'Brexit' Customs Training Workshops for Dublin Region

Local Enterprise Office Dublin City Launch 'Brexit' Customs Training Workshops for Dublin Region

With Brexit just weeks away, the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City launch the first Customs Training Workshop for Dublin and the surrounding regions, which are being delivered for the Government by Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) across the country. 

The fully booked workshop, which will take place in The Gibson Hotel today from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm will be attended by 30 business people from around the region who may be directly affected by Brexit.  This includes manufacturing, food, logistics and service companies, all of whom will need to deal with customs on import and export of goods or materials after the 29th March if the UK leaves the Customs Union and Single Market. 

The nationwide workshops are open to all businesses from all sectors and events will take place in every region, with workshops having already taken place in Cavan and Cork.

Launching the national series of Customs Training Workshops last month, Minister Humphreys, T.D. Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, said; “These workshops are another support that the Government has put in place to help businesses as they deal with the intricacies of Brexit. While there is still a lot of uncertainty around what will happen next month, the skills and mentoring provided by these workshops will stand to firms long into the future. As a small island, importing and exporting are key for our companies, and we will ensure that they have the supports they need to continue doing this from the end of March and beyond.”

Greg Swift Head of Enterprise & Economic Development Dublin City, said; “The Local Enterprise Offices have been working closely with their 7,000 client companies ever since Brexit was announced in 2016.  Each one of our companies has been contacted directly in relation to Brexit supports and in 2018 we had over 4,000 attendees at Local Enterprise Office Brexit information events.  These Customs Training Workshops provide practical information to these businesses to ensure when the 29th March comes, there are no shocks for them.  We would say that any small business that has yet to plan for Brexit, it is not too late and the door of your Local Enterprise Office is open to help you plan for this year and beyond.”    

The Customs Training Workshops are just one strand of the supports that the Local Enterprise Offices have supplied to their clients on behalf of Government across the country since Brexit was announced in 2016.  This includes scorecards to evaluate exposure, trading online financial supports, Brexit loans, grants to support exporting and LEAN programmes to increase company performance, competitiveness and resilience.

The final Customs Training Workshop will take place on the 21st March, 2019 in Portlaoise.  The workshops have been designed by customs experts from BDO.  The ‘Prepare your Business for Customs’ workshops will be rolled out to every region across the country in 2019, accessible to any business that will be dealing with customs for the first time after Brexit. 

For more information on what Brexit supports are available, visit www.LocalEnterprise.ie/Brexit or contact your Local Enterprise Office Dublin City on T. (01) 222 5611 or  E. info@leo.dublincity.ie

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