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How will Brexit affect small businesses?

On November 21, researchers from Manchester Met, business owners, and politicians will meet at a forum that explores the effect of Brexit on small and medium sized businesses.

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What impact will Brexit have on smaller businesses?

Next week researchers from Manchester Met, business owners, and politicians will meet at a forum that explores the effect of Brexit on small and medium sized businesses.

Held in Westminster, the forum will address the uncertainty that many small businesses face around the UK’s departure from the EU. 

The event comes as MPs scrutinise a Bill that formally commits the UK towards Brexit. Commenting on the Bill, the Prime Minister said that the government is determined to see the process through, and ‘will not tolerate’ any attempt to block Brexit.

Yet whilst the government is clear in its resolve, the effect that Brexit will have on small businesses lacks similar clarity.

“Smaller businesses still face uncertainty about the processes and consequences of Brexit but seem to have been somewhat left out of debates,” said Susan Baines Professor of Social Enterprise at Manchester Met.

“This forum is distinctive in bringing together research relevant to Brexit, but not necessarily about it, with a particular focus on small and micro businesses. It follows on from a forum in Manchester in June this year, which found business owners who attended quite optimistic but recognising that there will inevitably be winners and losers.”

The event is sponsored by Lucy Powell MP, on behalf of the All Parliamentary Group for Greater Manchester. It will feature short research informed presentations from speakers that will highlight key themes.

The presentations will followed by a panel discussion and will close with an opportunity for networking refreshments.

The forum is part of UK in a Changing Europe, which is an initiative that promotes information and analysis about UK-EU relations and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Dr Chris O’Leary from the Policy Research and Evaluation Unit (PERU) at Manchester Met is the event’s chair. Speakers include Professor Carol Atkinson and Professor Kevin Albertson from the University, and Evelyn Wilson from The Cultural Capital Exchange.

Tickets are free and can be accessed by registering here.

 

 

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