Posted on: 31 Jan 2020, admin
We initially wrote this blog post back in November before the General Election. But, we felt that it would be good to update it and share it because there’s still a lot of useful information and tips for UK businesses. Here’s an article from the BBC which outlines the current Brexit position.
Now that we have some clarity, this post focuses on how a business can survive Brexit. In the 16 years since I started Ascendant Recruitment, I’ve lived by one principle and it’s seen me through the worst recession in UK history and I’m hoping it will see me through the next one!
That principle is flexibility. There’s no doubt about it, the UK has never faced greater uncertainty and many critics of Brexit feel that it’s impossible to predict what the likely scenarios are. But if, as a business, you aren’t able to respond to changing market conditions, then you’re putting yourself at risk of not making it through the post-Brexit world.
Here’s a few things I think are important that will help make sure your business is able to remain flexible and adapt during these changing times:
- Do a Brexit Impact Assessment. You’ll need to think about how this will impact how you sell your products, purchase your materials or your staff. Understanding the risk to your business will help you adapt your business model, providing you with the ability to weather the Brexit-storm.
- Be a good employer. If you employ EU nationals, make sure you are able to support them to remain in the UK if they are eligible. Make sure your HR team is up to speed with the details of the EU Settlement Scheme.
- Have a solid recruitment strategy. If you rely on agency staff, you may wish to think of a model that allows you to scale staff up and down as you need them, but offers you some stability from a workforce who’s loyalty to their recruiter may be tested if their life in the UK feels under threat. Contract workers who sign up for a fixed period might be a better solution to a team who work on a day-by-day basis
- Attract the best talent. If your business is going to survive, you will need an engaged, skilled and motivated workforce. Make sure you’ve looked at your company culture, the package and benefits you can offer and ensure you’re progressing the right people – this will help to get your business in to the best position possible and make sure you’re as recession-proof as possible.
- Diversify and adapt. If part of your business is propping up another, then consider how long this is viable for. Work out strategies to make this area profitable or look at stopping this area so that you can focus on what you are successful at.
We can help you to limit the risk of Brexit impacting your business by advising you on your recruitment strategy. We’ve been doing this for a long time and have seen a lot of creative ways to minimise risk to businesses. For an informal discussion, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message on Linked IN.
Later this week, we’ll focus on how candidates can position themselves to get the best possible job as the Brexit debate rumbles on.