Brexit Business Resources


The Growth Hub has access to a range of resources provided by HM Government, BEIS and partners which aim to help businesses plan for the various Brexit scenarios that they may face.

We have searched out relevant Brexit related information and guidance available from HM Government and from a range of organisations from both the public and private sector. You can use the menu options below to quickly get to relevant information.

We will continually update our Brexit page with useful links to trustworthy sources of information & advice, Brexit related events that we are made aware of in the region and other resources that we believe could be of use to local businesses.


This page contains information on:

  1. Important, Quick Links:
    • HM Gov Tool, Brexit Events
  2. Useful Brexit Resources
    • Partner Resources, 1-to-1 Business Preparation
  3. Official Guidance and Updates
    • Preparing for an EU Exit website
    • HM Government Digital Leaflet – Prepare you business for leaving the EU 
    • Get your business ready to export from the UK to the EU after Brexit
    • Sector Primers; Fisheries, Agriculture, Food and Drink, 
    • Grants and Funding Schemes
  4. Preparing your business for a no deal Brexit 
    • HM Government ‘no deal’ Brexit pack
    • ‘No deal’ Brexit preparation for core business activities
    • ICO publishes no deal Brexit guidance

Quick links to key sector information:

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Sector Primers

These sector primers aim to bring together on one webpage the top 3 – 5 issues for each sector and provide guidance.  The primers link through to more detailed material elsewhere on GOV.UK.  The sectors covered are:

Aerospace, Automotive , Chemicals, Construction and Housing, , Electricity incl. Renewables  , Electronics, Machinery & Parts Gas, Markets. Life Sciences Sector, Mining and Non-metal Manufacturing, Nuclear Sector, Oil and Gas Production, Parcel Delivery Services, Professional & Business Services, Research & Innovation, Retail, Space Sector, Steel

1. Quick Links

Use this tool to find out:

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

You’ll need to answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to your business.

Upcoming events, webinars and LEP discussions surrounding Brexit

Growth Hub advisers can talk with you further about the events and appropriate business support programmes that meet your business needs. Contact our team on 03456 047 047 or use our online form.

icon-events-60pxEvents and workshops

    • Get Ready for Brexit workshop - Bridgwater
    • 22 October 2019
    • Bridgwater
    • Read more

2. Useful Brexit Resources for Businesses

British Chambers of Commerce
Business Brexit Hub, Business Brexit Checklist  and latest Brexit research

Brexit Toolkit
Manufacturing sector Self-Audit Tool for Importing and Exporting Goods

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Sector-by-sector analysis of the views of business on Brexit and insight and analysis reports

Ernst and Young Global
EY’s analysis of the potential implications for business and the economy.

Federation of Small Businesses
Small business Brexit pack

UK Government advice to business on how to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

The ICAEW have created their take on a Brexit checklist to help you prepare your business for Brexit.

Price Waterhouse Coopers
A series of documents and podcasts to help businesses prepare for Brexit including a Brexit readiness checklist

KPMG – Navigating Brexit
Explore Brexit Insight, webcasts, resources and personalise your own Brexit Navigator tool for guidance on how to get prepared for Brexit.

Request a free 1 to 1 session with a local business adviser who can talk to you about preparing your business for the future or other aspects of business planning and growth.

Please note business advisers do not have the answers to the big Brexit questions but will be able to help you explore areas that might impact your business.

Get in touch to request a 1 to 1.

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Sign up using the box on the right hand side of our ‘Get in Touch’ page to stay up to date with information about Brexit resources as well as updates on business support, grants, funding and other free support available in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

3. Official guidance and updates

HM Government has released a digital leaflet to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU.

“View / Download leaflet” website

Preparing for an EU Exit Website

The “Preparing for EU Exit” website is the central Government site for guidance aimed at businesses and individuals

“Preparing for EU Exit” website

£16 million funding boost to support thousands more customs experts

Thousands of customs experts will be trained and businesses supported for trading post-Brexit with thanks to £16 million in new government funding launching today. Read more

What you need to do now to make sure you’re able to send goods from the UK to the EU, if there’s a no-deal Brexit. What you need to do is different if you import goods or transport goods.

Step 1

Your business will have a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number if you’ve traded with countries outside the EU. UK EORI numbers start with GB.


As many traders as possible will be automatically allocated an EORI number to enable them to trade smoothly once the UK leaves the EU on 31 October.

Every business will need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU after Brexit. HMRC is sending letters to all possible VAT-registered businesses over the next two weeks to advise them of their assigned UK EORI number. 

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. Get started here

You’ll need to get a UK EORI number if you do not have one.

Get a UK EORI number

Step 2

Contact the organisation that transports your goods out of the country to find out if they can make customs declarations for your goods.

If they cannot, you can either hire an agent to make the declarations, or make the declarations yourself.

Find out how to make customs declarations yourself

Find out how to hire an agent to make customs declarations for you

Step 5

Depending on what you’re exporting, there might be other things you’ll need to do to get your business ready. For example, you might need to change the labelling on the packaging for your goods, or apply for licences.

4. Preparing your business for a no deal Brexit

HM Government have released a pack of information to help businesses to understand and prepare for the scenarios they may face in the eventuality of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Note: The release of this information does not reflect an increased likelihood of a ‘no deal’ outcome and is more about supporting the preparedness of our business community.

View the general business information leaflet here

View the agriculture and food industry leaflet here

View the arts, sports and culture leaflet here

View the automotive industry leaflet here

View the chemicals organisations leaflet here

View the intermediaries leaflet here

View the pharmaceuticals industry leaflet here 

View the retail industry leaflet here

Stay up-to-date with these changes by registering for HMRC’s EU Exit update service on GOV.UK. Search for ‘HMRC videos, webinars and email alerts’, click to register to get business help and education emails, enter your email and select ‘EU Exit’.For general information about EU Exit, including the Article 50 process, negotiations, and announcements about policy changes as a result of EU Exit, please visit 

ICO publishes no-deal Brexit guidance

The ICO have published guidance about the impact on personal data flows if the UK leaves the EU with ‘no-deal’

Blog: How will personal data continue to flow after Brexit?

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