BPMA Brexit Summit
The BPMA hosted its Brexit Summit on Wednesday 23rd October at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. The event was well attended with over 100 suppliers, distributors and service providers in attendance.
The BPMA hosted the industry event as a result of securing government funding from the Business Readiness Fund and as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the promotional merchandise industry in Brexit readiness.
Jon Birrell, CEO opened the Summit by thanking BPMA member and non member delegates for attending after witnessing nothing but a political rollercoaster and upheaval in the days leading to the Summit. The BPMA have been forging relationships and working with key government departments to keep abreast of Brexit developments.
The event welcomed export expert, Kevin Shakespeare from the Institute of Export who presented a series of presentations that covered trade tariffs, VAT, Commodity codes, Transitional Simplified Procedures, Customs Declarations and much more. James Cleere of Snap Products comments “Excellent event with the main speaker being incredibly knowledgeable on all issues occurring around a no-deal Brexit. It will help us make provisions for our customers who export to the E.U. in the event of a no-deal”
The event also touched on the EU settlement scheme and the new UKCA marking – a new UK product marking used for certain goods placed on the UK market in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Damm Solutions returned to the BPMA to deliver an insightful presentation on data protection in the UK and the EU.
Delegates were engaged throughout the whole day and asked a series of industry specific questions to the speakers. Daniela Arena, BPMA Operations Manager comments “The audience participation throughout the day was key to the success of the event, delegates shared their queries and concerns openly giving food for thought to all. Its industry illustrations that help us to understand the complexities of a no-deal Brexit and the impact that it will have on our industry, some scenarios were so complex that even the experts have to go away and respond.”
Andy MacInnes, owner of B-Loony comments “This was the best event on Brexit Planning that I have attended with a very well informed presentation”
“Thank you BPMA for a great day, very informative, and on message. Location excellent for many of us” comments Kerry Adock of Pinfold Promotions.
“The BPMA have delivered once again with a proactive approach to helping our business with industry specific information on regulation and potential pitfalls around Brexit. Thank you!” Comments David Cowell of Promo2u.
Fiona Andrews from TC Branding Group “The BPMA is doing a great job in both representing the interests of our industry and passing on vital information to help our business prepare for Brexit.”
Daniel Hill from Zagwear, comments “The BPMA Brexit Seminar exceeded expectations. It was great to have so many like minded people in the same room to share thoughts and own concerns which we can tackle together.”
The BPMA are committed to supporting the industry in preparing for Brexit – whatever it may look like. The trade association will continue to educate and inform through a series of webinars in the coming weeks and will so launch a FREE positioning paper to help prepare prepare for a No Deal Brexit.
The BPMA asks the industry to email any Brexit queries to Brexit@bpma.co.uk
For further information visit https://www.bpma.co.uk/news/brexit-insight/