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The United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU). Whilst there is little certainty around Brexit there are practical guides to help mitigate the risks and maximise the opportunities of Brexit as well as up to date information about how the UK’s departure will affect businesses and individuals and what to do to prepare.

These guides provide the practical information businesses need to prepare themselves for how and when they need to act ensuring compliance with any changes in law or regulation that will affect them.

SELEP has also compiled a list of Brexit Readiness events taking place across Essex, Kent & Medway, and Sussex, which can be found below. These events are supported by the Growth Hub local to your area. Further information on the support available from your local Growth Hub can be found below.

Business support – Growth Hubs Show

Our Growth Hub programme; East SussexEssex and Kent, is your first point of contact for business support. It brings together the best of public and private sector partners to promote, co-ordinate and deliver business support based on local need.

Growth Hub business navigators spend a lot of their time researching all of the support that is available to businesses and working with businesses to ensure that the best advice is given to businesses.

Our Growth Hubs are currently working together with the London and Hertfordshire Growth Hubs to deliver collaborative advice and support to businesses across all areas. If you are interested in attending business resilience workshops and Brexit advice clinics in the London area, please click here.

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Prepare for EU Exit website Show

Get the latest information at the prepare for EU exit website – – which provides guidance for businesses and individuals on a range of topics concerning leaving the EU. You can use this information to understand how leaving the EU may affect your business, or as an individual, and what you can do to get ready.

Find out more business advice tool Show

Government has produced an online tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Businesses can use the Triage Tool to find out:

  • What their business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • What is changing in their sector
  • Information on specific rules and regulations

The tool poses 7 key questions to deliver guidance relevant to your business.

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Data protection Show

If your business or organisation receives personal data from partners or suppliers in the EU or European Economic Area (EEA) countries you must ensure you can still do so legally after Brexit. Personal data is any information that can be used to identify someone, this could include a customer’s name, physical or IP addresses, or HR data such as staff working hours and payroll details.

View the Government-issued guidance
Do you buy goods from overseas? Show

The Department for International Trade (DiT) have issued a series of informative videos to answer queries on tariffs and free trade agreements.

View the videos
Ecommerce Directive Show

Businesses providing online services within the EEA may have to comply with rules governing online activities within these countries if there is a no deal Brexit. More information here.

If you hold a .eu domain name, or are considering registering for one, read the latest guidance about eligibility criteria and what to do in the event of a no deal Brexit here.

Public Procurement Show

Cabinet Office have provided information for public authorities, businesses and other organisations on the outcome for public procurement policy in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Driving in the EU after Brexit Show

An information campaign is being launched to ensure businesses and hauliers are prepared for the UK to leave the EU. As part of the campaign an email will be sent to 70,000 UK operators, industry bodies and other interested parties detailing essential information for those driving to the EU. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, hauliers will be required to go through customs checks when exporting goods to the EU from the UK. It is the responsibility of traders to apply and obtain the right paperwork for the goods hauliers are carrying.

The UK Government will also be providing hauliers with a handbook and pocket guide setting out how they can prepare themselves, their vehicles and their goods so that they can continue to travel freely.

The Department for Transport has issued the following guidance:

The Department for Transport  and Driver and Vehicle and Licensing Agency have provided updated guidance on the rules for international driving permits (IDP) in EU countries. Check which type of IDP you need to drive legally when you visit Europe here

The Department for Transport and Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency have issued advice on exchanging UK driving licenses, which will change when the UK leaves the EU. Check what you need to do to drive legally when you live in an EU country here.

Transport Show

Department for Transport have issued guidance on the UK position on rights for airlines from EU countries, and the basis on which flights will continue if there is a no deal Brexit

Air services from the EU to the UK if there is a no-deal Brexit
Guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Show

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) recently published guidance on several key areas affecting businesses. Please follow these links for support on:

Defra has produced flowcharts explaining the new import and export processes after Brexit. The flowcharts explain the steps for farmers and food producers to import meat and dairy products from the EU after Brexit.

Guidance from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Show
Guidance from the Intellectual Property Office Show

The Intellectual Property Office has produced guidance on trademarks, designs, patents right law, and exhaustion of IP rights after Brexit. Read the latest advice here

The IPO has also issued advice on exhaustion of intellectual property rights if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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Trading with countries outside the EU – get prepared, get your EORI number! Show

VAT-registered businesses will be automatically allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to enable them to trade smoothly once the UK leaves the EU.  If your business is not VAT-registered, you still need to register for an EORI number.  Getting an EORI number  is an easy process that takes 5-10 minutes.

Find out more and register here

After getting an EORI number, businesses need to decide how to make customs declarations. HMRC has funding available for customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers who complete, or intend to complete, customs declarations following the UK’s exit from the EU. The funding can be used to upskill employees, make IT improvements or hire new employees to manage customs declarations and processes.
The application window is currently open and will close on 31 January 2020, or earlier once all funding is allocated.

Find out more here

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have provided details on how businesses can find out if they can register to use simplified transitional procedures for goods being brought into the UK from the EU.

Department for Education (DfE) guidance to the Further Education (FE) sector and apprenticeship providers Show

DfE recently published guidance to support the FE sector to prepare in the event of no deal being reached.

The guidance signposts education institutions to relevant information, setting it in the context of how it may affect the education sector.

Any questions or concerns, please get in touch with: or

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Ministers and banks to support SMEs to seize Brexit opportunities Show

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom met senior representatives of Britain’s leading banks and other lenders to launch a new Business Finance Council and encourage support for SMEs  to ensure they can make the most of the opportunities that Brexit will bring.

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Importing and Exporting Show

HMRC have published statutory guidance relating to Customs, Excise and VAT and Brexit

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, there will be changes to how you export and declare excise goods (alcohol, tobacco and certain oils). There will also be changes to how you import and declare excise goods (alcohol, tobacco and certain oils).

HMRC have produced guidance on what to do in a no-deal Brexit if you use roll on roll off locations to transport goods to the UK from the EU.

The updated guidance is available here

HMRC helpline Show

HMRC has launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU.

The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Preparing for Brexit: events and Government updates

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is issuing a weekly Brexit bulletin with the latest information for business on the UK exiting the European Union (EU). The bulletin will signpost businesses to the tools and resources available to help them prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU.

BEIS also holds regular Business Readiness Forums for trade associations, business representative bodies and business intermediaries. Experts across government speak about the areas that will affect businesses and how best to prepare for Brexit. These forums are available online through WebEx and are held at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London.

For further details on how trade associations and business intermediaries can register for the forum or to subscribe to the bulletin, email

Sign up to receive Government email alerts about Brexit

12 February The Brexit Roundtable: A forward look to growing the Essex economy The Costa Roastery, Basildon 8am-10am Institute of Directors
15 January Brexit & Beyond Masterclass Essex Chambers of Commerce 9.30am-4.30pm Essex Chambers of Commerce