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Businesses preparing for Brexit

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Your business needs to prepare for this, and a number of resources are available to help.

Central Government

GOV.UK: Brexit provides advice for individuals, businesses, UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK.

Prepare your business for EU Exit

Answer 7 simple questions to about your business to get the most relevant Brexit advice for your business.

Exporting and doing business abroad

Importing goods from overseas

How to operate in the EU after Brexit

Business continuity

Cumbria County Council: Business continuity and Resilience

Pass information onto employees about staying in the UK after Brexit if you have EU Citizens working in your organisation.

EU Settlement Scheme: employer's toolkit

Preparing your Business for a 'No Deal' Brexit

In the event of a ‘No Deal’ Scenario, there is detailed guidance on the implications of a 'No Deal' Brexit.

No Deal: preparing for UK Border changes

No Deal: step by step guide to importing

No Deal: step by step guide to exporting

Central Government has instructed importers and exporters to the EU to take action now, including the following:

  1. Register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
  2. Decide if you want to hire an agent to make import and/or export declarations for you or if you want to make these declarations yourself by buying software that interacts with HMRC’s systems, registering for the National Export System.
  3. Contact the organisation that moves your goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out if you will need to supply additional information to them so that they can make the safety.
  4. Register for new simplified import procedures.
  5. Be aware of changes to the way you account for VAT on imports, and of changes to EU VAT IT systems.

Customs intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations can now apply for grants to support training and IT.

You may also find it useful to know the latest on the European Union's no deal planning.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial services, support and a voice in government, to help small businesses achieve their ambitions. The FSB have prepared a number of resources for small businesses:

Small Business Brexit Pack

Countdown to Brexit, Business Continuity Planning, Withdrawal Act 2018

What action FSB has taken for small businesses throughout Brexit negotiations

National Farmers' Union (NFU)

Navigating Brexit for British Farmers

NFU planning for a No Deal Brexit

Members can sign up to the NFU Brexit Newsletter.

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

DEFRA has released guidance on:

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

The Cumbria Chamber of Commerce are preparing a series of resources in consultation with Cumbrian businesses. 

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce Brexit updates

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

The CBI has prepared a number of useful resources around Brexit, including sector by sector analysis, business reports and insights.

CBI Brexit and EU negotiations

Other resources

For the latest information about the EU Exit, register for HM Revenue & Customs update service.

BBC News: Brexit jargon-busting guide

Please make sure you have the correct documentation to keep working in the UK following EU Exit.

Be aware of your Consumer Rights after Brexit.

EU Exit Public Information Campaign: Local Authorities Toolkit (PDF 1MB/12 pages)

Key contacts

Should you have any concerns that you think we may be able to better assist with, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Economic Development team. Contact details are listed below.

Residents: Continue to live in the UK after Brexit

If you’re from the EU and living in the UK, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after Brexit.

You can apply now or you can wait until 30 March 2019 when there will be more ways to apply.

The deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021. However, this will change to 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Check if you can apply, when to apply and how to apply by following the step by step EU Settlement Scheme guidance

Further information is available from the Citizen Advice Bureau: staying in the UK after Brexit

If you wish to speak or meet with someone to talk about this you can contact one of the following South Lakes Citizens Advice offices:

Citizens Advice Windermere contact details

Citizens Advice Kendal contact details

Citizens Advice Ulverston contact details 

Useful links:

Going and being abroad: EU Exit guidance

Staying in the UK as an EU Citizen

UK Nationals living in the EU

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