Key Resources

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.

Click here to read the report

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

Government Resources

Brexit Checker:

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:
Sign up to receive the regular email newsletter from the government, providing information on major announcements and recently published guidance.

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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:

Get an EORI Number

Hire someone to deal with customs on your behalf

Export goods from the UK – step by step guide

Import goods into the UK – step by step guide

Placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain

Check How to Export Goods (CHEG) - product-specific information about duties, Rules of Origin and customs procedures

Trade tariff look-up tool

EU and non-EU businesses

Trade with the UK (TWUK) online tool - product-specific information about taxes, tariffs, commodity codes and regulations, and dual tariff information for goods going into Northern Ireland

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

Qualification Recognition:
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

Visiting Europe:
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

Business Support

West Midlands Growth Hubs: T: 0300 0603747 E:

National Business Support Helpline: T: 0800 998 1098 E:

Sector Support Helpline Numbers: Download List

Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce T: 02476 654321 E: W:

West Midlands Chambers of Commerce T: 0345 222 0159 E: W:

Customs Declaration Services: ChamberCustoms is the customs advisory, training and brokerage service delivered through Chambers of Commerce across the UK: E:

Independent Freight: Customs Clearance Broker: T: 02476 343037 W:

Department for International Trade (DiT) Enquiry Service E:

Other Resources

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

Make UK has published guidance for manufacturers Find out more and a useful summary on Rules of Origin Find out more