Brexit – is your business prepared?

Do you know what you need to do to get your business ready for Brexit? Although we do not yet have a new date for when the UK is due to leave the European Union, there are a number of things businesses will need to do to prepare, particularly if there is No Deal. Here are some of the key points you need to be aware of.

Data Protection

If you are a UK business or organisation that receives data from contacts in the EEA, you need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow after Brexit.

While you can still send information to the European Economic Area (EEA), if your business wants to continue receiving data from the EEA you will need to take action to comply with EU data protection laws.

You can find out more on the Information Commissioners website.

EORI numbers 

If you run a business in Torbay and you either import or export goods to or from the EU, you will need to get an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

If there’s a no-deal Brexit, you will need an EORI number that starts with GB to be able to move goods in and out of the UK.

Find out more or apply for an EORI number from GOV.UK - Get an EORI number website.

HMRC Grants

Did you know there are grants available from HM Revenue and Customs to help businesses prepare for Brexit?

Customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers who complete, or intend to complete customs declarations after Brexit, can apply for funding.

From now until 31 January 2020, businesses who are based in, or have a branch in the UK at the point of payment can apply for grants around employee training, IT improvements or recruitment.

Find out more from Customs Grant Schemes website.

Food and drink

If you work in the food and drink industry, after Brexit, to continue importing and exporting products between the UK and EU you must:

  • Get a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
  • Decide if you want to hire an import-export agent, or make the declarations yourself.
  • Contact the organisation that moves your goods to find out what they need to make the declarations for your goods, or if you will need to make them yourself.

Find out more from GOV.UK Guidance - Prepare your food and drink business for a no-deal Brexit website.

Fishing exports and paperwork

If you work in the fishing industry, there are various forms and certificates you may need to complete. If you land fish in the EU you’ll need a catch certificate and an export health certificate and you’ll need to complete a Port State Control form North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission website.

Find out more from GOV.UK - export fish after a no-deal Brexit website.

Free information session – find out what you need to do before Brexit

Do you work in the fishing industry and do you know what you need to do to get ready for Brexit?

Defra and Torbay Council have teamed up to hold an information session down at the auction and training room of the Brixham Trawler Agents at Brixham Fish Market on Tuesday 22 October from 12pm to 2pm.

Find out about all the new paperwork you might need from new catch certificates, export health certificates and Port State Control forms.

You don’t need to do anything before, just turn up on the day and staff will help talk you through what you need to do. We’ll even bring tablets so you can complete the online forms on the day.

Employing EU Citizens

There will be no change to the right to work of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members living in the UK until 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

You’ll need to check a job applicant’s right to work in the same way as now until 1 January 2021.

A new immigration system will apply to people arriving on or after 1 January 2021. You will not be required to undertake retrospective checks on existing EU, EEA or Swiss employees.

Find out more from GOV.UK Guidance - Right to work checks on EU citizens if the UK leaves the EU without a deal website.

Devon and Plymouth Chamber have organised a number of free workshops to help businesses prepare for Brexit. You can register on their website.

Brexit - International Trade Workshops:

Comprehensive update on how Brexit could affect your business’s EU / international trade if we leave the EU on the 31st October without a deal.

Brexit – Commercial Fishermen free up to date legislation and document training workshops:

Find out how Brexit will affect you and what you will need to do to continue landing your catch from the 1st of November.

Brexit Readiness: Defra Food and Farming Briefing

Defra is working with the NFU, the Heart of the South West LEP and Mendip District Council to host a free 'Ready for Brexit' event aimed at businesses within the farming, food and drink sectors.

It takes place on Wednesday 23 October from 12pm to 2pm at Wessex Pavilions, Royal Bath & West Showground, Prestleigh, Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN.

There will be information and signposting to the technical support and advice available to help businesses with preparing for Brexit.

You can register online: Ready for Brexit (Food and & Farming)

No Deal to New Deals: How to Navigate Brexit and win new business

Institute of Export & International Trade and I-CAN Global are holding a free half-day Brexit workshop in Plymouth on Thursday 24 October from 9am to 1pm. This is aimed at micro businesses, rural businesses and those businesses selling services into the European Union.

The focus will be on how to plan effectively for Brexit, and how best to prepare for future business relationships with Europe and the Rest of the World.

You will have the opportunity to speak with trade specialists, who will help you prepare workable Brexit action plans, specific to your business. The specialists are experienced in working with businesses to prepare them for Brexit and future trading opportunities.

Find out more or register online: No Deal to New Deals

Businesses in Torbay may be affected when the UK leaves the EU in the following ways:

  • Employing EU citizens
  • Importing, exporting and transporting
  • Operating in the EU
  • Regulation and standards for products and goods
  • Using personal data
  • European and domestic funding
  • Intellectual property
  • Energy and climate
  • Public sector procurement

Read the Government advice for businesses at GOV.UK, including a leaflet with advice specifically for SMEs and an online tool that can help you prepare for the UK leaving the EU. HMRC has information for businesses in the event of a no deal Brexit.

The Growth Hub has a range of updated information and advice for business in the south-west.

Information specifically for providers of adult social care services in Devon can find information on the Provider Engagement Network website.

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub is surveying local businesses to identify key issues caused by Brexit. These will be fed to Government and decision makers to ensure businesses voices are heard.