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Access free Brexit business support

Are you currently or do you plan to:

  • import or export goods or services?
  • trade with Northern Ireland?
  • hire EU or foreign nationals?
  • is your supply chain affected by any of the above?

If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, then contact our advisers for free advice on [email protected] or call 0330 2020 216.

                                                     Grants to help SMEs new to importing or exporting

Applications for the SME Brexit Support Fund are now open. It could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice, if your business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover.

What you’ll be able to use the grant for

You can use the grant for training on:

  • how to complete customs declarations
  • how to manage customs processes and use customs software and systems
  • specific import and export related aspects including VAT, excise and rules of origin

It can be used to help you get professional advice so your business can meet its customs, excise, import VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.

Who will be able to apply

Your business must:

  • be established in the UK
  • have been established in the UK for at least 12 months before submitting the application, or currently hold Authorised Economic Operator status
  • not have previously failed to meet its tax or customs obligations
  • have no more than 500 employees
  • have no more than £100 million turnover
  • import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU, or moves goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Your business must also either:

  • complete (or intend to complete) import or export declarations internally for its own goods
  • use someone else to complete import or export declarations but requires additional capability internally to effectively import or export (such as advice on rules of origin or advice on dealing with a supply chain)

The transition period has ended and new rules are here. Act now to keep your business moving.

The transition period has ended and the UK has left the EU customs union and single market and now enjoys a zero tariffs, zero quotas relationship with the EU as an independent trading nation.

Following the signing of the UK – EU Free Trade Agreement, there are new rules for businesses which came into force on 1 January 2021 which require immediate action. Your business needs to act now to comply with these new rules. If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

These documents cover actions that businesses must take to ensure they are compliant with the new rules which have come into force.  Part A provides an overview of key actions for businesses as well as supporting guidance, helpline numbers and FAQs. Part B lists the top five actions for businesses in each of the following sectors: Aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, consumer goods, electronics and machinery, life sciences, metals and materials, professional business services and retail.

You should visit where you can use the checker tool to quickly identify the actions that your business needs to take. The checker tool will ask you questions about your business and provide all the information you need to be aware of such as new rules on:

Keep your business moving: New video explainers on doing business with Europe 

   The UK has agreed a deal with the EU and rules for doing business have changed. Businesses must act now to ensure they are prepared.  To support firms, the Business Department has launched a series of new, on demand videos to help businesses familiarise themselves with the new rules and the actions they should take. Businesses can find out more about 18 topics, including importing and exporting, trade, data, and audit and accounting.

Register now to immediately access the video content. New rules are here – make sure your business is prepared. 

Alphabetical list of video explainers

1. Businesses and Trade Agreements (not yet available) 
2. Businesses Engaged in Emissions Trading
3. Businesses Hiring Overseas Staff
4. Businesses Involved in the Horizon 2020 Funding Service
5. Businesses Involved with Data
6. Businesses Operating Online
7. Businesses Preparing and Auditing Financial Accounts 
8. Businesses who Import and Export
9. Businesses Providing Services to EU Markets
10. Businesses Shipping Waste between GB and EU 
11. Businesses Working with Intellectual Property
12. Chemical Regulations 
13. Moving Goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland
14. Placing and Selling Goods on the Market
15. REACH Chemical Regulations
16. Recognition of Professional Qualifications 
17. Rules of Origin 
18. Trade Tariffs  

 Alphabetical list of sectors (signposting key videos for their sector)

1. Aerospace
2. Automotive
3. Chemicals
4. Civil Nuclear
5. Construction 
6. Consumer Goods
7. Electronics and Machinery 
8. Energy 
9. Life Sciences
10. Metals and Other Materials 
11. Retail 
12. Services and Investment

                                                      ‘Check, Change, Go’ online checker

Advice on travelling to the EU, importing and exporting goods is available online with a simple ‘Check, Change, Go’ checker which will help to identify actions you need to take.

Using personal data in your business from 1 January 2021

From 1 January, your organisation may need to have Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) in place with EU counterparts in order to legally receive personal data from theEU. This can include any information that can identify a living person (names, addresses, delivery details etc).