Many will have remembered the anguished cry of Brenda from Bristol: “You’re joking! Not another one?”.

She had been asked how she felt about another general election – all the way back in 2017. Seems like an age ago. Many would have agreed with her view “there is too much politics going on”. Yet here we are again. Buckle up as we face the third general election in five years. Not to mention the potential for further referendums on Britain’s role in Europe or Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom next year.

Fact is we have rarely seen such disruption in politics in living memory. The Scottish Chambers of Commerce has chronicled how ongoing constitutional turmoil has caused uncertainty such that companies have pulled back on investment. It is important not to forget - this investment is crucial to job creation and tax receipts, the basis on which government and civil society functions.

Yet cries for a return to normality and an end to the uncertainty have fallen on deaf ears. The convulsions are just too strong for many to resist.

Businesses must gird themselves for a few more months of this at least. The extension of the Brexit deadline was for many a bittersweet option, the prospect of a hard Brexit on 31 October risking long lorry queues and shortages only bettered by further time until something has been worked out.

In my books, ‘be prepared’ has always been good advice as well as a motto to live by, which is why SCC recently launched an online hub to help businesses prepare for Britain leaving the European Union.

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The hub, www.ReadyForBrexit.Scot, offers a range of resources for businesses in Scotland. These include a comprehensive list of Brexit-preparedness events, webinars and advice sessions. There is a country-by-country guide to rules for cross-border trading and data protection, a self-assessment tool and links to all relevant information including where to apply for Scottish Government grants up to £4,000.

More importantly, the hub will be continually updated as developments around Brexit are made public. Whether we face further delay, yet another Brexit cliff edge, or something in between, we urge companies to review how these changes might affect them.

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But once the election is done, what employers need more than ever is for the Scottish and UK governments to hone their focus on the needs of the economy. In addition to the burden of Brexit uncertainty, Scotland in particular suffers a long-standing problem of slower economic growth relative to England and poor productivity compared to global peers. We urgently need to correct these trends if Scotland is to deliver an inclusive economy that provides the jobs, skills and prosperity for current and future generations.

Liz Cameron is chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.