This page contains resources, videos and information covering the topic of Brexit. Working in partnership with the Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association (PASMA) and the Access Industry Forum (AIF) we delivered a series of live webinars covering the topic of Brexit Readiness, all these sessions were recorded and are listed below.
If you have any questions and wish to speak to us about Brexit please contact our Policy and Public Affairs Manager Mark Bradshaw on 0121 380 4621.
The UK government has set up a new £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund, which offers support to help small businesses adjust to new customs procedures, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. Applications can be made when the portal is open.
The SME Brexit Support Fund could award eligible businesses up to £2,000 if you have 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. More information on the SME Brexit Support Fund can be found here.
Full guidance on how you can use the grant, who can apply and how to apply is available here.
The following links are available with general and more specific information about the UK’s trading arrangements following departure from the EU and how they affect business. If you have any further questions or have ideas for additional information, HAE EHA can feed this back to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) liaison team.
- Instant access to on-demand video explainers (includes Rules of Origin)
- How to claim preferential (zero) tariffs when trading with the EU
- Full guidance on Rules of Origin when trading with the EU
- Trade Tariff tool to classify your goods
- Online tool to check which Rules of Origin apply to your exports
- Online tool to check which Rules of Origin apply to your imports
- For help on importing & exporting, contact HMRC using the guidance here
- Information on staged customs controls when importing into the UK
- Get help and support for your business via the Business Support Helpline
- Trader Support Service (TSS): This free UK Government-backed service will guide you through any changes you need to make, and can complete customs declarations on your behalf. The TSS also offers a comprehensive range of education materials including online training, webinars and “how to” guides.
- Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS): Free support, including a dedicated helpline, is available for traders and businesses moving animals, plants and associated products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. MAS also means that traders will not need to pay health certification costs, which will be met by the UK Government.
Further information for:
- Businesses in England call 0800 998 1098
- Businesses in Scotland call 0300 303 0660
- Businesses in Wales call 0300 060 3000
- Businesses in Northern Ireland, call 0800 181 4422
Rules for hiring people from the EU are due to change from the 1st January 2021. The Home Office and the Federation of Small Businesses have produced a podcast covering new rules about hiring staff from the EU.
While no deal has been agreed and doubts remain whether even a thin deal will be agreed by the end of this year, HAE EHA urges all businesses to review the latest guidance and consider and take advice on the action you need to take to ensure business operations can continue. Please see gov.uk/transition for updates.
The Brexit transition means new rules are put in place for the UK from January 2021. Make sure you’re ready.
CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS (AMENDMENT ETC.) (EU EXIT) REGULATIONS 2020
A transcript of the latest parliamentary debate can be found here.
These regulations will amend those set in 2019 so that the current UK-wide provisions such as the UKCA marking and UK designated standards, will become GB provisions at the end of the transition period. This ensures that EU construction products law will apply in Northern Ireland. Immediately following the end of the transition period, UK designated standards will be identical to those under the EU regime, so there will be no change for businesses on standards that must be met.
They make provisions for conformity assessment bodies established in the UK and enable UK-approved bodies to continue testing against EU harmonised standards for the Northern Ireland market and introduce a UKNI indication.
They confirm the enforcement provisions for Northern Ireland in relation to the EU construction products regulation and amend existing UK-wide enforcement provisions so that they apply in Great Britain. These enforcement provisions will work in a very similar way to the Construction Products Regulations 2013. They will ensure clear enforcement rules for economic operators and regulators in Great Britain and Northern Ireland where non-compliant goods are placed on either market.
This webinar focused on the United Kingdom General Data Protection
with Mark Bradshaw
Glasgow 25th October 2019
Glasgow 25th October 2019
Glasgow 28th October 2019
Glasgow 28th October 2019
Manchester 29th October 2019
London 30th October 2019