The new ‘Get Ready For Brexit’ campaign has launched. Find out here what you need to do to get ready for 31st October. When the UK leaves the EU, there will likely be changes that affect you, to find out more and to make sure that you are prepared.

What should I be thinking about?


Check what you need to do for the type of goods you import or export:

  • You can make it easier to import goods from the EU by registering to use transitional simplified procedures (TSP)
  • Find out how to register for and make a customs declaration


Check what’s changing in your industry

  • Employees practicing and serving clients in the EU may need to have their professional qualifications accredited. Check and apply by 31 October.
  • Check new guidance if you manufacture or distribute goods to the EU


Make sure you have the right driver and vehicle licences and permits for driving in the EU

  • Make sure you have the right documentation for the goods you’re carrying across EU borders, including your Master Reference Number (MRN)

Food, farming and fisheries

The process for importing live animals and animal products is changing

  • New certification for exporting animals and animal goods is required. You will also need to use specific ports to move them

UK Nationals

Check for changes before you travel

  • Check your passport is valid Get travel insurance which covers your healthcare Make sure you have the right driving documents Get a health certificate for your pet at least four months before you travel

EU Citizens living in UK

Apply for EU Settlement Scheme


We are keen to make sure that this campaign is reaching everyone on a local level as well as a national level, and that citizens and businesses alike are taking action to prepare for 31st October. As part of this campaign we are committed to making this toolkit, and all its supporting assets as useful as possible.

Planned National Events

We’re hosting a number of Brexit workshops across the region to help businesses to learn and upskill their workforces to trade successfully across borders and how to get “Brexit” ready. We’re also hosting a number of training sessions which focus on specific areas of international trade. Click here for our list of workshops and training sessions.

Planned October Training Dates:

  • 2nd October 2019 – Rugeley
  • 9th October 2019 – Stafford
  • 10th October 2019 – South Staffordshire Council
  • 11th October 2019 – in Newcastle-Under-Lyme

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News Updates

Research published by the British Chambers of Commerce found that in a survey of over 1,500 companies across the UK – nearly a quarter of firms (24%) say that in the event of a ‘no deal’ exit on 31st October they would revise investment plans down, while just 4% would revise up. 71% of respondents did not state that they would revise investment plans. Larger businesses surveyed (firms with more than 50 employees) were more likely to report that they will revise investment (33%) and recruitment (31%) plans downwards in a ‘no deal’ scenario. 5% of surveyed businesses reported they would revise investment and recruitment upwards, respectively.  Additionally, nearly one in five firms surveyed (18%) said they planned to move some or all of their business overseas in a no-deal scenario, signalling the possibility of a significant movement of operations by some firms away from the UK.

This news may be disconcerting for some businesses, but with less than 50 days to go before 31 October our aim is to help you to carry on trading successfully whatever the final outcome.

Our dedicated Brexit advice website ‘’ provides companies with information, resources and a detailed checklist to help businesses to understand the issues surrounding international trade after Brexit. It’s also a resource containing the latest news and details on how we can help you plan your international business needs post-Brexit, at both the operational and boardroom levels.
If your business employs EU nationals and you’d like HR advice on how a no-deal Brexit will affect employment contracts you can also contact the Chamber to speak to our Growth Hub HR advisor.

For any other queries on Brexit, please contact the Chamber’s International Trade Team on 01782 202222.