The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020
Government advice and guidance
The government has created an online tool for businesses to prepare for the new rules for living, working, travelling and doing business in the UK and EU from 1 January 2021. New information will be published over the coming weeks so sign-up to receive customised alerts or check in on a regular basis.
Advice is also available in a number of specific areas including: food and drink, creative, cultural and sports, farming, fisheries, veterinary services, exporting of horses and ponies, food standards, data protection, health 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
- get an EORI number if you do not already have one, and
- decide how you want to make customs declarations and whether you need to get someone to deal with customs for you.
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 gov.uk website.
Advice and support available from other agencies
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.
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