Brexit advice for businesses



Brexit news continues to dominate the headlines and will continue to do so as we get ever closer to the date of the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU). But what will a deal or no deal Brexit mean for businesses?

At the Berkshire Growth Hub, we want to help Berkshire businesses understand what the EU withdrawal will mean to them and keep business owners updated with the latest information, advice and support available.

The government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome (where the UK leaves the EU without agreement).

Preparing for EU exit

The government has set-up a central website to provide guidance for businesses to prepare for the EU exit. Click here to visit this website. It includes important information on everything from importing and exporting to employing EU citizens, product standards and regulations, intellectual property and personal data.

Online tool to help your business prepare for the UK leaving the EU

The government has developed a useful tool to provide businesses with relevant information to help them prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Click here to access the tool.

No deal: How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

The government has put together guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there is no deal, which can be viewed on the government website here. This includes information on importing, exporting, product labelling, workplace rights, tax and regulation.

Other important information and resources:

Brexit checklist for businesses

The British Chambers of Commerce has created a Business Brexit checklist to help businesses consider and plan for the changes that Brexit may bring to their organisation. The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce has also created an online toolkit with useful information and resources.

Department for International Trade (DIT)

For guidance and information regarding exporting and importing, businesses can call the DIT South East enquiry line on 0330 300 012, submit an EU exit enquiry form, email or visit this website

DIT have also created three informative videos to answer queries on tariffs. There are videos on:

UK/EU Border: Importing and Exporting

The Border Delivery Group and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have also published a series of short videos and leaflets to help businesses prepare for changes at the UK/EU border in a ‘no deal’ scenario. The videos are all available here.

EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit

If EU citizens want to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020, they and their close family members will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. An EU settlement Scheme toolkit has been created, which contains tools and information with which employers can support EU citizen employees and their families on the EU Settlement Scheme.

Small Business Brexit Pack

The Federation of Small Businesses has published a Brexit pack on their website, which includes resources and podcasts. 

HMRC Partnership Pack

This HMRC Partnership pack has been created to assist businesses and those providing business advice and support to prepare for EU Exit. It includes information on customs, excise, VAT and regulatory changes.

Guidance for the Agriculture & Food Industry

Some advice for agricultural and food-based businesses on the implications of no deal being agreed with the EU before the 29th March 2019, can be found here.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency have provided a list of organisations that inspect and certify animals and animal products for export: Find a professional to certify export health certificates 

The Food Standards Agency

The FSA has published guidance on health and identification marks, importing high-risk food and animal feed and GM food or feed or animal feed additives. For more information, click here

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

DEFRA recently published guidance on several key areas affecting businesses. Please follow these links for support on: food labelling, exporting and importing fish, transporting endangered species, working with chemicals, pesticides, importing and exporting plants, trading timber, managing data and Protecting food and drink names if there’s no Brexit deal

The following sector guidance is also available:

 Data Protection Guidance

Although the UK’s own data protection standards would remain the same (the GDPR will come into domestic law), there would be changes to how personal data is transferred from the EU/EEA to the UK. This could affect your organisation. It is important for organisations, as a priority, to review whether they would be affected. For those that would be affected, practical advice and support from the ICO is available.

The government and the ICO have produced the following guidance on data protection:

Accounting, Reporting & Auditing Compliance

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have published how companies can comply with UK accounting and reporting requirements after the UK leaves the EU: Accounting if there’s no Brexit deal and what audit firms, auditors, and those with an audit qualification should do to prepare before the UK leaves the EU: Auditing if there’s no Brexit deal 

Department for Transport

Department for Transport have updated what bus and coach drivers as well as truck and lorry drivers from the UK may need to do to drive in the EU and EEA if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019:

Sector specific information on EU Exit

The government has produced the following sector specific guidance:

Latest news:

Visit our News section for the latest announcements regarding Brexit, which includes an update on EU exit preparations by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Local events and webinars 

There are a number of seminars, conferences and webinars regarding Brexit taking place, information on these can be found in our Brexit Events section

You can also check out our Events section for details of all forthcoming events.

Provide your feedback to the government:

The Berkshire Growth Hub and Thames Valley Berkshire LEP have been asked by government to gather intelligence on the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU. We need your help in completing an online survey. 

Click here to complete the short survey and provide your views on the effects of Brexit on your business.


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