The transition period is ending

We know 2020 has been a challenging year for businesses especially with uncertainity. 

However, one thing that is certain is the United Kingdom's relationship with the EU is changing. We are currently in a transition period. On the 1 January 2021 the transition period will end.

Regardless of the outcome of the negotiations between the UK government and the EU, UK businesses and communities will need to prepare for change. This includes our businesses and communities.

To support local businesses, North West Leicestershire District Council is here to support you so please get in touch. There are some helpful links below.

The Government has been preparing for any outcome from EU exit negotiations and has been implementing a programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready from day one in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome. 

Visit the Government's EU Exit web page for more information

Local business advice

We appreciate this is a complex situation and one of the most common questions asked is where to begin. We recommend you review your existing operations and work with your supply chain and consider the following impacts:

  • Does your organisation import or export to or from the EU? Or will your goods or services pass through an EU country on its way to or from a country outside the EU
  • Do you currently or plan to employ staff outside of the UK?
  • Does your business have any intellectural property (IP) recognised in the EU currently and will it apply after 1 January 2021
  • Do you transfer data to and/or from the EU 

As always we are here to help you and your business survive and thrive. If you run a local business and would like to speak to us about business planning for EU exit please contact our Business Focus team.

Business Focus businessfocus@nwleicestershire.gov.uk 01530 454 578 or 01530 454609

EU support for businesses - national and regional events

Throughout October the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) hosted a number of sector specific webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take.

For access to more webinars, including other government departments such as DEFRA or MOJ or to review on demand please visit GOV.UK webinars where there will be additional resources to support businesses through the transition period and prepare for change.

The Leicester and Leicestershire Growth Hub are running a series of events to support businesess. 

The Government has designed this step-by-step Get ready for Brexit guide to help businesses prepare for EU exit and the potential 'no deal' scenario. 

You will need to prepare to continue trading with EU businesses.

EU citizens in the UK - advice 

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.

These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.

Visit the Government's EU Exit web page for more information and to apply to stay in the UK 

EU Settlement Scheme 

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.  

Leicestershire County Council is one of the local authorities that are providing a document scanning service for people applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. 

This service is available to resident EU citizens with a valid EU passport, and to their non-EU citizen family members with a biometric residence card issued by the UK.

Read more about the Leicestershire County Council EU Settlement Scheme document scanning service

UK citizens in the EU - advice 

The Government EU Exit web pages include advice specific to where you are living in the European Union. 

Prepare for EU Exit if you live in the UK 

Visit the Government's EU Exit web pages for information on: 

  • Going and being abroad
  • Work
  • Transport 
  • Environment 
  • Business and industry 
  • Education, training and skills
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Last updated: Thu 5 November, 2020 @ 16:31