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Brexit: Help available for local businesses

Following a well-attended Brexit Breakfast event on 28 November 2018, the Council has worked with InterTradeIreland and Invest NI to identify and promote support packages to help businesses prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU.

Intertrade Ireland
‘Start to Plan’ grants are available for businesses to bring in expert advice on all things Brexit. These are worth up to £2,000 per business and can be applied for online at https://intertradeireland.com/brexit/brexit-start-to-plan-vouchers/
InterTradeIreland has launched a Virtual Learning Tool to provide a range of other supports available at https://intertradeireland.com/brexit/ or contact them on 028 3083 4100.

Invest NI
Invest NI is running a series of ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ clinics across Northern Ireland during February and March. To see if any events are convenient to your business, please visit - https://www.investni.com/get-ready-for-brexit.html or contact Invest NI directly on 0800 181 4422.

Primarily aimed at its client businesses, Invest NI has developed a ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ Assessment Tool to allow businesses to self-assess and identify key areas of focus. Businesses will be directed to additional online support on sites like Invest NI’s ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ microsite nibusinessinfo.co.uk, economy-ni.gov.uk and gov.uk.

Further support is available in the form of a new Brexit Preparation Grant, offering financial help for businesses to prepare for changes due to Brexit. This includes help towards a dedicated member of staff focussed on Brexit, and renting office space outside the UK to research new markets.

The assessment tool and preparation grant will both be made available to the wider business community, so it is definitely worth checking to see if your business can benefit from this assistance.

For more information contact Alastair Law on T. 028 9446 3113 ext. 31330 or E. alastair.law@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

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