Since that referendum in June last year (2016) the column inches dedicated to comment, rumour, counter-rumour and speculation about how the result of it will affect UK businesses has reached War and Peace-scale volumes.
What, for example, will Brexit mean for exporters? Will there be tariffs and more red tape? Will there be hold ups at the borders as customs officials get to grips with new regulations? What about VAT?
The truth is, nobody really knows yet as nothing has been agreed upon and set in stone.
What we do know is that things will definitely change for businesses across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, particularly those with clients in the remaining 27 EU countries.
Over the coming months, it’s anticipated (or at least hoped) that policies will solidify and that, as we approach the end of March 2019, certainties will emerge. At the time of writing this piece, there’s little consensus as to whether there’ll be a transition period or whether we’ll be in a new reality from day one. But either way, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the future of your day-to-day business operations.
If you are already using a business process outsourcing provider for functions such as invoicing, POs, document conversion and form handling, much of the nitty gritty will be taken care of for you. If you’re not, now is a good time to consider the benefits.
Why? Because manual business processes, at the best of times, can rob small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) of the precious time they need to win new business, do great work and build profitability. And few people expect Brexit to make it any easier for UK businesses to work with their EU clients, suppliers and associates.
So, getting time-consuming chores off your hands and into those of dedicated specialists would give you a whole lot less to worry about – and more time to do the things that really matter in your business.