Wednesday, 9 September 2020
The SFA welcomes the announcement of additional measures to help businesses prepare for Brexit, announced today, by Government.
Sven Spollen-Behrens of the Small Firms Association said: "Small firms continue to hope to see a swift conclusion to Brexit negotiations. A ‘no-deal’ Brexit would spell further difficulties for small companies who are already intensively managing coronavirus-linked disruption.
“The introduction of the Brexit Readiness Action Plan accompanied by a Ready for Customs grant and free online customs training will allow small firms to take preparatory action over the next few months.
“As the risk of a ‘no-trade deal’ Brexit grows further measures will need to be introduced in Budget 2021. In our recent pre-budget submission, we called for assistance such as a State supported export credit insurance scheme, enterprise and employment supports, and a commitment to ensure further price differentials do not emerge between the Republic and Northern Ireland due to increases in taxes or excises.
“While small business-owners' minds are, understandably, still very much focused on COVID-19, the SFA will remain committed to preparing members to operate in a post-Brexit environment”, continued Spollen-Behrens.