The Growth Hub has access to a range of resources provided by Government and partners which aim to help businesses plan for the various Brexit scenarios 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 the information that is most relevant to you and your business.

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.


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

“Preparing for EU Exit” website

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.

Use the HM Government Tool

HM Government – Grants available for businesses that complete customs declarations

Eligible businesses can apply for 2 grants to help their business complete customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.

You can apply to get funding for:

  • training that helps your employees to complete customs declarations and processes
  • IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently

Find out who the grants are for, how to apply and how they can be used on the GOV.UK website.

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?

HM Revenue and Customs simplifies importing from the EU as part of ‘no deal’ preparation

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written to 145,000 VAT-registered businesses trading with the EU about simplified importing procedures and also updated them on the actions that they need to take to prepare. Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) for customs will make importing easier for an initial period of one year, should we leave the EU without a deal, to allow businesses time to prepare for usual import processes. Once businesses are registered for TSP, they will be able to transport goods from the EU into the UK without having to make a full customs declaration at the border, and will be able to postpone paying any import duties. Businesses can apply from 7th February.

Read the full article on the GOV.UK website 

HMRC advises EORI may be needed to trade with EU

HMRC has advised that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK businesses will need to register for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to continue to export or import goods within the EU. An EORI number will also be required to apply to be authorised for customs simplifications and to submit import and/or export declarations. However, if a business only imports or exports goods to or from Ireland across the land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, an EORI will not be required. Currently an EORI number is only required by UK businesses that import or export goods to or from countries outside of the EU.

Read more about applying for an EORI at:

£8 million funding scheme for customs intermediaries and traders open

As of the 4th of December Customs intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations can apply for grants to support training and IT under a £8 million investment from government.

The government has engaged extensively with industry bodies and key providers of customs broker services – including freight forwarders, fast parcel operators and independent customs brokers – to better understand the challenges they face in supporting existing and new clients.

Based on this useful engagement, HM Treasury and HMRC announced a one-off investment of £8 million to support broker training and increased automation in September, which will help increase capacity of the sector ahead of March 2019. READ MORE

On the 04.12.18 HMRC published their latest letter on GOV.UK to help businesses that trade with the EU get ready to deal with customs in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 M‌ar‌c‌h 2019. This includes a version for businesses based in England, Scotland and Wales, and a separate version for businesses based in Northern Ireland.

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.

It explains:

  • How trade, processes and regulations at the UK border will change after 29 March 2019
  • What traders and other businesses operating at the UK border will need to do from 29 March 2019.

Over time, it will evolve to cover a wider range of topics, including:

  • agri-food regulations
  • road haulage licensing and other arrangements
  • other regulations and standards (for example licences, trading standards, chemicals, waste, wood and timber, other controlled goods).

The pack is designed to help you to:

  • Think about how you will need to adapt your business to comply with new systems, processes and controls
  • Assess the impact of the increased demand for customs declarations on your business
  • Consider whether you may need to recruit and train additional staff

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 

Find out what to expect on day one of a ‘no deal’ scenario in the following industries:

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.

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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.

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An online survey to gather evidence about the impact of Brexit has been created by the Heart of the South West LEP and local authority partners in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

The findings will be used in the Heart of the South West Productivity Plan to devise a strategy to increase prosperity by raising productivity. Businesses across all sectors are invited to participate.

The aim is to get as many responses as possible so that key messages can be drawn from the survey and fed to decision makers to ensure businesses voices are heard.

HotSW LEP, along with local authorities across the area, make up the Brexit Resilience and Opportunities Group (BROG) which was established to identify the opportunities and threats of Brexit and help business embrace and address them. The group shares information and expertise; which is fed into LEP and local authority strategies and can be used to influence Government and other decision-makers.

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