Is your business ready for Brexit?  

Support for businesses in Leeds City Region ramps up to assist.

Today (Friday 27th September) the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) promotes extra support and government events to urge businesses to get ready for Brexit.

A recent LEP business survey revealed that only 10 per cent of businesses are preparing for Brexit and 60 per cent are not considering changes to their strategies.

In response to this and in preparation for 31st October, the LEP is urging businesses to contact the Growth Service for information on the latest business support and to attend the many Brexit advice events which are being run across the region.

This includes government-led events such as the Brexit Business Readiness event in Leeds on Friday 4th October. Government advisers will be on hand to talk through the actions business owners need to take to prepare through advice and in-depth sessions led by experts. Export workshops run by the Department for International Trade that will be held in Huddersfield, Wakefield and Bradford. Each business that attends these events will leave with a personalised export action plan covering paperwork needed to continue exporting, impact to supply chains and further guidance.

In anticipation of this period of change, the LEP is investing in its business support function by significantly increasing its Growth Service capacity with 19 Growth Managers working across the region with strategic SMEs. This is in addition to the Growth Service phone line which provides a quick way for businesses to find out the latest information about business support initiatives, eligibility and funding. The LEP is also working with business intermediaries to reach a wider network of businesses.

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the LEP and NP11 said:

“It’s increasingly important during times of change to take advantage of business support.

“As a LEP we are doing all we can to support businesses in an uncertain environment by flexing our resources and working in partnership with local authority partners within the city region, Yorkshire and Humber, the north and on a national level with Government.

“We are engaging with business networks and trade associations to ensure that the message of support is cascade to businesses in all corners of the region.”

The LEP Growth Service has a strong track record having helped over 11,000 businesses since 2015 through the allocation of £43 million in funding to support business growth and resilience.

To find out more and book on to events, businesses can get in touch with the LEP Growth Service on 0113 348 1818 or visit the-lep.com or gov.uk/Brexit for the latest support.