Like much of the UK, no doubt, I’ve spent the past few weeks debating with friends about the pros and cons of leaving or staying in the EU, with the vote just weeks away.

Some are undecided, while others have made up their minds. A common theme among those voting to leave is that they have been swayed by the personalities of those making the case, rather than hard facts about the impact it would have.

For months, people have called for more information on the implications of either outcome on their daily lives and the economy long-term.

Retailers are no different and you need information about how the decision will impact your businesses. RN has been to both sides to find out.

In last week’s issue, two big personalities, Vince Cable and Chuka Umunna, said leaving Europe would lead to economic uncertainty, increased prices on the goods you sell and squeezed margins.

Talk to your shoppers, staff and other local businesses about what the referendum means for them

In this week’s issue, another, Priti Patel MP, tells RN leaving Europe could mean retailers benefiting from less red tape and a greater say in the laws that affect how you run your store.

For a manufacturer or exporter of goods, the impact of Brexit is clear. For a local shop, at the centre of its community, a significant impact will be on your customers and the world around you.

One way to become more informed about how the vote will affect you is to become the big personality in your community. Talk to your shoppers, staff and other local businesses about what the referendum means for them.

You may find you learn more about what leaving Europe will mean to your business than in any manifesto.

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