Prepare your business for trading in the EU:

Leaving the EU means your business may need to prepare for change. What do changes to trading in the EU mean for your business? Are you ready? Hertfordshire Growth Hub is working with London and South East LEP Growth Hubs to deliver collaborative advice and support to businesses across all areas.

For more information about GOV.UK information, sector specific guides and specific GOV pages, registering with HMRC for an EORI number British Chamber of Commerce guides and more, click here.

Business Resilience Programme – Ready2020:

The Business Resilience Programme is due to run until 31st March 2020. Alongside this new programme, Hertfordshire Growth Hub also still has its main services, which is there to support businesses whatever the issue and to ensure they connect businesses to relevant support.

Hertfordshire’s Growth Hub, powered by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, is running a series of workshop events aimed at boosting small business resilience. For your business to be ready for opportunities of a new decade, technological changes, next generation consumers, employees and investors, ready for trading in the EU even, it’s a lot of change that you can’t afford to ignore.

The Business Resilience Programme is a package of support that can equip you with the knowledge and resources to identify and seize these opportunities. It includes:

  • Free-to-attend interactive workshop roadshow
  • Guidance via experienced Business Resilience Advisers
  • Telephone business support services
  • One-to-one support for eligible businesses
  • Helping you to identify issues affecting your business and associated risk
  • Providing tools to help you overcome identified business risks
  • Helping you to find resolutions to identified business risks

To book on to one of their workshop events, visit their Business Resilience events page. To speak to one of their advisers, complete this contact form.

How can Trading Standards support businesses with Brexit?

Trading Standards officers can help with regulatory questions, help interpret government guidance and highlight potential changes relating to trading in the EU relevant to your business. Click here for further information, email Trading Standards or call: 01707 281401.

Additional Import/Export Helplines and Web Links:

You can contact the Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) team online or by phone: 0300 322 7067

Import, export and customs for businesses web pages: https://www.gov.uk/topic/business-tax/import-export

HMRC Contact numbers: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact

Import and Export general enquiries number: 0300 200 3700

HMRC have extended the deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding to 31 January 2021. There is still at least £7.5 million available so that more businesses can hire or train experts to deal with customs declarations. Details can be found here.

The Department of International Trade has launched a digital tool to give businesses the information they need to export goods out of the UK market. The free tool, called ‘Check How to Export Goods’, helps any business, particularly SMEs, to trade with over 160 markets by providing up to date information and guidance on what they need to know and do in order to export goods to an EU country or to the rest of the world. The service is free to use and is available here.