Preparing your business for the exit from the EU
The UK has voted to leave the European Union, commonly referred to as Brexit. Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils are working with Aylesbury Vale District Council, Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council to prepare for EU Exit. There are various steps you can take to ensure your business is prepared for this process and to ensure minimal impact to your day-to-day operations.
There are a range of support functions available locally to provide advice to you and your business:
- Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils are working to ensure there are plans in place for any scenario. For further information and support for your business email our Economic Development Team at EconDev@ChilternAndSouthBucks.gov.uk.
- Take a look at the Buckinghamshire Business First website for specific business information and advice or email them at BusinessSupport@bbf.uk.com.
- Read Buckinghamshire County Council's report: 'Brexit in Buckinghamshire: Shaping the future, harnessing growth'.
Advice from the Government
There are many things to consider when ensuring your business is prepared for the exit from the EU, from staff you employ to goods you buy and many others you may not be aware of. The Government has a dedicated website to Prepare your business for EU Exit, with tools and advice that can be tailored to your sector to ensure you are prepared for every eventuality.
The guidance can change on a daily basis so it is best to check regularly to keep up to date, particularly due to the large range of guidance for all sectors. Here is a selection of key points and information sources at this stage:
- If your business trades solely with the EU, you will need to Register for an EORI number to continue trading with the EU.
- Certain businesses that are currently in receipt of EU funding may need to register to ensure this is guaranteed after Brexit. For more information regarding EU funding and how this might change take a look at the Government's web page on EU funding and domestic funding after Brexit.
- If you, your family or your employees are an EU, Swiss or EEA citizen (including Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), you may need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after June 2021.
- Make sure you are up to date with the latest on the future of EU Intellectual Property Laws.
- Take a look at the from the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
- Download the British Chambers of Commerce Business Brexit Checklist.