Businesses may face challenges now that the UK has left the EU. 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.
Help and resources are available to you as your business navigates Brexit.
There are other Brexit resources specific to certain industries which may also help you prepare:
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.
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.
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.
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.
NI Food Industry – EU transition information
The Government has published EU transition guidance for the food industry in Northern Ireland. This includes information for Food Competent Certifying Officers (FCCO) and Regulatory Services, and a guide to the new rules for Export Health Certificates from 1 January 2021 which will apply to exports from GB to the EU. If you are in the NI Food Industry please click on the link below.
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.
The Office of the Revenue Commissioners offers information on trade facilitation and customs procedures for the UK after Brexit.
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.
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.
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:
The ICO have a range of resources available to local businesses. These resources are designed to help businesses and organisations keep personal data flowing with Europe after Brexit.
If you only operate within the UK
If you are a UK business or organisation that already complies with the GDPR and has no contacts or customers in the European Economic Area (EEA), you do not need to do much more to prepare for data protection compliance after Brexit.
If you operate in the EU:
If you have an office, branch or other established presence in the EEA, or if you have customers in the EEA, you will need to comply with both UK and EU data protection regulations after Brexit. You may need to designate a representative in the EEA.
If you operate in the UK but transfer data to and from the EEA
If you are a UK business who send or receive data from contacts or customers in the EEA, you may need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow after Brexit.
EU Transition – Data Protection Partnership Pack
The Government has published a Data Protection Partnership Pack in relation to the EU transition.
This guidance is to assist UK businesses or organisations that receive personal data from the EU or EEA to prepare to ensure that data can continue to flow lawfully from 1 January 2021. Visit GOV.UK/using-personal-data-2021 and the ICO website for expert advice and practical support to help you put in place the right measures to prepare. The Data Protection Partnership Pack can be accessed via the link below.