Brexit Contingency Planning Workshop

12 March 2019 (13:30 - 16:00)
Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Collins Building, 22 Richmond St, Glasgow, G1 1XQ

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£45 (EDAS members); £115 (non-members) or join EDAS and attend for £99. Fees are subject to VAT.


Event description

This is not another Brexit event. Co-produced by EDAS and The Fraser of Allander Institute, this practical workshop will assist you in planning and preparing for the next twelve months. No matter the final UK-EU deal (or ‘no deal’), or progress on future trade arrangements, uncertainty will be embedded within the business and economic development community for the foreseeable future. This workshop is designed to help economic development practitioners, benefiting both their own organisations and also providing practical advice and information in helping them support businesses.

We will look at a range of scenarios and issues and what they mean for sectors in coping with uncertainty – from short-term questions to wider strategic decisions. We will discuss the key areas where uncertainty and change may impact on businesses and agencies and the types of contingencies that can be undertaken to minimise risk but also maximise opportunities.

Setting the scene is, Professor Graeme Roy, Director, Fraser of Allander Institute and Ewan Mearns, Strategy Partner, Scottish Enterprise – helping to deliver the campaign.  Following their context piece, there will be breakout groups on three high level topics, each of which will cover both (a) how things could change after Brexit for companies (b) and therefore, the implications for how economic development organisations and practitioners deliver their work. This second question in particular adds value by allowing people to discuss the strategic implications, sharing learning across organisations.


  • Business readiness – supporting (more) companies to plan Brexit, helping businesses manage the consequences of Brexit (especially costs) – Hugh Lightbody, Chief Officer, Business Gateway National Unit, COSLA
  • People – skills, labour and immigration – Chris Brodie, Head of Skills Planning and Sector Development, Skills Development Scotland
  • Trade – importing and exporting, export policy post-Brexit – Ewen Cameron, Head of Trade Services, Scottish Development International

Through group work sessions, our team will help problem solve, signpost and answer the questions arising in your day to day work. The groups will be repeated to ensure delegates have the chance to participate in all three. 

Due to the workshop nature of the event, places are limited. Please reserve your place by 22 February.

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Bookings are non refundable. However, a substitute may attend in place. 



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