Brexit Business Resource Hub
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 via the link below 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:
- Why does my business need an EORI number? Guidance from the British Chambers of Commerce for importers/exporters.
- Ready for Brexit: An online resource that includes articles, resources and signposting to further support to help businesses prepare for Brexit.
- Brexit triage tool: The Government has published a new tool to help businesses understand what they need to do to prepare for Brexit.
- Guidance for frontier workers: The Home Office has published guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss frontier workers who wish to continue working in the UK after Brexit. Frontier workers are EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who regularly commute to the UK because they are employed or self-employed here.
- The Department for International Trade has published three informative videos to help importers/exporters prepare for Brexit:
- Access to finance post-Brexit: UK Finance has published advice for SMEs on post-Brexit financing needs.
- No-deal Brexit impact assessment: The Government has published a report about the implications of a no-deal Brexit on business and trade.
- Data protection and Brexit: The ICO has published a podcast for business owners about the impact of Brexit on data protection.
- Operating in the EU after Brexit: Guidance about how the way businesses offer services and operate in the EU will change after Brexit.
- Regulations and standards after Brexit: Government guidance about the potential changes to the requirements for placing certain products on the UK and EU markets post-Brexit.
- Intellectual property after Brexit: A Government guide to help you understand how intellectual property law will change after Brexit.
- Prepare your business for Brexit: A Government tool to help you find out what your business will need to do to prepare for leaving the EU.
- Preparing for EU Exit: Guidance from the Government to support businesses to prepare for exiting the EU.
- The aerospace sector and preparing for Brexit: Read Government guidance about the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on the aerospace sector.
- Brexit Partnership Pack: Read guidance from the Government on how importers and exporters can prepare for a no-deal 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
- Life sciences
- Professional and business services
- Oil, gas and energy
- Chemicals and process industry
- Research and innovation
- HMRC issues EORIs to secure trade (21 August 2019)
HMRC has started automatically issuing businesses with EORI numbers to secure post-Brexit trade.
- Freedom of movement will end, says Government (19 August 2019)
The Government has said that rules allowing EU nationals to live and work freely in the UK will end in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit at the end of October.
- Food industry seeks no-deal competition waiver (7 August 2019)
The UK food industry has asked the government to waive parts of competition law in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
- £2.1bn extra for no-deal planning (1 August 2019)
The Government has announced extra funding to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
- Business lobby says UK not ready for no-deal Brexit (29 July 2019)
The CBI has warned the government that neither the UK or the EU are ready.
- MPs back bid to block Parliament suspension (18 July 2019)
MPs have backed a bid to stop a new PM suspending Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.
- Leadership candidates divided over Brexit (26 June 2019)
Tory leadership rivals are at loggerheads over how the UK should leave the EU.
- Conservative leadership candidates face questions (17 June 2019)
Tory candidates faced questions about Brexit ahead of Tuesday’s second ballot of MPs.
- Tory leadership candidates split over Brexit (11 June 2019)
Tory leadership candidates are split over whether the UK will leave the EU by the 31 October deadline.
- Theresa May to resign as PM (24 May 2019)
May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June.
Press releases and articles
- Barclays announces £14bn Brexit fund (27 March 2019)
Barclays has announced a new £14 billion lending fund to support small and medium-sized firms to succeed through Brexit.
- Business call for single market alignment (27 March 2019)
Almost six in ten business leaders favour a Brexit deal that would align the UK to the single market.
- How five smaller UK firms are preparing for no-deal Brexit (7 March 2019)
British SMEs are trying to plan for an uncertain future.
- £1.6bn Stronger Towns Fund launched (4 March 2019)
The Government has launched a £1.6bn fund to boost growth and give communities a greater say in their future after Brexit.
- UK Finance launches campaign to help SMEs prepare for change in 2019 (25 February 2019)
UK Finance has launched a national campaign to help SMEs prepare for the changes brought about by Brexit.
- Britain’s place in the global trading system (1 February 2019)
The International Trade Secretary speaks at Policy Exchange in London to set out the UK’s future role in the global trading system.
- Opportunity for charities to become advisors to EU citizens applying to settle in the UK (4 February 2019)
A new scheme has been launched for charities to become registered advisors to EU citizens when they apply to settle in the UK.
- UK Government urges Horizon 2020 winners to register for no-deal funding guarantee (29 January 2019)
The UK Government has confirmed that it will guarantee the funding for Horizon 2020 projects that are agreed prior to the UK leaving the EU, even if the UK leaves without a deal. All UK participants with a signed grant agreement must register before 29 March 2019 to ensure their funding is guaranteed. The funding guarantee also applies to Euratom Research and Training projects and on-going Framework Programme 7 projects.
- Most companies set to implement Brexit contingency plans (22 October 2018)
The majority of businesses are preparing to implement contingency plans to protect against the impact of a no-deal Brexit.
- 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.
Preparing for a no-deal Brexit
- Creative businesses and preparing for a no-deal Brexit (updated on on-going basis)
The Government has published guidance on what to expect on day one of a no-deal scenario if you’re a creative business or arts/sports organisation that currently travels only to the EU.
- Providing services to EEA and EFTA countries after Brexit (updated on on-going basis)
The Government has published guidance for businesses that provide services to countries in the EEA and EFTA post-Brexit.
- Brexit advice published for businesses (updated on on-going basis)
The Government has published a range of advice packs to help prepare businesses for the UK exiting the EU, along with information about contingency planning in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The advice packs cover customs, excise and VAT, employing EU citizens and European funding. The Government has also published a toolkit which provides businesses with advice and support across a number of sectors including tourism, construction and retail.
- No-deal Brexit advice published for businesses (updated on on-going basis)
The Department for Exiting the European Union has published updated guidance for businesses explaining what their legal obligations are in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The guidance covers topics including EU funding, exporting, transport, business regulations, consumer rights and workplace rights.
- Data protection and Brexit (updated on on-going basis)
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published guides and resources to help organisations prepare for data protection after Brexit.
- No-deal Brexit customs procedure (4 February 2019)
The Government has confirmed that VAT-registered businesses importing goods from the EU must register with HMRC to benefit from simplified customs procedures in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
- No-deal UKCA product safety mark (4 February 2019)
The Government has published guidance on the new UK product safety mark that may be used for certain goods placed on the UK market.
- Government encourages range of industries to prepare for chemical use in the event of a no-deal EU exit (23 January 2019)
The UK Government has issued guidance to businesses that use chemicals on the actions they should take now to minimise any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit. UK businesses that manufacture or import chemicals from the EU will have to register those chemicals onto a new UK regulatory system if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
- Amazon warns UK sellers to prepare for no-deal Brexit disruption to deliveries (22 January 2019)
Online marketplace Amazon has warned UK sellers that a no-deal Brexit could temporarily prevent them from selling their goods to buyers in other countries.
- Millions of EU citizens can apply for settled status for free (21 January 2019)
EU citizens living in the UK can now apply for “settled status” which will allow them to live permanently in the UK. The Government planned to charge a £65 application fee, but has now scrapped the charge. Employers should encourage all staff members who are non-UK EU nationals to apply to the scheme before the cut-off date.
- BEIS confirms new legislation before UK leaves EU (11 January 2019)
The Department for Business (BEIS) has outlined what it is doing to help businesses prepare for a no-deal Brexit. BEIS has confirmed that it will continue to engage on a regular basis with research institutes, businesses, and business and trade representative groups to discuss their priorities and concerns. It has also confirmed that it will pass 57 new pieces of legislation before the UK leaves the EU to ensure businesses can operate without an interruption.
- Data protection and Brexit – ICO advice for organisations (13 December 2018)
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published new information to help businesses, particularly small and medium-sized firms, prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
- HMRC advises EORI may be needed to trade with EU (4 December 2018)
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, an EORI will not be required if a business only imports or exports goods to or from Ireland across the land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. Currently an EORI number is only required by UK businesses that import or export goods to or from countries outside of the EU.
- Impact of ‘no-deal’ Brexit on data protection (13 September 2018)
DCMS has published new guidance to help UK organisations prepare for changes to data protection in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. The guidance outlines the steps business and other organisations should take to ensure the continued flow of personal data between the UK and the EU if a deal isn’t agreed. It also confirms that there would be no immediate changes to UK data protection standards, and that the Data Protection Act 2018 and principles of GDPR would continue to apply.
Navigating Brexit workshops
The London Growth Hub is running a series of free workshops specially designed to help London’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Brexit-proof their business.
The 3 hour face-to-face sessions will equip businesses with the tools to anticipate changes and understand how Brexit will impact on their business activity and their industry.
Workshops will be delivered across London, with some sessions tailored to specific sectors.
To find out more and register to attend a workshop click here.
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 via the link below 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.