Brexit – rebuilding relationships and resilience


As a response to the uncertain and changing social climate surrounding Brexit, the University of Plymouth has established a research group to explore the impact of this on relationships within and between businesses, institutions and communities in Devon and Cornwall.

The project aims to use our expertise in core negotiating and conflict resolution skills to help businesses develop the capabilities they need to increase their capacity to negotiate new, positive relationships with key stakeholders.

As the project develops and we know more about the outcomes of the Brexit process, we will be holding a series of roundtables and free training workshops.
However, as a first step we would like to draw on your experiences to identify your specific interests and needs as you prepare for the future and get your views on how we can support you and your organisation.

Therefore, we were wondering if you could spare 15 to 20 minutes for a short informal (and confidential) telephone discussion with one of our team. If this is something that you feel that you would be interested in, please contact Michele Fox to arrange a time to speak.

Michele Fox
University of Plymouth, Rm 504 Cookworthy Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA
01752 585742

Brexit: rebuilding relationships and resilience

An impact and innovation project funded by the University of Plymouth

What is the main aim?

Whatever the outcome of the current Brexit negotiations, the process has revealed the need to find ways of building positive relationships. For businesses in Cornwall and Devon this may mean negotiating new contracts with suppliers, resolving differences between staff and strengthening links with their local community. This project, led by experts in negotiation and conflict resolution aims to help businesses develop the capabilities they need to increase their capacity to negotiate new, positive relationships with key stakeholders.

What will the project involve?

  • We will use short interviews with representatives of public, private and third-sector organisations to explore the potential impact of Brexit and identify the interests of different groups
  • A series of roundtable meetings focussing on specific sectors will be held which will explore ways in which key stakeholders can build the capacity they need to negotiate new relationships and minimise and resolve any conflicts caused by our exit from the EU.
  • Training workshops will then provide participants with the key capabilities needed to build and sustain positive relationships. This may focus on core skills including negotiation, persuasion, communication and conflict resolution

What will the project deliver?

  • Improved understanding of key challenges facing stakeholders as the UK prepares to leave the EU. This will help to inform policy responses at local, regional and national level.
  • Enhanced core skills among stakeholders which will in turn help to build capacity, competency and resilience and build higher trust relationships.
  • A model for building negotiating capacity that can be easily transferred to other parts of Cornwall, Devon and the South West.

How can you be involved?

  • Take part in a short confidential interview with a member of our research team.
  • Come to one of our roundtable meetings and let us now the challenges facing you, your organisation and the communities you work in.

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