Brexit Looms Over the Business Community

A Lancashire businessman has urged the county’s politicians to ensure its business community is not allowed to suffer due to a lack of communication over Brexit.

Norman Tenray, the owner of Longridge-based OBAS UK, said the risk of a no deal Brexit was still “very real” and warned many businesses still did not have the information they needed to prepare for such a scenario.

The British Chambers of Commerce recently published a list of 20 critical questions which remain unanswered around the scenario of the UK leaving the European Union without a deal on March 29.

OBAS UK is sponsoring the Small Business of the Year category at this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, which is open for applications for its 20 prize categories.

Mr Tenray said: “The most damaging thing for any business is uncertainty and we have had years of it as a result of Brexit, the result is firms holding back on investment, stockpiling and even looking to move operations abroad.”

“But the bigger risk is to those who are waiting for the politicians to sort things out, because they now risk having to make sudden and costly adjustments if a deal is not reached.”

“This lack of clear, precise answers is causing real damage to many businesses who cannot wait any longer.  It is essential that business can be properly prepared and confident in making the best decisions to protect their business and employment of their workforce – we need answers now!

Mr Tenray, former president of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, is one of the judges which will select the winners of the BIBAs this year.

The awards are looking for judges to put its applicants through their paces during the face to face interviews process which gets underway in May,  and then visit the businesses as part of a unique second round of judging, the BIBAs on Tour, which gets underway from June 17.

All judges receive special training to prepare them ahead of the interviews at a session which takes place at the Marriott Hotel Preston on 18 April.

If you are interested in being a BIBAs judge, contact the organisers on 01772 653000 or email

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If you want to give your business a bigger competitive edge, enter the BIBAs today.

Closing Date: 29th March 2019