EU firms replacing UK supply chain links

Almost half of EU businesses working with British suppliers are already seeking replacement suppliers in other EU countries, according to a survey by by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Almost two thirds of UK businesses said they have seen their…

IMF: Brexit is most pressing challenge for Ireland

IMF: Brexit is most pressing challenge for Ireland

The International Monetary Fund reckons “Brexit represents the most pressing and far-reaching challenge for Ireland.” In the Concluding Statement of an official mission visit, it noted that while the impact to date has been modest, the overall effects over the…

Irish dairy industry is Brexit's net loser

Irish dairy industry is Brexit’s net loser

The Irish dairy industry will be a net loser irrespective of a ‘sort or hard’ Brexit outcome, according to Kevin Lane, CEO of Ornua (formerly the Irish Dairy Board). Ornua produces Kerrygold butter and the Dubliner and Pilgrim’s Choice cheddar…

UU Business School launches Brexit business survey

UU Business School launches Brexit business survey

The University of Ulster’s Business School has launched an online survey “to identify businesses’ perceptions of Brexit taking into account the significance of business size, sector and geographical location with particular reference to border proximity”. It will also seek to identify…

Irish companies must prepare for a hard Brexit –  Enterprise Ireland

Irish companies must prepare for a hard Brexit – Enterprise Ireland

Much of the debate about Brexit has been on the theoretical side with, as BBB has pointed out continually, little on the practical.  Now Enterprise Ireland has launched a very practical online scorecard www.prepareforbrexit.ie .  With a warning that Irish companies…

Do not get distracted from real issues by UK electioneering

Do not get distracted from real issues by UK electioneering

EDITORIAL: We on the island of Ireland need to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the centre of the stage and ignore the off-stage commotion, raised voices and nasty tones emanating from the UK election. It is very important to…

Customs delays could 'eliminate' border food trade

Customs delays could ‘eliminate’ border food trade

More than six months ago we warned of the lack of hard, practical  information north and south on the potential consequences of Brexit. There were no useful official sources and the standard of media analysis was such that it was…

Lords warn of potential disaster for agri-food sector

Lords warn of potential disaster for agri-food sector

Hard border controls, tariffs and smuggling could “severely disrupt” the agri-food industry here post-Brexit, the House of Lords EU Committee is warning. The Lords’ Brexit: Agriculture report, published yesterday, insists there will need to be Transitional Arrangements to allow the…

“We are much more important to the UK than they are to us”

John McCartin exudes confidence, and if you look at the performance of the once beleaguered Quinn Industrial Holdings, of which he is a non-executive director, then you can understand why. It is underscored by a command of detail of the…

Westminster to stage Brexit debate Mrs May wants to stifle

Westminster to stage Brexit debate Mrs May wants to stifle

At last! Westminster is to stage the proper debate about Brexit which the government has worked hard to stifle since June. As a result, The Convention is filling the Westminster void on May 12-13 with a 2-day public event entitled…