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Firms unprepared as Brexit transition due to end

Malcolm Cannon

Malcolm Cannon: ‘businesses face a myriad of challenges’

Almost half of businesses are not yet fully prepared for the end of the Brexit transition in just over two months time, according to a UK-wide survey.

Nearly a quarter of respondents say their company may not be ready in time.

Many firms still needed to obtain EU licences and authorisations and the majority are concerned that the Covid pandemic will magnify the impact of a no-deal Brexit on their organisation.

The Institute of Directors, which conducted the poll of almost a thousand companies, urged both sides of the negotiations to work constructively towards a deal, and called on the UK Government to consider fiscal support to aid small firms’ Brexit adjustment.

A phased implementation of changes would also help businesses to adapt, it said.

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Business Secretary Alok Sharma last week urged businesses to make sure they had all the necessary paperwork in order ahead of the end of the transition period on 31 December.

Commenting on the survey, Malcolm Cannon, national director of IoD Scotland, said: “Business leaders are facing a myriad of challenges at the moment, with many just aiming to survive the current climate.

“However, it is vital that leaders start to prioritise Brexit preparations. As this survey has shown, a large number of our members are not prepared for the transition. 

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