Is your business ready for Brexit?

Help and resources are available to you as your business prepares for Brexit. 



As the UK prepares to leave the European Union 31 October, businesses face many challenges. Ards and North Down Borough Council, along with key partners is offering businesses support and guidance to navigate the challenges that may face their business.

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UK Government Advice

The government is continuously updating regulations, policies and advice regarding Brexit. Their website provides lots of up-to-date Brexit information on the GOV.UK website. This information can help you and your business prepare for the EU Exit.

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Invest NI

Invest Northern Ireland can provide Brexit help, advice and support for your business.

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Intertrade Ireland

Intertrade Ireland's dedicated Brexit team can provide information on funding, details of upcoming events and an online learning tool.

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Northern Ireland Business Info

NI Business Info offers support and guidance to businesses as Brexit approaches and in the event of a 'no-deal Brexit'. Their website is continuously updated with latest information and guidance on issues relating to Brexit.   

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Brexit Events

Key organisations are offering workshops, events and information sessions to help businesses prepare for Brexit. 

There are other Brexit resources specific to certain industries which may also help you prepare:

NI Direct

NI Direct offers specific advice and information on how Brexit will likely affect Northern Ireland.

Advice includes transport and travel, health and social care, EU citizens, education, agriculture and environment and money and pensions. 

Go to NI Direct

Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

The department has put together advice specific to agriculture, fishery, forestry and the environment in relation to Brexit. 

Their advice includes Q&A's, information on fisheries, animal travel, environment and plants. 

Go to DAERA 

Northern Ireland Chamber Brexit Hub

The Northern Ireland Chamber have put together a checklist to help businesses consider the changes that Brexit may bring.

The UK’s impending departure from the European Union will bring change for businesses of every size and sector.

While some companies are already planning for the challenges and opportunities ahead, Chambers of Commerce 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.

Download NI Chamber Checklist

Go to NI Chamber Brexit Hub

Food Standards Agency

If your business deals in food, or animal feed, your responsibility to make sure it is safe will remain a requirement of law from day one of the UK leaving the EU. For most businesses, the current requirements of food and feed law will continue to apply with no or limited changes.

The Food Standards Agency is offering guidance on exporting foods of animal origin and health marks on meat and poultry.

Go to FSA

Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs have put together information to get Ireland Brexit ready. The Irish government have put in place a number of supports to help businesses of all shapes and sizes, across the economy prepare for Brexit. 

Go To Getting Ireland Ready For Brexit Site

Republic of Ireland Office of the Revenue Commissioners

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners offers information on trade facilitation and customs procedures for the UK after Brexit. 

Go To Brexit Information 

HMRC Guidance

HMRC offer various advice on Brexit and how to prepare. There is information on customs procedures for moving goods between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and there is guidance on VAT on goods you move across the border. 

Go To HMRC Guidance

Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors have offered a new free Brexit guidance service.

The scheme, which will be open to both members and non-members of the business organisation, will run throughout October featuring webinars and workshops around the north.

'Brexit Ready NI' is being delivered alongside KPMG. It offers guidance on a range of matters from how to prepare for a ‘no deal', employment and immigration issues, to getting ready for any changes in the tax and customs landscape.

The Big Brexit Webinar

Brexit Questions

Business Planning Guide


Go To Institute of Directors


The Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership (NISMP) works across the spheres of government and between the public, private and third sectors to ensure that Northern Ireland effectively welcomes, supports and integrates new migrants in a way which contributes to economic growth and vibrant, cohesive communities. It provides a regional advisory and consultative function, enabling our partners and other stakeholders to develop an appropriate approach to the management of migration in Northern Ireland. NISMP is hosted by NILGA.

EU Settlement Scheme

A step-by-step guide for EU nationals on the EU Settlement scheme can be found here.

The Home Office has produced toolkits to help equip organisations, public authorities and employers with the necessary information and guidance to support EU citizens and their families on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. The toolkit for Public Authorities and Community Organisations can be found here and an updated toolkit for employers can be found here

Supporting Vulnerable EU nationals through the EUSS

The Stronger Together Network, STEP, Law Centre NI and Children’s Law Centre are working together to support vulnerable EEA nationals living in NI to complete the process of securing settlement under the Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme. Assistance is available to complete the application and complex cases are referred to Law Centre NI, STEP and, in the case of minors, to the Children’s Law Centre. For further information go to:

How can we help?

FInd out more about the services and support we offer by contacting us.