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EU Exit

17th February 2021


Advice for Northern Ireland businesses who may be affected by EU Exit 

BEIS Helplines

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has set up new helplines to assist UK businesses with enquiries related to new rules following the end of the Transition Period. 

Businesses in Northern Ireland should call 0800 181 4422.

For more information, including opening hours, click here to visit the website.

SME Brexit Fund

A new £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund has been launched, offering support to help small businesses adjust to new customs procedures, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU.

Eligibility: The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 if your business has up to 500 employees, and no more than £100 million annual turnover.

SMEs who trade only with the EU, and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes, can apply for grants of up to £2,000, to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU.

For more information on the SME Brexit Support Fund, click here to visit the website. To access full guidance on how you can use the grant, who can apply and how to apply, click here to visit the website.

Business Travel

A new Business Travel Explainer has been published for individuals travelling to the EU for work.

The document includes guidance covering entry requirements, luggage, earnings, qualifications and insurance.

Click here to download the Business Travel Explainer.

Videos and Webinars

A collection of webinars for businesses that trade with the EU can be accessed by visiting the dedicated web page here

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has also published a series of short, on-demand videos covering 18 topics, including moving goods into, out of or through Northern Ireland, rules of origin, audit and accounting. Click here to register for immediate access the video content.