Brexit may have a number of implications for your construction business. And though uncertainty remains around the final shape of Brexit, there are a number of steps businesses can be taking to ensure they minimise any disruption to their operations.
Construction manufacturing and certification
UK bodies perform certification services for a large range of construction products placed on the EU market. UK Notified Bodies will still have EU Notified Body status throughout the transition period after the UK leaves the EU. However, this may not be the case after the transition period.
If you rely on UK Notified Bodies for conformity assessment and/or CE Marking, you should be aware that you may need to transfer existing certificates, licences or authorisations to an EU27 Notified Body, or to obtain new ones altogether, when the transition period ends. It is advisable to check which EU27 Notified Bodies could perform conformity assessment and/or CE Marking for your products.
You can check the EU Commission NANDO website
for a list of designated EU Notified Bodies.
Supply chain, customs and logistics
If you buy or sell your materials from or to the UK, or move them through the UK, you must consider the potential impacts on your supply chain
. This includes consideration of the use of the UK Landbridge to transport materials. Please see our Transport and Logistics
section for further information.
If you buy or sell your materials from or to the UK you will need to prepare for any new customs arrangements
and the impact they will have on your business.
Currency management and working capital
Sterling and euro volatility is key concern and challenge for all Irish businesses across all sectors and markets, including the construction sector. Brexit may also have an impact on your business’ working capital needs.
There is also more information available on the range of Government Brexit Programmes, Funds & Supports
. This includes a possible grant to secure some professional advice on currency management. You are also advised to contact your financial advisor, your accountant, or any professional bodies you are a member of to see if they have additional advice for you.
For more general information on other issues, such as banking or staffing, that may affect your business after the transition period, please see Brexit and Business