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Brexit prepping for Merseyside small businesses

FSB’s North West region recently held ‘Brexit Unpicked,’ a practical seminar to help businesses plan for leaving the EU, with The Influence Group’s Peter Wilding - credited by the Oxford English Dictionary as having coined the term ‘Brexit’ itself. 

Peter was joined by TradePeer’s Sietske de Groot, FSB’s former Head of EU and International Affairs, at the seminar, which took place at the premises of FSB member Prism – IT at Work in Congleton, Cheshire.

They focused on thinking through the various Brexit scenarios in order to support business owners to identify political, regulatory and commercial risks and also likely impacts on markets.

Topics included economic integration, the single market and other trade relationships, domestic and party politics, transition, the Customs Union and a ‘no deal’ scenario. 

The seminar, which was held as part of FSB’s role in the Cheshire Business Group of leading local business organisations, was the second of several that will coincide with developments in the ongoing Brexit negotiations. The first took place in Liverpool earlier in the summer.

Guests, who came with key questions for Peter and Sietske, enjoyed fine wine and a range of amuse-bouche courtesy of Prism.

In 25 years of working in European affairs, Peter practices as a solicitor specialising in EU law. He has practised in London, Brussels, Gibraltar and the Channel Islands. He has stood for Parliament twice and was appointed by former Prime Minister, David Cameron, as Media and Policy Director of the Conservative Party in the EU from 2005-2008.

Sietske has over 15 years of experience in EU and government affairs. She is founder of TradePeers Ltd., a specialised market-access service for medium-sized businesses in the UK.