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, with the option to leave earlier if a deal has been ratified. 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.
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.