the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide le­gal clar­ity and re­as­sur­ance to busi­nesses.

“We know the im­por­tance of fu­ture trad­ing ar­range­ments with the EU and the rest of the world is vi­tally im­por­tant to com­pa­nies.

“That’s why we need to keep shout­ing about our re­gion’s business suc­cess sto­ries, what we can of­fer them and re­main op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture.”

The win­ners of the 2018 Ward Had­away York­shire Fastest 50 Awards will be an­nounced this Fri­day at As­pire in Leeds, when Sir Keir Starmer, Sec­re­tary of State for Ex­it­ing the Euro­pean Union will be the guest speaker.

Awards will be pre­sented to the fastest grow­ing small, medium-sized and large busi­nesses, for com­pa­nies with an­nual turnover of be­tween £1m and £5m, be­tween £5m and £15m and turnover of more than £15m re­spec­tively.

One of those three win­ners will then re­ceive the ac­co­lade of be­ing crowned York­shire’s over­all fastest-grow­ing business for 2018. Greg Wright, The York­shire

Post’s deputy business ed­i­tor, will also speak at the awards.

GREG WRIGHT DEPUTY BUSINESS ED­I­TOR

Email: greg.wright@ypn.co.uk Twit­ter: @greg­wrightyp

JAMIE MARTIN:

Sec­tors con­cerned at Brexit un­cer­tainty.

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