The uncertainty surrounding Brexit can be make it extremely difficult for businesses to plan for the future. The Growth Hub has collected a range of resources developed by Government and private sector organisations which can help businesses in the Humber region plan for the various Brexit scenarios they may face.

Preparing for EU Exit – HM Government information

The “Preparing for EU Exit” website is the central Government site for guidance aimed at businesses and individuals.It offers information and guidance on a huge range of topics on how leaving the EU will affect businesses and people and how best to deal with these issues.

Preparing For EU Exit


Preparing for changes at the UK border after a no deal EU exit, This site provides a high-level guide or links to processes and procedures that are likely to apply to cross-border activity between the UK and the EU in a no deal scenario. It also links you to more detailed sector-specific guidance.

Preparing for boarder changes

Customs declarations for goods brought into the EU

Customs declarations for goods taken out of the EU

Importing after Brexit: check what you need to do

In a no-deal Brexit, businesses will need to apply the same procedures to EU trade that apply to trading with the rest of the world. You can make it easier to import goods from the EU by registering to use transitional simplified procedures.

There will be changes to the way you pay or reclaim VAT if the UK leaves EU-wide VAT IT systems with no deal find more details here.

Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI)

HMRC has advised that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK businesses will need to register for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to continue to export or import goods within the EU Currently an EORI number is only required by UK businesses that import or export goods to or from countries outside of the EU.

HMRC has started to automatically enrol all relevant traders that are VAT registered to have EORI numbers and they will receive the following letter soon from HMRC. (Please note the file contains two letters one for UK businesses and one for NI businesses).

EORI – Letters to Businesses for UK and NI (PDF file)

If businesses are not VAT registered and need to continue to trade with the EU then they will need to apply for an EORI. This can be done online and only takes around 15 minutes.

How to apply for an EORI 

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Is working to ensure that businesses have the information they need to prepare. As well as regular and on going engagement with research institutes, businesses, and business and trade representative groups to discuss their priorities and concerns. It has published sector primers for businesses setting out how to prepare for EU Exit. Please follow the links for: automotiveaerospaceconstruction, oil and gas productionretailspaceprofessional and business services, chemicalselectronics,  machinery and partselectricity sector and gas markets.

Advice for businesses on consumer rights if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

Structuring your business after a no-deal Brexit

Advice for businesses on consumer rights if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

Advice for manufacturers and retailers on textile labelling if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

Placing manufactured goods on the UK market after Brexit

How restricting access to online content (geo-blocking) between the UK and EU will be regulated if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

Latest BEIS Update

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

Has published guidance on several key areas affecting businesses. Please follow these links for support on: food labellingexporting and importing fishtransporting endangered species, working with chemicals,  pesticides,  importing and exporting plants,  trading timber, and managing data. Detailed guidance for the fisheries sector and preparing for EU Exit can be found on Gov.UK here.

Exporters of animals and animal products require an Environmental Health Certificate (EHC).

There is a PDF document which has details of Defra-led international agreements that will not be in place by exit day. International Agreements Information

Defra will continue to provide further information and guidance on other topics that may affect businesses should we leave the EU without a deal.If you have questions regarding no deal EU exports, please email

The Food Standards Agency (FSA)

Has published guidance on health and identification marksimporting high-risk food and animal feed and GM food or feed or animal feed additives. For more information from the FSA visit

Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there will be changes to SPC and patent law on the day we leave.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, find out how this would affect the exhaustion of intellectual property rights.

The Department for International Trade (DIT)

Department for Internal Trade have created four informative videos that can be shared with members and supply chains to answer queries on tariffs and free trade. DIT Videos

The Department for Health and Social Care

Advice for EU Health and Social Care staff: Brexit preparations update

Government EU Exit Forums

The government has held a series of forums relating to business readiness for leaving, you can find details of these forums in this PDF file, which also contains a number of useful links to helpful resources.

EU Exit Business Readiness Forum (PDF file)

HM Government Tool available to prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU

You can use this tool to find out:

  • what your business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
  • what’s changing in your industry
  • information on specific rules and regulations

Use the HM Government Tool 

Information from the European Commission

Information about the impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU in the area of customs and taxation and the customs union.Unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date, the United Kingdom will become a ‘third country’ as of 30 March 2019, towards the rest of the EU countries.

EU Taxation and customs union details

Details from the Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses have put together Small Business Brexit Pack which gives information to small businesses on how they should prepare for the impact of leaving the EU.One of the purposes of this pack is to clearly set out what smaller businesses should be thinking about in the event of a disorderly no-deal scenario. The decision on when to enact a contingency plan is a matter for each individual business.The FSB believes all smaller businesses should now be acting to mitigate the consequences of a no-deal scenario

Small Business Pack

Details from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) 

The ICO have information on how personal data will continue to flow after Brexit between the UK and the EU.In a ‘no deal’ situation the UK Government has already made clear its intention to enable data to flow from the UK to EEA countries without any additional measures. But transfers of personal data from the EEA to the UK will be affected.

Personal Data flow

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Checklist

The BCC has created a checklist has to help businesses consider the changes that Brexit may bring to their businesses, and to help business planning at both operational and Board levels.The BCC believe that all firms – not just those directly and immediately affected – should be undertaking a Brexit ‘health check’, and a broader test of existing business plans. Time spent thinking through the changes that Brexit may bring to your firm could yield real dividends in future. The checklist helps you perform a health check for your business.

The BCC Checklist (PDF)

Contact your Humber Growth Hub Business Advisor

If you need help for your business with issues surrounding Brexit then our advisors are here to help. You can arrange to have a free One to One clinic with your local Growth Hub Business Advisor.

Arrange an appointment with your local Growth Hub Business Advisor


We would like to know if BREXIT will have any impact on your business and if you have any plans in place for when the UK leaves the EU. Please complete our survey and we will feed back information to HM Government.

Brexit Survey