Reach Out For The Help Your Business Needs to Tackle Brexit Issues


The British Irish Chamber of Commerce’s sixth #Agenda2018 seminar was held in Galway in association with KPMG and Ulster Bank on 4th October. We asked one of the business owners and panellists, Martin Fox, CEO of Joint-It in Tuam, Co. Galway for his take on Brexit and the seminar.

Make sure to check the Business Achievers Events calendar for more upcoming business events this month.

Joint-It manufactures a paving jointing mortar for use with natural stone and concrete paving, called Joint-It Simple, that is now sold in 9 countries. Joint-It Simple is listed in over three hundred outlets in Ireland and the UK including Grafton Group, CRH and Glanbia; JP Corry and MacBlair in Northern Ireland; while in France, the product is listed with the Kingfisher Castorama group.

Martin, how have you been tackling Brexit?

We've already been working on our Brexit plans for a while now, because we send about 20 single pallets to the UK, they go to customers from Aberdeen to Cornwall.
We knew it would be a headache if we didn't look at the logistics early on. We worked with our shipping company and said to them "We need clarity about what your plan is". They have come back and assured us that they are fully bonded to clear our pallets so we don't have to go through a 3rd party, they can do that for us.

It was all about understanding the implications of what happens when we send our products to the UK. E.g. storage, clearing customs, shipping. As a small business, we don't have money to rent big warehouse space. And especially when our margins are already hit by currency.

As well as our outbound logistics, we looked at our suppliers in the UK and have worked with them to change how shipping in materials to us is going to work post-Brexit.

And what did you take out of this event in Galway?

The main thing I took from it was that if you need help, there’s support out there to get the answers you need for your business for dealing with Brexit.

The British Irish Chamber, Chambers Ireland and your local Chamber of Commerce, in my case Galway Chamber, they all said to me, "We're here, lift the phone to us, we can help".

Planning for a post-Brexit World

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has urged small and medium-sized enterprises to urgently plan for a post-Brexit world with alterations to trading ties with the UK.
With over 40% of Irish SME exports going to the UK, regional business leaders and policymakers from both sides of the Irish Sea came together to address the significant challenges and limited opportunities that Brexit has brought for SMEs in the UK and Ireland.

The #Agenda2018 event entitled ‘Supporting SMEs in a post-Brexit World’ was held in advance of Budget 2019 and within the scope of a critical period in Brexit negotiations between the EU and UK. It included a number of speakers:

  • John McGrane, the Director-General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce
  • Shirley McCay, Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy Dublin
  • Aidan Scollard, Chair of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce SME Committee, and Partner at Roberts Nathan
  • Breda Fox, CEO, Galway County & City Local Enterprise Office (LEO)
  • Simon Barry, Chief Economist Republic of Ireland, Ulster Bank
  • Dave Hickey, President of Galway Chamber
  • Councillor Níall Mc Nelis, Mayor of Galway City

For more information or to contact the Chambers:

British Irish Chamber of Commerce
Chambers Ireland



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