TD advises business in Fingal on how to be ready for ‘Brexit’
FINE Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, is calling on businesses in the North County to keep up their hard work in getting themselves Brexit ready.
‘Our political and diplomatic team have done really well in the negotiations but Brexit is still going to mean change and we need to be ready for that change,” Deputy Farrell said.
‘The EU and Ireland have delivered a deal that guarantees no hard border in Ireland, now we have to see if Westminster votes for it, sometime in December,’ he added.
Deputy Farrell said multimillion euro supports have been put in place across government from grants, seminars, site visits, supply-chain mapping and loans.
He said: ‘The first thing management need to ask themselves is, who is in charge of our Brexit plan and how is their work going? The majority of companies have done this but if you haven’t, that’s where you start.’
He gave his five tips for being Brexit ready, saying businesses should appoint an internal team or person to deal with the issue, visit your Local Enterprise Office to seek advice, speak to your suppliers about their exposure to Brexit, ask your customers the same question and apply for a ‘Get Ready’ grant from Enterprise Ireland or Intertrade Ireland.
Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland, Intertrade Ireland, Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland all have bespoke grants and expert consultants available. An example is the €5 million allocated in Budget 2019 to Local Enterprise Offices, including the team in Dublin Fingal, to roll out a nationwide customs training programme, according to Deputy Farrell.