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PR: ISME Launches Virtual Brexit Discussion

This event will focus on practical advice for Irish businesses post-Brexit

  ISME, the Irish SME Association and Ireland’s only independent representative association for Small and Medium Enterprises, has announced the launch of a new online event, a ‘Virtual Brexit Discussion’. The event, sponsored by Skillnet Ireland, will focus on providing practical advice to Irish businesses to enable them to navigate the post-Brexit environment.

The virtual discussion will be presented by Newstalk’s Business Editor, Vincent Wall and will feature a panel discussion with top experts. It will focus on a number of key issues, including: importing, exporting & customs; legal ramifications; supports; and cross-border trading.

Taking place on Tuesday 20th October at 11.00am, Vincent Wall will lead the discussion and take questions from attendees. Panellists include:

  • Katy Hayward – Political Sociologist, Queen’s University Belfast & author of Bordering Brexit
  • Dave Flynn, Executive Director, Skillnet Ireland
  • Derek Dunne – Customs Compliance Manager, Quality Freight Group
  • Giles O’Neill – Manager, Brexit Unit, Enterprise Ireland.
  • Paul McMahon – Principal, McMahon Legal & author of Brexit – An Irish Guide

Neil McDonnell, Chief Executive of ISME said: “We are delighted to announce our new Brexit themed virtual series. Time and time again, Brexit has emerged as one of the key topics that our members need advice and guidance on. In this period of uncertainly, amplified by existing issues presented by Covid-19, we have compiled an expert panel to provide practical advice to our members to ensure they are prepared for what lies ahead. The remainder of the year will be turbulent for many and Irish businesses must take the time now the ensure that they are Brexit ready.” 

The Virtual Brexit Discussion is open to all – SME members and non-members. To register, please visit: https://isme.ie/ismes-virtual-brexit-discussion/.

Skillnet Ireland Chief Executive Paul Healy said: “There are now less than 4 months to go before businesses that trade with Great Britain will see significant changes in the customs regime. This change poses serious challenges for a large cohort of the 90,000 business that currently trade with or through GB. We are calling on these businesses to avail of government supports to develop their customs capacity and ensure they are fully prepared for January 1st 2021. Clear Customs from Skillnet Ireland, is a fully virtual training platform that supports Irish businesses trading with or through Great Britain in dealing with increased customs requirements that arise from January 1st 2021. Accredited by Carlow Institute of Technology and delivered by CILT Skillnet in partnership with the Irish Exporters Association and Government agencies, the scheme comprehensively addresses this essential and pressing business need.”


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About Skillnet Ireland

Skillnet Ireland is a business support agency of the Government of Ireland, with a mandate to advance the competitiveness, productivity, and innovation of Irish businesses through enterprise-led upskilling. Skillnet Ireland partners with over 50 industry bodies and enterprise clusters, supporting over 18,000 businesses and 70,000 trainees annually.  Since 1999, Skillnet Ireland has had a positive impact on Ireland’s competitiveness and economic growth, by developing the capacity of Irish business and the workforce.  Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. To learn more about Skillnet Ireland, please visit www.skillnetireland.ie  ,Facebook: @SkillnetIreland; Twitter: @SkillnetIreland, LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/skillnetireland


ISME CEO Neil McDonnell is available for interview