On 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union with 51.89% of votes favouring ‘leave’. The British government is yet to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, the process which will begin the UK’s withdrawal (also known as ‘brexit’) from the EU, but is currently expected to do so once a new Prime Minister is in place.
As an international company that trades both in and outside the EU, Vision has released a statement from Dan Wright, Chief Executive Officer at Vision Support Services.
“Vision is an organisation facing the world. Forged in Manchester, historically a bastion of free trade and enterprise, we now have operations in six different time zones and our staff speak more than 25 languages. Whilst in no way complacent about any temporary dislocation following the Brexit vote, we look forward with confidence and optimism to Britain’s and Vision’s place in the next generation of an open and liberal trading platform that underscores the things that Britain, and we, are good at – trade, services, innovation. Vision currently trades with over 60 countries and we expect this to rise in the next few years.
Extraction from the European Union will inevitably involve some short-term pain and effort, but we are well-placed to continue to benefit from the growth in international hospitality and travel markets, in Europe but also well beyond. Our trading bases in Hong Kong and Dubai are exhibiting strong growth on the back of customer strength and our service centres in Pakistan, China and India offer unrivalled sourcing and assurance reach. Our Irish operations will remain the centre of our European efforts and our distributor network from Greece and the USA to Singapore and the Maldives delivers a support and distribution network second-to-none.
Vision remains firmly European, even outside its EU institution, but we are also open, and delivering leading product and service, to the world. We look forward to playing our part in the exciting if potentially turbulent developments and opportunities that lie ahead.”