Business Readiness Events and Brexit Support Helping You Influence

Updated Brexit Support

With another extention agreed following the previous 31 October deadline, the process of the UK leaving the EU is set to roll into 2020. We have put together a package of Brexit support focusing on helping businesses so that they are prepared for the changes, challenges and opportunities that Brexit will create. 

Listed below is regularly updated information, tools, and advice for you to consider depending on your business needs and requirements. 

BCC - No-Deal Brexit Guides

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has compiled three guides to help businesses understand the changes to Rules of Origiin, Tariffs and Customs Declarations in the event of a no-deal Brexit. We do not want to see a messy exit from the EU, but believe businesses should prepare for all scenarios. The guides help you understand what these changes are, how they apply to you and what might be different. 

Guide to Customs Declarations   Guide to Rules of Origin   Guide to Tariffs

Brexit Checklist - updated November 2019

The BCC have updated their Brexit Checklist for business, to help prepare for the coming months.

This checklist has been prepared in response to research on business preparation, and in response to member queries and the information available from the Government. These are steps that all businesses of all sizes can take now to start planning ahead. You can download the Checklist here.

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Brexit Readiness Events

The Chamber has concluded a series of more than 20 Brexit and Business Readiness sessions in the run up to the previous 31 October date for the UK to leave the EU; focused on some of the key concerns in relation to how to respond to Brexit and what the potential implications of a no-deal scenario may be.

Any future sessions in the lead up to the 31 January Brexit deadline will be announced here and via the News and Training sections. 

No-deal Guidance Dashboard  - updated 20 Sep

We know that businesses require clear and precise answers to the many questions that a no-deal could pose. 

There are many aspects of the business environment - especially international trade - where so many basic questions remain unanswered. The questions in the link below capture the key uncertainties faced by businesses now - and importantly contains links to where you can find further information that might be pertinent to your business. 

Download the latest (20 Sep 2019) No-Deal Guidance Dashboard here.   

Training courses relating to Brexit

We run a variety of trianing courses throughout the year to help businesses stay up to date with the latest legislation and issues which may affect them. These courses will help businesses to manage the upcoming changes and help them to prepare for any legislation change.

In December, we we will be running a HMRC Special Procedures Awareness Seminar. Special Procedures are schemes available to importers and exporters to waiver, suspend or drawback customs duties. Understanding these procedures can help in identifying which scheme can be used in a given situation, minimise import duty payments and subsequently benefit cash flow within your business.

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We will also run a HMRC Customs Warehousing and CFSP seminar. The Customs warehousing regime allows you to import non EU goods and suspend the duty and VAT while the goods are stored in the warehouse (often an area within your own premises approved by Customs).  Customs warehouses are premises authorised and supervised by HMRC. This seminar will explain the benefits and the procedures involved.

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British Chambers of Commerce Risk Register

The ultimate test of any Brexit deal is whether it delivers clear answers to the practical, real-world questions businesses face. With firms of every size and sector needing clarity in order to take decisions, invest and prepare for the future, the British Chambers of Commerce has published the 24 business-critical questions being asked on Brexit by businesses across the UK, where clarity is urgently needed so that firms can plan their trade after the UK’s departure from the EU.

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HMRC publishes no-deal Brexit help pack

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has published its partnership pack on preparing for a no-deal Brexit.

The pack of 24 documents is intended to provide stakeholders and intermediaries working with businesses with a high level guide to customs processes that will apply in a no-deal scenario. 

It can be found at

Contained within these packs are two specifically related to importing and exporting:
Preparing for a 'no deal' EU Exit - step-by-step guide to importing
Preparing for a 'no deal' EU Exit - step-by-step guide to exporting

Brexit Helpline - FREE Advice 

The Chamber has partnered with law firm Eversheds to offer a dedicated and exclusive Brexit helpline to members. While the Chamber’s coverage of Brexit is wide-reaching and comprehensive, sometimes specific issues come up that require an immediate, bespoke response from an expert.

A local rate number - 0333 456 0480 – which will allow members one hour’s free over-the-phone advice by an expert from the Eversheds legal team, giving you an instant response to your Brexit-related query.

Shaping a Great Future 

The continued involvement of businesses is essential to ensuring that, together, we shape a great future, maximise all the opportunities that will come from our withdrawal from the EU and ensure that we recognise and avoid the potential pitfalls along the way.

The Chamber led a delegation of leading regional businesses to Westminster to launch an eight-page report setting out what business wants from Brexit.

The report is called Shaping a Great Future: Leading Balanced and Sustainable Growth in a Post-Brexit Economy and can be downloaded below.

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HMRC - Get ready for when the UK leaves the EU

HMRC has created a simple to use guide for businesses who trade with the EU. The checklist will give you an idea of what you need to do to prepare for in relation to the UK leaving the EU to ensure your business can continue to trade seemlessly. 

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