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The UK is leaving the EU. Leaving the EU means your business or organisation may need to prepare for change. We have brought together information and resources to help businesses.

General information about EU Exit

The Government has information for businesses to help them prepare for exiting the EU. The Brexit website has information for businesses as well as individuals, UK nationals living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK.

Online tools have been developed for businesses to prepare. Use a Brexit checker to find out what you or your business will need to do to ready for Brexit, or answer seven simple questions covering business operation areas to get guidance relevant to your business - here you can learn what is changing in your industry and access information on specific rules and regulations.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Employer Bulletin: EU Exit edition is giving up-to-date information on payroll topics.

Additional support is available from the government for customs and intermediaries and traders to help businesses increase capacity in preparation for the UK leaving the UK. The grant will provide funding for training that provides organisations with skills to complete customs declarations and carry out the technical process of customs procedures.

See gov.uk/Brexit or for more information about importing and exporting goods after Brexit, call 0300 3301 331 (lines will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday – Friday).

Leaving without a deal

The Government has published guidance on how to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with a no deal, including downloadable guides that explain the changes that are likely to apply to customs processes and procedures, and what immediate and recommended actions businesses can take to prepare.

The Government has also published an online guide detailing key areas businesses need to be aware of in order to keep trading with the EU if there's no deal. 

HMRC’s Online Customer Forum also contains information and questions from other businesses that you may find helpful.

Visit the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) no deal preparations hub for further guidance and to understand the impact of no deal for businesses.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a series of guides to help businesses understand Rules of Origin, Tariffs and Customs Declarations in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. The guides provide an overview, with more detailed information the BCC website.

Checklists and additional information

There will be many areas of business affected by Brexit. Whatever your business is, we have guidance to help you prepare.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have published guidance to help businesses prepare for Brexit including importing and exporting and VAT changes. Find out more: www.gov.uk/brexit

A getting ready for Brexit webinar discusses five key areas business must be aware of to keep trading goods when the UK leaves the EU, including applying for a EORI number, preparing to make customs declarations, transitional simplified procedures and paying customs duty, VAT and excise.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have published a leaflet for SMEs to help prepare for leaving the EU. Find out the actions you can take now to help prepare here

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has produced a downloadable Brexit for business checklist to help businesses consider the changes that Brexit may bring, and to help business planning at both operational and Board levels. 

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Export procedures and customs

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network identified what the issues might be and what steps they should take to prepare for change. Expert input came from Chamber International and logistics specialists Advanced Supply Chain Group.

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Contact the Brexit imports and exports helpline for information about importing and exporting goods after Brexit. 

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a series of guides focused on practicalities and helping businesses to understand the actions they need to take in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. View guides below.

Getting paid and taxation

In December 2018 Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network teamed up with NatWest bank and accountants from BDO LLP to identify the impacts on tax and pay.

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IT issues and e-commerce

With expert input came from IT specialists Freeman Clark and international business consultancy Bolst Global, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network have produced the following checklist to help with IT preparation.

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Employment and HR checklist

Expert input from the Labour and Employment team at law firm Squire Patton Boggs and a practical case study from Leeds-based Equifax Ltd helped to shape the following checklist.

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Contract issues

In October 2018 Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the Department for International Trade, and the Enterprise Europe Network sought expert advice from the Competition team at law firm Walker Morris and the Enterprise Europe Network to help build this checklist.

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