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Supports to get your business Brexit Ready

Government Departments, enterprise agencies and regulatory bodies have a range of supports covering advice, finance and upskilling to help your business navigate its way through Brexit. Below is a summary of supports and resources available to get your business Brexit Ready.

Advice and Guidance

Enterprise Ireland's Brexit Scorecard

Any business can quickly self-diagnose whether they are ready for Brexit using the Enterprise Ireland Brexit Scorecard. The Brexit Scorecard is a first step in developing a robust Brexit plan. It will help to stimulate thinking about the key areas that may be impacted in your business and to self-assess your level of preparedness.

Enterprise Ireland's Brexit Advisory Clinics

Enterprise Ireland has been running a number of Brexit Advisory Clinics across the country offering information and practical support to companies.

Enterprise Ireland's Currency Impact Calculator

Enterprise Ireland offers a Brexit Currency Impact Calculator tool to help businesses to estimate the impact that an adverse change in exchange rates would have on their profitability.

Bord Bia's Brexit Barometer

If you work in food, drink or horticulture, you can use Bord Bia’s Brexit Barometer. It is designed to help businesses assess their readiness for Brexit and also provides information on supply chain, currency, customs and international market diversification opportunities.

Fáilte Ireland’s Brexit Response Programme

If you work in tourism and hospitality, Fáilte Ireland’s Brexit Response Programme is designed to help Irish tourism businesses spread the risk by diversifying their source markets and to enhance their skill capabilities across a wide range of business functions. Fáilte Ireland offers a suite of supports including an online knowledge hub and a Brexit Readiness Check to assess risks and to respond to an evolving business environment.

Local Enterprise Offices Brexit Mentor Programme

There are 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide and they are running a Brexit Mentor Programme to support Business Owner/Managers to identify key Brexit exposures and develop robust strategies to address issues and maximise potential opportunities.

InterTradeIreland's Brexit Advisory Service

InterTradeIreland provides a Brexit Advisory Service to help businesses with practical advice, support and information on Brexit related issues.

IDA Ireland Brexit Advice

IDA Ireland offers support to client companies as they grow and diversify their Irish footprint. The IDA offers practical assistance, such as information and advice on Brexit risks and opportunities, and financial assistance across R&D, training, employment and capital investment.

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Guidance

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) provides information and guidance relating to Brexit and your business.

Preparing for new Customs Arrangements

In addition to the advice about changes in customs arrangements which is offered through Bord Bia, Skillnet Ireland, InterTrade Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices, information relating to Customs formalities is available on the Revenue website.

Preparing for changes in Legislation and Standards

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) provides a support service for Irish chemical companies and SMEs on meeting legislative duties and ensuring they can source chemicals and sell in the EU. In addition the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) which is part of the HSA can offer advice on accreditation matters.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) provides advice on how best to ensure businesses are certified to appropriate standards to access markets.

Keeping informed on Brexit

Given its role in coordinating the Government’s response to Brexit, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides a one-stop-shop overview of key Government and EU official documents on the Brexit negotiations and Ireland’s Brexit preparedness measures and supports.

Advice to businesses from Europe

Seven things businesses in the EU27 need to know: The European Commission has assembled a list of things businesses within the EU27 need to be aware of if they are to prepare for Brexit. We encourage you to use this list to understand the impacts that Brexit is likely to have on your business, and to guide your preparations: Seven things businesses in the EU27 need to know in order to prepare for Brexit (PDF, 257KB)

Brexit Q&A: Q&A for guidance on industrial products post-Brexit (PDF, 403KB)

Preparedness Notices: The Commission has prepared a set of documents called “Preparedness Notices” that explain a wide range of effects that Brexit may have if no agreement is reached between the two sides. DBEI encourages firms to consult the European Commission’s website to review the Notices and consider relevant actions that may be required to mitigate any potential negative impacts that may arise for them in terms of Brexit.

Financial Supports

Enterprise Ireland's Be Prepared Grant

For businesses that need external support in planning for Brexit, Enterprise Ireland offers up to €5,000 to assist client companies develop a plan through its Be Prepared Grant.

Enterprise Ireland's Market Discovery Fund

Enterprise Ireland supports businesses who wish to innovate, change or adapt in a number of areas, for example, to research viable and sustainable new market entry strategies through its EI Market Discovery Fund.

InterTradeIreland's Start to Plan and Implementation Vouchers

InterTradeIreland provides ‘Start to Plan’ vouchers to enable SMEs to get professional advice on Brexit, including likely tariffs, currency management, regulatory and customs issues and movement of labour, goods and services. InterTradeIreland also offers Implementation vouchers to support businesses on the implementation of Brexit plans.

Brexit Loan Scheme

In March 2018, the Government launched a €300 million Brexit Loan Scheme for eligible businesses with up to 499 employees. Loan amounts range from €25,000 up to €1.5m, for terms of up to three years and a maximum interest rate of 4%. Loans up to €500,000 unsecured.

Future Growth Loan Scheme

The Future Growth Loan Scheme announced in Budget 2019 will make a fund of up to €300 million available to SMEs for terms of 8-10 years. The scheme will be open to eligible Irish businesses, including those in the primary agriculture and seafood sectors, to support strategic, long-term investment in a post-Brexit environment.

Local Enterprise Offices Technical Assistance for Micro-Exporters (TAME)

The 31 Local Enterprise Offices offer financial supports in a number of areas, for example, Technical Assistance for Micro-Exporters (TAME). This provides financial assistance to support market diversification in qualifying businesses to develop new and export market opportunities.

Skillnet Ireland Clear Customs Financial Support

The Clear Customs free training initiative delivered through Skillnet Ireland offers immediate and free customs training to Customs intermediaries, and to businesses who frequently trade with or through the UK. Businesses who partake in the programme can avail of the Clear Customs Financial Support payment of up to €6,000 per employee* that completes the training programme, available to eligible businesses that newly invest in staffing and other costs associated with managing customs compliance. *Up to maximum of 10 employees per company.

Upskilling

In addition to the advice and guidance above, there is a range of supports available for upskilling staff within your business: Supports to get your business Brexit Ready: Upskilling

Retail Sector

Please see Building Stronger Business, Getting Brexit Ready for Retail Businesses for Government Departments, enterprise agencies and regulatory bodies range of advisory supports, toolkits and financial supports available to assist retail businesses navigate their way through Brexit.

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

Visit gov.ie/brexit for more on what Brexit may mean for your business and your daily life.

Follow Getting Ireland Brexit Ready on Twitter @BrexitReadyIRL

Other Business Supports

For the full range of other supports available to SMEs, please see Supporting SMEs – which support is for you?