Preparing for Brexit

The following information is provided to assist North Tyneside businesses to prepare for and minimise the levels of disruption from the UK’s proposed exit from the European Union (EU).

The UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016. In March 2017, Article 50 was invoked and the formal exit from the EU (Brexit) is scheduled to take place on 31 October 2019.

Businesses need to plan for Brexit and implement new procedures with the following activities most likely to be affected:

• Importing goods
• Exporting goods
• Selling to customers who export
• Sending staff to the EU to do business
• Employing EU staff

Government has launched a ‘Get Ready For Brexit’ campaign with information and advice to help individuals and businesses plan for Brexit. The website includes a Brexit checker and a huge range of guidance documents to assist businesses. www.gov.uk/brexit

Central government has also introduced a Brexit imports and exports helpline to offer information about importing and exporting goods after Brexit.

Call the helpline to find out about:
• customs declarations and procedures
• duties and tariffs
• importing and exporting different goods
• transporting goods to and from the EU
• product safety regulations

Telephone: 0300 3301 331
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

The North East Growth Hub has prepared advice, guidance and funding information in order to prepare businesses for Brexit which can be accessed using the following link: www.northeastgrowthhub.co.uk/toolkits/brexit-toolkit/

The Growth Hub Connectors are also available to talk through any Brexit issues. Make an appointment at www.northeastgrowthhub.co.uk/connect or 0191 561 5468

For general business support and advice for North Tyneside businesses, please contact a member of North Tyneside Council’s Business Team:

Vanessa Murphy
vanessa.murphy@northtyneside.gov.uk

David Cunningham
david.cunningham@northtyneside.gov.uk

Telephone: 0191 643 6406

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