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Solent LEP to help businesses across the region prepare for Brexit

18 September 2019

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are supporting businesses to access free expert and specialist advice as part of the Government’s national business readiness programme. A series of workshops across the region are available for businesses to attend, to prepare for Brexit and beyond.

Joining with three other LEPs in the South of England, (Enterprise M3, Coast to Capital and Thames Valley Berkshire), the four LEPs are working together collectively with Government to provide reassurance to businesses and to help them make important preparations as the UK leaves the EU.

Gary Jeffries, Chairman of Solent LEP said 
“We are delighted to be working with our neighbouring LEPs to pull together a package of support for businesses in the Solent. This sits alongside our recent relaunch of the Solent Prosperity Fund, and the support fund route for small and medium sized businesses (SME) aimed at supporting businesses through changing trading conditions arising from BREXIT.”

 The LEP’s Growth Hubs, which focus on business support all year round, will spearhead the activities, including encouraging as many businesses as possible to attend one of the Government workshops in the region. The three workshops currently planned in the Solent LEP region are: Portsmouth on 1 October, Southampton on 11 October and New Forest on 18 October. The Solent LEP is working with partners with a view to securing further sessions in the Solent area and updates on this will be provided when available.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) Get Ready for Brexit workshops are free and will include vital Brexit content from DIT, the services DIT offers to businesses and the wider context in which these can be utilised, relatable case studies and a panel of Government specialists from across departments. There will also be subject matter experts, offer businesses the opportunity to network and also have a 121 meeting with International Trade Administration (ITA) and the local Growth Hub.

You can register for any of the Get Ready for Brexit workshops in the Solent area by clicking on the locations below.

Portsmouth - 1 October

Southampton - 11 October

New Forest - 18 October

The Solent LEP has also established an online Brexit toolkit that will enable businesses to diagnose activities and actions that may help enable their preparation for BREXIT. The toolkit is available now at the following link: https://solentlep.virtual-adviser.com/

For news on BREXIT related information as it comes out, please check out our BREXIT News page.