On the 23rd June 2016, citizens of the United Kingdom voted to Leave the European Union. On the 29th March 2017 the Prime Minister activated Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, triggering two years of negotiations on the terms with which the UK will leave the EU and begin a new relationship.
What does Brexit Mean for Businesses?
Together with our members and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Brexit Advisory Group, we have produced a range of briefings and opinion pieces aimed at stoking debate and reflection on the implications of Brexit for businesses. We will continue to add to, update and refresh these resources throughout the negotiation period.
We are supporting the British Chambers of Commerce position on Brexit, as outlined in Business Brexit Priorities.
Have Your Say:
We are continually seeking feedback from members on the impact of Brexit on their businesses. You can pass on your feedback by talking to a member of GBCC staff at any of our events or by emailing Henrietta Brealey, Director of Policy & Strategic Relationships on H.Brealey@Birmingham-Chamber.com.
How Can the Chambers Help?
The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce remains ready to help connect, support and grow local businesses. Accredited by the British Chambers, we have acted as the voice of local businesses since 1813.
The GBCC can help:
Represent your businesses through our surveys, research and campaigning activity and Chamber Council (click here). You can help us represent you through participating in surveys like our Quarterly Business Report Survey.
Connect you with new clients by offering over 200 events per year and a range of marketing support services to Chamber members. You can find out more about membership here.
Support your business by offering a range of seminars and training to help you develop your business (click here). We also support delivery of Growth Hubs, a single point of contact signposting businesses to specific support that can help them grow and create jobs (click here).
Grow your business in new markets by providing a comprehensive range of international trade support through our partners in the Department for International Trade and the Enterprise Europe Network and our translations and export documentations teams (click here).
External Support & Briefings:
The following GBCC Patrons have developed a range of support and resources on the EU referendum:
Some members have reported challenges accessing EU funding in light of the leave vote. If you have experienced difficulties and would like to report these issues you can contact the Enterprise Europe Network (click here) on 0300 123 3066.
The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Brexit Advisory Group:
“Brexit” is an extremely complicated agenda. The GBCC has finite in-house policy and research resource. However, dispersed across GBCC Patrons and partners there is a wealth of expertise and intelligence. The GBCC Brexit Advisory Groups seeks to connect this expertise into GBCC activity by creating a ready pool of experts to advise the GBCC on our activity with and on behalf of members.
Members of the group are:
Clare Francis, Partner, Pinsent Masons
Dr Ryan Murphey, Senior Lecturer in Law, Aston University
Henrietta Brealey, Director of Policy & Strategic Relationships, GBCC
Jennifer Crisp, Public Affairs Manager, University of Birmingham
Martin Hanson, Regional Director Business Banking, HSBC
Paul Faulkner, CEO, GBCC
Paul Knobbs, EU and Large Projects Partner, Aston University
Philip Sutton, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University
Richard Guy, Co-Founder and Joint MD, SimkissGuy Recruitment
Steve Allen, Head of Birmingham Office, Mills & Reeve LLP
Steve Rogers, Partner, Dains Accountants
If you would be interested in finding out more please contact Henrietta Brealey on H.Brealey@Birmingham-Chamber.com