Brexit: business toolkit
Britain has left the European Union and we are now in a transition period until the end of the year. There will be new rules for businesses and citizens from 1 January 2021. Business-wise, it’s vital that you are as prepared as possible. This applies to all businesses, not just those that export or import goods to or from the EU. We’re keeping this page regularly updated for our Sandwell businesses.
This page was last updated on Friday 27 November.
The UK government’s website includes a number of useful tools, including an interactive checklist where you can answer questions about your particular circumstances and generate a personalised list of suggested actions. There are also straightforward explanations of the upcoming changes relating to importing, exporting, travel, living and working in the EU, and about staying in the UK if you are an EU citizen.
As well as a number of free webinars to watch online, with information specific to particular industries and topics, you can also stay up-to-date with the latest developments by signing up to receive a weekly email bulletin from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Black Country Growth Hub
The Black Country Growth Hub has a Brexit page with links to a variety of resources. These include a checklist for businesses and a case study detailing how security systems firm KeyTracker, based on Station Road in Rowley Regis, has been preparing.
Black Country Chamber of Commerce
The WMCA is partnering with Chambers in the region, including the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, to provide a new Brexit support programme for businesses. Selected upcoming sessions:
- Wednesday 2 December – Webinar: Planning for Brexit
- Tuesday 8 December – Export Documentation Workshop
- Wednesday 20 January – Understanding Incoterms
The Chamber of Commerce also offers a range of services to its members to help make international trade as smooth as possible, such as translation services, export documentation services and currency exchange advice. Visit the website for more information.
As well as our own Black Country Chamber resources, the national British Chambers of Commerce website has a Brexit Hub page with information and links, including a wealth of research and analysis on how Brexit is expected to affect British business.
There is also ChamberCustoms, a customs advisory, training and brokerage service delivered through the Chambers of Commerce across the UK. Find out more about the service on the website.
Federation of Small Business
The FSB has a Brexit Transition Hub designed to support small businesses and self-employed people understand and prepare for the end of the transition period.
Free on-demand webinar
Three directors from Crowe, an accounting, consulting and technology firm, have contributed to a free, hour-long webinar to help businesses with their Brexit preparations, explain the key areas of change, and provide insights into how these changes can be managed.
If you’re thinking of hiring people from the EU in 2021, the new points-based immigration system will introduce job, salary and language requirements. You may also need to register as a licensed visa sponsor. Read more on this website.
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. You can also apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland. Read more on this website.
Citizen’s Advice also offers advice and information about staying in the UK if you are from the EU.
At the end of the transition period, the Northern Ireland Protocol will come into force. This means there will be special provisions which only apply in Northern Ireland, so if you move good into, out of or through Northern Ireland, make sure you check the latest guidance.
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