It is often said that there are winners and losers for every significant event, so which are the post Brexit boom sectors likely to be?
Perhaps the most obvious ones are likely to come from the increase in regulation and compliance requirements for businesses, particularly those in the export sectors.
It is in this area, according to IW Capital, there are opportunities for companies that can devise technology to reduce the amount of time businesses will have to spend on complying with the inevitably more complex requirements that will be imposed by other countries within the EU, but also more widely as businesses explore markets they have perhaps not previously considered.
The exchange rate is likely to have the greatest impact on winners and losers. Therefore, firms that supply essential goods and services with UK supply chains whose costs are not affected by exchange rates and who do not rely on foreign labour ought to be huge beneficiaries, especially when their competitors rely on imports.
But there are other sectors where there will be lots of opportunities. News.co.uk also identifies tech start-ups where there are potential post Brexit boom opportunities, but it also suggests that there will be greater opportunities for exporters to non-EU countries thanks to the declining value of £Sterling compared to other currencies.
Another sector it highlights is medical technology, where the UK is a leading contributor, particularly among SMEs, which make up 85% of the sector and had a turnover of £70 billion in 2017.
The Spectator in a piece last autumn predicted that there will be opportunities for the UK’s smaller ports as logistics companies seek out and prioritise alternative, less congested routes.
Another example is the growing interest in CBD (cannabidiol). The Adam Smith Institute in July predicted that this medicinal product derived from cannabis has potential for sustained development in the UK after the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) re-classified CBD in the UK as a medicinal ingredient. No doubt the export market beckons.
Like the somewhat frivolous example above, there are opportunities for nimble SMEs to develop a strategy that takes advantage of Brexit.
There has been so much “doom and gloom” about the post-Brexit economy and supply chains in the last three years, and admittedly there will be some immediate disruption until new systems are in place.
In due course and only once the dust settles we will find out if Brexit benefits the country as a whole but in the disruption lie opportunities for SMEs to seize and create a Brexit advantage.