Mandy Lockett, International Business Director of the East Lancashire’s Chamber of Commerce , has published her latest column in the Business Life magazine Spring edition, which reads:

With the triggering of Article 50 at the end of March this gives an official date on which the two-year Brexit clock is now ticking down and Theresa May has started one of the most complicated negotiations of political history. We need to ensure we get the best possible deal for the United Kingdom that works for everyone across the United Kingdom and all parts of the UK and successfully negotiate a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU and other countries around the world to reduce trade barriers and increase trade of goods and services.
Our strong manufacturing region is in prime position to offer British manufactured products and instantly tap into the offerings of any newly formed trade agreement. We already know businesses are evaluating their supply chains to understand how their products are compliant with origin rules and therefore are able to gain preference in overseas partnering countries. Large businesses are already surveying the possibilities of re-shoring back to Britain providing a possibility for our second and third tier supply chains, a more positive future. As always the Chamber is here to support our local businesses in the understanding of this technical area of compliance and origin.
I would like to personally offer my appreciation and gratitude to Marie and the team for their outstanding high standards in gaining exemplary status with the exporting paperwork, guidance and support they deliver to our local exporters. They check and certify over 6,000 documents per year to ensure goods are cleared quickly and smoothly through customs to arrive at your customers. We are one of the top Chambers in the country here on your local doorstep.

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