Stroud District Council and MP mean business over Brexit issues
Published: Wednesday, 9 January, 2019
Stroud District Council leaders and Stroud’s MP offered support at a special event for the business community to help them prepare for the potential impact of Brexit.
SDC Leader Doina Cornell and David Drew MP also listened to business leaders’ views and concerns over a deal or no deal scenario during a Brexit Breakfast event held at SDC’s Ebley Mill HQ.
Areas covered included EU citizens’ rights, workforce, trading standards, economy, ports and borders, and regulatory reform while business, voluntary sector and political leaders had the chance to share their concerns and experiences.
“Clearly many of our local businesses will be concerned about the impact of Brexit on their day-to-day operation and longer term,” said Councillor Cornell.
“Although we don’t have all the answers, we wanted to share what we do know at this stage from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
“It was a very constructive meeting with valuable contributions from a wide variety of viewpoints, and the feedback we got was that delegates were grateful for the opportunity to get the latest information that we have.
“We are very keen to hold another similar event soon, to offer further updates and assistance.”
With the March 29 deadline approaching, the Council facilitated the discussion on the potential impact of a deal or no deal Brexit on local businesses, and plans to hold more events to engage with them.
Ms O’Leary said: “It is important that councils do what they can to support local businesses during this process, and with our partners we will continue to do that as more information emerges.”
Mr Drew offered his perspective from Parliament, and Councillor Cornell and SDC Chief Executive Kathy O’Leary shared emerging advice from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, at the event on Monday, January 7.
Mr Drew said: “This was a very useful meeting hosted by the council. I was grateful for the opportunity to hear the views and concerns of Stroud employers as well as share updates on the latest situation in Parliament. There is no doubt that uncertainty is an issue for many businesses here and I am happy to do all I can to support them.”
Another meeting is planned soon and businesses which are interested in coming or want to attend can call 01453 754 292.