6 September 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

With less than 9 weeks to go to Brexit, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, has directly appealed to businesses to accelerate their preparations and urged them to avail of the wide range of State supports on offer to help them do so. The Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD made the appeal on a visit to North Dublin fruit and salad producer Keelings, a familyowned business which has used a number of State supports to assist in Brexit preparations.

Minister Humphreys said that the Government’s suite of Brexit supports included preparedness vouchers and consultancy and mentoring supports, tariff advisory services, research on new markets and innovation supports through Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Offices and InterTrade Ireland, as well as two loan schemes: the €300 million Brexit Loan Scheme and the €300 million Future Growth Loan Scheme. She pointed out that supports and advice were also available from the National Standards Authority of Ireland, the Health and Safety Authority, IDA Ireland, Revenue, Skillnet Ireland, the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, Bord Bia and Fáilte Ireland.

The Minister strongly urged businesses to familiarise themselves with these supports. She also urged them to look at their supply chains, customs procedures, certification, and standards and licensing processes; consider currency volatility; and register with Customs for an EORI [Economic Operator Registration and Identification] number. The Minister praised hosts Keelings for the extensive Brexit preparations they had been engaged in since 2016, pointing out that the company had availed of the Enterprise Ireland…

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