Team South of Scotland remind businesses to make use of resources available to Prepare for Brexit

With only 40 days away from the UK leaving the European Union at midnight on 31 December, Team South of Scotland is urging businesses not to lose sight of potential implications and make use of the resources available to prepare.

South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) alongside its partners including those at D&G Council and SBC are highlighting that there is help available should businesses need it.

All partners locally are available for help and advice, and the prepareforbrexit.scot website is being updated regularly with latest guidance, advice and online events.

Professor Russel Griggs OBE, Chair of SOSE said:  “There is no denying that this has been an incredibly challenging year and part of our role is to make sure that, in amongst everything going on, there is plenty of help, support and advice available to help businesses do what they need to do when it comes to preparing for Brexit. 

“Collectively, we would urge all businesses across the South of Scotland to ensure they have appropriate plans in place and to use all the sources of information available.  We are working closely with our partner agencies to raise awareness through the Prepare for Brexit campaign and website at prepareforbrexit.scot. 

“We are here to listen and help, and I would urge any businesses or groups who are looking for support and advice around Brexit to reach out and contact us.”

Rob Davidson, Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy and Resources Committee said: “We have just 6 weeks to go so it is vitally important that businesses get as prepared as they can be. I recognise this comes at the end of an incredibly tough year for businesses across Dumfries and Galloway and the South of Scotland.

“Dumfries and Galloway Council is working with our colleagues in SOSE and Scottish Borders Council and I would urge businesses to use the online material on the Prepare for Brexit website.”

Councillor David Parker, Convener of Scottish Borders Council added: “There is lots of information, posters and packs for employers available from both the UK and Scottish governments on the EU Settlement Scheme and I’d ask all local businesses with EU employees to make sure that they raise awareness of the scheme with their staff and make information available to them.

“The community of the Scottish Borders would not be the same without these people and I cannot emphasise enough the important role that we can all play in ensuring that EU nationals understand their value to us here in the Scottish Borders and are encouraged to complete the application process to ensure they can remain here.”

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