EU Exit links for Isle of Wight businesses

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Preparing for Brexit

The government has set up a central website to provide guidance for businesses to prepare: Preparing for EU Exit 

It covers a wide range of subjects including:  

  • Government links for businesses. 
  • Information on preparing your business for EU Exit .
  • Individuals – getting prepared.
  • UK Nationals in the EU and EU Citizens in the UK.

Advice for companies who trade with the Isle of Wight Council and other public sector bodies

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the public procurement regulations will remain broadly unchanged after Brexit. If you are already contracted to provide goods or services to the council, in most cases nothing will change. If you are bidding for contracts from the Isle of Wight Council you should check the tender details to see how to proceed – usually this will be exactly the same as before.

Suppliers wishing to access UK contract opportunities from the UK public sector (not just the Isle of Wight Council) will need to access the new UK e-notification service, Find a Tender, instead of OJEU/TED. Suppliers can continue to access the relevant domestic portal, such as Contracts Finder, MOD Defence Contracts Online, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI. Suppliers who wish to access contract opportunities from the EU may continue to do so via OJEU/TED.

More information about public sector procurement in a no-deal scenario can be found on the government website.


Check for the latest updates

More information on the following points can be found online at by searching for ‘Brexit’.

  • The way you import and export from the EU will change after Brexit. Flowcharts for these processes are available online to explain the new processes for certain goods and products.
  • If your business completes business declarations, you can apply for funding for recruitment, training, and IT improvements.
  • The application deadline for the Brexit readiness fund has been extended to help businesses prepare, and an extra £5 million has become available.
  • Checklists available for businesses in the following sectors: gambling, digital, technology and computer services, creative industries, arts, culture or heritage, tourism, sports and recreation and media and broadcasting.

Preparing your Business for the UK leaving the EU

Use the 'prepare your business' tool to answer seven simple questions to get guidance relevant to your business: Prepare your business

It covers:

  • What your business may need to do prepare for the UK leaving the European Union.
  • What’s changing in your industry. 
  • Information on specific rules and regulations.


Small Business Brexit Pack (FSB)

National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses has produced an information pack that includes:

  • Understand the Withdrawal Agreement including EU Commission and UK Government ‘backstop’ propositions to avoid a hard border on the Island of Ireland;
  • Understand the range of ‘end state’ scenarios that are possible 
  •  Access the online Small Business Brexit pack


Beyond Brexit, Time to Act – PwC UK

The latest insights from Brexit experts at consultants PwC to help you prepare for Brexit

Access the  PwC UK: Brexit experts

Eu Settled Status Scheme, A Guide For Employers

Access the guide for employers to help your employees use the Settled Status Scheme.

Get Help And Support For Your Business –

Your business can get advice and financial help from government-backed schemes.

This covers:

  • Help with tax.
  • Regional help with exporting.
  • Advice on writing a business plan.
  • You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice - Access the Gov.UK Business support
  • Find free support, advice and source of finance through your local growth hub.


DEFRA Brexit advice for fisherman

Fishermen who have deployed static gear in non-UK waters are being urged to get ready by removing it ahead of 31 October.

DEFRA advice is available for fishermen who might wish to export fish after Brexit.