Hampshire businesses will survive Brexit, says TW Metals chief

Hampshire businesses will survive Brexit, says TW Metals chief

Business in Hampshire will survive and prosper whatever the outcome of the UK’s Brexit negotiations, according to one of the region’s high-flying manufacturing executives.

Gail Thomas, managing director for Europe and Asia of £150m turnover company TW Metals, will take centre stage at the Brexit Breakfast at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce’s Roots to Growth conference next month.

The conference will see Gail urge business leaders not to worry about the outcome of the UK’s Brexit negotiations, with the region’s businesses ‘well placed to perform strongly whatever the outcome.’

She said: “Companies will always find solutions, whatever decisions the government makes, to ensure trading continues successfully. We just get on with it.

“There will be challenges ahead, especially in dealing with agreements the government may be party to after Article 50 is actioned, but I am not unduly worried because, as ever, we have to manage change effectively.

“Business will drive the path forward. We are all so deeply inter-connected across Europe with hugely significant amounts of trade being carried out that pressure can be levered to counter possible embargoes and sanctions.”

Gail, who joined TW from school at the age of 16 and is now responsible for hundreds of employees, added: “I sit around the table with French, Germans and Italians and hear about political turmoil in countries across the EU, so Brexit may well be just the start of a new Europe.”

The conference, at the Ferneham Hall, Fareham on 20 October, is designed to bring chamber members and business leaders together for a day of presentations and networking opportunities alongside a business exhibition.

The conference begins with the Brexit Breakfast at 7am. The guest speakers’ programme begins at 9am before concluding with a buffet lunch until 2pm.

Tickets costs £30 +VAT for Hampshire Chamber members and £40 +VAT for non-members.