Business Advice

The UK has left the EU

A trade deal between the EU and the UK has been agreed and there are key actions you can take now to ensure your business and supply chain can adapt to the changing business environment.

Information and Support Available

  • Brexit Helpline – queries from import and export documentation, tariffs, VAT to logistics. Telephone: 0300 303 0661.
  • Brexit Checklist which aims to assist Scottish businesses to plan and prioritise what actions need to be taken now.
  • A self-service directory How will Brexit impact your supply chain?​ can help companies to map their supply chains to assess risks and opportunities, and to find alternative suppliers. It’s a FREE service and includes searching for a range of web and subscription databases to help companies find suppliers.
  • SME Brexit Support Funda new £20 million  fund launched in March 2021 is aimed at helping smaller businesses with changes to trade rules with the UK. Grants of up to £2,000 are available. To be eligible, businesses must import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU, or move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • Support for export and customs documentation from getting support on how to deal with customs, export documentation support via your local chamber in Scotland and via HMRC’s Customs Grant Scheme where organisations can apply for funding to reimburse a number of costs associated with increasing their capacity and enhancing their ability to complete customs declarations.
    • HMRC Customs Grant Scheme  – if a business completes customs declarations they can apply for funding towards the following areas:
      • Training that helps businesses to complete customs declarations and processes
      • Hiring new staff to help businesses complete customs declarations
      • IT improvements to help businesses complete customs declarations more efficiently
      • Recently launched (Nov 2020) – companies can access support for: 
      • Co-funded training project – business can access up to 2 million euros of funding for a new training project where they co-invest
      • Trader training – Traders who are new to customs and who don’t plan to complete their own declarations can apply for grants of up to £1,000 per organisation to support the cost of basic customs training.
  • Guidance and support to help Scottish businesses operate after EU exit – expert guidance and support to help new and existing businesses

The HM Government website provides information and advice on the following:

  • 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.

Changes for businesses and citizens – Check what you need to do differently if you’re:

Get the complete list of what you need to do for you, your business and your family.

The Federation of Small Businesses has provided some advice and guidance on Brexit for small businesses.

The Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce Brexit Hub provides essential help and guidance for businesses.

Sector Specific Information

Food & Drink –  information and guidance from Scottish Government, designed to help the food and drink sector prepare for the end of the EU Exit Transition Period. In addition, Defra are running a series of webinars focusing on exports to the EU. These sessions have been developed and will be run by the UK Government.

Hauliers – The following resources provide information on how to transport goods commercially if you are driving from the UK to any international destination:

  • 45 information and advice sites to prepare hauliers for the end of the transition period are now open across the UK (Scottish site is at Lockerbie Lorry Park).
  • The sites will offer hauliers one-to-one training on the new procedures, with support available in 13 different languages
  • A Haulier Handbook is now available with key information and advice.

The information provided above was accurate at the time of publication.