Chamber and council offer Brexit hub for Liverpool firms

A new Brexit Resource Hub is being launched by Liverpool Chamber and Liverpool City Council to help firms in the city trade effectively with the EU. Tony McDonough reports

Paul Cherpeau
Paul Cherpeau, chief executive of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Picture by Gareth Jones


Liverpool Chamber is teaming up with Liverpool City Council to provide a new resources to help businesses in the city trade with the EU.

Britain left the EU at the beginning of 2020 but many firms remain confused about trading with countries who remain in the bloc. The new Brexit Resource Hub includes a digital toolkit detailing the implications of the UK’s new relationship with the EU.

It explains how businesses can operate within the latest rules and how they might capitalise on opportunities in new markets. Businesses will receive support and advice around Brexit transition and the future changes to trade markets.

This includes videos, case studies and guidance from fellow local businesses that have already made adaptations or sought to change their processes, procedures or markets.

The campaign will be underpinned by an ongoing series of surveys and outreach exercises led by Liverpool Chamber’s international trade team, asking local businesses to record their own experiences of post-Brexit trade and identifying new trends or challenges around import and export activity.

This content and the supporting materials will all be accessible via a new microsite within the Liverpool Chamber website, which will also provide a platform for Brexit-related queries. A new Brexit business consortium of up to 50 members will also be created to offer a regular virtual meeting space and forum as any new issues develop.

Cllr Sarah Doyle
Cllr Sarah Doyle, Liverpool cabinet member for development and economy. Picture by Jennifer Bruce/Liverpool City Council.


Paul Cherpeau, chief executive of Liverpool Chamber, said: “Our international trade team already supports thousands of local businesses to help them explore new global markets and it has seen a marked increase in enquiries and engagement relating to Brexit and its impact on trade.

“The Brexit Resource Hub will offer real-world advice and insight to help business get things done effectively and will be an extension of our International Trade Club, creating conversations and enabling networking between companies trading with Europe to share challenges and aspirations.”

Cllr Sarah Doyle, cabinet member for development and economy, said: “Liverpool is a truly global city and there are so many businesses founded in the city who aspire to send their products and services around the world, while many more rely on imports as a crucial part of their supply chain.

“This new initiative, part of our Liverpool Global City campaign, aims to amplify the voices of those businesses about their initial experiences of EU trade in the post-Brexit era and create a meaningful resource to help them navigate and share their challenges alongside their peers.”

Click here for more information on the Brexit Resource Hub.

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