Brexit – what does it mean for business in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset & Torbay?

An online survey to gather evidence about the impact of Brexit is being promoted by the Heart of the South West LEP and local authority partners in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

The findings will be used in the Heart of the South West Productivity Plan to devise a strategy to increase prosperity by raising productivity. Businesses across all sectors are invited to participate. Click here to complete the survey.

The aim is to get as many responses as possible so that key messages can be drawn from the survey and fed to decision makers to ensure businesses voices are heard.

HotSW LEP is one of the partners, along with local authorities across the area, in the Brexit Resilience and Opportunities Group (BROG) which was established to identify the opportunities and threats of Brexit and help business embrace and address them. The group shares information and expertise; which is fed into LEP and local authority strategies and can be used to influence Government and other decision-makers.

Steve Hindley, CBE DL, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Brexit is perhaps the most important issue facing many businesses, so addressing its impact is crucial in our strategy to generate economic prosperity. We want to hear from businesses of all sectors and all sizes so that we can provide meaningful intelligence to help create an effective Productivity Plan for the Heart of the South West.”

Phil Norrey, Chair of BROG and Chief Executive of Devon County Council said: “We are committed to helping businesses embrace any opportunities that arise from leaving the EU and to help them mitigate any disadvantages they may face.

“In order to devise strategies to address Brexit, we need to understand the nature of what issues are important to our local businesses, so we urge them to take part in this survey and help us build a meaningful picture of the economic factors.”

BROG is also keen to receive anecdotal evidence from businesses, feedback from round table discussions, results of any surveys undertaken and any other intelligence on the impact Brexit is having amongst the business community. Businesses can contact Hattie Winter for more information about BROG and to give evidence and ideas: Hattie.winter@heartofswlep.co.uk 07785 454130.