Theresa May is expected to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday. In the run up the commercial director of company Recticel Insulation has highlighted the importance of tariff free trade for many businesses.
Speaking to the BBC, Kevin Bohea called for the Prime Minister to negotiate for the best possible deal as the government plan to exit Britain from the single market.
He said: “I think I would be asking the government to be negotiating as hard as they could to get the best deal that we possibly can to ensure that we don’t get hit with high tariffs that could damage business further than some of the import prices already have done.
“We have suffered recently with huge increases, which have had quite an impact on the UK market and on the cost of goods.”
A businessman has called for the Prime Minister to fight for a good Brexit deal with the EU
A dip in the value of the pound against other major currencies has made the cost of imported goods more expensive, but also made UK exports more competitive.
Mr Bohea reiterated that the UK market was currently strong, and was the reason why the company invested despite the uncertainty of the UK leaving the European Union.
He added: “We do exports and the new plant will allow us to do further exports, however the domestic market is very strong, so we want to be able to support the two the best of our ability.
“The construction industry is a solid place to invest in the UK, we’ve got hundreds and thousands of houses that need to be built in the UK.
“So we are investing tens and millions of pounds on a new plant to ensure that there is enough material available for the construction needs of the UK.”
David Frost, who represents several businesses across Stoke claimed that business have just continued regardless of the Brexit vote.
“Businesses have just got on with the job of investing, creating wealth, creating jobs and they’ve been doing that reasonably successfully,” he said.
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“Over 40,000 jobs being created in the last five years, unemployment here has plummeted and continues to fall, so business as I say, getting on with it.
“Quite clearly the government is going to focus on those big national sectors, aerospace, automotive as you mentioned. What the governent has got to do is understand that certain key sectors are clearly based geographically are understood.”
Mr Frost claimed businesses must be able to trade with countries across the world and backed the government to get the best possible deal with the EU.
Britain is expected to pay a divorce bill of around £50billion before negotiations begin on a new trade deal for the UK.
During her Brexit speech at Lancaster House in January, the Prime Minister outlined that she would fight for a free trade deal with the EU after pulling the UK out of the single market.