Mackay steps up Brexit support as hub goes live
Derek Mackay: ‘real challenges’ (pic: Terry Murden)
Economy Secretary Derek Mackay has written to businesses urging them to prepare for the consequences of Brexit, and inform them of the support available from the Scottish Government.
Mr Mackay restated the Scottish Government’s determination to create the right conditions for businesses to prosper, as set out in the Economic Action Plan launched last year.
His message came ahead of a visit to the Scottish Enterprise Prepare for Brexit control hub in Clydebank by Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee.
The hub, which goes live today, comprises 160 SE staff who can be deployed to provide specific Brexit enquiry support to businesses and partners to help manage increased numbers of enquiries.
Mr Mackay said: “We understand that Brexit continues to present real challenges for Scotland’s people, businesses and communities with the ongoing uncertainty around the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.
“We want to support businesses as they work through the challenges they may face, and the Prepare for Brexit Campaign is at the heart of that. It brings together a range of support for Scotland’s businesses, including a toolkit to help you assess how ready your business is for whatever comes next.
“Industry has told us how important it is to retain our workforce. That is why the First Minister launched the Scottish Government’s Stay in Scotland campaign. It provides practical advice and assistance to the EU citizens living in Scotland, including information and guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme application process.”
The Scottish Chambers of Commerce has has also launched an online hub to help businesses prepare for Britain leaving the European Union.
It offers a range of resources for businesses in Scotland. These include a comprehensive list of Brexit-preparedness events, webinars and advice sessions. There is a country-by-country guide to rules for cross-border trading and data protection, a self-assessment tool and links to all relevant information including where to apply for Scottish Government grants up to £4,000.
Dr Liz Cameron, chief executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “Whatever happens with Brexit – and companies are still, regrettably, in the dark – this new portal puts all the information that is out there at their fingertips.”