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What can the Centre for Brexit Studies offer to your business?


Academics working with Open Text.Our research is applied and focussed on how Brexit will impact on business, and the wider economy and society.

We are currently looking at the impact of potential trade scenarios on the West Midlands and UK economy, and also examining the impact of trends in the migration of EU workers on businesses’ HR and talent management practices, and the current debate around the impact of environmental standards on sustainability post-Brexit.

See our research stream pages for more information on how our research can inform your business needs and practices – or if you would like to specifically get in touch to discuss ideas, email us here.


We ensure that our research findings are communicated to business and the wider public through a variety of media. Our experts have corresponded with regional, national and international media via print/on-line, radio and television interviews and are regularly invited to provide views through public blog posts such as the Huffington Post. In all these media, our language is practical and vouched in terms easy for non-specialists to understand. We post daily blogs from a variety of voices on a range of topics around the Brexit debate and UK Politics. Check it out here


Students are our key assets as we go forward into a post-Brexit landscape. Here at CBS we put students into the heart of our activities by involving them in research projects, and also by working with companies to provide student internship opportunities to undertake work related to Brexit. If you have a particular project that would help a student understand contemporary business issues in the context of Brexit, who in turn could add value to your business, please get in touch here.


We run a series of regular events featuring public speakers drawn from business, politics and academia. Our Events include Brexit Business Breakfasts, Workshops around a range of topics and our Annual Conference. 

Past speakers in these events have included Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats; Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government at the Institute of Contemporary British History at King’s College London, Sir Bernard Jenkin, MP for Harwich and North Essex , Vicky Pryce, Economist, John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council, and many more. 

Similarly, academics from the Centre have been able to converse directly with the business community, and have been heavily involved with local and regional Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Business (FSB) in policy advice and engagement.


We are also able to work directly with business to address individual organisational issues and help achieve business growth whilst the Brexit negotiation process unfolds, domestically and internationally.

Through our Business Services team at BCU Advantage, we can work with your business through commissioned research, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), a Knowledge Exchange Enterprise Network (KEEN) programme and Innovation Vouchers.

If you would like to find out more about these offerings, please contact us at here.


Scenario Planning

In 2018, we held our first Brexit Scenario Planning Workshop with the Higher Levels Skills Match project at the University.

Although there are no current plans to hold further workshops, the resources are now available to view and download as Brexit Scenario Planning Workshop Slides .

If you require more bespoke advice and information to get your business 'Brexit ready' please contact our Communications Officer who will be pleased to put you in touch with the right people to help.


Alex de Ruyter news We run regular series of tailored workshops to suit business needs. Current themes include the potential impact of Brexit on logistics and supply chain management; employment law and human resource management; innovation and technology transfer; and understanding export markets.

This will help you develop your export plans. If you would like to know more about our masterclasses, or would like to discuss bespoke workshops for your own business, please get in touch with us here.