Brexit - advice for your business
This page offers advice and resources to businesses following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
The EU has agreed an extension to delay Brexit until 31st January 2020 at the latest and can take place at an earlier date if the recently agreed withdrawal agreement passes through parliament before that date.
During this time, we will remain a member of the EU. In light of the extension, government departments will continue to prepare for all Brexit scenarios.
The government's Get Ready for Brexit website has a simple tool for businesses to search for relevant information by sector and status, identifying actions to take to make sure your business is prepared.
Latest updates - 30/10/19
The business Brexit helpline provides free advice on where businesses can find information and guidance to prepare for Brexit.
Telephone: 0300 2000 900 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).
For information about importing and exporting goods after Brexit, contact the Brexit imports and exports helpline. The EU Settlement Resolution Centre helpline is also available for individuals and businesses who need help or information about the EU Settlement Scheme.
Extensive guidance on how your business can prepare for Brexit is available at https://www.gov.uk/brexit.
HMRC has launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU after Brexit.
The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Please make your members and stakeholders aware of this support line.
Guarantee for EU funding
The Cabinet Office have produced guidance about how to submit information about projects which may be eligible under the UK government’s guarantee for EU funding. Register as an organisation getting funding directly from the EU
TechNation has issued guidance for tech businesses in case of a no-deal Brexit. You can read it here
The Government has issued information booklets on a range of topics to help businesses prepare for Brexit.
Click on the links below.
- Process maps for exporting your goods after Brexit
The process maps on how to export your goods to the EU are now available to view and download on GOV.UK.
- Chemical exporters: steps to export chemicals to the EU after Brexit (published 18 September)
- Farmers and food producers: steps to export meat and dairy to the EU after Brexit (published 18 September)
- Farmers and livestock exporters: steps to export live animals to the EU after Brexit (published 18 September)
- Seafood exporters: steps to export fishery products to the EU after Brexit (published 20 September)
- Risk analysis process
The FSA has published information on their risk analysis process, as well as guidance for businesses on submitting regulated products for authorisation if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
The following information is available on food.gov.uk
- Food and animal feed safety risk analysis after Brexit (published 19 September)
- How our food and animal feed safety risk analysis will work after Brexit (published 19 September)
- Submitting a regulated product authorisation application after Brexit (published 19 September)
- Requirements for regulated product applications after Brexit (published 19 September)
- Health and Identification Marks
Businesses that use health and identification marks on products of animal origin (such as meat and dairy) are reminded to check the changes that will need to be made to the marks after Brexit.
Please visit food.gov.uk (updated 13 September) for the latest guidance to help your business prepare.
- Importing and exporting wine if there’s a no-deal Brexit
The guidance for wine importers and exporters has been updated with information about wines from Chile, Australia and the United States (updated 20 September)
Bespoke advice for your business
Government has produced a seven-point business tool to help find the exact guidance documents relevant to your business, based on factors including size, activity, industry sector.
Preparing your business for a 'no-deal' Brexit
Businesses are encouraged to prepare for a 'no deal' Brexit. The LEP is providing support for businesses and Government has set out information to assist businesses preparing for a no deal through:
- A series of technical notices providing guidance on how to prepare for a no deal.
- A partnership pack preparing for changes at the UK border after a no deal Brexit.
Government has published the following guidance for sectors
- Oil and gas production
- Professional and business services
- Electronics, machinery and parts
- Gas markets
- Further Education and Apprenticeship provider
- Food and Drink
- Veterinary Services
- Voluntary and Community Sector
- Consumer Goods
- Science, Research and Innovation
- Life Sciences
- Steel and other metal manufacturing
- Non-metal manufacturing
- Parcel delivery services
Government Department updates
- The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) recently published guidance on several key areas affecting businesses: food labelling, exporting and importing fish, transporting endangered species, working with chemicals, pesticides, importing and exporting plants, trading timber, and managing data, Exporting animals and animal products, Importing animals and animal products, Taking horses abroad, Developing genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
- The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published guidance on health and identification marks, importing high-risk food and animal feed and GM food or feed or animal feed additives.
- The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) six steps for businesses to take on data protection.
- Home Office’s employer toolkit on the EU Settlement Scheme.
- The Department for International Trade (DIT) has released information on trade agreements with non-EU countries which could be affected when we leave the EU as well as guidance from French customs authorities for UK businesses
- The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published several updates including guidance for businesses on the regulatory requirements for placing goods on the UK and EU markets after the UK leaves the EU.
- BEIS has also published specific advice for SME businesses.
- The Office for Civil Society has published Five ways civil society organisations can prepare for EU exit.
- The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published Facts on IP and Brexit.
Guidance from business intermediaries
- British Chambers of Commerce Brexit checklist and Brexit risk register to assist businesses with their planning at both operational and board level.
- Federation of Small Businesses small business Brexit pack, covering five different Brexit scenarios and providing advice on continuity planning.
- Institute of Directors Brexit hub, covering Brexit implications and guidance for businesses.
- Make UK's Brexit step-by-step guide and Brexit toolkit, which allows companies to sign up to and assess the cost of trading with the EU post-Brexit.
- ICAEW Brexit practical guides.
- NFU Brexit news.
We're gathering evidence to help support business
We are keen to hear from businesses of all sizes and sectors across Norfolk and Suffolk regarding your Brexit preparations and how Brexit might impact your business or supply chain, both positively or negatively. All information you provide will be treated in strict confidence and only shared externally with your explicit consent.