Julia Irvine 13 Sep 2019 03:46pm

Getting business ready for Halloween Brexit

In an unprecedented move, the government is bringing together experts from six different government departments to encourage businesses to get ready for Brexit ahead of the 31 October deadline

Over the next five weeks, it will hold a 30-strong series of face-to-face Brexit Business Readiness Events across the UK with up to 100 businesses at a time. Experts from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Home Office, HMRC, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will provide interactive support and in-depth advice sessions.

“Engagement with business stakeholders is vital to ensure businesses know about the support being provided in their areas and to help drive attendance so they are prepared for the UK to leave the EU,” BEIS said.

The government is also launching a website about the events with dates, times, venues and sign-up instructions.

In the run-up to the 31 October deadline, ICAEW is also flagging up its Brexit hub which is constantly being updated with the latest news, information and advice.

Iain Wright, ICAEW’s director for business and industrial strategy, urged members and clients to take advantage of the hub and its resources. “The prime minister has stated that the policy of the government is to deliver Brexit by 31 October,” he said. “The overriding priority of his government must be to get a good deal as, more than anything else, that will give business the stability it is crying out for and protect our economy.

“While ICAEW has strongly advised against a disorderly Brexit, we must help our members – and the millions of businesses they advise and run – to prepare for any scenario. ICAEW’s Brexit Hub contains a range of resources to help chartered accountants prepare for Brexit, and these free government-led events offer an opportunity for firms to find out more about the actions they need to take.”