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UK’s departure from the EU: with growing certainty, confidence and investment, will return

UK’s departure from the EU: with growing certainty, confidence and investment, will return

As the UK departs today (31 January) from the European Union (EU) and enters into an agreed 11- month transition period, Suffolk’s leading business organisation is urging the county’s companies to work with it and other bodies to meet the challenges and realise the opportunities of a more free trade future.

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of commerce said: “Decisions made during the next phase of trade negotiations with the EU and the rest of world markets, will undoubtedly shape the future trading environment for the many thousands of Suffolk-based businesses.

“It is vital that the voice of Suffolk business is heard during these negotiations, as they prepare and seek to make the most of new opportunities, as the UK sets out its own trading policies. We are calling on the Government to take the necessary steps to clearly communicate the implications for business; what those changes will be – and provide timely guidance and support to help firms adapt.”

Suffolk Chamber offers and coordinates a number of initiatives aimed at helping firms maximise their successes over future years.

These include the Brexit Business Advisers, based at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, who will continue to support and work with Suffolk businesses as they navigate the emerging post-Brexit, the New Anglia Growth Hub, which the Chamber manages on behalf of the New Anglia LEP and a range of international trade services delivered by the Chamber, including its well-respected export documentation service.

John Dugmore added: “Our business communities are pragmatic and with growing certainty, confidence and investment, will return. Businesses want to work with Government, regulators, policy makers and public sector stakeholders to get the details right on important issues like customs clearances, regulation, standards and immigration.

“On the domestic front, spades in the ground for new infrastructure, better skills and training, and action to lower the up-front costs facing UK businesses are urgently needed to boost confidence and unlock investment.”

Article by Suffolk Chamber