To help guide businesses through the changes that affect them, the West Midlands Growth Hubs are working together to ensure businesses across the region can access free, impartial, advice on the key areas of change and challenges arising from the UK’s new trading status, and to help businesses take advantage of the new opportunities available to them.
The West Midlands Growth Hubs worked collaboratively to deliver business support across the region for SMEs with questions about international trading, import, VAT, GDPR, movement of people, and other challenges presented by the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU. As part of this campaign, SMEs were able to access fully funded, expert advice and general business support to help them understand and comply with the new rules, and this report brings together the results and findings of the campaign.
Ongoing business support is available for businesses experiencing disruption to their business due to the UK’s exit from the EU. To access support please complete this short diagnostic.
Use the links below to find accurate advice for your business, or get in touch with your local Growth Hub. Use the postcode checker if you are unsure which of the below is the Growth Hub for your area.
The West Midlands Growth Hubs
- Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub
- Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Growth Hub
- Black Country Growth Hub
- The Marches Growth Hub
- Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub
- Worcestershire Business Central
New rules apply to things like travel and doing business with Europe. Use the Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions for you, your business and your family.
Business Readiness Transition Bulletin:
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Sign up to weekly email updates from HMRC on News and Information about Importing and Exporting with the EU, which provide hints and tips for businesses getting used to the new rules for importing and exporting.
Importing & Exporting:
To continue to trade with the EU, you will need to follow new rules for exporting, including changes to processes and licensing. Visit GOV.UK/transition to find out what you need to do or navigate the following useful links:
EU and non-EU businesses
The Border Operating Model:
Download the guide to how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period. Download Guide
Hiring Staff from outside the UK:
The UK is introducing a new points-based immigration system. If you want to hire anyone from outside the UK, 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. Check Guidance Here
EU Citizen – Existing Employees:
EU citizens and their family members living in the UK should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Apply Now
Ensure your staff are able to continue to practise and provide services to clients in the UK by ensuring their professional qualification(s) are recognised by their professional body in the UK. Check Guidance Here
Guidance for those travelling to the EU from 1st January 2021, including additional actions you will need to take if you are travelling for business. Check Guidance Here
Living and Working in the EU:
Continuing to live and work in the EU, EEA EFTA, Switzerland and Ireland depends on the rules in that country. Check Guidance Here
Transferring Data between the UK and EU:
If you receive personal data from the EU for business use, you should check the current guidance on using personal data in your business or organisation. Check Guidance Here
Information for EU businesses: Trade with the UK as a business based in the EU - The rule for trading with the UK have changed. Read more
Sector Support Helpline Numbers: Download List
Department for International Trade (DiT) Enquiry Service E: firstname.lastname@example.org
UK-EU Future Relationship:
The Institute for Government has published an explainer on the UK-EU future relationship. Find out more
British Chambers of Commerce:
The British Chambers of Commerce has published guidance on changes to how the UK will trade from January 2021. Find out more
The Federation of Small Business:
The FSB has published guidance for small businesses. Find out more
The Institute of Directors:
The Institute of Directors has a designated hub on Navigating Brexit for Business. Find out more