Earlier this year, I referred to us leaving the EU as BREXIT the UK’s Personal Grim Reaper and I wish I hadn’t been right!
This morning I woke up to a message, it was from Rhian who is the owner and creator of Balbo Beard Co along with a couple of other home grown businesses.
Rhian should be the poster girl or rather woman for home-grown business!
When I first got to know her in early 2016, it was from a message from her asking me if I would review some of her beard oils and of course, I said yes!
The brand went on and rightly so, to become a name that up there with the best because the products were of the upmost quality and as well as the oils, Rhian made beard balms, moustache wax, tattoo wax, hand cream and soaps.
But the message today was to tell me that the lights were being turned off at Balbo Beard Co!
This one of countless brands that sell artisanal, small batch products, and I am in no doubt that these home-grown businesses have been responsible for the unemployment numbers being lower.
They have also contributed to the UK economy because despite the fact that they are a home business, many of them became very successful as is the case with Balbo, so what went wrong?
Now, there will be people that throw their toys out of the pram and tell me that I do not know what I am talking about!
And to a degree you are right, I am not massively well endowed with BREXIT knowledge and that has been a choice, I try to not get involved in politics, that is because it is such a shit show that it affects my mental health.
But you don’t have to be a BREXIT expert to know that in order to sell to the EU, you need to fill out ridiculous amounts of paperwork.
Then of course sourcing ingredients or items to make your products has now become harder and more expensive!
That alone will be enough to destroy the businesses that many people have put a lot of time, money and love into and because they are small businesses, they won’t be able to carry on!
I won’t go into more of the impacts of BREXIT, like shortages of goods and labour. You would have to be on another planet to not realise what is happening.
For a great take on Brexit and all things that are a political mess, check out Femi Oluwole on Twitter!
Why has this been allowed to happen?
Why did the majority of the British public fall for this con?