‘Business as usual’ for FCSI UK as Brexit battle commences

William Taunton, FCSI worldwide president, Julian Edwards, chair of FCSI UK&I and Martin Rahmann, immediate past president, FCSI EAME

The FCSI UK is optimistic about the future of manufacturers and consultants in the foodservice sector as Brexit negotiations get under way.

UK chair, Julian Edwards (pictured centre), revealed to FEJ that the foodservice consultancy body believes it will be “business as usual” for the FCSI’s allied and professional members in Europe.

“In fact, we’ve got more interaction with our European friends than ever. There’s a total ignorance towards the political element of Brexit because business goes on. The opportunity outweighs the threat,” Edwards commented.

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“Ultimately, I believe the UK economy will benefit from leaving the EU so mathematically things will work out better and it’s up to FCSI members, businesses and the foodservice sector to continue business as usual.

Edwards concluded: “They must also look for markets internationally, and that’s appearing hard and fast. We’re already an international hub and that will hopefully continue and improve.”

The FCSI UK’s positive outlook comes as it signed an affiliation agreement with the society’s EAME regional chapter, drawing a line under the dispute that saw the UK branch disbanded less than 18 months ago.

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