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BBC films export event to show how Yorkshire businesses are ‘just getting on with it’

Last week, a timely roundtable looking at how some of Yorkshire’s businesses are planning for Brexit was in the media spotlight with the BBC attending to interview some of the speakers for Radio York and also for its Sunday Politics programme.

Held in Harrogate last Thursday (14 March), the ‘BrExport’ breakfast round table event was co-hosted by ExportExchange and the Institute of Directors (IoD). Several of the peer-to-peer export advice service’s patrons were in attendance to share their experiences, and are also being featured on this Sunday’s BBC Sunday Politics Yorkshire and Lincolnshire show at 11am.

Experienced exporters and ExportExchange patrons Garry Nield of Taylors of Harrogate and Chris Black of vinyl jukebox manufacturer Sound Leisure will appear on the show, along with entrepreneur Julia Gash and IoD ambassador and strategic business mentor Tony Webster of Wayfinder.

Chris Black said: “After two years of uncertainty and supposition, businesses are still in the dark about the likely impact of us leaving the EU, however, it is vital they continue to drive forward their exports. Whatever your own political views, taking practical steps to ensure your business is in the best possible position to continue its export journey, regardless of current global uncertainties, should be a priority.

“Like many other Yorkshire firms, we’re just getting on with it and exporting despite the potential Brexit outcomes or the mooted US tariff changes. We’re doing everything we can to look at the various scenarios and plan ahead. Nobody knows what will happen over the coming weeks and months, but we have to plan around that unhelpful reality, and consider various potential changes and situations.”

Many thanks to our panel of speakers and everyone who took part.