Published: 09:40, 04 October 2019
| Updated: 09:54, 04 October 2019
The Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce has secured £100,000 of government funding to help the county's firms get 'Brexit ready'.
In recent weeks, the government has ramped up the volume of communication and support available to businesses to prepare for a withdrawal of the UK from the EU without a withdrawal agreement - a scenario looking increasingly likely under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Kent Invicta Chamber has won £100,000 of the Brexit Readiness funding to support Kent businesses of all sizes in making sure they are ready on October 31 - the current exit date.
Now it will stage 22 'Brexit Ready Kent' clinics across the county, open to both members and non-members, over the coming weeks.
The free events will provide firms with details on risk assessment and guidance and information to understand and prepare for the practical implications of our exit from the EU.
Tailored to particular sectors, special workshops will cover construction, digital, food and drink, manufacturing, tourism and retail, and professional.
Events take place in Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Maidstone, Rochester, Sandwich, Folkestone, Faversham, Dover, Sittingbourne, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks.
They run from Wednesday, October 16, right up to Wednesday, October 30.
It comes after a recent survey by the British Chambers of Commerce revealed 41% of firms are not ready for a 'no deal' Brexit.
Jo James, CEO, of the Kent Invicta Chamber, said: "The ongoing political turbulence about Brexit has led too many businesses to bury their heads in the sand, yet both the EU and the UK government have prepared rules and processes in case of a 'no deal' exit.
"There is very little time left for businesses to implement these arrangements if they want to stay in the race.”
Resources such as information flyers, factsheets and Brexit check-lists will be available.
Adds Jo James: “Kent is a border region; there is no doubt that local businesses will be impacted directly or indirectly by the changing economic landscape.
“Brexit Ready Kent aims to mitigate the impact of a 'no deal' Brexit on our local businesses.”
Places are limited and must be registered in advance, on a first-come-first-served basis.
For more details and to register click here.