Preparing Your Business for EU Exit – Success in 2021 and Beyond

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Network, catch up, meet new contacts, explore new working practices and find out new regulations coming into effect January 2021.

About this Event

With challenges created by the global pandemic, the focus for many businesses has been on surviving through 2020.

However, in two months’ time, the UK will leave the EU.

This significant event will bring new challenges to business – and almost all companies (regardless of size, sector or service) will be impacted.

To help support businesses in the region to explore what the EU transition means for them, and to identify any changes they need to make to their working practices to ensure they can continue business as usual, Supply Chain North East have designed a comprehensive package of events – which will all be delivered through online workshops. These workshops have been created to delve deeper into what the UK transition means for different areas and operations within the business and what you need to do to maintain “business as usual”.

The on-line delivery format will be of great help to companies as this removes the requirement to travel to and from venues.

You can build a package of support which fits the needs of you and your business by:

Attending one of our Sector-specific EU Exit sessions with Neil Warwick

  • 10th Nov - Manufacturing
  • 17th Nov - Health & Life Sciences
  • 24th Nov - Subsea, Energy & Offshore
  • 01st Dec - Digital, Tech & Creative


Choosing your Themed workshops (We would recommend that you attend all – however you select those most relevant to you if preferred)

  • 19th Nov - Business Resilience
  • 26th Nov - HR & Financial Services & IPR
  • 03rd Dec - Supply Chain Readiness / Improved Business Competitiveness
  • 10th Dec - Digital Services


SME companies who operate on a business to business bases and are located within

  • County Durham
  • Sunderland
  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle
  • South Tyneside
  • North Tyneside
  • Northumberland

About Neil Warwick OBE: Neil is the National Portfolio Chair for Brexit for the Federation of Small Businesses and has given evidence to Select Committees in the house of Commons and the House of Lords on the impact of Brexit. He provides businesses with advice on the practical implications of how Brexit will affect their industry, and, as Chair of the North East Sub-Committee for European Structural Investment Funding, Neil has been consulted on the structure and purpose of the proposed Shared Prosperity Fund for the UK.


More information on the workshops below:

EU Exit with Neil Warwick (12.30 – 14.00)

Join one of the UK’s top EU Competition lawyers and experts, Neil Warwick OBE, to get the facts on EU Exit and how it will affect your business, and how to mitigate any impact.

You will leave the event with a better understanding of the current political landscape and have identified the key areas of risk for your business, and ways to mitigate any impacts of EU exit.

There are four sessions running across four weeks, with the opportunity to network with your peers before and after the session. Each will provide a general overview, as well as additional information which is sector-specific. If you cannot make your sector specific workshop (or the sector you work in is not represented) you are more than welcome to attend any of the others and make use of the Q&A session.

  • 10th Nov - Manufacturing
  • 17th Nov - Health & Life Sciences
  • 24th Nov - Subsea, Energy & Offshore
  • 01st Dec - Digital, Tech & Creative

Themed Workshops(Please note the below agenda is tentative and may be amended at a later time with changes or additions)

19th Nov - Business Resilience (9.30 – 12.30)

Business continuity planning is the advance planning and preparation undertaken to ensure that an organisation will have the capability to operate its critical business functions during emergency events. Events can include natural disasters, a business crisis, pandemic, losing a key employee, or any event that results in a disruption of your business operation – and 2020 has certainly presented a wide range of these!

Join us for an introductory, interactive workshop which explains the basics of business continuity planning, including the hidden benefits, the difference between Business Impact Assessments and Risk Assessments, types of disruption, the three phases of crisis management and supporting documentation required.

You will leave the workshop with a clearer understanding of what you need to do in your business to ensure business continuity – and some experience in writing the documents for your business.

26th Nov - HR & Financial Services & IPR (09.30 – 12.30)

The focus of this webinars are three key areas which are relevant to all sectors.

Employment Law (9.30 – 10.15)

How will leaving the EU affect your business if you employ non-UK citizens or have employees travelling to the EU for work purposes? What other changes will there be to HR law? Join us to find out and ask the questions you would like answered.

Financial Services (10.30 – 11.15)

Do you have customers or suppliers who are based in the EU? What are the effects of leaving the EU on making and taking payments? Is it better to open a bank account elsewhere for non-UK transactions? If so, where? Are there additional tariffs or taxes I need to be aware of? This session should answer these questions and more, but you will still have the opportunity to ask about anything that may be of concern.

Intellectual Property Rights (11.30 – 12.00)

During the transition period, all rights in relation to trademarks, designs, patents, copyright and IP remained the same, but what happens in January, 2021? Join us to find out if there is anything you need to do.

Networking (12.00 – 12.30)

03rd Dec - Supply Chain Readiness / Improved Business Competitiveness (09.30 – 12.30)

Supplier Contracts Assessment

Within the finer details of many supplier contracts with – legal references can be found specific to EU / EU member states. This will your opportunity to learn more about how to consider and appraise your own contracts for business continuity after EU Exit.

Sourcing Alternative Suppliers

As result of both EU Exit and also the Covid-19 pandemic, many established supply chains have been disrupted (e.g. lack of parts, supplier cessation, logistical delays etc). This raises the opportunity for companies to re-evaluate their supplier base and explore alternative routes

Lean Processing

Lean processing is a method for creating a more effective business by eliminating wasteful practices and improving efficiency. More widely referred to as “lean,” the lean process has principles that focus on improving products and services based on what customers want and value. By implementing lean – companies can improve their overall overhead and cost structure.

Lean Accounting

To complement the significant business improvements of Lean Processing – this is an opportunity for companies to learn more about how best to manage the finances in a lean manner.

Lean accounting when effectively managed i) Provides accurate, timely, and understandable information to motivate the lean transformation throughout the organization, and for decision-making leading to increased customer value, growth, profitability, and cash flow, ii) Supports the lean culture by providing information that is relevant and actionable, and empowers continuous improvement at every level of the organization and iii) Uses tools to eliminate waste from the accounting processes while maintaining thorough financial control

Supply Chain Exchange

Supply Chain Exchange has been developed to create a community platform for businesses engaged with the Supply Chain North East support programme to enable inter-trading opportunities between member businesses.

As a participating business within the Supply Chain North East programme, you will be invited to promote your business, products and services via our members directory.

The Exchange also enable companies list and search for local supplier of specific goods and services – i.e. a great example of assistance with sourcing local, alternative suppliers.

10th Dec - Digital Services (09.30 – 12.30)

The day starts with the opportunity to network with your peers and there will be time to stretch your legs and refill your cuppa between each topic:

E-commerce (09.30 – 10.15)

Once we leave the EU, there will be some significant changes those who use e-commerce to sell their products and/or services need to know about. Join us for this session to find out what those changes are.

Data Protection (10.30 – 11.15)

When GDPR came into existence some SMEs were initially unsure what it meant to their business. Now that the dust has settled and we are all clear on the requirements, although GDPR will remain in domestic law, you may need to make further changes. From January 2021, if you send or receive data to or from EEA (EEA is the EU plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein), have a European presence or European customers, or send data to or from countries outside Europe, and are unsure of the requirements, this session is for you.

Cyber Security (11.30 – 12.30)

Join the team from the North East Cyber Crime Unit (NECCU) to learn more about how to protect yourself personally from cyber-attack, as well as the threats to your business. With examples and first-hand experience of the way cyber-crime is committed, the NECCU team will provide some helpful ideas and free ways to improve cyber security, and explain how they can help identify system breaches through planned “ethical hacking”.


Supply Chain North East brings together four key partners to work with over 800 businesses through to 2021, supporting them to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Strategic Economic Plan, that has a vision to create 100,000 more and better jobs between 2014 and 2024. , Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC).

Supply Chain North East is a multimillion programme aimed at revolutionising the way SMEs diversify their offering and embrace new markets. The programme has received more than £3m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund, which is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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