The West Midlands Growth Hubs have launched a survey to gather intelligence on businesses EU Exit experiences. The answers provided in this short survey will help us to tailor further business support to our businesses in Staffordshire.

Following the signing of the UK – EU Free Trade Agreement, there are new rules for businesses which came into force on 1 January 2021 which require immediate action. Your business needs to act now to comply with these new rules. If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted. You should use the Brexit checker tool for a personalised list of actions that your business needs to take.

How will the UK Transition affect you?

Businesses that Import and Export goods

As the process for importing and exporting goods will change from 1st January 2021, the government have devised two step-by-step guides to help businesses to prepare for this.

Click here to see what actions you will need to take to import goods from the EU.
Click here to see what actions you will need to take to export goods to the EU.

Travelling to the EU

You can continue to travel to the EU as usual during the transition period. From 1st January 2021 there will be new rules to travel to the EU, or to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Things you may need to do before you go include: checking your passport, ensuring your travel insurance covers your healthcare and checking you have the right driving documents.

If you are a business you may need to make a customs declaration if you take goods with you to sell abroad or use for business.

To read the full guidance on visiting Europe from 1st January 2021 click here.

Staying in the UK if you are an EU Citizen

You will need to check if you need to apply to the settlement scheme if you or your family are from the EU, or from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Use the GOV.UK tool to find out what you need to do to stay in the UK.

Continue living and working in the EU

Living and working in an EU country depends on the rules in that country as you may need to register or apply for residency. You should also check that you’re covered for healthcare and you may also need to exchange your UK driving licence for a licence issued by the EU country where you live.

For official guidance and information on UK nationals moving to or living in a European country click here.

UK Transition Webinars

Check, Change, Go – Prepare your business for the end of the transition period:
To support business preparations, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. Each webinar is tailored to different sectors, providing information on key actions businesses within that sector need to take, therefore you can click on your sector to register and attend a live webinar.
For more information CLICK HERE


Chamber Customs Webinars: 
4 topical and interactive webinars, designed to count down to the end of the EU Transition period.
The Webinars will guide businesses through the complexity of change in our import and export processes, systems and controls from 1st January 2020. For more information CLICK HERE


Department of International Trade Webinars:
To support companies who trade with the EU Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce are running a series of Transition Workshops which will cover issues including Customs Declarations, the new UK Tariff Regime and the Northern Ireland Protocol. For more information CLICK HERE

News Updates

Moving qualifying goods from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK

From 1 January 2021 Northern Ireland businesses will continue to have unfettered access to the whole of the UK market. Find out which goods qualify for unfettered access when moving from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK.

Published  13 January 2021

The UK’s Integrated Tariff Schedule

These measures establish and give effect to the UK’s Integrated Tariff Schedule, setting out the rules governing the classification of goods and the approach for determining the tariff applicable to those goods.

Published 13 January 2021

UK launches Global Health Insurance Card

New agreement ensures the rights of UK residents to access emergency and medically necessary care when travelling in the EU will continue. UK’s new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched as part of UK / EU deaL. Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will gradually replace existing European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC)

Published 11 January 2021


The Stoke-On-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub are well positioned to provide tailored support to all businesses, helping them to adapt to the changes Brexit has brought. We have tight connections with a range of organisation such as the Department of International Trade who we can connect you with. We also provide access to a specialist team of advisors including HR, Marketing, Digital, High growth & Recovery, along with access to funding throughout this period and beyond.

The government have set up a Business Support Helpline that can help you identify the actions you need to take regarding trade with the EU. Please call 0800 998 1098

If your business employs EU nationals and you would like HR advice on how leaving the EU will affect employment contracts, you can also contact our Growth Hub HR advisor.

For business queries around the UK Transition and how this will affect international trade, please contact Staffordshire Chamber’s of Commerce International Trade Team on 01782 202222.