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Resources and advice to support businesses through the UK Transition


Is your business ready for changes at the end of the year?

The transition period is ending on 31 December and there will be no extension. The UK will no longer be part of the EU Customs Union and Single Market. This means that, regardless of whether we reach a free trade agreement with the EU, there will be new rules for businesses from 1 January 2021 which require immediate action. Your business needs to act now to prepare for these new rules. If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

Asa first step, you should visit gov.uk/transition where you can use the checker tool to quickly identify the actions that your business needs to take. The checker tool will ask you questions about your business and provide all the information you need to be aware of such as new rules on:

You can help prepare your businesses for the new rules by using a number of support mechanisms provided by the Government:

  • Sign up to receive updates on the specific actions you need to take once you've used the checker tool at gov.uk/transition
  • Sign up to receive the regular Business Readiness Transition Bulletin an email newsletter providing information on major announcements and recently published guidance
  • Watch the BEIS webinars that set out specific advice on how the following sectors can prepare for 1 January 2021: aerospace, automotive, chemicals, consumer goods & retail, construction, infrastructure & housing, electronics & machinery, metals & other materials, life sciences, and professional business services. Sign up for upcoming live events and also access the webinars on demand here.

We understand that this is a challenging time and encourage you to take action to avoid interruption to your business operations and to take advantage of the opportunities that being an independent trading nation will bring. 

We are here to support businesses across the M3 corridor with the information needed to prepare for the UK Transition.

Please see below links to the government resources. Contact us to be added to our event distribution list, or for any questions.


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Changes for businesses and citizens

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Prepare to import goods from the EU to Great Britain from 1 January 2021. The process for importing goods from the EU will change. Businesses in Great Britain need to complete the following actions to continue importing from EU countries from 1 January 2021.


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Prepare to export goods from Great Britain to the EU from 1 January 2021The process for exporting goods to the EU will change. Businesses in Great Britain need to complete the following actions to continue exporting to EU countries from 1 January 2021.



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