The Local Enterprise Office network is holding a webinar for small businesses today on changes to the trade regime since the UK left the EU at the start of January.

The webinar will address, among other issues, how businesses can adapt to the new regime and the range of Government supports that are available to them. 

Bord Bia will provide advice on supply chain management and customs procedures for exporting.

Online training to equip businesses to deal with new customs challenges will be provided via Skillnet Ireland's 'Clear Customs' programme.

Ahead of the webinar, the Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy appealed to businesses to utilise the supports and advice available.  

"The fallout from Brexit is an additional challenge for businesses who are already responding to what has been a really difficult year, but there are significant supports available for companies to help them with the changes. 

"The Local Enterprise Offices' Prepare Your Business for Customs programme, along with Enterprise Ireland's Online Readiness Checker and Ready for Customs grant all provide thorough assistance to companies dealing with import and export issues.  The LEOs also have Brexit Mentoring available to companies where LEOs will appoint an issue specific mentor to a business to help them work through any difficulties," he said.

When it comes to funding, businesses are reminded that the Brexit Loan Scheme, available through the main banks via the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, offers low-cost finance of up to €1.5m to eligible Brexit-impacted businesses as they adapt to new markets and suppliers.

The Local Enterprise Office webinar starts at 1pm and can watched live for free on the LEO Facebook and YouTube pages.