Saturday 20 January 2018

Brexit roadshow to help exporters analyse risks and opportunities

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed. Photo: Arthur Carron
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed. Photo: Arthur Carron

Sean Duffy

A new 'Brexit roadshow' has been undertaken by Bord Bia as the State body seeks to safeguard Irish exporters against the effects of Britain leaving the EU.

A team of food, drink and horticulture specialists from Bord Bia will meet with more than 150 exporters across Ireland over the coming weeks to hold in-depth analysis on the likely impact of Brexit on businesses.

As part of the roadshow, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed launched a new 'Brexit Barometer' in conjunction with Bord Bia yesterday.

An interactive tool that will be used at each of the meetings across the country, the 'Brexit Barometer' will allow businesses to identify and calculate their own unique risks and opportunities arising from Brexit.

The 'Brexit Barometer' includes 100 questions across six specific risk areas - routes to market, customs and tax, supply chain, trade, currency and human resources.

"With the triggering of Article 50 in sight it is timely that I launch this new Brexit support initiative, which I encourage all food exporters to engage with as much as possible," Mr Creed said.

"Since the Brexit referendum my Department has provided Bord Bia with €3.6m in additional funding to develop new innovative proposals such as the 'Brexit Barometer'," he added.

The Irish food, drink and horticultural industries exported a total of €4.1bn to the UK last year, representing 37pc of total exports.

Bord Bia has also launched a number of wider programmes in recent months including insights into consumers and markets in South East Asia, Africa, UK & Continental Europe.

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