Forward Planning

EU Exit links for Isle of Wight businesses

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Preparing for EU Exit – (EU Exit Campaign,

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

It covers the following:  
• 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.

Preparing your Business for the UK leaving the EU (

Use the tool at the following link 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 

You can find the link here: Small business Brexit pack

Brexit Checklist (by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce)

A checklist to help your business consider the effects Brexit may have on your firm and help for business planning at both operational and board levels.

It covers:
• Workforce (including skills and staffing).
• Cross-Border Trade (customs checks/ declarations, border delays, tariffs rules of origin).
• Agreements with third countries.
• Customs facilitations and reliefs (e.g. becoming an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO).
• Customs/export training.
• Taxation (import VAT, VAT registration).
• Currency/intellectual property/ contracts (currency risk, EU regulatory regime, intellectual property, contracts review).

You can find the link here: Hampshire Chamber Brexit checklist

Brexit Masterclass: Embracing Opportunities and Facing the Challenges of Brexit By Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (Event 26th March)

A small intimate workshop aimed to stimulate discussion and provide a platform to ask questions - held at Isle of Wight College, Newport. Focusing on a range of topics including financial management, market diversification, contingency planning and government support. 

You can find the link here: Market Diversification and Financial Planning

Beyond Brexit, Time to Act – PwC UK

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

You can access the link here: Brexit experts

Eu Settled Status Scheme, A Guide For Employers – Tassic

Tassic is a London HR Consultancy company.

You can find the link here: Guide for employers

Get Help And Support For Your Business –

Find free support, advice and source of finance through your local growth hub.

This covers:
• Help with tax.
• Regional help with exporting.
• Advice on writing a business plan.

Contact the government’s business support helpline for free General business advice: 0300 456 3565

You can email at:  

DEFRA Brexit advice for fisherman

There are 3 things Defra are encouraging the industry to do ahead of 29 March:

1. UK fishermen who want to prepare for all EU exit scenarios should  apply for an IMO number . Under European Commission (EC) contingency proposals to enable it to grant our fishing vessels access to European Union (EU) waters in certain circumstances after Brexit, UK boats will be required to be registered with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

For those who export fish and fishery products from the UK to the EU you should:

2. Read the  Export Health Certificate guidance and familiarise yourself with the EHC forms
3.   Register to create UK catch certificates and use the service to create test documents.

Further broad information is also available on