Brexit Support

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020

There is now a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

Brexit4Business are offering Cambridgeshire businesses free advice and workshops on preparing for Brexit. If you'd like to speak to one of their advisers complete their online form.

The British Chambers of Commerce has practical advice and information on its website including a Post-Transition Brexit Checklist, No-deal Guidance Dashboard and Customs Guidance.

The Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) Brexit Hub provides information and advice on how small businesses can prepare for Brexit.

The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Navigating Brexit hub has news, fact sheets and blogs providing updates and expert analysis.

Make UK’s Leaving the EU Hub has information for manufacturing businesses including details of the Brexit courses that they are running across the UK.

You can go to the ICAEW’s Brexit Hub, to view their Brexit checklist as well as a range of information and advice.

The NFU have a Brexit Toolbox and Newsletter for members as well as a range of news and information for non-members.

The Agriculture and Development Food Board (ADHB) also has information and advice for farmers including a Brexit impact calculator, a resilience checklist and a Brexit toolkit.

CIPD has a Brexit HR Hub which provides news and updated resources to support employers to plan for Brexit.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has a range of upcoming webinars where businesses can:

  • receive help and advice to sell overseas with confidence
  • gain new skills and knowledge
  • discover solutions to specific challenges to exporting
  • get your exporting questions answered by the experts

You can also find out about DIT opportunities to attend 121 advice sessions, trade missions, training and workshops.


How business employers can take action to prepare for new rules from 1 January 2021

There are actions your business can take now to prepare for the end of the transition period that are not dependent on the outcome of negotiations.

You can use the straightforward transition checker tool to identify the specific steps you need to take to be ready on 1 January 2021. You can also sign up to receive a regular Business Readiness Transition Bulletin providing information on major announcements and recently published guidance.

Advice is also available in a number of specific areas including: food and drinkcreative, cultural and sports, farming, fisheries, veterinary services, exporting of horses and ponies, food standards, data protectionhealth and safety, intellectual property and meeting climate change requirements.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has also published advice on several key areas affecting businesses. Follow these links for support on: food labelling, exporting animals, animal products, fish and fishery products, importing animals, animal products, high-risk food and feed to the UK, exporting and importing fish, transporting endangered species, pesticides, importing and exporting plants and trading timber.

Employing and managing staff

Useful resources to help businesses understand the implications of leaving the EU on employing and managing staff include:

  • The EU Settlement Scheme allows your employees and their close family members to continue to live and work in the UK after Brexit.
  • Home Office guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss frontier workers who want to continue working in the UK.

You can use the Employer Toolkit to explain the scheme to your employees. It contains a range of ready to use leaflets and posters.

Exporting and Importing goods and services

From 1 January 2021 you will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out of the EU. You should:

In preparation for the UK leaving the EU, if your business completes customs declarations, you could apply for grants to fund training, recruitment or IT improvements.

A range of information on selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein from 1 January 2021 can be found on the website.

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