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Key questions from businesses about leaving the EU will be answered at a North East England Chamber of Commerce Brexit Summit to be held on Thursday, 29 March at the Crowne Plaza, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Organised with one year to go until the UK leaves the EU, the Summit speakers include representatives from Nifco UK and commercial law firm Square One Law.

Arlen Pettitt, Chamber knowledge development manager said: “Companies are increasingly concerned about the lack of knowledge about Brexit coming from the Government.  This event will raise vital issues which we encourage businesses to think about in relation to their own organisations, and also suggest possible solutions where we can.”

The Brexit Summit will help businesses to plan a post-Brexit scenario regardless of the shape and detail of a Brexit deal.

Business leaders from across the North East will share their insights to help companies understand where their businesses may be vulnerable.  These will include how can they play their part in a Brexit-ready supply chain, prepare their workforce for Brexit, manage risks from currency instability and how to reduce the risk of increased costs and possible delays at customs.

As part of the advice guests will also hear the best ways to protect against potential border friction such as achieving Authorised Economic Operator status, which helps products move overseas with less paperwork.

As well as presentations from the experts there will also be a panel discussion, chaired by Chamber chief executive, James Ramsbotham, with the opportunity for guests to have their questions answered.

Arlen Pettitt said: “We believe time is of the essence.  This event will give practical tips for what businesses should be doing now, so attendees better understand how they should be preparing their businesses for Brexit.  With all the uncertainty around Brexit, we can’t possibly have all the answers, but we can help businesses start asking the right questions.”

The event which runs from 8.15 – 11.30am is open to both Chamber members and non-members, companies of all sizes and sectors and is free of charge.  Registration is via the Chamber website.

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