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Selep launches Ready2020 to help Kent SMEs prepare for life outside European Union

A campaign has been launched to help small and medium-sized businesses in the South East prepare for changes as a result of Brexit.

Ready2020 is being managed by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (Selep), working alongside the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

New campaign will help SMEs adjust to changes as a result of Brexit
New campaign will help SMEs adjust to changes as a result of Brexit

The campaign is being delivered by their respective Growth Hubs to support smaller companies across London, the South East and Hertfordshire as they face wide-ranging changes in the business environment.

The campaign will provide information across areas including recruitment and employment, trading relationships and regulation.

It will also offer advice and support aimed to boost the resilience of SMEs, encouraging companies to think about how to manage the risks and pursue the opportunities they will encounter in the coming year.

Support will be provided by a combination of digital resources, events across the LEP catchment areas, and business advisors from local Growth Hubs.

Tudor Price, head of business development at the Kent & Medway Growth Hub, said: “As we enter a new decade, and the commercial environment evolves, every business in Kent and Medway needs to get ready for change.

Tudor Price hopes the campaign will provide timely advice to businesses in the county
Tudor Price hopes the campaign will provide timely advice to businesses in the county

"There are technical changes, across employment and cross-border trade, that businesses need to be aware of and prepared for. And there are broader shifts, from evolving technology to changing consumer needs, that more small companies should be thinking about.

“Through this campaign we aim to provide the practical support and timely information every Kent and Medway business needs to navigate the challenges and opportunities in front of them.”

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