Galway TD gives top five tips for Galway businesses to be ‘Brexit-ready’

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Businesses in County Galway need to keep up their hard work in getting themselves Brexit ready.

That’s according to East Galway TD Ciaran Cannon, who said that there should not be complacency despite the recent breakthrough in Brexit negotiations between London and Brussles.

He said that despite the breakthrough, Brexit is still going to mean change and we need to be ready for it.

The EU and Ireland have delivered a deal that guarantees no hard border in Ireland, now we have to see if Westminster votes for it sometime in December,” said Minister Cannon.

He said multi-million euro supports have been put in place across government from grants, seminars, site visits, supply-chain mapping and loans.

“The first thing management need to ask themselves is, who is in charge of our Brexit plan and how is their work going? The majority of companies have done this but if you haven’t, that’s where you start.”

Minister Cannon said that his top five tips for being ready for Britain and the North’s exit from the Euopean Union are:

1 – Appoint your internal team/person

2 – Visit your Local Enterprise Office

3 – Speak to your suppliers about their exposure

4 – Ask your customers about their exposure

5 – Apply for a ‘Get Ready’ grant from Enterprise Ireland or Intertrade Ireland”.

“Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland, Intertrade Ireland, Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland all have bespoke grants and expert consultants available.

“An example is the €5 million allocated in Budget 2019 to Local Enterprise Offices, including the team in Galway, to roll out a nationwide customs training programme,” said the Minister.