NI Agri-food businesses to be told something they already know….Brexit is coming next month

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NI Agri-food businesses to be told something they already know….Brexit is coming next month
NI Agri-food businesses to be told something they already know….Brexit is coming next month

According to BBC NI, ‘Northern Ireland’s agri-food businesses are to be given advice on new trading rules after Brexit’. The advice will be given one month before the proposed Brexit….leaving plenty of time for you to revamp your branding and marketing strategies…..Cough cough.

Agri-food key to the Northern Ireland economy and accounted for sales of £4.8bn in 2017 and is heavily marketed across the world.

The Republic of Ireland is a key export destination taking £716m worth of product. Other EU countries take a further £416m, but GB is Northern Ireland agri-food’s main market worth an estimated £2.3bn.

NI Civil Service Officials are running four information days between 12 September and 1 October that will cover issues like import and export of food products.There will also be branding/marketing advice on labelling and customs implications.

The information days are being run by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera), with Invest NI, HMRC and the Food Standards Agency also present.

Daera’s director of Brexit contingency planning, Derek Williamson, said it was “crucial” that businesses were prepared, especially for a no-deal outcome.

You would think that border areas would be a prim location for these events! But Civil service officials have decided that the Tullyglass Hotel in Ballymena will be the first event on 12th  September.

Apparently other days will be held in Omagh and Craigavon – Armagh, Derry and Fermanagh events have not even been mentioned.

Unfortunately, we could not find any other dates for these events so prob worth checking out their websites.