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Brexit webinar to address changes to trading rules

14 January 2021

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce is providing expert advice on Brexit - amid growing concerns about the impact of changes to rules on trading with the EU.

It comes as businesses experiencing issues with VAT, rules of origin and delivering services in the EU.

The next virtual Brexit Clinic will be held on 25 January.

The webinar will begin with each expert providing an overview of the essential changes businesses need to be aware of and steps they need to take, before breaking out into digital roundtable discussions.

Andy Ilsley, VAT director at Chamber patron RSM will be discussing both VAT implications on trade in goods and advice for the services sector.

Andy focuses on advising corporate, internationally-focused clients with complex supply chains to ensure that VAT compliance requirements are identified, appropriate indirect tax risks mitigated, and efficiencies achieved.

David Reader will be focusing on trading in goods with the EU.

David has more than 30 years’ experience of dealing with trading businesses, including the last 13 specialising in trade and trade finance  whilst working for a major high-street bank.

Annabel Mace, head of business immigration at Squire Patton Boggs will discussing changes to business travel to and from the EU.

Annabel is a partner specialising in all aspects of employment and immigration law. She has more than 18 years' experience in advising businesses across a range of sectors with in-depth expertise in the employment and immigration aspects of bringing staff to the UK.

Find out more and register here.

The sessions is available to Chamber members only.

Henrietta Brealey, director of policy and strategic relationships at the Chamber, said: “The deal goes a lot further in some areas - such as tariffs - than the overwhelming majority of trade deals.

“However, Brexit is still the single biggest change to political and trading relationships that UK businesses have seen in a generation.

“We are hearing loud and clear from our members that there’s confusion and uncertainty regarding rules of origin (whether their goods qualify for tariff free trade or not), VAT and who is responsible for paying it, what is required on customs documentation and what they need to do to continue delivering services in EU member states.

“These are fiddly, technical areas that are causing headaches for businesses already under pressure due to operating through Covid-19.

“As a result, we’ve teamed up with guest experts from our membership to bring forward a GBCC Brexit Clinic focused on just these issues.

“These events are your opportunity to speak directly with guest experts in small, digital roundtable groups to get free advice and guidance directly relevant for your business.

“While Brexit may be ‘done’ the changes for businesses are not over yet, we will continue to support and inform our members throughout the coming months as well as lobbying on our members’ behalf. Our expert international trade and customs documentation team are on hand with advice and services to help keep business moving.”

Find out more about the Brexit business support available from the Chamber here.

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