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Paper industry takes Brexit readiness role

Paper industry takes Brexit readiness role

With the UK’s exit from the EU just days away the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has won Government funding to help firms prepare for a no-deal withdrawl.

Writing in Print Week Jo Francis said: “The trade association is part of a consortium led by the Food & Drink Federation that has received funding from BEIS for Brexit Readiness activities.

“The CPI is also working with other related associations including BPIF Cartons, the Paper Industry Technology Association and the Sheet Plant Association to achieve widespread dissemination of the materials.”

She said the CPI will use the funding to run two free events this month on how to risk manage a no-deal exit on October 31st. The award is important as the UK imports the fourth largest amount of paper worldwide according to the website the worldstopexports.com with a value of around £4bn a year.

The CPI states on its website that the two Brexit Readiness Events will take place on: Tuesday 22nd October from 10am to 1pm, Stoneleigh/Warwick Room, Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LD; and on Thursday 24th October from 10am to 1pm, Wanderers Suite, Bolton Whites Hotel, University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton, Greater Manchester BL6 6SF.

The CPI said: “These events will focus on giving the UK’s Paper-based Industries the latest information on the preparations to take to manage the potential impacts of a No Deal Brexit.

“They will enable you to consider the risks of No Deal and to decide what actions to take to support the continuity of your business in the coming weeks. There will be speakers from CPI, BEIS and TLT Solicitors, as well as a panel discussion on No Deal management challenges.

“These events are free, but places are limited. Please contact cpi@paper.org.uk as soon as possible to reserve a place now.”

The CPI represents an industry with an aggregate annual turnover of £11.5 billion, with 56,000 direct and a further 86,000 indirect employees so clearly it is vital that the industry is prepared for the worst. However with doubts mounting over whether the UK will leave on October 31st, it is still a good idea to make preparations should Brexit happen.

For more on the CPI visit paper.org.uk/

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