The Government has announced a series of free events which will be taking place across the Country to help get businesses ready for Brexit. Government advisers from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Home Office, HMRC, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will be on hand for businesses to ask questions and receive advice on a range of areas where they may need to make changes to get ready for Brexit ahead of 31 October. Businesses are being encouraged to make sure they are fully prepared and advice will include the importing and exporting of goods, exporting services, employing EU citizens and businesses that transfer data, and the extra support available in the local area. More information can be found on the government's HM Government - Get Ready for Brexit website.
Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce are also offering a series of free training sessions to businesses, including one at the Moat House Hotel, Acton Trussell on 9 October.
Planned October Training Dates:
2 October 2019 - Rugeley
9 October 2019 - Stafford
10 October 2019 - South Staffordshire Council
11 October 2019 - in Newcastle-under-Lyme
You can book via the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub
A useful webinar has also been provided by the Government to assist businesses who export to and import from the European Union if there is a no deal Brexit.
The Borough Council wants to guide you through the trading scenarios of leaving the EU and to help you understand what Brexit will mean for your business. We want to help you plan and prepare for this transition, and thereafter to help you make the most of future trading opportunities.
Our Economic Development team works with partners, including the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses, to support local businesses and provide information to understand the potential impact of Brexit on your business.
The following resources are here to help you:
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has developed a Bresilience website to provide companies with information, resources and a detailed checklist to help them consider the changes which Brexit may bring to their firms. The website also acts as a resource with the latest news and details to help you plan your international business needs post-Brexit.
Federation of Small Businesses: Small Business Brexit Pack
The Federation of Small Businesses has provided an introduction pack about what smaller businesses should be thinking about by setting out some of the possible scenarios as a result of Brexit. This includes information on the withdrawal agreement and the “backstop” proposal to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.
Gov.UK: Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU
The gov.uk website provides public sector information which has a quick, simple questionnaire to provide guidance relevant to your business. Through the use of the website, you’ll be able to find out:
- What your business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
- What’s changing in your industry
- Information on specific rules and regulations