Brexit and your business
London is the best city in the world in which to do business and the Mayor of London has been clear that it will always remain open. However, we know that businesses are unsure about how they can be best prepared for Brexit.
To support you, the London Growth Hub and the Mayor of London have launched this new Brexit Business Resource Hub. It will bring together key resources from a range of partners to help you with business planning, supporting you to map areas of your business with potential exposure to Brexit.
This page will be continually updated with news, factsheets and events in London, to help you and your business prepare while we await more information on how Brexit will be implemented. When the implications of Brexit become clearer, we will also deliver a series of events and online guides that will support your business.
To help us understand your needs and priorities we would love to hear from you. Please complete our short survey to help us, and our partners, develop activities to support your business.
If you would like to receive updates from us regarding Brexit and our future programme of support please complete the form at the bottom of the page to sign up to our mailing list.
London Growth Hub Resources
Factsheets and guides brought to you by the London Growth Hub to support your business:
- Preparing for Brexit: Read the London Growth Hub’s factsheet to find out what you can do to prepare your business for Brexit.
- Brexit – What we know so far: Factsheet from the London Growth Hub helping you to understand what decisions have already been made regarding Brexit, future activity and how it might affect your business.
There are many resources out there to support you and your business with Brexit:
- Small Business Brexit Pack: Read and access resources from the FSB on how small businesses can prepare for the different end-state Brexit scenarios.
- How to prepare for Brexit if there’s no deal: Read guidance from Government on how to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
- Brexit guides: Read ICAEW’s practical guides on Brexit, including potential opportunities for UK businesses.
- Planning for Brexit: Read guide from the Institute of Directors which provides a minimum list of the areas companies should be checking when mapping out their potential exposure to Brexit, as well as the steps they should consider taking to maximise their readiness.
Sector specific news and resources
Select a sector from the list below to view sector specific news and resources
- Tourism and hospitality
- Vehicles, transport and logistics
- Agriculture and farming
- Food and drink
- Professional and Business services
Brexit events in London
Upcoming Brexit related events taking place across London:
- Frictionless trade: how can we used technology to make a success of Brexit? 22 October 2018, Portcullis House SW1A
- Brexit live learning lunch, 31st October 2018, FSB London Office SW1E
- Everything you need to know about a small business Brexit, 5th November 2018, QEII Conference Centre SW1P
- EU Exit – Preparing for UK-EU trade post-30 March 2019, 6th November 2018, Institute of Mechanical Engineers SW1H
- Post-Brexit planning workshop, 7th November 2018, The Office Group N1C
- Brexit: Theresa May seeks cabinet unity ahead of EU summit (16 October 2018)
Theresa May is attempting to get her top team to unite behind her as Brexit talks enter a crucial phase.
- EU scraps plans for Brexit summit statement on future trade deal (16 October 2018)
Plans for draft agreement to be set before meeting are ditched after talks stall on Irish border.
- Nicola Sturgeon calls for extension of Brexit transition period (15 October 2018)
SNP leader says more time is needed to get ‘commonsense’ future relationship with EU
- Brexit talks hit ‘real problem’ over Irish border (15 October 2018)
Government sources have warned Brexit negotiations have hit a ‘real problem’ over the Irish border issue.
- Brexit: ‘Key issues remain’ after Raab and Barnier talks (14 October 2018)
The UK and EU say key issues remain unresolved following unscheduled Brexit talks in Brussels.
- Theresa May outlines post-Brexit immigration approach (2 October 2018)
EU citizens to lose priority status as PM says focus will be on high-skilled workers.
Press releases and articles
- How to manage Brexit supply chain risks (10 October 2018)
Businesses with integrated EU and UK supply chains are particularly vulnerable to Brexit.
- Budget to set tone for post-Brexit economy (9 October 2018)
The Chancellor must turn warm words for business into action.
- Business wants preferential deal with EU (1 October 2018)
Nearly two-thirds of directors want to see the continuation of some sort of free movement of people post-Brexit.
- Impact of ‘no-deal’ Brexit on intellectual property (25 September 2018)
The Intellectual Property Office has published new guidance to help UK businesses prepare for changes to intellectual property law in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
- EU-only UK traders urged to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit (14 September 2018)
HMRC has written to VAT registered UK businesses that only trade with the EU to help them prepare for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
- New VAT threshold for sales of digital services in the EU (12 September 2018)
HMRC has launched a consultation on changes to VAT for businesses selling digital services to
consumers in the EU.
- Micro-Businesses fear Brexit slump (10 September 2018)
Two-thirds of freelancers and micro-businesses in the UK think that Brexit will damage the economy, while 60% want a second referendum on EU membership.
- No change to workplace rights if no Brexit deal (24 August 2018)
There will be no changes to UK employment and workplace rights derived from EU law if the UK leaves the EU without a formal deal in place, the UK government has confirmed.
- Horizon 2020 funding if there’s no Brexit deal (23 August 2018)
Guidance published by the Department for Exiting the European Union has confirmed plans to guarantee Horizon 2020 funding awarded to organisations post-Brexit.
- Half of small businesses planning for Brexit outcomes (21 August 2018)
Some 47% of small and medium sized businesses in the UK have started planning for the various possible outcomes Brexit could have on the supply chain, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Finance.
- Government urged to avoid Brexit ‘no deal’ (1 August 2018)
Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed that smaller firms will be worst hit if Brexit negotiations result in a ‘no deal’.
This page will be continually updated with news, factsheets and events delivered in London, to help you and your business prepare.
To help us understand your needs and priorities we would love to hear from you. Please complete our short survey to help us, and our partners, develop business support activities to support your business.
You can also call Government’s national Business Support Helpline on 0300 456 3565 to speak to an adviser about any questions you have about how your business will be affected by Brexit.