What does Brexit mean for your business?

The UK will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019. Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority, however the government and businesses should continue to plan for every possible outcome including no deal.

At the Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub, we have the latest news, to help you to continue to grow as the UK exits the European Union.

Support for business

The Government has published  support for businesses and individuals in preparing for EU Exit. The “Preparing for EU Exit” website is the central site for guidance aimed at businesses and individuals,  bookmark this site to ensure you get the most up to date information.

A tool has been developed to help your business prepare for the UK leaving the EU,by answering 7 simple questions you will get guidance most relevant to your business.
This tool  can help you to find out:

  • what your business will need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • what’s changing in your industry
  • information on specific rules and regulations

In December, HMRC wrote to VAT-registered businesses that trade only with the EU advising them to take 3 actions to prepare for a no deal EU Exit. You can read the full letter here 

The three steps advised in December 2018 are:

  • Register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number if your business only trades with the EU.
  • Decide if you want to hire an agent to make import and/or export declarations for you or if you want to make
    these declarations yourself (by buying software that interacts with HMRC’s systems)
  • Contact the organisation that moves your goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out if you will need to
    supply additional information to them so that they can make the safety and security declarations for your
    goods, or whether you will need to submit these declarations yourself.

Preparing for Brexit Webinars

British Library’s Business and IP Centre Network have put on a series of webinars, to help businesses understand possible changes after the UK leaves the EU that may affect them and to help them prepare. The webinars will appear on the British Library’s events page – participants will need to register in advance through their website.

The webinars include: Workforce and People,Regulations and Standards,Digital and Data,Business Legal Requirements,Intellectual Property,EU/UK Funding and Public Procurement, and Importing and Exporting.

UK border changes in event of no deal

HMRC have created a set of video guides to help UK businesses prepare for a no deal EU Exit and the changes at UK border businesses may want to prepare for.

Sector specific guidance

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently published sector specific guidance for businesses setting out how to prepare for EU Exit. Please follow the links for: automotiveaerospace, construction, oil and gas production, retail, space, professional and business services, chemicals, steelelectronics, machinery and parts, mining and non metal manufacturing, consumer goods, electricity sector ,life sciences, nuclear, research and innovationparcel delivery services,and gas markets.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have also published sector specific guidance for: farming fisheries, food and drink and veterinary services

The government has also produced country specific guidance for providing services with EU countries, in the event of no deal.

Government departments guidance

The government portal also has a range of specific guidance and publications around Brexit, for specific topics (e.g. manufactured goods,intellectual property)  can be found here

The main site for guidance on exiting the EU is here

Other government departments and offices that publish guidance and updated advice include:

Department for Business,Energy and Industrial Strategy

HM Revenue and Customs

Department for Work and Pensions

Department for Environment,Food and Rural Affairs

Department for Health and Social Care

Department for International Trade

Intellectual Property Office

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Food Standards Agency

Information Commissioners Office