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Preparing your business for Brexit

As a council we have been working for some time on identifying the potential impacts and opportunities which a “no deal” scenario could present to the delivery of council services, and to our residents and businesses.

With the UK set to leave the EU on Friday 29 March, there are still many ways in which you can prepare your business for the future and below is a list of information sources that will assist you.

UK government

The UK government website provides the most up to date information on Brexit, with specific advice on a ‘no deal’ situation, business guidance and much more:

Preparations for a no deal scenario - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-governments-preparations-for-a-no-deal-scenario

Find EU exit guidance for your business - https://www.gov.uk/find-eu-exit-guidance-business

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has also published an update on EU Exit preparation and launched the business readiness website (links below):

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/preparing-for-eu-exit-beis-update?utm_source=df271a7d-4764-4bf0-ac99-aa1ef00d443f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

https://euexitbusiness.campaign.gov.uk/

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

The Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce website has created its own Brexit Hub and details can be found via the following link - https://www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk/brexit-hub/

Kent Resilience Forum

The multi-agency organisation is taking the lead in co-ordinating Kent’s response to managing the potential impacts of a “no deal” - http://www.kentprepared.org.uk/

British Chambers of Commerce

The BCC is helping businesses to consider how they can plan for the future. Visit their website Brexit page for more information - https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/page/policy-and-media-centre-example/preparing-for-brexit

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The FSB provides a range of information aimed at smaller businesses, with a Brexit introduction via this link on their website - https://www.fsb.org.uk/standing-up-for-you/brexit/introduction

Kent County Council

The county council has provided advice for businesses in general and specifically for food businesses.

General advice can be found via this link - https://www.kent.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/trading-standards-business-advice/brexit-and-your-business

Advice for food businesses can be found via this link - https://www.kent.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/trading-standards-business-advice/brexit-and-your-business/brexit-advice-for-food-business

Other useful links

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has a blog on how they can help businesses, particularly SMEs that transfer personal data overseas, to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit:

https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2018/12/data-protection-and-brexit-ico-advice-for-organisations/

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