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To ask what your place of work is doing to prepare for Brexit?

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ethelfleda · 23/10/2018 16:34

What is the general consensus? Are companies trying to prepare or are they waiting until we know more about the deal?
The company I work for hasn’t done anything as far as I can tell. I’ve been off for a year on mat leave and so have had my head buried firmly in the sand.

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florafawna · 23/10/2018 16:36

Absolutely nothing thank goodness.

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ethelfleda · 23/10/2018 16:42

Do you mind if I ask why thank goodness?

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m0therofdragons · 23/10/2018 16:58

Waiting to hear from hq. There are plans in existence and we're meeting with others in January to discuss further. We also have plans in place for a solar storm so you can imagine the type of workplace. Love to plan for emergencies in the hope the plans are never needed.

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AndhowcouldIeverrefuse · 23/10/2018 17:00

Nothing. Public sector organisation that will be seriously affected in case of no deal. I despair.

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Stinkbomb · 23/10/2018 17:01

There's nothing that we can do until we know what the 'deal' is going to be.

We have lost quite a few EU (very qualified) staff though, which is causing us major problems due to massive skills shortages in the UK in those areas.

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m0therofdragons · 23/10/2018 17:06

@AndhowcouldIeverrefuse public sector has plans in place! I'm nhs and we're working with all countywide public sector colleagues and blue light teams in developing plans with national guidance.

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AndhowcouldIeverrefuse · 23/10/2018 17:15

My area of the public sector is doing sweet FA. Sorry that I can't be more precise.

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m0therofdragons · 23/10/2018 17:20

It's all coming from the centre so it'll exist somewhere.

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KC225 · 23/10/2018 17:29

I might suggest a party. Party Pieces are bound to have Brexit themed bits.

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tinytemper66 · 23/10/2018 17:41

Well some of our children have moved back to their home countries within Europe!

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BarbarianMum · 23/10/2018 17:45

Lobbying government w regard to what will replace a whole host of European environmental legislation and also about changes to the CAP. It's going to make a huge difference in my sector, for good or ill.

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Jeanclaudejackety · 23/10/2018 17:47

We have loads of business in Ireland so I might get an Irish passport so I can go over myself in person to get stuff Done (in reality I probably won't but we have talked about it)

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MollysMummy2010 · 23/10/2018 17:48

I am trying to put something together for my work and I just don’t know where to start!! How do I do I do it when I don’t know what is going to happen? My presentation currently has BREXIT at the top and then a ? - at least it’s short...

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MonteCarla · 23/10/2018 17:49

Millennium bug all over again!

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JustHereForThePooStories · 23/10/2018 17:50

Yes. We’re not in the UK, but have an office there employing just under 200 people.

Planning on advising staff that we’re at risk of ceasing operations in our UK site if there’s no concrete view by the end of December.

Hoping we can redeploy a lot of the staff to other European offices- Frankfurt or Dublin, most likely.

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BoomTish · 23/10/2018 17:51

Millennium bug all over again!

You mean the bug that experts spent years and years investigating, understanding, and building high-tech fixes to mitigate?

Idiotic argument to compare that with the shit tank that is Brexit.

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DrDreReturns · 23/10/2018 17:53

I don't know what my company is doing but I do know we have had real problems recruiting skilled staff. I work in IT and the skills my company needs are very niche and not always available in the UK. Since the referendum we have seen a big drop in applications from EU nationals.

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NewtScamandersNaughtyNiffler · 23/10/2018 17:53

They've put some posters up in staff areas telling EU nationals what they have to apply for and how in order to stay.

I don't know what (if anything) the company as a larger being is doing. I'm not sure how it affects us as a company though. Other than the individual staff

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BangingOn · 23/10/2018 17:54

We have huge amounts of work going on behind the scenes around various scenarios- we import from mainland Europe so have plans for No Deal, which are fairly grim.

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Violetroselily · 23/10/2018 17:55

Lots, as there are regulatory implications (it's a big bank)

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Parker231 · 23/10/2018 18:02

Now spending the majority of my time working with clients on their contingency plans. Unfortunately there are likely to be significant redundancies whether there is a deal or no deal. No one likes the uncertainty.

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Heatherjayne1972 · 23/10/2018 18:11

Nothing. It’s not even been mentioned
It’s like it’s happening to other people
Apparently it’s all ‘going to be fine’ ‘we won’t notice any difference’ and ‘they’ wont let shops run out of food /aeroplanes not fly etc etc ( that’s the feeling among my colleagues)

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AutoFilled · 23/10/2018 18:14

They bought a company in mainland Europe. They didn’t directly admit it as Brexit related, but the press release was all about establishing a base in Europe. We are headquartered in England.

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cardibach · 23/10/2018 18:14

Didn’t take long for the hard of hearing Y2K brigade to turn up. You’ve been told a load of times that action was taken over that - why can’t you get it?
I work in a small independent school. We are doing nothing, but I imagine there will be impact on our overseas students which could top us over the edge into closure.

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MedSchoolRat · 23/10/2018 18:20

In academia so we were long ago affected.
Think about it, you can work with World Experts #1, #2 or #3. WE#3 is is in Britain & No Deal would mean uncertain funding future. #2 & #1 look a lot nicer, if you're bidding for EU funds. No discrimination required, just common sense & natural academic caution.

In meantime, NIRH & Overseas dev. & other Uk depts are pumping out new research funding streams, which is interesting, but they lack civil servants for assessment, so like to go for the safe bets, the most traditional / highest rep institutions. Oxbridge/RG are hoovering up the money. Little Unis like where I work, that used to do quite well on EU-funded projects, get shut out. Ho Hum.

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