This Brexit Clinic will give you the opportunity to learn more about the latest Brexit developments and how they may affect your business. These events focus on practical, actionable advices for businesses and will provide an opportunity for delegates to speak directly with guest experts in small, roundtable groups.
Delegates will also receive an update on the current Brexit timeline and an opportunity to trial the GBCC’s new Business Brexit Health-Check tool. This tool will help businesses identify the areas of their business most exposed to Brexit related change and recommend steps to take to get Brexit ready.
More information on our final guest experts will be confirmed in the near future. Recent topics have included: “trading goods across the UK-EU border post-Brexit”, “people & skills post-Brexit” and “VAT & tax issues post-Brexit”.
2:30pm-2:45pm Arrivals & registration for roundtable discussions
2:45pm-2:55pm Welcome & overview of the current Brexit timeline
2:55pm-3:05pm Introduction to the GBCC Business Brexit Health-Check tool & Health-Check “live”
3:05pm-3:10pm Delegates move to the first roundtable discussion
3:10pm-3:40pm Option 1 Discussion
3:40pm-3:45pm Delegates move to second roundtable discussion
3:45pm-4:15pm Option 2 Discussion
4:15pm-4:30pm Closing comments from the GBCC
Guest Expert Bios:
Intellectual Property Post-Brexit: Dr Jagvir Purewal, Patent Attorney, & Gregory Smith, Patent Attorney, Forresters
Jagvir is a UK and European patent attorney at Forresters; working from its Birmingham office. A large part of his practice involves working with SMEs to protect their innovations through intellectual property rights (IP) across sectors such as automotive, electronic consumer products, manufacturing and engineering. He regularly advises on strategies for obtaining IP across the world and using IP to protect businesses that export or manufacture abroad. In this respect, Jagvir is increasingly advising clients how to deal with the issues raised by Brexit.
Greg is a UK and European patent attorney at Forresters specialising in helping SMEs in the manufacturing, engineering and medical device fields obtain IP rights for their inventions and designs. Greg has advised his clients on obtaining IP rights throughout the world, commercialising those rights and ensuring his clients steer clear of their competitors’ IP rights. He has also advised clients on Brexit related matters for IP ensuring that his clients’ rights are effectively protected no matter the outcome of Brexit. Greg works in Forresters’ Birmingham office.
Trading goods across the UK & EU border post-Brexit: Peter Murphy, Director, Allenco
Peter Murphy is a Director of Allenco Worldwide (Freight Management) Ltd. For over 30 years Peter has been helping companies import and export. Peter provides a holistic approach to international freight helping both new and seasoned importers and exporters through the international trade process, identifying supply chain issues and solutions, and mitigating problems. Since the referendum Peter has met with senior members of the civil service and HMRC discussing the implications of Brexit from a logistics perspective. As a member of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Brexit Advisory Group Peter is an enthusiastic contributor on international trade matters.
People & Skills Post-Brexit: Shaube Shabudin, Associate, Pinsent Masons
Shuabe is an Associate based in the Firm's Birmingham office. He is a member of the Employment Group's Corporate Immigration team and provides both immigration and employment-related advice. Shuabe advises on a number of different areas, including sponsor licence compliance, prevention of illegal working, visa applications and training. Shuabe has delivered a number of sessions on the impact of Brexit on Free Movement – to clients across a variety of sectors. Shuabe has also assisted clients with their preparations for a UKVI Compliance Audit and undertaken workshops on Sponsor compliance obligations. Shuabe has also written a number of articles for the Firm's legal news and information site, Out-Law.com.
The Latest Brexit Developments & What They Mean for Local Businesses: Henrietta Brealey, Director of Policy & Strategic Relationships, GBCC
Henrietta Brealey is Director of Policy & Strategy Relationships at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. Her work involves leading the GBCC’s research, policy, stakeholder engagement and campaigns activity as well as management of the GBCC’s top tier of membership: the Patronage group. Her policy areas of focus are Brexit, productivity and diversity in business. She is a regular media commenter on local businesses’ views and responsible for delivering policy related support for businesses including designing the GBCC’s Business Brexit Health Check. Henrietta was appointed to the role in 2015 at the age of 25, making her one of the youngest directors in her company’s over 200 year history. Outside of work, she is part of the One Million Mentors Emerging Leaders Network Advisory Board and a graduate and supporter of the UpRising Leadership Programme.