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Are you 2020 Ready?

Ready 2020 is a campaign to support smaller companies across London, the South East and Hertfordshire as they face wide-ranging changes in the business environment.

It is a joint initiative by the South East LEP, London Economic action partnership (LEAP), Hertfordshire LEP and their respective Growth Hubs.

Download our helpful fact sheet to answer five quick questions that will help you determine whether your business is truly ready for the changes coming in 2020.

See below for more sector-focused fact sheets and Government-issued advice.


General business advice

SELEP’s South East Business Hub (SEBH) is working alongside the London and Hertfordshire LEPs to deliver coordinated support and advice for business resilience and future planning ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU.

Download relevant fact sheets and view Government advice below.

Transition period

There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

New rules will take effect on 1 January 2021.

Online business advice tool

Government has produced an online tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU. The tool asks seven key questions to deliver guidance for businesses:

  • What your business or organisation does
  • Whether your business imports from or exports to the EU, is involved in the haulage of goods across EU borders, and sells goods or provides services in the UK
  • Whether your business employs anyone from another European country
  • Whether your business exchanges personal data with another organisation in Europe
  • Whether your business uses or relies on intellectual property protection
  • Whether your business gets EU or UK government funding
  • Whether your business sells products or services to the public sector

Data protection

If your business or organisation receives personal data from partners or suppliers in the EU or European Economic Area (EEA) countries you must ensure you can still do so legally. Personal data is any information that can be used to identify someone, this could include a customer’s name, physical or IP addresses, or HR data such as staff working hours and payroll details.

Information Commissioner’s Office

During the transition period, which runs until the end of December 2020, it will be business as usual for data protection.

The GDPR will continue to apply. Businesses and organisations that process personal data should continue to follow our existing guidance for advice on their data protection obligations.

Intellectual Property

Guidance on trade marks, designs, patents right law, and exhaustion of IP rights now the UK has left the EU. This includes information on:

  • Intellectual property and the transition period
  • International Agreements with Third Countries during the Transition Period
  • EU trademark protection and comparable UK trademarks
  • Changes to EU and international designs and trade mark protection from 1 January 2021
  • Changes to unregistered designs from 1 January 2021
  • Changes to copyright law from 1 January 2021
  • Exhaustion of IP rights and parallel trade from 1 January 2021
  • Changes to international trade mark registrations from 1 January 2021

Competition and Markets Authority

UK Exit from the EU: Guidance on the functions of the CMA under the Withdrawal Agreement

The Competition and Markets Authority has published guidance on its functions under the Withdrawal Agreement. The guidance is intended for businesses and their legal advisors but may also be of interest to other enforcers.

Companies House

Changing your company registration from 1 January 2021

Companies House has produced guidance to help you find out whether your business will need to change its company registration from 1 January 2021, and how to do this.

Work force and employing staff

Information on retaining and employing staff now that the UK has left the EU, including:

  • Right to work checks
  • EU Settlement Scheme
  • The UK’s new immigration system

Impact on work force

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK.

It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein for European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, and a separate agreement with Switzerland, which is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market. This means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit

The employer toolkit equips employers with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Employing EU citizens in the UK

Information for employers on employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK, covering: right to work checks, the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s new immigration system.

Transport and movement of goods

Information on importing, exporting and travelling for business in the EU, including:

  • EORI numbers
  • Declarations
  • Driver eligibility

Get your business ready to import from the EU to the UK

What you need to do now to make sure you’re able to receive goods from the EU now the UK has left the EU. This includes information on:

  • Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers
  • Import declarations
  • Transitional Simplified Procedures
  • Customs procedures
  • Common Transit Convention (CTC)
  • Setting up a duty deferment account
  • Customs duties and VAT
  • Rate of excise duty on imports
  • Import licences and certificates
  • Rules for importing alcohol, tobacco and certain oils
  • Labelling and marketing standards for importing food, plant seeds and manufactured goods
  • Further help and support

HMRC Helpline

HMRC has launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU.

The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Get your business ready to export from the UK to the EU

What you need to do now to make sure you’re able to send goods from the UK to the EU now the UK has left the EU. This includes information on:

  • Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers
  • EU EORI numbers for importers
  • Export declarations
  • Common Transit Convention (CTC)
  • Duties and tax rates
  • Licences and certificates
  • Rules for exporting alcohol, tobacco and certain oils
  • Rules for exporting controlled goods like firearms
  • Labelling and marketing standards for exporting food, plant seeds and manufactured goods
  • VAT refunds from EU countries
  • Paying VAT for digital services to EU customers
  • Transporting goods outside the UK
  • Further help and support

HMRC Helpline

HMRC has launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU.

The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Transport goods out of the UK by road

How to transport goods commercially if you’re driving from the UK to or through Europe. This includes information on:

  • Applying for operator licences and permits
  • Booking a specialist vehicle test before transporting dangerous goods
  • Driver eligibility for driving abroad
  • Rules for transporting certain goods, including live animals or animal products, perishable food, dangerous goods and abnormal loads
  • Driver export documents, including export licences, a Movement Reference Number (MRN) and road consignment note (CMR note)
  • Vehicle documents
  • Local road rules for European countries

HMRC Helpline

HMRC has launched the EU Exit Import and Export Trader Helpline for traders and hauliers importing from / exporting to the EU.

The helpline number is 0300 3301 331. Lines are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Digital tools for traders

The Department for International Trade launched two digital tools for businesses exporting goods in and out of the UK market.

The free-to-use tools available on gov.uk detail product-specific and country-specific information on tariffs, regulations and other topics in one place, saving businesses time and making it easier for them to trade.

UK trade agreements with non-EU countries

The Department for International Trade have published guidance to help you find out which trade agreements with non-EU countries are in place during and after the transition period.

Smarter Rules for Safer Foods: changes for importers of animals and products of animal origin

New regulations aimed at modernising protections against animal diseases and plant pests and improving food safety come into force.

Funding

Information on steps businesses may need to take if they have received funding from – or applied to – an EU programme, including the European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

EU funding

What to do if you receive funding from an EU programme or you’ve applied to one.

European Social Fund (ESF)

How organisations receiving European Social Fund (ESF) grants will be affected now the UK has left the EU.

European Regional Development Funding (ERDF)

How organisations receiving European Regional Development Fund grants will be affected now the UK has left the EU.

Sector-specific help

Information for industry- and sector-specific issues, including guidance from Defra, Food Standards Agency and the Department for Education.

Download sector-focused fact sheets via your local Growth Hub below.

Guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) recently published guidance on several key areas affecting businesses. Please follow these links for support on:

Defra has produced flowcharts explaining the new import and export processes after Brexit. The flowcharts explain the steps for farmers and food producers to import meat and dairy products from the EU after Brexit.

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