Deal or no deal? That’s the big question when it comes to Brexit. Whilst we can’t immediately influence this next step, we can act on advice from The Department for Exiting the European Union, who recommend that all UK businesses start preparations for a No Deal Brexit.
We’ve been considering the potential impacts, especially because most paper used in the UK comes from European mills and merchants. Knowing that your business relies on many of the printed items we supply to win business and do business, we want to give you the best advice.
Our recommendation is that you consider the supply of all your printed items and boost stock levels of those that are business critical. As part of our print management service, we can hold stock on your behalf, so don’t be deterred from this approach if its space that’s at a premium. Alternatively, we can place orders with extended delivery dates, so you have your place in the queue if pressure on print resources do materialise.
For printed items that aren’t as critical, we’d advise you to build extra time into your project plans, to prepare for potential delays. This might be up to two weeks for short-run projects, or an extra month for longer-run and specialist orders. Even if the delivery date remains the same as what you would normally work to, this approach gives us longer to secure the paper and resources needed to complete your project.
We will continue to monitor developments within our industry and keep you updated. If you have any immediate questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Here’s a link to the full recommendations of The Department for Exiting the European Union. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/how-to-prepare-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-with-no-deal