The impact of Brexit with Small Businesses

The Government must now deliver action to deliver what Lancashire’s business community needs as the UK exits the European Union, a leading businessman has said.

Norman Tenray, managing director of Longridge-based OBAS UK, said the positive ambition of Prime Minister Theresa May to secure a wide-ranging agreement in the next phase of negotiations needed to be “the last high-level statement.”

He said issues such as tariffs, future regulatory co-operation and rules on immigration and labour markets were the type of issues which firms wanted to see action on.

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.

Mr Tenray, a former president of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The small business community in the UK had invested significant time in understanding what impact Brexit would have on their businesses and were galvanised by the opportunity.

“However, I think businesses have become weary and disillusioned by Brexit which is blamed for increased costs of trading and raw materials.

“It is therefore essential that we move forward proactively as expediently as possible to give confidence which will show strength and enable proper strategic planning for growth and employment.

“I have to wonder what the true cost to Brexit has had on business.”

The Small Business of the Year category is one of 18 which are up for grabs at this year’s BIBAs with Preston-based Bespoke Healthcare defending its title as Small Business of the Year.

The application deadline closes on April 6 which will be followed by a period of eligibility checks on all entries.

The awards rules state that only businesses located in Lancashire, as defined by the Local Government Act of 1972, can enter the awards.

Up to 12 businesses in each category will then be interviewed at a face-to-face interview which get underway on May 14.

Following these interviews, a shortlist will be drawn up for each category and each finalist will be visited by their category judges as part of a unique second round of judging when panels go ‘on tour’.

For further details and to apply, visit

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Closing Date: 29th March 2019