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East Anglian business leaders and politicians to put Brexit under spotlight

The Federation of Small Businesses is bringing together parliamentarians and local firms to debate the impacts of Brexit, at an event in Norwich on 23 March. 

The debate, being held at The Forum, will be led by a panel that includes Norwich North MP Chloe Smith and East of England MEP Alex Mayer. 

National Farmers Union Norfolk Chair Tony Bambridge, Federation of Small Businesses Policy Director Martin McTague, and the University of East Anglia’s Professor Hussein Kassim will also take audience questions. 

The event will be chaired by BBC East Political Correspondent Andrew Sinclair.

Future trading arrangements, the skills challenge, and businesses’ access to funding programmes will feature among the topics for discussion. 

The event coincides with the next European Council meeting, at which the bloc’s leaders are expected to consider the “transitional arrangements” that will be implemented following the UK’s departure from the EU in March 2019. 

Tickets for the event, which has been organised in partnership with the University of East Anglia and Archant’s Future50 programme, can be purchased at

David Howell, FSB East Anglia Area Lead, said: “Small businesses tell us that they need more clarity on the ways in which Brexit could affect them so that they can better plan for the future. 

“We also want our influential panellists to hear directly from the local business community on what they see as the opportunities and challenges arising from this process.”