A campaign is being launched today, Monday, 2 October 2017, to ensure the North East’s manufacturing supply chain will be well positioned to take advantage of the post-Brexit landscape.
Organised by North East
England Chamber of Commerce and commercial law firm, Square One
‘Brexit Ready Supply Chain’ campaign will be the focal point for a
planned and collaborative approach to Brexit preparations.
highlighting the importance and complexity of effective supply chain management
and innovation in North East manufacturing, the campaign will work with
regional businesses to identify the implications of Brexit as well as
encouraging firms to begin a comprehensive planning
A report will also be produced on the
opportunities for better supply chain development, management and innovation in
the North East. It will be developed through a series of workshops
discussing key supply chain issues and how businesses either have innovated or
are facing barriers to innovation.
Jonathan Walker, Chamber head of policy and campaigns said: “The project will undoubtedly help to build our supply chain’s
resilience. Many firms operate in complex supply chain networks across
international boundaries. Rules governing these operations will inevitably be
subject to some change as we leave the EU and businesses should be prepared
well in advance, to avoid unnecessary disruption. We are delighted to be
working with Square One Law on this project which will see us
advocating more support for businesses so they can be well prepared for
Ian Gilthorpe, Senior
Partner at Square One Law, a Chamber Partner member said:
“We approached the
Chamber following discussions with a number of businesses in
the manufacturing supply chain who wanted clear guidance as how
best to prepare their
operations for the uncertainty Brexit poses.
“Our EU specialist Neil
Warwick has designed 'Brexit Ready Supply
Chain’ guidelines to address the common issues that
manufacturing business will need to understand, such as rules of
origin, non-tariff barriers, migration rules, skills and intellectual property.
It will also explore possible solutions businesses can deploy to
avoid operational disruption.'
A supporter of the
campaign is Mike
Matthews MBE, Managing Director Nifco UK, and former President of the
Chamber, who said:
“One of the key issues
facing the manufacturing sector, amongst others, is the well-documented
skills shortage and there is a real possibility that this could worsen
following the UK’s departure from the EU.
“The need for the
manufacturing supply chain to collaborate and communicate pre-Brexit to
ensure a positive outcome post-Brexit, is of vital importance
and campaigns like this one will ensure the North East business community
is having the right discussions in good time. Every business is only as
strong as the next link in the supply chain and it is clear that preparation
will be vital.”
Neil Warwick, EU and
competition partner at Square One Law said:
implementation period is agreed, there is now only one year for the written
agreement for Brexit to be submitted to the EU Parliament, so the sooner we can
start having these discussions the better prepared the North East’s supply
chain will be to respond in an agile and co-ordinated way.”