Navigating Brexit

In an ever changing and increasingly challenging marketplace, competitive strategy and innovation are integral to business growth and success.

Analyse your exposure to Brexit and mitigate business-specific risk with our range of tailored supports and Brexit-experienced mentors.

9 areas of potential impact for your business:

  • UK market dynamics – possible market contraction; buy British campaigns
  • Currency – impact on profits; delayed decision making due to uncertainty
  • Customers – impact on customers leading to challenges and opportunities
  • Competition – expect new and increased competition
  • Sourcing – impact on cost, certainty and quality; dependence on UK distributors
  • Transport and logistics – established transport routes may no longer be optimal
  • Regulations and standards – may change for exporting to and importing from UK
  • Customs, tariffs and taxation – may see an increase in administration, cost and time
  • Movement of people – possible restrictions

Brexit Mentoring:

Analyse your exposure to Brexit and mitigate business-specific risk with our free of charge expert Brexit mentoring. Click here >>

Customs Training

Importers and Exporters will need to know how to move their goods through Customs in Ireland and the UK post Brexit.

Learn about the potential impacts, formalities and procedures you will need to adopt when trading with the UK at our Customs Training Course. Click here >>


1. Scorecard

STEP 1: Self-diagnose whether your business is ready for Brexit.

By answering a series of questions online under six

Completion of the Scorecard provides a comprehensive report and benchmark in terms of the level of preparedness against best practice and
signposts a range of supports, resources and information available.

The Brexit SME Scorecard is a starting point to help businesses to begin preparing a strategy and ready their teams in terms of planning and shining a spotlight on
some of the key operational areas that may be exposed.

Download Scorecard information here and then complete the scorecard at:

2. Mentoring

STEP 2: The Brexit Mentor Programme is designed to support LEO clients in developing robust strategies to address issues and maximise potential opportunities.

The Programme provides practical and strategic one to one advice and guidance on planning for the impact of Brexit.

3. Lean

STEP 3: Adopt lean business principles to increase performance and competitiveness.

Applying LEAN principles to your business will help to build resilience so that you are better positioned to cope with the challenges and opportunities of Brexit.

Under the programme companies can avail of 5 days’ consultancy from an Enterprise Ireland approved lean consultancy panel who will work with the company to introduce lean principles, undertake a specific cost reduction project and assist the company in benchmarking performance.

Download further information here and express your interest in the next LEAN for Micro intake via email to

4. Co Innovate

STEP 4: Co-Innovate targets SMEs in the manufacturing and tradable services sector, to leadinnovation and opportunities for growth in your business

The Co-Innovate programme is a cross border research and innovation (R&I) initiative funded under the European INTERREG VA Programme. The programme
brings together key development agencies to deliver a programme aligned with each government’s strategic priorities.

Download further information here.

5. EEN

STEP 5: The EEN is the world’s largest support network for small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.

The Enterprise Europe Network assists companies to make the most of business and technology opportunities in the EU and other major global markets.

Download further information here and to access your local EEN advisor please contact

6. Micro Exporters

STEP 6: Grant supports LEO clients to explore and develop new export market opportunities.

This scheme is a matched funding opportunity with up to €2,500 available to eligible businesses. Under the scheme costs incurred when investigating, researching and accessing export markets can be part funded.

Download further information here, and for a step-by-step guide to exporting click here.

7. TOV

STEP 7: Enhance your online presence and digital strategy.

Supporting small businesses to trade online and boost their sales, cut the cost of developing your online trading capacity by up to 50%.

Download further information here and find out how to apply here.

8. MFI

STEP 8: Microfinance Ireland offers loan funding up to €25,000.

LEO Kildare will work with you to apply for loans which can be used to fund start-up costs, working capital, purchase of stock, equipment, machinery, vehicles, business expansion etc.

Microfinance Ireland are there to support small businesses who may be having difficulty in accessing finance for either working capital or business expansion
from Banks and other commercial lending providers.

Download further information hereand an application form here.

9. MDP

STEP 9: Early planning and preparation is a critical factor in a company’s ability to respond to the business challenges that Brexit presents

Upcoming Brexit-specific training and development includes:

  • Brexit Information Seminars & Events
  • One-to-one business consultations
  • Scenario Planning Workshops
  • Management Development Programmes

Download further information here.

Alternatively, download the entire Navigating Brexit guide here.