Brexit – an opportunity to rethink?

Waterford Local Enterprise Office are offering our client companies, support in relation to the implications Brexit may have on your business.  Our objective is to encourage companies to prepare and plan for Brexit through offering a suite of financial and non-financial supports to assist in focusing on things you can influence and change.  Through building the resilience to deal with any kind of Brexit via competitiveness; innovation; market development; financial management and collaboration you can prepare for Brexit now. 

So how can we help?

The first step for preparation is to conduct your own assessment of areas of potential risk and opportunity arising from Brexit and to develop an action plan.  With this in mind the local enterprise office is offering clients one to one mentoring up to the value of €1,000 to assist in this area. In order to properly assess your readiness for Brexit and any areas that need to be addressed we would request you complete the online Brexit Scorecard, click here. Once this has been completed please forward to our office requesting assistance and we have a group of specialised mentors who will review your report with a view to assigning the most relevant mentor to assist your business.  

Following on from this we have a Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters Grant that you can apply for.  This grant of €2,500, 50% support against a maximum of €5,000, can assist you to develop your business and prepare for new market opportunities.  It will part fund costs that can be incurred in investigating and researching export markets.  

We will also run a ‘Lean for Micro’ training programme with one to one mentoring to support innovation in micro enterprise with a view to increasing your performance and competitiveness.  This may also assist you in getting investor ready to scale your business.  Lean is about focussing on effectiveness and efficiency across all areas of your business and works more effectively when it becomes part of your business strategy.

Eligibility rules apply and if any of the areas mentioned above are of interest to you please feel free to contact our office and we will be delighted to talk you through the process or answer any questions you may have on how we can assist you to be Brexit ready.