Drawing on my professional experience, here we explore how post Brexit Britain has become a challenge for international businesses, and domestic businesses, importing products for sale in the UK.
The deluded fantasies of the Brexit elite are finally being exposed by the way the real world actually works.
Brexit punctured our trade, says bike firm 28/03/2023
And the call comes as a Gloucestershire bike specialist tells Punchline its export business has been deflated by a lack of post-Brexit trading agreement.
The Tap It Out cycling club will now have to close after paying the fee.
‘This is going to keep happening to small brands’ - bosses of closing company call for support 23/02/2023
Bristol-based Presca, founded a decade ago, is the latest cycling brand to have to close down. / “Well, Brexit was fun, wasn’t it?” Webbon joked. “It’s just a lot more red tape. It’s made shipping retail stuff to the EU very difficult, a lot more costly, taking a lot longer, and more logistics. A lot more admin, as well.”
Frog Bikes reported losses of over £500,000 in 2022. / British children’s bike manufacturer Frog Bikes has said mounting Brexit costs drove it into the red last year.
Brompton Bikes' CEO Will Butler-Adams has addressed the issues facing brands in the industry, and points to enduring problems from Brexit, rising energy bills, the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis for contributing to a challenging time for the folding bicycle manufacturer.
Citing Brexit, “it may not be viable to invest in UK manufacture for export”, says Cycloc 13/02/2023
Having made national press headlines in January in relation to its stance on Brexit and the associated costs to its business, Cycloc has today expanded upon the complaint, adding that it is becoming less viable to invest in its UK production given the new and enhanced hurdles it faces exporting its goods.
The London-based wall-mounted bike storage manufacturer attracted 50% of its business from the EU pre-Brexit and has been left with a £100,000 hole in revenues. /
Decathlon blames Brexit for higher UK e-bike prices and launches rental service to make them more accessible 30/08/2022
French sports goods giant Decathlon has said that its significantly higher UK prices for e-bikes are largely down to Brexit. The retailer has however launched a rental service to help people, “explore new sports” in a more affordable way.
Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray berates Sajid Javid... whose driver ignores cyclists' advanced stop line 29/06/2022
The prominent anti-Brexit activist, ever-present outside the Houses of Parliament, had an eventful day yesterday, so we'll forgive him for not giving the driver both barrels too. / All very interesting, but not very cycling-related... that was until this happened...
Jacob Rees-Mogg has published a list of nine ‘Brexit opportunities’. It’s both pitiful and dangerous.
Brits have been banned from taking their bicycles onboard Eurostar services to destinations including Paris, Lille and Brussels due to post-Brexit issues with customs rules.
MORE than a year after the UK fully withdrew from the EU, an Edinburgh business owner has revealed he still spends countless hours on admin just trying to get items to and from Europe.
Restrictions on freedom of movement after Brexit have left British competitive cyclists struggling to gain the experience they need to make it.
Government considering using Brexit "freedoms" to ditch EU car safety measures designed to protect cyclists 07/02/2022
Britain may use Brexit "freedoms" to ditch planned EU car safety regulations designed to better protect pedestrians and cyclists, the government has said.
As gaps continue to appear on supermarkets shelves and restaurants take unavailable items off menus, Britain’s supply chains appear to be at the centre of a perfect storm of pandemic disruption coupled with post-Brexit labour shortages.
The Bicycle Association (BA) has published a series of guides which offer information on matters of interest to the cycling industry and the public. More detailed guidance is available to BA member companies.
British Biker Unable to Participate in Maribor World Cup Due to Brexit Related Visa Issues 14/08/2021
British biker Jamie Edmondson has announced that he won’t be racing in the World Cup in Maribor this weekend since he couldn’t secure a visa to enter Slovenia, where the race will take place.
Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome have signed an open letter calling for assistance to young riders affected by Brexit travel arrangements.
British bike exporters Frog and Brompton are counting the costs of an eleventh hour Brexit deal with exports suffering and price increases imminent, according to reports in the press over the past week.
'Brexit cost my bicycle business £250,000 extra in just two months, and I can't see any positives' 18/04/2021
The extra costs of doing trade with Europe have already wiped out the entire 2020 profits of Frog Bikes in Pontypool
Brompton is facing a host of problems from material shortages to rising production costs as the fallout from Brexit and Covid continues to impact UK manufacturers.
The UK's new trading relationship with the European Union (EU) might be less than two weeks old but some businesses - and their European customers - are already struggling to adjust to the new trading landscape.