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Kent poll says two thirds of businesses are confident about the year ahead despite Brexit

A survey conducted by Crowe Clark Whitehill at the North Kent B2B, found that 65% of 55 respondents are confident about the year ahead.

The accountancy firm, which has offices in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells, found in studies taken before the referendum that 67% of 85 respondents believed their business would benefit from remaining in the European Union.

Partner Darren Rigden said: “Many of the people who voted in our poll felt Brexit provided an opportunity for their businesses to see a faster pace of growth with potentially less obtrusive legislation affecting the way they operate.

“Although the terms are yet to be finalised, the businesses we spoke to felt it was unlikely there would be a higher amount of legislation and therefore were confident opportunities would be greater.”

This week five of the biggest business groups in the UK - the British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of Business Industry, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Directors and EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation – wrote an open letter appealing to the government to provide clear leadership and immediate action.

The letter calls for an end the uncertainty facing EU nationals living and working in the UK, and action to progress long-planned infrastructure projects.

It said: “Addressing these key issues would be a shot in the arm for business confidence, and send the right signals across the world. This may be a time for calm reflection, but it is not a time for inaction.”

The IoD Kent branch chairman and Rift Accounting Managing Director, Jane Ollis, recently appeared on the KMTV business show Chris & Co discussing the impact of Brexit.

Mrs Ollis said: “Let’s just keep going. We’re resilient, we’re resourceful and we tend to deal quite well with a crisis.

“A good business is one which always deals with change and manages uncertainty.
“At the moment, sterling is falling in value so if you are trading with other countries then you are probably going to do quite well. Have a think about where you can find unique places to place your products and services.”


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