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Brexit Support: EU Transition Period

New rules apply to things like travel and doing business with Europe.

The UK and EU have agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement governing future trade relations from 1 January 2021, that will see no tariffs or quotas on the movement of goods produced between the UK and the EU.

Businesses need to make a number of changes to ensure continued flow of people, data, goods and services between the UK and the EU. Businesses should take action as the UK is no longer in the single market or the customs union. 

View a summary of some the key actions you may need to take.


GOV UK Guidance and Brexit checker 

Visit the GOV UK website for more information on Brexit. You can use the Brexit checker to answer a series of questions and recieve a personalised list of actions for you and your business. 

Find further information on what you need to differently if you are:


The government also have a range of webinars and videos on trading with the EU that are available to watch and sign up for. Topics inlcude importing and exporting goods, moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and details of the government's cross-border trade forum, designed to help businesses and traders find answers to questions regarding the transition period.


Actions for specific sectors

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has produced a number of letters detailing the actions that specific sectors will need to take from 1 January 2021:



ChamberCustoms is the customs advisory, training and brokerage service delivered through Chambers of Commerce across the UK. The service harnesses the reach, expertise and knowledge of the British Chamber network and offers a 'one stop shop' with direct links to all sea, air, rail and road ports and terminals in the UK.

View the ChamberCustoms brochure, or visit the website to find out more.


British Chambers of Commerce training 

Through the Chamber of Commerce network, businesses can now also access Customs Declaration E-Learning Training. The training is designed to prepare businesses and trade professionals for the future of trade. The programme delivers flexible, bite-sized e-learning modules, classroom courses, and virtual classroom sessions. 


Coast to Capital Growth Hub - Post-Brexit Transition support

The Coast to Capital Growth Hub can help support businesses address the challenges faced by the UK's transition from the EU. They are working with delivery partners to offer a range of services, for a full outline of the support available visit Growth Hub website.

Growth Hub advisers are available to provide 1-2-1 guidance and advice on challenges and opportunities in the following areas:

  • Importing and exporting
  • Regulations and standards
  • Workforce and people
  • Business and legal requirements
  • Energy and climate 
  • Public procurement, IP and UK EU Funding

To speak with an adviser, please email with details of your business and the nature of your enquiry.


SME Brexit Business Support Fund

From 15 March 2021, smaller businesses can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU. The SME Brexit Business Support Fund could help with training or professional advice, if your business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million turnover. Check for more information about the SME Brexit Support Fund, including details of how to apply, applications will close on 30 June 2021 or earlier if all funding is allocated before this date.


Organisations offering further support and information:


General export support:


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