Brexit Government Guidance for Businesses Preparing for Brexit

Event Date: 
October, 2019

Many businesses still need to take action to prepare for change ahead of the UK's departure from the EU.

One urgent example is the need for all businesses who move goods into or out of the EU (including the UK) to have an Economic Operator Registration Identification (EORI) number If you do not get one, you may have increased storage costs and delays if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cannot clear your goods.

To mitigate potential impacts, HMRC are now auto-enrolling all possible VAT-registered businesses who trade with the EU for a UK EORI number. However, if your business is not VAT-registered and you trade with the EU, you still need to register for an EORI number yourself. Fortunately, getting an EORI number is an easy process that takes 5-10 minutes.

To help small businesses understand what preparations they need to make ahead of the UK leaving the EU, a digital leaflet  has been published.

It offers suggested actions for small and medium-sized businesses on a range of topics like importing and exporting, data, goods and other topics. It also suggests further sources of support.

To understand how leaving the EU may affect your business and what you can do to get ready, The Government has published new online guidance covering potential scenarios.

The  “Preparing for EU Exit”   website is the central site for guidance aimed at businesses and individuals.

Government have also developed a  tool specifically for businesses  to help them prepare for the UK exiting the EU.  It asks businesses seven questions which cover core operation areas that may be impacted. Depending on responses provided, the toolkit draws together guidance which is most relevant to the businesses individual circumstances. You can find out:

  • what your business will need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • what’s changing in your industry
  • information on specific rules and regulations

In addition to these key resources, wider information has been published on the following topics:

 ‘No-deal’ Preparation

As part of the 'no-deal' preparation process, the government has also published a detailed series of ‘technical notices’ and a Partnership Pack with information designed to help businesses with their own contingency planning, as well as the customers and clients of business advice services. Key documents are highlighted below:

The Department of International Trade (DIT) have provided an EU Exit enquiry form for businesses to seek further information.

The latest guidance for a 'No-Deal' Brexit:

Importing animals/ animal products 

Exporting animals/ animal products

Social care providers

 The Heart of the South West Growth Hub

Our LEP wide Growth Hub continue to update their Brexit page with useful links to trustworthy sources of information & advice, Brexit related events and other resources that could be of use to local businesses.

Find out more, see the HotSW  Growth Hub Brexit Resources page. 

The Growth Hub has access to a range of resources provided by Government and partners to help businesses plan for the various Brexit scenarios. They are also able to feedback your thoughts and experiences direct to The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Advisers can talk with you further about the events and appropriate business support programmes that meet your business needs. Contact the team on 03456 047 047 or email