Brexit - advice for your business
This page offers advice and resources to businesses following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
The government has reached an agreement on a six-month extension to the Brexit process with the EU to October 31st 2019. 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 new 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.
Get ready for Brexit workshops
10 Get ready for Brexit workshops are happening across the East region, each running from 11:30 - 13:30 followed by a networking lunch. Find your local event below:
- 17th September: Cromwell Hotel, Stevenage, SG1 3AZ
- 18th September: Elton Furze Golf Club, Peterborough, PE7 3TT
- 24th September: Wyboston Lakes, Wyboston, MK44 3AL
- 26th September: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD
- 1st October: Dunston Hall, Norwich, NR14 8PQ
- 2nd October: Mulberry House, High Ongar (nr. Chelmsford), CM5 9NL
- 9th October: Fielder Centre, Hatfield, AL10 9TP
- 10th October: Poets House, Ely, CB7 4EY
- 17th October: Lynford Hall, Thetford, IP26 5HW
- 23rd October: Colchester Football Club, Colchester, CO4 5UP
Latest government updates - 20/08/19
Importing and Exporting
- Department for International Trade have provided documents relating to the new trade arrangements the UK has signed or is discussing, to replace the current EU agreements if there’s a no-deal Brexit: UK trade agreements with non-EU countries in a no-deal Brexit
- How to trade with other countries: Department for International Trade have provided documents that clarifies overall rules but your members are encouraged to look at country-specific pages on how to trade with other countries if there is a no UK trade agreement in place: Trading under WTO rules
- Department for International Trade have provided information about the UK’s participation in the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) if there’s a no-deal Brexit: Bidding for overseas contracts: what to expect if there's a no-deal Brexit
- Marine Management Organisation have asked for UK Fisheries Administrations call on fishermen with vessels 12 metres and longer to register with the International Maritime Organization (IMO): Fishermen in over 12m fleet urged to register now to be ready for EU exit
- The Department of Health and Social Care is setting up a service to deliver urgent medicines and medical products into the UK within 1 to 4 days as part of Brexit preparations: New service to deliver urgent medicines and medical products into UK
- The Department for Transport has provided guidance on what UK and coach operators need to do to provide services, tours and holidays into Europe and other countries if there’s a no-deal Brexit. Run international bus or coach services and tours after Brexit.
- The Department for Transport have published guidance on what UK lorry and goods vehicle drivers need to do to drive professionally in the EU if there’s a no-deal Brexit. Drive in the EU after Brexit: lorry and goods vehicle drivers.
Professional and Business Services
- Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy have provided advice for businesses on consumer rights if there’s a no-deal Brexit: Consumer rights and business: changes after Brexit
- Ministry of Justice have provided guidance for legal services business owners on preparing for a no-deal Brexit. Legal service business owners after no-deal Brexit.
- The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy together with UK Research and Innovation have published guidance on how Horizon 2020 funding will be affected if there’s a no-deal Brexit. Horizon 2020 funding after Brexit.
Working with government departments, the LEP held a Brexit Workshop in Norwich in July 2019 to help prepare businesses for Brexit. At the event, departments presented an overview of key issues that businesses may face and actions they can undertake. The topics covered are listed below. Please click on each topic to open the presentation:
- EU Settlement Scheme, Home Office
- Food, drink and agriculture, DEFRA
- Trade and customs, HMRC
- Common frameworks, Cabinet Office
- Business readiness, BEIS
- Driving productivity, BEIS - SME Policy
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
UK Border update: 14 February 2019
Government is producing regular newsletters with the latest EU Exit information relating to UK borders, including explainer videos, guidance on imports and exports, food labeling, pesticides and a range of other topics. Read the newsletter here.
- Customs Procedures
- Moving goods to and from the UK
- Registering for simplified import procedures
- VAT IT Systems rules and processes
- Professionals who inspect animals and animal products for export in the East of England
- Businesses can apply for funding to help complete customs declarations, with grants available to provide training for employees and IT upgrades.
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.
- Confederation of British Industry insight and analysis on Brexit.
- Institute of Directors Brexit hub, covering Brexit implications and guidance for businesses.
- EEF 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.