Joint statement by Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GM LEP) Co-Chairs Lou Cordwell and Mo Isap; Cllr Elise Wilson, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Portfolio Lead for Economy and Business; and Mark Hughes, CEO of The Growth Company, ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period:
“This has been an unprecedented year and we have all faced challenges like never before during the Covid-19 pandemic. Coupled with this, the uncertainty surrounding our future trade relationship with the European Union is causing concern for many businesses and residents as we approach the end of the transition period.
“Greater Manchester’s political and business leaders have been clear that we want to see an effective trade deal with the EU. However, regardless of what shape our new relationship with the EU takes, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, and The Growth Company remain committed to helping support businesses and individuals.
“The Growth Company offers a range of useful resources which businesses can access via the GC Business Growth Hub landing page. This includes a Brexit toolkit for businesses, as well as podcasts and blogs exploring different topics.
“GC’s Business Growth Hub advisors are also on hand to provide tailored guidance, which can be accessed at www.businessgrowthhub.com or by calling 0161 359 3050.
“The GMCA’s dedicated Brexit page also signposts to the latest advice for individuals and businesses or organisations.
“The page also provides links to the support available from each of Greater Manchester’s local authorities.
“The twin pressures of the pandemic and end of the transition period leave many facing a difficult and uncertain time. Greater Manchester will pull together, doing all we can to support and guide those in need.”