Post-Brexit trade – the opportunities and pitfalls

It is three years since the United Kingdom officially withdrew from the European Union.

One year later, in January 2021, a new post-Brexit trade deal came into force between the UK and the EU. 

There is no doubt, it has been a bumpy ride for anybody importing or exporting.   

Gone are many of the old certainties. Instead, we have had what a recent study from the London School of Economics called a “major shock” to UK-EU trade, with uncertainty, insecurity and hold-ups.

But, trade deals are being done around the world. Businesses are trading and those who understand any opportunities emerging, will be best placed to benefit.

So in this episode of the Food Matters Live podcast, we are asking: What are the post-Brexit trading opportunities for food and drink companies?

What are the best ways to expand into overseas markets? How might companies around the world take advantage of the new trading landscape? And how is the UK government supporting companies who want to trade?

Rachel Gwyon, Department for International Trade, UK Government

Rachel is the Director for Nations and Agriculture, Food and Drink in the Department for International Trade, based in Edinburgh. 

Her background in Government includes roles in the Scottish Government as well as the UK Government, across a range of domestic, economic growth and international policy areas alongside operational delivery. 

Rachel studied physics at New College, Oxford University. She is a Chartered Director, and Fellow of the Institute of Directors

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