Preparing your business for Brexit
With guidance, advice and reports being released weekly, it can be difficult for businesses to understand how Brexit will affect them, and know how to plan and prepare for it.
Our economic development team works with partners, including the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses covering Lichfield District, to support local businesses and provide information to understand the potential impact of Brexit on their business.
A government website has been developed so citizens and businesses can identify what they need to do to get ready for Brexit quickly. This includes videos and step by step guides, making it easy and simple for audiences to follow and take action if needed.
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
The government has also published the EU exit business campaign toolkit.
Actions need to be taken if you:
- export goods to the EU
- import goods from the EU
- transport goods by road
- export animals or animal products
Great Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
Businesses across the local enterprise partnership area, which includes Lichfield District, can access free support from a Brexit account management service.
Dedicated Brexit account managers are available to support businesses through all the changes that exiting the EU will bring.
Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has a free business Brexit health check, which will give you a personalised report on how Brexit may affect your business. There is also information on:
- preparing your business for Brexit
- update on Brexit negotiations
- questions and answers on Brexit
- how the chamber can support your business
Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce
Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce has developed a the 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. The UK business organisation representing SMEs has the responsibility to help small businesses:
- Understand the withdrawal agreement including EU Commission and UK Government backstop propositions to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.
- Understand the range of end state scenarios that are possible including:
- no deal (with no transition period)
- free trade agreement (FTA)
- association agreement (Chequers)
- European Economic Area (EEA)
- European Free Trade Association (EFTA)/Switzerland
- Prepare for the scenario that would cause the most disruption to the business continuity of small businesses in the short to medium term.
NFU: Navigating Brexit for British farming
The NFU is a representation body for agriculture and horticulture in England and Wales. The NFU website has the latest information and resources for the agricultural sector to understand how to prepare for and approach Brexit.