Preparing for Brexit

Government business support for Brexit

As it stands the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union (EU) on 31 October 2019.  We have created this resource for businesses in Bath and North East Somerset to find out the following information: -

  • what your business or organisation may need to do to prepare for Brexit
  • what’s changing in your industry
  • information on specific rules and regulations
  • what local and national support services are available

To date the council's Business & Skills Team has been working with businesses that have high levels of EU employees and referring them to the Department of International Trade's visa support service.  We are also planning a series of workshops, which will provide information on exporting which will be available to any Bath & North East Somerset based business.  We continue to be proactive and once the full impact of our exit from the EU is known, we will approach local businesses that are most at risk on a strategic basis.

Government Information and Resources

The government has a range of information including regulations, employing EU citizens and importing, exporting and transporting on their Brexit web pages.  These pages will be updated as and when required over the coming weeks.

You can also use the government's online Brexit checklist, where by answering a few questions you can be directed to more specific advice. 

A full copy of a July 2019 government presentation on preparing your business for Brexit can be downloaded (PDF 2mb).

Brexit Readiness Workshops

Invest in Bath is planning to hold a series of workshops to assist local businesses adapt to the risks and opportunities a possible Brexit may provide. 

Invest in Bath Event 1: Preparing your business for Brexit. 4-6pm Weds 20 November. Free, expert guidance on maximising trading opportunities with the EU, 'Brexit-proofing' your business and empliying EU nationals. Book for free here.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is holding a series of Brexit business support workshops across the UK, including two sessions at the Future Inn Hotel in Bristol on Tuesday 15 October. Register for free here.

The Department for International Trade is also running a series of Brexit preparedness workshops across the country in October. 

Export and Import

The Government has a set of dedicated guidance pages on importing, exporting and customs after Brexit. 

We also have a dedicated page on export support services available to businesses, regardless of the outcome of EU negotiations.

Additional Resources and Business Support Services

Business West's website has a section titled Trading Through Brexit .  The site contains advice, videos, resources and the opportunity to ask questions about trading following the UK's planned departure from the EU.