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27 February 1:00PM

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Watch our video reviewing latest developments around Brexit with some suggestions and practical responses for food and grocery businesses in the UK and Europe

For as long as there is a possibility that a deal might not be signed off on Brexit, the food and grocery sector faces a daunting to-do list to prepare for this worst-case scenario. 

News coverage suggests that stockpiling goods is a common grocery business response to Brexit risk and this view is backed-up by IGD’s own research.

15 February 2019
The information provided here is accurate, to the best of our knowledge, as of 6 February 2019. However, circumstances change quickly, new information is emerging daily, and we are not able to verify every source. Readers are therefore advised to seek advice from specialists before making any critical business decisions. Tariffs Borders Import/Export Procedures ...
15 February 2019
This article presents a series of ten practical actions that businesses can take now, to prepare for the possibility of a “no-deal” Brexit. These are aimed at businesses currently importing goods to the UK from the EU. This does not currently require much admin, as the UK is within the single market and customs union. If we see no-deal Brexit, the UK will move outside these arrangements...
30 January 2019
Brexit is scheduled for 29th March 2019 and yet, with the clock ticking down, there’s still no certainty on what this will really mean for food and grocery businesses in the UK and the EU. We’ve been discussing planning for a No Deal Brexit extensively with various government departments and through our industry expert groups. This video will provide: Start - 07:56  Latest Brexit devel...
26 November 2018
For as long as there is a possibility that a deal might not be signed off on Brexit, the food and grocery sector faces a daunting to-do list to prepare for this worst-case scenario.  Hopefully, your business has already considered this possibility, prepared an action plan and begun to work on it. Each company’s list is likely to be unique but here is a generic checklist to use as a cross-ref...
23 November 2018
The UK government has published a series of 106 ‘technical papers’ providing advice to companies on preparing for a No Deal Brexit. This is obviously a lot for anyone to digest and so we have summarised the key points here for you. We do however recommend that you read in full any paper that covers a critical element for your business. 1. Trading with the EU In the event of No Deal, th...
22 November 2018
However much (or little) disruption it might entail, we will get beyond the initial transition period. So, we brought together almost a hundred food and grocery CEOs to discuss building productivity, exports and skills to deliver lasting prosperity. See our conclusions.   DOWNLOAD BREXIT AND ECONOMICS FOR REGULAR UPDATES SIGN UP
22 November 2018
“I believe we can get a good deal, but, it’s right that we say, because we don't know what the outcome is going to be, let's prepare for every eventuality.” Theresa May, UK Prime Minister, July 2018.  Although the UK and EU are working hard on a settlement, there is no guarantee of success and No Deal remains a possibility. This note summarises the main short-term risks of that scenario ...
01 August 2018
Customs and trade have taken centre stage on Brexit this year for good reasons. This is a vital area and a solution is urgently needed. However, if this becomes resolved, attention is likely to transfer to immigration policy, another critical topic.  According to the UK Food and Drink Supply Chain Workforce Group, around a third of UK-based workers in the food and drink chain are EU national...
01 August 2018
The fog of uncertainty Trade and customs are proving to be the biggest sticking points in Brexit negotiations. In this article we consider what’s still to be resolved and what it means for you, if you work for a food and grocery company. The UK government’s stated aim is to leave the EU Customs Union and Single Market but then to minimise disruption through a new free trade agreement and ...
20 March 2018
The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. It’s now just a year away and the exact nature of the country’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU is still unclear. Our chief economist James Walton has examined the present situation and possible challenges ahead, including: Current negotiating position What’s still outstanding What the UK government wants UK suggestions for a ...

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