The UK left the EU at 11pm on the 31st January 2020 and entered a transition period, during which little practically changes for businesses. This transition period is scheduled to end on the 31st December 2020.
Brexit is complex and can often seem overwhelming, but it is important that businesses take steps to make the necessary preparations where they can to put themselves in the best possible place to react and respond to whatever does come next.
The GBCC is here to help and will continue to provide businesses with Brexit related support and services in the run-up to the end of the transition period and beyond.
1. Communicate: Reach out to your EU staff, contacts, business partners, suppliers and customers and reassure them that they remain important to your business and a part of your strategy moving forwards.
2. Research: Seek to understand your business’ current relationship with EU markets and what impact any potential changes to people & skills, trade, regulation & legal and funding environments would have on your business.
3. Prepare: Using your research, you should have an understanding of the risks and opportunities facing your business as a result of the end of the Brexit transition period. You may wish to review key strategies (e.g. recruitment, the international markets you are prioritising expansion in, suppliers, staff development & training) accordingly.
4. Seek Support: No business needs to navigate Brexit alone and while Brexit represents challenges it also brings opportunities. The GBCC is here to help businesses get ready with advice, guidance, training & peer learning.
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We are working hard to keep businesses informed about the latest Brexit Developments. Our Brexit timeline helps you keep track of the latest announcements and major milestones over the course of the negotiations.
This section provides guides on the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s future points-based immigration system. Find out more information on how Brexit impacts your staff, your business’ future recruitment of EU nationals, and the ability to move citizens to and from the UK and the EU for work.
The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce have produced an online guide outlining how the UK/EU border will operate from 1 January 2021 and what a “no deal” or WTO Rules Brexit would mean for businesses.
The GBCC has created a series of Brexit checklists covering a range of topics to help businesses in their preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU.
The GBCC offer a wide range of accredited international trade related training courses that can help businesses adapt to and prepare for Brexit and beyond. Topics include: Incoterms 2020, Customs declarations, Import and Export Essentials.
The Chamber has produced a number of online videos to help businesses prepare for the end of the transition period. Topics covered include: trade in goods and services, transferring data and employing EU nationals.