Brexit Business Resources


[Page last updated: 13/05/2019]  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. Quick Links:
    • The Brexit Resilience and Opportunities Survey
    • HM Government Tool – Help your business prepare for the UK leaving the EU
    • Brexit Events, Webinars and LEP Discussions
  2. Useful Brexit Resources
  3. Official Guidance and Updates (March)
    • Preparing for an EU Exit website
    • HM Government Digital Leaflet – Prepare you business for leaving the EU 
    • HM Government department updates
    • Grants and Funding Schemes
    • Trading food and drink in the EU after exit 
    • ICO publishes No Deal Brexit guidance
    • Preparing your business for a no deal Brexit
    • Further Information

1. Quick Links

The Brexit Resilience & Opportunities Group Survey

Take the Survey

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.

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.

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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.

The Growth Hub produces a monthly e-newsletter which will highlight new support, information, events and other guidance relating to Brexit.

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.


HM Government has released a digital leaflet to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU on 29.03.2019. 

“View / Download leaflet” website


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

“Preparing for EU Exit” website

In February we published information and guidance, and signposted an online tool, for businesses to find the latest information on EU Exit, how they will be affected, and the actions they can take to prepare. Businesses are advised to access the tool here and sign up to receive customised alerts.

We’re pleased to also now be able to direct you to new and updated information available from several government departments to support businesses. Please see below.

  • The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has recently published ‘landing pages’ for several key business sectors. These pages contain information, guidance, and tools to support businesses to prepare for EU Exit. Please follow these links for landing pages on: food and drink, farming, chemicals, fisheries, and vets. Defra will continue to provide updates and information on other topics that may affect businesses should we leave the EU without a deal.
  • Further helpful information and tools are available from the Department for International Trade on: trade agreements with non-EU countries which will be affected when we leave the EU, and from the Information Commissioner’s Office on: data management.
  • The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published guidance for businesses. For more information visit
  • The Border Delivery Group and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have published a set of communications resources on GOV.UK, to accompany the Partnership Pack. These include a range of leaflets and videos that set out the key actions that businesses need to take to continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. There are also step-by-step guides and videos on importing and exporting. There is now a toolkit available to help you use these communications products to engage with local businesses, which you can access here. This toolkit and the GOV.UK page will be updated regularly as new products become available. Please use this toolkit and the associated communications products to engage with local businesses and encourage them to prepare for changes at the border if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
  • The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now published eighteen sector primers for businesses setting out first steps on how they can prepare for EU Exit. Please follow the links for: automotive, aerospace, construction, oil and gas production, retail, space, professional and business services, chemicals, electronics, machinery and parts, electricity sector, gas markets, consumer goods,  nuclear, research & innovation, life sciences, metal manufacturing, non-metal manufacturing, parcel delivery services. BEIS in partnership with the Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has also published guidance for UK businesses on EU service provision if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, with guides specific to various EU countries, which can be accessed here. BEIS has also published guidance for businesses on the regulatory requirements for placing goods on the UK and EU markets after the UK leaves the EU here.
  • BEIS also continues to host a weekly EU Exit Business Readiness Forum to support businesses to prepare for a no deal scenario. The forum is aimed at business representative organisations, trade associations and professional bodies and provides regular updates on information published by all departments that may be relevant to their members.  LEPs are welcome to attend (in person, by telephone or WebEx) or to subscribe to the Forum Bulletin to receive weekly updates. Please contact if you would like to join the forum by telephone or WebEx.
  • BEIS is also keen to support the engagement you are doing to help businesses in your area prepare for EU Exit. If you would like our support, please contact

HM Government Department Updates


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.

£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

29.03.19 Food and Drink sector update regarding: Trading Food and Drinks in the EU after exit.

Guidance updated for businesses that:

  1. Wish to trade food and drinks in the EU after exit.
  2. Need to sign up for the Digital Fish Export Service (in order to export fish avoiding being declined at the border).

The European Commission has published the following guidance: EC guidance on goods on the market.

This addresses various aspects of EU Food law after exit, including clarification on their interpretation of goods placed on the market:

“If an individual food product has been placed on the EU-27 market before the withdrawal date, i.e. it has been (a) held in the EU27 for the purpose of sale, including offering for sale or any other form of transfer, whether free of charge or not; or (b) sold, distributed, of transferred by other forms to the EU27, this “stock” of food can continue to be sold, distributed or transferred in the EU27 as of the withdrawal date without the need for labelling changes”.

Further updates will be placed on

Regarding: Signing up for the Digital Fish Export Service (in order to export fish avoiding being declined at the border).

Business that exports fish or fish products to the EU could have their goods declined at the border in a no deal scenario. To avoid this, any business needing to export fish to the EU after exit must sign up to the new digital fish exports service in advance. Find out more using this URL.

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:

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:

Businesses that have a or website domain have less than three months to secure the .uk equivalent before the domains are opened up to the general public.

Following the release of the .uk domain name in June 2014, Nominet imposed a five-year right of registration to enable every owner of a,,,, and domain registered prior to midnight on 28 October 2013 to secure the .uk equivalent in addition to, or instead of, their existing registration.

This automatic right expires at 5am on 25 June 2019, at which point .uk domains will become freely available on the open market. According to Nominet, out of the original 10 million domains who had their rights reserved in 2014, 3.2 million have yet to register the .uk equivalent.


Further Information:

04.12.18 – HMRC letter for businesses that trade with the EU – how to deal with customs

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.

06.03.19 – Letter to VAT-registered businesses trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world

HM Government have published a copy of the most recent letter being sent out to VAT-registered businesses trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world explaining how to prepare for changes to customs, excise and VAT if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

View the letter and information here 

This letter is being sent to VAT-registered businesses trading with the rest of the world, or the EU and the rest of the world. It explains actions to take to prepare for changes to customs and VAT procedures if there is no deal:

  • getting a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
  • Transitional Simplified Procedures for customs
  • customs facilitations
  • moving goods within the EU using the Common Transit Convention
  • further controls for exports
  • changes to accounting for VAT
  • VAT registration checks
  • EU VAT refunds


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