Time is running out so you need to act NOW.
Make sure you’re ready as there will be no extension to the deadline of 1 January 2021 for the end of the transition period.
There will be changes to the way business import and export goods and provide services to EU Markets. The processes for hiring people from EU will change too.
It is vital that your business prepares for our new relationships with the EU outside of the single market and customer unions. The government's major public campaign will help businesses prepare and keep business moving.
To support business preparations the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the rules and understand the changes you need to make.
Keep up-to-date with the latest government advice on transition.
Advice and support available from other agencies
The British Chambers of Commerce has practical advice and information on its website including a Post-Transition Brexit Checklist [PDF, size unavailable], No-deal Guidance Dashboard [PDF, size unavailable] 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 has 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.
Brexit support events
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
Government advice and guidance
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:
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:
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:
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.