"We are about to be thrown into a bus Boris": companies do not participate in Brexit • Good Non profit


"We offer free flights to cancer patients, but our pilots will no longer fly in the case of a Brexit without agreement"

We are a Cambridge based charity offering free flights to sick and caring children. In addition to our local work, we currently support 60 children with cancer in Myanmar, and later this month, we start our activities in Ghana. Our international work is done in partnership with another British charity.

It took us over a year to find a plane that we could afford for our work in the UK. Our specially prepared aircraft is registered in the Czech Republic and piloted by our volunteer pilots in the UK. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, during a Brexit without agreement, our pilots will no longer be able to fly the plane legally. This means that our charity will cease operations and provide services to our beneficiaries. Fernando Pinho, CEO of Please take me there, founded in 2016

"We asked the government for advice but could not get insurance; we have now closed our operation in France "

Wentworth Jones is a UK-based company providing tourism and accommodation consulting services internationally. AktivExperience was a French branch of Wentworth Jones that we decided to close after 10 years of successful trading. We were a small ski operation company offering fully equipped accommodation in five chalets in Méribel. We sought the government's opinion on the legal status of our business model and our English staff temporarily seconded to France after Brexit.

We could not obtain any assurance that our model, the legal status of our company operating in France or the status of our staff would be protected after Brexit. The only guarantee of the departing department of the EU is that we can legally operate until March 29, just over half of the ski season! As we were about to sign new five-year leases on our cottages, we decided that the potential liabilities and risk were too high and so we closed the business reluctantly. Peter Jones, Director of Wentworth Jones

"We are always cautious, but an uncompromising Brexit will benefit our business"

We are always cautious, but from what we can see, an uncompromising Brexit will benefit our business. Most of our sales are aimed at foreign advertisers and EU companies. First, a no-deal Brexit will probably mean that the pound will fall lower than today, which will be a huge advantage.

Second, we will no longer have to charge VAT to our EU customers. Although almost all can claim this reimbursement, it still means a cash saving and a reduction in their administrative costs. This helps us to be slightly more competitive. We will also benefit from not having to file a PSD declaration in the EU every month. This is a tedious administrative task, similar to a VAT return. Anonymous, founder of a publishing house specializing in information and communication

"We can not have open conversation with our customers because we do not know what will happen, it's going to be bad"

We design bike frames in the UK and work with factories outside the EU to produce them. About 25% of our orders are exported to the EU. The uncertainty we have had since the referendum has already caused serious disruption. The volatility of the exchange rate has hurt us a lot. We launched just before the referendum and our first batch of frames was purchased at 1.46 USD. The rate today? $ 1.23.

We can not talk about Brexit publicly as a company. We can not have open conversations about this with our customers and we can not be clear with them about their real implications. First of all because we do not know for sure – it will be bad. And secondly because any mention of Brexit meets vitriol and ridicule. We "complain" or "apologize". Building a new business from scratch is difficult at best, but in this environment it has been extremely difficult. Ed Brazier, founder of Airdrop Bikes, founded in 2016

woman cleaning the floor in the living room with vacuum cleaner

One of the owners of a cleaning company fears that he will not be able to obtain "cheap and good quality labor" if there is no agreement. Photography: South Agency / Getty Images / iStockphoto

"No agreement = no problem"

As an engineer, I no longer work in the UK since graduating in 1982. Nimbyism (about residents who oppose the proposed development projects at proximity to their place of residence) at the local, regional and national levels means that investment in new facilities in the United States and Europe is virtually unlimited. -existing. All my income comes from French-speaking countries, the Middle East and North Africa, China, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Brazil, and so on. Therefore, a Brexit without agreement would increase my earnings in GBP since I am billing in US dollars. There could be a temporary problem if flights from the KLM shuttle between Manchester and Schiphol airport in the Netherlands are blocked for a week or three, otherwise, no agreement = no problem. Anonyme, consultant in heavy mineral and cement treatment for a private entrepreneur

"The main problem for me is to find a new workforce, good quality and low cost"

I own a cleaning company in London and the main problem for me is to find new, good quality and low cost labor. For EU migrants, cleansing is often a stepping stone to a better job and a better life than their country of origin. Several good workers have left to return to their country, but none have taken their place because far fewer people come to the UK to work.

Because of the low value that society as a whole gives to cleaning, it is an unglamorous job, physically and physically demanding. The British and the younger generations just do not want to do it. After Brexit, the reality will hit. Many small businesses will suffer because they simply can not provide the right people to do the dirty work that no one wants to do and for which they do not want to pay a lot. With Brexit, we shoot ourselves in the foot. Anonymous, owner of a cleaning company created in 2008

"We do not expect any real impact"

The absence of an "agreement" could theoretically reduce the billing ease of European companies. So we are not looking forward to doing this, even if we manage to deal with customers from other regions, especially particularly complex regions like South America. Otherwise, we do not expect any real impact. Fluctuations in exchange rates (with the decline of the pound against the dollar) have been profitable up to now for us, but in the long run I think it will be neutral. I find the intense pessimism of many actors in my sector (the computer channel) sometimes quite ridiculous; especially since the most virulent leaders seem to have very little understanding of the EU in a meaningful way. Paul Mason, CTO of an information and communication company

"We feel we are about to be thrown under a (big red bus, lying down) Boris"

We design and sell software around the world, and EU countries account for about one third of our market. We have been trading since 2004 and are well known in our field. Trade in software products is classified in services trade and, as such, tariffs do not concern us, but non-tariff barriers (for example, VAT regulation) affect it a lot.

Any change in the relationship between the UK's internal market (EU) and the EU's internal market (or single market) could affect us significantly, in particular any changes to VAT or the regulation on the sale of services the internal market of the EU (eg VAT MOSS). This effect is amplified by the fact that our online store merchant is based in Germany (there are no UK based online store merchants in our area), so that virtually everything we sell – even in the United States and India – goes through an EU27 base. dealer.

Unfortunately, the UK government no longer seems to be interested in companies that are negotiating services and we can not develop real contingency plans if we do not know what will happen. The worst case is that we close our doors. All in all, we think we are about to be thrown under a bus (big, red and long) Boris. Anonymous, founder of a company of scientific and technical activities