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IoD South – Navigating Brexit: be prepared, be good to go


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Port of Dover
Cruise Terminal 2 Western Docks
CT17 9DQ




South East

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What you need to know to keep your business growing and trade flowing after Brexit.

As we approach the imminent Brexit deadline, updates for directors are starting to come in thick and fast – and the time to prepare is now!

The Port of Dover – the UK’s primary trade gateway to the EU – provides an apt setting for the last instalment of the IoD’s Navigating Brexit event series. Business leaders are invited to join industry experts to understand the post-Brexit trading landscape, what it means in practice and what businesses must do to successfully navigate it and keep our trade flowing.

This event, in Cruise Terminal 2 at the iconic Port of Dover, is designed to bring you the most important need-to-know information with a specialist focus on business in Kent including: finance, food, farming, tourism, transport logistics and the rural sector.

Register for this must-attend event to ensure you have the tools required to prepare for the potentially big changes that lie ahead.

Speakers include:

Allie Renison, Head of EU & Trade Policy, IoD

Doug Bannister, CEO Port of Dover

Roundtable discussions will also take place covering the different business sectors, facilitated by experts that will be available to answer questions to ensure your business is BREXIT ready. Areas that we are covering are : Business (Freight Logistics (including supply / Goods) & Transport).Business Custom/LegalBusiness (Rural, Tourism & Food)Business (Finance & Workforce).

Kent is the Gateway to Europe and the breadbasket for London. Business critical in the Brexit process, this predominantly rural (85%) county has a major role to play as the primary thoroughfare with considerable levels of freight travelling via two major motorways and on to the English Channel.

Register for this must-attend event to ensure you have the tools required to prepare for the potentially big changes that lie ahead.

The IoD is one of the UK’s leading business groups and as such meets regularly with Ministers and key government officials, and – resident Brexit specialist – Allie Renison sits on a number of expert working groups advising government on the Irish border, trade policy priorities, and will have the latest must-have’s to help equip your company to get ready for Brexit.


Allie Renison, IoD

Allie Renison is Head of EU and Trade Policy, and leads on devising recommendations and representing the voice of members on EU policy matters both to Westminster and Whitehall and with European institutions. She provides the link between business and Government on increasing international trade and has authored a number of reports on trends in both trade and trade policy, as well as running a number of trade missions for IoD members around the world every year. She also routinely provides advocacy for the IoD on a range of regulatory issues in Brussels.

Allie joined the IoD in April 2014. Prior to this, she was Research Director at Business for Britain, the campaign focused on renegotiating the UK’s relationship with the EU. Allie has previously advised a number of parliamentarians in both Houses on EU legislative issues, with particular focus on trade and employment policy areas. She holds a Masters Degree in the political economy of emerging economies in the post-Soviet space.

Doug Bannister, CEO – Port of Dover

Doug is the CEO of the Port of Dover, Europe’s busiest international roll-on roll-off ferry port, prior to which he was Group CEO for Ports of Jersey.

Doug has over 25 years’ experience in leading international businesses, including as Managing Director of Maersk Line UK and other executive roles for shipping businesses in North America, Europe, Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2016, Doug was awarded the Institute of Directors Jersey Director of the Year for large businesses.

Born in Summit, New Jersey, USA, Doug holds dual British and American citizenship.

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