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.
Workshops and events
London Growth Hub Build your business’ resilience workshops and 1-2-1s
Our free workshops are designed to help businesses remain resilient and find new opportunities to sustain and grow, even during times of economic uncertainty.
Join us to explore how Brexit, a changing global economy and local consumer insights could result in changes for your business – and how you can get ahead of the competition.
Our workshops are best suited for sole traders, small or medium sized businesses looking to provide their clients, investors and employees with the assurance that they can and will continue to trade in a changing economic landscape.
To find out more and register to attend a workshop click here.
Upcoming Brexit related events taking place across London:
- One-to-one immigration support for your business, 24th January, Online event
- Addressing the Brexit challenge, 31st January, Institute of Directors, SW1Y
- How to prepare for and build Brexit resilience, 13th February, Barking Enterprise Centre, IG11
Events from our Growth Hub Cluster
The London Growth Hub is currently working together with the SELEP and Hertfordshire Growth Hubs to deliver collaborative advice and support to businesses across all areas.
If you are interested in attending Brexit events in the SELEP area, please click here.
If you are interested in attending Brexit events in the Hertfordshire area, please click here.
London Growth Hub factsheets
Factsheets and guides brought to you by the London Growth Hub to help you understand what decisions have already been made, future activity, how it might affect your business and find out what you can do to prepare your business for Brexit:
- What is EU Exit?
- Prepare your business for the uncertainties around EU exit
- Human Resources (HR)
- Trade in Digital Services
- Trade in Goods
- Trade in Services
Factsheets and guides to support businesses operating in the following sectors to prepare for Brexit:
External resource directory
Business organisations across the UK have published a wide range of resource to help business prepare for Brexit, including:
- Practical Brexit guides from the ICAEW
- Brexit planning guides from the Institute of Directors
- Articles, resources and signposting to Brexit support from Ready for Brexit
- Business Brexit Checklist from the British Chambers of Commerce
- Guidance for SMEs on access to finance post-Brexit from UK Finance
- Brexit podcast from the British Educational Suppliers Association
Regulations and standards
When the UK leaves the EU there could be changes to the requirements for placing certain product on the UK and EU markets. The following guidance provides advice about regulations and standards after Brexit:
- Placing manufactured goods on the EU market
- Placing manufactured goods on the UK market
- UK product safety after Brexit
- Consumer rights after Brexit
Employing and managing staff
Brexit could mean changes for businesses that employ EU workers. Useful resources include:
- Home Office guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss frontier workers who want to continue working in the UK after Brexit
- Government guidance about how workplace rights could be affected in a no-deal Brexit
- The Settled Status Scheme will enable EU nationals who have lived and worked in the UK for five years to apply for settled status and live in the UK permanently.
Support for importers and exporters
There is a wide range of support and guidance available to help importers and exporters take steps to prepare for Brexit. Useful resources include:
- The EORI Mythbuster guide which helps businesses understand if they need an EORI number.
- The UK Government has published a checklist for businesses that buy from or sell to the EU.
- The UK Government has published guidance about how to export into the EU through roll on roll of (RoRo) locations after Brexit.
- Guidance from the British Chambers of Commerce about how to apply for an EORI number.
- Informative videos from the Department for International Trade to help importers/exporters prepare for Brexit.
- Information videos about trading with the EU in a no-deal Brexit.
- HMRC has published guidance about changes to how exporters export and declare excise goods such as alcohol and tobacco.
Data protection and Brexit
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a range of resources to help businesses understand the impact of Brexit on data flows and data protection. Guidance covers a range of topics including:
- How small businesses can prepare for a no-deal Brexit
- How to keep data flowing after Brexit
- How will personal data continue to flow after Brexit
- Data protection and Brexit podcast.
Intellectual Property (IP) and Brexit
It is important that business owners take steps to protect their intellectual property after Brexit. Useful resources include:
- The IP and Brexit guide from the Intellectual Property Office
- Government guidance on the impact of Brexit on intellectual property laws.
- The IPO has published guidance on trade marks, designs, patents right law and exhaustion of IP rights after Brexit.
Get Ready for Brexit
The UK Government has launched the ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Support includes:
- The Get Ready for Brexit guide outlines how businesses will be affected by Brexit, as well as providing signposting to sources of Brexit advice, support and guidance
- The Get Ready for Brexit website provides practical support to help businesses, organisations and the self-employed prepare for the UK leaving the EU
- The Brexit Triage Tool helps businesses to identify and understand the steps they need to take to prepare for Brexit
- Guidance for businesses, charities and organisations that receive European funding.
- The Brexit Readiness Report sets out what businesses need to do to get ready for Brexit.
Sector specific support
Select a sector from the list below to view sector specific news and resources.
Preparing for a no-deal Brexit
- Import tariff rates and quotas after Brexit (updated on on-going basis)
Information on the temporary tariff regime if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
- Advice on protecting intellectual property (updated on on-going basis)
The Intellectual Property Office has published guidance to help businesses protect their IP in a no-deal Brexit.
- Advice for businesses trading with the EU (updated on on-going basis)
HMRC has sent letters to VAT-registered business with Brexit advice on trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world.
- 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.
- 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.
Press releases and articles
Press releases and articles
- Full UK-EU trade deal ‘impossible’ (8 January 2020)
The president of the European Commission has warned that it would be ‘impossible’ to reach a comprehensive UK-EU trade deal by the end of 2020.
- Recruitment challenges as uncertainty hits employers (6 December 2019)
The latest ‘UK Report on Jobs’ has indicated that Brexit-related uncertainty is impacting labour conditions.
- Banier pledges to prioritise UK trade deal post-Brexit (26 November 2019)
EU’s chief negotiator warns of short timeframe to secure future relationship.
- Banks pledge their support to SMEs through Brexit (9 October 2019)
Britain’s top banks and other reaffirm their commitment to back British business.
- Brexit-readiness events (15 September 2019)
The Department for Business has announced a nationwide programme of events as part of the Government’s ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ campaign.
- Get Ready for Brexit campaign launched (1 September 2019)
The Government has launched a new campaign to help businesses get ready for Brexit.
- Brexit readiness fund (19 August 2019)
The Business Secretary has announced a new £10 million grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit.
- 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.
This page will be continually updated with news, factsheets and events delivered in London, to help you and your business prepare.
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