A new online tool has been launched to help Scottish businesses identify how they could be affected by Brexit and what they can do to prepare.
The tool, by the Scottish Government, marks the next phase of Scotland’s ‘Prepare for Brexit’ campaign, and will help all businesses – whether or not they export and regardless of size or sector – assess their exposure to Brexit-related risks before directing them to appropriate support from Scotland’s Enterprise and Skills Agencies.
Grants of up to £4,000 are already available for exporters and potential exporters to help them mitigate risks and capitalise on export opportunities despite the challenge Brexit will bring.
Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell said Brexit is the biggest risk facing Scotland right now, but only a third of Scottish companies are proactively planning for it:“With only five months until the UK is due to leave the EU, we want to help every business in Scotland prepare as much as is possible.”
The practical advice and support being offered by the Scottish Government, through enterprise agencies, will help businesses safeguard, as much as they can in these circumstances, their own growth and that of the Scottish economy.
Of course, the best way to mitigate the worst impact of Brexit, short of staying in the EU, is continued membership of the European Single Market and Customs Union, a position supported by Business for Scotland.