THW help Cumbria's tourism businesses prepare for Brexit

Thomson Hayton Winkley this week contributed to “Are you ready for Brexit?” seminar organised by Cumbria Tourism, aimed at B&Bs, hotels, visitor attractions, retailers and suppliers.

The seminar hosted speakers from UKInbound alongside representatives from HR, legal and financial companies who advised on issues that could specifically affect tourism and hospitality businesses.

Stuart Bailey, property and business solicitor with the South lakes legal firm, Thomson Hayton Winkley, delivered a seminar on GDPR and employment issues that could affect the tourism industry going forward.

“We advise many businesses in the tourism industry from small guesthouses to large hotels and diversification projects; they each face different challenges over Brexit and being prepared.

At the seminar I spoke about GDPR and employment issues that could potentially be a challenge to the local tourism sector. Generally if you are up to date with GDPR there will be little change to what you need to do for the time being.

On employment issues we advising that people are aware of settled and pre settled status of their employees and remember the deadline for applying for settled status.

The question and answer session at the end of raised some good questions particularly around adapting your business plan for the next 18 months. One key message was don’t delay because of Brexit, so if you have plans for selling your business, expansion plans or wish to refinance your business, consult your professional advisors to determine whether you can still that during the next few months. ”

The event organised by Cumbria Tourism, after the organisation was awarded funding from the Government’s Business Readiness Fund to tackle Brexit-related areas of concern for the county’s £3billion tourism industry.

Cumbria Tourism is providing additional help and support to tourism businesses through webinars, targeted newsletters, a new microsite, public relations and social media.

Thomson Hayton Winkley are a Strategic Partner to Cumbria Tourism.

Published 31 October 2019

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