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A new online tool to help Scottish businesses identify how they could be affected by Brexit and what they can do to prepare has been launched. aims to help businesses assess their exposure to Brexit-related risks before directing them to appropriate support from Scotland's Enterprise and Skills Agencies.

The tool was launched Constitutional Relations Secretary Mike Russell during a visit to Livingston-based industrial solutions supplier, Complete Storage Interiors.

He said: "The practical advice and support being offered by the Scottish Government, through our enterprise agencies, will help businesses safeguard, as much as they can in these circumstances, their own growth and that of the Scottish economy.”

Time of uncertainty

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is a partner in the Prepare for Brexit campaign alongside Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government, Business Gateway and the Scottish Cities Alliance.

Gordon McGuinness, Director of Industry and Enterprise Networks at Skills Development Scotland, said: “We're committed to helping businesses access the skills they need and assisting individuals to enter the workplace.

“This collaborative pan-Scotland response to Brexit will support business resilience in a time of uncertainty."

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the Chambers of Commerce, and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) among others, are also supporting the campaign which aims to reach out to companies that will be affected by Brexit.

Stuart Mackinnon, external affairs manager for the FSB in Scotland, said: “The business environment in Scotland looks likely to change as a consequence of the UK leaving the EU. Firms need to investigate what this means to them and then take appropriate action to give themselves the best chance to succeed.

"This Brexit guidance is useful for firms small and large. Now is the time for Scottish business to look up this material and to get prepared.”

Risks and opportunities

Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director said: “While much remains unknown about the UK’s future relationship with the EU, that doesn’t mean that firms should put off starting to plan for post-Brexit investment and growth.

"Whether it concerns trade, employees, compliance, strategy, structure or any other area of operations, there are things that companies of all sizes can do to prepare for both the risks and opportunities of Brexit.

“We’re delighted to see Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies taking a pro-active approach to helping firms navigate this challenging and uncertain environment. Business and government must work together to ensure that Scottish companies get on the front foot when it comes to planning for a post-Brexit future.”

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