CEO of Biggleswade loudspeaker company is staying positive about road ahead after Brexit

A Biggleswade-based loudspeaker manufacturing company is encouraging businesses to seek advice about Brexit and stay positive about the road ahead.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 10:12 am
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 10:16 am

The CEO of the Professional Monitor Company (PMC) Limited, Jeff Willcocks, wishes to thank the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce for the support it provided and is encouraging other businesses to ask for guidance.

The company attended its special Zoom session during December, in which the Chamber was offering information about Brexit, which, in turn, led to PMC contacting customs and international trade advisors for further information.

Mr Willcocks told the Chronicle: “We attended the Zoom session which was very useful, and they had invited an adviser from central government, who was able to explain the government’s position and the changes required.

CEO Jeff Willcocks

“They explained what was going on, the challenges businesses were facing as a result of Brexit and provided avenues of support and details about consultants.

“We learnt a lot more than we knew before, such as how to develop our paperwork and processes to comply with the new requirements as a result of Brexit. We will continue to use them.

“It was initially about understanding new processes and terminology, and we put together a small team including management and staff who had got an understanding of the processes, so we had quite a good head start.”

Mr Willcocks explained that the advisors also alerted them to potential problems to look out for, whilst their EU partners had to adjust, too, creating a mutual understanding.

Commenting on the future, Mr Willcocks said: “Are there any benefits to Brexit? It’s too early to say, but I think it’s going to be business as usual.

“We have left the EU, but we expect to continue selling our products into our EU distributors and also purchasing parts from our EU suppliers as before.

“Where there’s demand and supply, market forces will find a way! Brexit has led to some teething problems as companies adjust to the new paperwork processes, but this will, I believe, be a short term issue.

“We are currently very proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary and there is also light at the end of the tunnel with Covid-19; we are feeling very, very optimistic.”