Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ceisteanna (46)

Aindrias Moynihan

Ceist:

46. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to expand uptake in the Brexit scorecard scheme, particularly in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11268/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

Enterprise Ireland has introduced a number of Brexit specific programmes to help Irish companies remain resilient in the face of uncertainty. One of these measures is an online “Brexit SME Scorecard” to help all Irish businesses self-assess their exposure to Brexit. As of 4 March 2019, 4,692 Brexit Scorecards have been completed.

The Scorecard generates a report on weak areas with suggested actions and resources, and information on events for companies to attend, to prepare for Brexit. While the Brexit Scorecard is available to all companies, Enterprise Ireland client exporting companies that utilise the Scorecard will then be able to engage with the agency’s experts both domestically and through the overseas offices in global markets for support in devising a strategy. Enterprise Ireland will continue to promote the Brexit Scorecard as part of the agency’s campaign to drive the awareness and preparedness of companies to Brexit.

I should also point out that the Brexit Scorecard is only one of a wide range of supports offered by my Department and its Agencies to help businesses prepare for Brexit.

For example, at the Brexit Advisory Clinic held in Cork on 27 February 2019, Enterprise Ireland had 7 expert desks around the areas of Strategic Sourcing, Currency and Financial Management and Customs & Logistics. These meetings generated 54 one to one meetings between clients and the EI panel of experts across the day.

Allied to that, the Local Enterprise Offices have also commenced the national roll-out of customs training workshops. The next series of workshops will take place on the 8th March in Cork, followed by events in Dublin on the 13th March and Portlaoise on the 21st March.