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Suffering from Brexit blindness? Here’s 3 reasons to plan and prepare now

The pace of capital investment fell in 2017 and is forecast to be 1.7% this year, making this the third consecutive year at below 2% according to the latest ICAEW Economic Forecast.

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As companies continue to ‘wait and see’ what kind of post-Brexit settlement is achieved, ICAEW forecasts business investment growth of just 1.7% in 2018. This is complicated by our findings that only a third of UK businesses have made formal post-Brexit plans. But with Brexit well and truly under way, it’s more crucial than ever for businesses to prepare, plan and act now. 

Here's three reasons why:

Taking a leap of faith

As a result of current economic uncertainty businesses are not making major capital investments. However, it’s up to businesses to invest in the future and drive growth – whether it’s looking for opportunities overseas, or in efficiency savings.

Autumn Budget: spending spree doesn't disguise £2tn challenge ahead for the UK economy.

The Autumn Budget has brought home the fiscal and economic challenges facing the UK

Location, location

The UK has long been seen as an attractive investment location, but Brexit is now challenging that perception in some quarters. However, there is no 'one size fits all' solution, as decisions will vary sector by sector. Location choice is often subjective and can depend on a variety of factors like the perceived brand of the country. So what should you consider when deciding on your post-Brexit location?

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"Many believe that the current supply chain is at risk. However, others believe that Brexit presents great opportunities."

Supply chain changes

Following Brexit, the UK government has said it will pursue a free trade agreement and customs agreement with the EU. As a result, many believe that the current supply chain is at risk. However, others believe that Brexit presents great opportunities.

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