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Support to help Essex businesses handle Brexit uncertainty

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Press release

26 September 2019

Support to help Essex businesses handle Brexit uncertainty 


Despite the ongoing uncertainty of what Brexit might mean for the UK economy, there's considerable work going on behind the scenes to help businesses prepare for all eventualities.


Thanks to the Growth Hub initiative, supported by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, a series of workshops for businesses are to be held across Essex, Kent and East Sussex. The workshops are being funded by the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy as part of its support for Brexit-readiness.


Every Growth Hub adviser, each trained, qualified and insured, has undergone time with high level representatives from HM Revenue & Customs, Department for International Trade and Department for Business Energy Industrial Strategy to understand the implications for our local companies.


Updates are expected for hauliers, importers and exporters on the Common Transit Convention arrangements. Businesses involved in ‘Farm to Fork' and the agri-food sector can be advised on the latest information as can businesses who may have EU workers and need to know more about the EU Settlement Scheme.


Christian Brodie, Chief Executive of SELEP, said: "Despite the uncertainty businesses still need to plan and the Growth Hub and our website can provide companies with access to the latest official information, to help them build in the necessary levels of resilience."


The workshops are free and open to all local businesses and will be delivered on:

2nd October 2019, Chelmsford,  further details can be found here:


23rdOctober 2019 Colchester, further details can be found here:


For further information on being prepared for Brexit visit: and for information onthe Growth Hubs visit: insert





For further information or interviews contact:

Andrew Metcalf, Maxim

018921 513033



The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is the business-led organisation that champions the economic growth of Kent, Essex, East Sussex, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

One of 38 LEPs across the country, SELEP works with its local partners operating under a federated model to secure investment to help deliver new homes and infrastructure. It is responsible for determining the area's strategic economic priorities while making investments and delivering activities to drive growth and create local job.

The LEP is led by a Strategic Board of 28 members, an Accountability Board, a small secretariat team and partners throughout the SELEP area.


It ensures a strong ‘local' voice into how it operates by having local LEP Boards by geographical area:

         Kent & Medway Economic Partnership

         Team East Sussex

         Essex Business Board

         Opportunity South Essex