The SME Committee of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce has organised a Consultative Forum to ascertain the Chamber’s SME members views, concerns and expectations following the UK electorate’s decision to leave the European Union and the subsequent invoking of Article 50. The Forum will be opened by the Chamber’s SME Committee Chair, followed by short remarks from the Chamber’s Director General John McGrane. The Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen TD will give a brief introduction to the Forum offering the context from the Government’s perspective.
The event will be structured through breakout sessions where each group will be asked to answer a variety of wide ranging questions ranging from the initial impact of Brexit on your business and your concerns surrounding a hard Brexit to what is needed in the form of a government response. The session will operate under the Chatham House rule and participants are encouraged to speak openly and freely.
As part of the Chamber’s ongoing work to support SMEs as they negotiate the uncertain times ahead, the Chamber will be undertaking a Brexit Roadshow over the summer for which this event will serve as a launch. Insight garnered from participants at this event will help inform the Chamber on what practical supports and advice it can provide to SMEs as part of its Brexit Roadshow package. The Chamber will also outline our newest resource for SMEs – BIG – the British Irish Gateway for Trade, designed to help businesses find new customers and suppliers across both islands.
If you are interested attending, please contact the Head of Sectoral Policy, Paul Lynam email@example.com