Business Support


The West Midlands Growth Hubs are working together to support businesses navigating the new rules, which came into effect on 1st January, and can provide advice on a diverse range of issues and unique challenges facing businesses as the UK begins its new position as an independent trading nation.



121 Advice Clinics

If your business is experiencing disruption due to the UK’s exit from the EU, and you require advice regarding VAT payments, specialist import advice, or advice for your export business please book a space on one of the upcoming 121 clinics, where you can access free expert advice and get answers to your most pressing questions.


Specialist Advice Clinics - September 2021:

Tuesday 28 September: Import VAT Accounting > BOOK HERE

Wednesday 29 September: Import Processes and Supply Chain Management > BOOK HERE

Thursday 30 September: Service Sector - GDPR and Employment Contracts > BOOK HERE


For support with any other questions or issues concerning the impact of EU exit on your business please navigate the resources below, or complete this short diagnostic and a member of your local Growth Hub will be in touch to help.

Complete the Diagnostic


Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade provides expert export advice, consultancy support, training, and export documentation, and the international trade team can support with advice on customs declaration services, export opportunities, training, transport and logistics, Rules of Origin, Commodity Codes and much more. A number of West Midlands specialist advisors are available to help businesses who export, import or who are in the process of setting up an export business.


Use the resources below to identify the actions you need to take.


Aerospace Sector

Information for the aerospace sector, on the actions required for your business, including


Importing and exporting
EORI numbers; applying to use simplified declarations for imports; list of goods imported into Great Britain from the EU that are controlled; hiring someone to deal with customs for you; changes to VAT treatment of overseas goods sold to customers from 1 January 2021; accounting for import VAT on your VAT Return; import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021.

Selling your goods
Use the checker tool to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU.

Trading with the EU
Exporting controlled goods; duties and customs procedures for exporting goods; UK trade agreements with non-EU countries; The UK trade remedies investigations process.

Workforce
Introduction for employers for the EU Settlement Scheme; visiting Europe from 1st January 2021.

Providing services
Selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

Northern Ireland Protocol
Signing up for the Trader Support Service

Access to research and development funding
Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding.

Automotive Sector

Information for the automotive sector on the actions required for your business, including:


Importing and exporting
EORI numbers; applying to use simplified declarations for imports; list of goods imported into Great Britain from the EU that are controlled; hiring someone to deal with customs for you; changes to VAT treatment of overseas goods sold to customers from 1 January 2021; accounting for import VAT on your VAT Return; import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021.

Selling your goods
Use the checker tool to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU.

Trading with the EU
Exporting controlled goods; duties and customs procedures for exporting goods; UK trade agreements with non-EU countries; The UK trade remedies investigations process.

Workforce
Compliance with new immigration policies for recruiting from overseas; introduction for employers for the EU Settlement Scheme; visiting Europe from 1st January 2021.

Providing services
Selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

Northern Ireland Protocol
Signing up for the Trader Support Service

Access to research and development funding
Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding.

Chemical regulations
How to comply with REACH chemical regulations


Chemicals Sector

Information for the chemicals sector on the actions required for your business, including:


Importing and exporting
EORI numbers; applying to use simplified declarations for imports; list of goods imported into Great Britain from the EU that are controlled; hiring someone to deal with customs for you; changes to VAT treatment of overseas goods sold to customers from 1 January 2021; accounting for import VAT on your VAT Return; import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021.

Selling your goods
Use the checker tool to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU.

Trading with the EU
Exporting controlled goods; duties and customs procedures for exporting goods; UK trade agreements with non-EU countries; The UK trade remedies investigations process.

Workforce
Compliance with new immigration policies for recruiting from overseas, and introduction for employers for the EU Settlement Scheme.

Northern Ireland Protocol – signing up for the Trader Support Service

Chemical regulations
How to comply with REACH chemical regulations.

Intellectual Property
Exhaustion of IP rights and parallel trade, and changes to unregistered designs from 1st January 2021.

Construction Sector

Information for the construction sector on the actions required for your business, including:


Importing and exporting
EORI numbers; applying to use simplified declarations for imports; list of goods imported into Great Britain from the EU that are controlled; hiring someone to deal with customs for you; changes to VAT treatment of overseas goods sold to customers from 1 January 2021; accounting for import VAT on your VAT Return; import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021.

Selling your goods – use the checker tool to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU.

Trading with the EU
exporting controlled goods; duties and customs procedures for exporting goods; UK trade agreements with non-EU countries; The UK trade remedies investigations process.

Workforce
compliance with new immigration policies for recruiting from overseas; introduction for employers for the EU Settlement Scheme; visiting Europe from 1st January 2021.

Providing services
selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

Northern Ireland Protocol – signing up for the Trader Support Service

Intellectual Property
exhaustion of IP rights and parallel trade from 1st January 2021.

Access to research and development funding
Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding.

Chemical regulations
how to comply with REACH chemical regulations.

Consumer Goods Sector

Information for the consumer goods sector on the actions required for your business, including:


Importing and exporting
EORI numbers; applying to use simplified declarations for imports; list of goods imported into Great Britain from the EU that are controlled; hiring someone to deal with customs for you; changes to VAT treatment of overseas goods sold to customers from 1 January 2021; accounting for import VAT on your VAT Return; import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021.

Selling your goods – use the checker tool to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU.

Trading with the EU
exporting controlled goods; duties and customs procedures for exporting goods; UK trade agreements with non-EU countries; The UK trade remedies investigations process.

Workforce
compliance with new immigration policies for recruiting from overseas, and introduction for employers for the EU Settlement Scheme.

Northern Ireland Protocol – signing up for the Trader Support Service

Chemical regulations
how to comply with REACH chemical regulations.

Intellectual Property
exhaustion of IP rights and parallel trade, and changes to unregistered designs from 1st January 2021.

Chemical regulations
how to comply with REACH chemical regulations.

Animal, plant, food and drink regulations
get an export health certificate.

Electronics & Machinery Sector

Information for the electronics and machinery sector on the actions required for your business, including:


Importing and exporting
EORI numbers; applying to use simplified declarations for imports; list of goods imported into Great Britain from the EU that are controlled; hiring someone to deal with customs for you; changes to VAT treatment of overseas goods sold to customers from 1 January 2021; accounting for import VAT on your VAT Return; import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021.

Selling your goods – use the checker tool to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU.

Trading with the EU
exporting controlled goods; duties and customs procedures for exporting goods; UK trade agreements with non-EU countries; The UK trade remedies investigations process.

Workforce
compliance with new immigration policies for recruiting from overseas; introduction for employers for the EU Settlement Scheme; visiting Europe from 1st January 2021.

Providing Services
selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

Northern Ireland Protocol – signing up for the Trader Support Service

Chemical regulations
how to comply with REACH chemical regulations.

Intellectual Property
exhaustion of IP rights and parallel trade from 1st January 2021

Life Sciences Sector

Information for the life sciences sector on the actions required for your business, including:


Importing and exporting
EORI numbers; applying to use simplified declarations for imports; list of goods imported into Great Britain from the EU that are controlled; hiring someone to deal with customs for you; changes to VAT treatment of overseas goods sold to customers from 1 January 2021; accounting for import VAT on your VAT Return; import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021.

Selling your goods – use the checker tool to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU.

Trading with the EU
exporting controlled goods; duties and customs procedures for exporting goods; UK trade agreements with non-EU countries; The UK trade remedies investigations process.

Workforce
compliance with new immigration policies for recruiting from overseas; introduction for employers for the EU Settlement Scheme; visiting Europe from 1st January 2021.

Providing services
selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

Northern Ireland Protocol – signing up for the Trader Support Service

Access to research and development funding
Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding.

Intellectual Property
exhaustion of IP rights and parallel trade.

Chemical regulations
how to comply with REACH chemical regulations.

Animal, plant, food and drink regulations
get an export health certificate.

Metals & Materials Sector

Information for the metals and other materials sector on the actions required for your business, including:


Importing and exporting
EORI numbers; applying to use simplified declarations for imports; list of goods imported into Great Britain from the EU that are controlled; hiring someone to deal with customs for you; changes to VAT treatment of overseas goods sold to customers from 1 January 2021; accounting for import VAT on your VAT Return; import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021.

Selling your goods – use the checker tool to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU.

Trading with the EU
exporting controlled goods; duties and customs procedures for exporting goods; UK trade agreements with non-EU countries; The UK trade remedies investigations process.

Workforce
compliance with new immigration policies for recruiting from overseas; introduction for employers for the EU Settlement Scheme; visiting Europe from 1st January 2021.

Providing services
selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

Northern Ireland Protocol – signing up for the Trader Support Service

Access to research and development funding
Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding.

Intellectual Property
exhaustion of IP rights and parallel trade.

Chemical regulations
how to comply with REACH chemical regulations.

Animal, plant, food and drink regulations
get an export health certificate.

Service Sector

Information for the service sector on the actions required for your business, including:


Workforce
compliance with new immigration policies for recruiting from overseas, and an introduction for employers on the EU Settlement Scheme.

Intellectual Property
exhaustion of IP rights and parallel trade, and changes to unregistered designs from 1st January 2021.

Providing Services
selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

Access to Research and Development Funding – Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding.

Retail Sector

Information for the retail sector, including guidance on:


Importing and exporting
EORI numbers; applying to use simplified declarations for imports; list of goods imported into Great Britain from the EU that are controlled; hiring someone to deal with customs for you; changes to VAT treatment of overseas goods sold to customers from 1 January 2021; accounting for import VAT on your VAT Return; import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021.

Selling your goods – use the checker tool to identify changes affecting manufactured goods, such as new marking requirements or approvals needed, to ensure your business is ready to sell them in the UK and EU.

Trading with the EU
exporting controlled goods; duties and customs procedures for exporting goods; UK trade agreements with non-EU countries; The UK trade remedies investigations process.

Workforce
compliance with new immigration policies for recruiting from overseas; introduction for employers for the EU Settlement Scheme; visiting Europe from 1st January 2021.

Providing services
selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

Northern Ireland Protocol – signing up for the Trader Support Service

Access to research and development funding
Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding.

Chemical regulations
how to comply with REACH chemical regulations.

Animal, plant, food and drink regulations
get an export health certificate.

Transport & Logistics

Information for Transport & Logistics, including guidance on:


Guidance for hauliers and commercial drivers about new rules and documents needed has been published in a new handbook, produced by the Department for Transport. The handbook contains information on transporting goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021 for hauliers and commercial drivers

In addition to sector specific support, the government have issued guidance for all businesses to help you comply with the new regulations and rules that affect all businesses.

Business travellers may need to apply for a visa, work permit or other documentation before travelling to the EU / EEA / Switzerland from 1 January 2021. If you plan to stay longer than 90 in 180 days, or are carrying out activities not covered by a country’s visa-waiver list, you may need a visa, work permit or other documentation. Whatever you are doing, please check the rules of the relevant Member State to find out if you need to apply. Business travel includes activities such as travelling for meetings and conferences, providing services (even with a charity), and touring art or music.

The way you hire from the EU has changed. Freedom of movement between the EU and UK has ended and the UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system. If you want to hire anyone from outside the UK’s resident labour market, you must be a Home Office licenced sponsor. This includes recruiting people from the EU.

Anyone coming to the UK to work will need a job offer from a licenced sponsor in advance and will need to meet certain skills and salary criteria.

The new system doesn’t apply when hiring Irish citizens, or EU citizens eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you receive personal data from the EU for business use, you will need to take action on data protection.

To continue trading with the EU, you will need to follow new rules for importing and exporting, including changes to customs processes and licensing. Visit GOV.UK/transition to find out what you need to do.

For expert help, it is recommended you get a contract in place as soon as you can with a customs intermediary like a freight forwarder or customs broker. If you're preparing to move goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol, you will need to register for the free Trader Support Service.


Read More – Importing Goods

Read More – Exporting Goods

EU-qualified staff will need to ensure their professional qualification(s) are recognised by the relevant regulatory or professional body in the UK to continue to provide professional services to clients in the UK.

UK professional qualifications may need to be officially recognised if you want to work in a profession that is regulated in the EU / EEA or Switzerland.

New rules on travel to Europe came into force on the 1st January 2021. Things you may need to do before you travel include:

  • Check the validity of your passport - you may need to renew it even if it is still in date.
  • Check where your Global or European Health Insurance Card is valid and get travel insurance that covers your needs<
  • Check you have the right driving documents - UK motorists are required to obtain a Green Card from their insurer and display a GB sticker on their vehicle.
  • Organise pet travel - contact your vet at least 1 month before you go.
  • Check roaming policies with your mobile provider before travelling.

There are new requirements for EU citizens looking to live and work in the UK. From 1 January, anyone coming to the UK to work will need a job offer from a licenced sponsor in advance and will need to meet certain skills and salary criteria. If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, living in the UK before 31 December 2020, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

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UK's Points Based System