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21 Nov

New EAFRD to help create new jobs for Rural Businesses

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has opened a new call under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) worth £35 million.

18 Nov

Enterprise and Innovation Centre at Nottingham Trent University

The new home for local businesses, start-ups, students, graduates and local entrepreneurs. Nottingham Trent University are opening a dynamic and innovative centre for both entrepreneurs and growing enterprises that want to work and co-locate with them.

18 Nov

Flood Support from Nottinghamshire County Council and Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Council have announced their support for residents and businesses affected by recent flooding. Both councils are offering emergency payments of up to £300 for small businesses who have been affected by the floods.

International Trade Help and Brexit Guidance




Intellectual Property and Brexit

Click HERE for information on what to do about your IP in the event of a no-deal Brexit and your IP rights after Brexit. 


Brexit Readiness Events

There are a number of 'Brexit Readiness' events being held by the government and a number of events being run by the East Midlands Chamber. Please click HERE for more information. 


Brexit Support Helpline

The National GH Business Support Helpline has launched a dedicated enquiry line for businesses to use - please click HERE to access it.

Priority areas for businesses:

  • Importing and exporting of goods including supplying services to the EU
  • Employing EU nationals and current EU employees
  • Transferring and using personal data

The main resources are online and include a self-serve short questionnaire (7 questions) that produces a bespoke tailored checklist / advice for each business completing it (a list of links and signposts for further support is provided on each area of activity). Please click HERE to access the link 


Businesses concerned with trading standards may find this link useful:


Businesses can also complete this online survey to help feedback on how Brexit has affected your business:


The UK Government Border Delivery Group (BDG) is arranging a series of webinars targeted at EU businesses to clarify what is expected of them, their clients and their supply chain. The webinars will cover border preparedness, customs procedures at the border, relevant sector-specific content and a Q&A session. Register online to take part 


Sources of information on Brexit

The Government’s Exit Import and Export Helpline (0300 3301 331) has been launched to provide up-to-date signposting and guidance to help businesses prepare for Brexit – and to continue to operate afterwards – through a single point of enquiry.  The helpline will primarily support traders and hauliers who have questions about goods crossing the UK / EU border.  It is envisaged this will cover:

  • Requirements of the trader (e.g. customs declarations, export health certificates, controlled goods licences/permits).
  • Requirements of the haulier(e.g. trailer registrations, international driving permits).
  • Other prerequisites to trade (e.g. Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number).
  • Import easements (e.g. Transitional Simplified Procedures).

Lines will be open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.


The Preparing for EU Exit website is the central site for guidance aimed at businesses and individuals.  It includes a tool which asks businesses to answer questions across key business operation areas that will be impacted and then pulls together guidance relating to their circumstances. It also includes step-by-step guides to importing and exporting and information on preparing to drive in the EU after Brexit .

The website also provides an email update service and an online enquiry form

HM Revenue and Customs has published a number of guides to customs processes that will apply in the event of a No Deal Brexit as well as a series of videos.

Information on tariffs can be found at the Government’s UK Trade Tariff tool, which offers commodity codes for goods, or visit the temporary rates of customs duty on imports after EU Exit.

A number of guidance letters have been issued to businesses by HMRC;

Businesses that only trade in the EU and are registered with HMRC for VAT purposes should have received a letter from HMRC early in December asking businesses to take three actions now:

  • register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
  • decide whether they will use a customs agent to make import and/or export declarations or will make the declarations themselves using specialist software
  • contact the organisation that moves their goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out if they will need to supply additional information to complete safety and security declarations, or whether they will need to submit these declarations themselves.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written to VAT-registered businesses trading with the EU about Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) for customs to make importing easier for an initial period of one year, should the UK leave the EU without a deal, to allow businesses time to prepare for usual import processes.  Once businesses are registered for TSP, they will be able to transport goods from the EU into the UK without having to make a full customs declaration at the border, and will be able to postpone paying any import duties.

The Customs Training and IT Grants Scheme has opened to help support training and IT improvements for customs intermediaries and traders that complete customs declarations.


Brexit Checklist has been issued by East Midlands Chamber to help businesses consider the changes that Brexit might bring and to assist with planning at both operational and Board levels.

Led by the Brexit Advisory Group, the Chamber has developed a range of events, training and workshops to help businesses understand the latest implications and develop strategies for how they can respond to Brexit.

British Chambers of Commerce have a Brexit Hub including a Brexit risk register, a list of FAQs on the withdrawal agreement and a No-Deal Guidance Dashboard.  View a copy of the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement


The Open to Export website includes FAQs on Brexit.  Open to Export is an online information service from The Institute of Export & International Trade.


The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has produced advice on data protection designed to help small to medium-sized UK businesses and organisations keep personal data flowing with Europe after Brexit.  The information is designed to support organisations who handle data within or outside Europe as well as those with a presence in Europe or European customers.

A Brexit Readiness Briefing for the Convenience Sector has been produced by the Association of Convenience Stores


Report a Trade Barrier

British businesses can report issues preventing them from trading around the world through an online form: Report a Trade Barrier.

Once a request is submitted, it is shared with the Department for International Trade’s team of trade experts who assess trade barriers and work with other governments to resolve these issues. 

Barriers include unnecessary, legal, regulatory or administrative requirements such as labelling restrictions, out-of-date regulations and licensing requirements.

In addition to the services offered by Department for International Trade there are a number of national and regional services that you can access for advice and guidance on developing international markets including:-

Enterprise Europe Network Midlands (EEN)


Enterprise Europe Network Midlands - EEN

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) helps ambitious businesses innovate and grow internationally. Jointly funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK, our experts advise and connect those looking to commercialise ideas and succeed in new markets. We assist with technology transfer opportunities, promote your existing technology or find potential business partners and broker partnership agreements. If you want to launch your latest exciting innovation, or you are a business exporting regularly, or for the first time, the Enterprise Europe Network can help you. In the UK, Enterprise Europe Network is delivered by 24 organisations located across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.


Contact the Enterprise Europe Network on 0333 3200333 or email

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)


HM Revenue and Customs

HMRC offer a range of support for exporters. Companies new to trading overseas will find HMRC’s Guide to exporting useful along with webinars on support for international trade. All services are supported by the Customs helpline tel: 0300 200 3700.


HMRC information hosted on the website covers a range of topics including starting to import and export, VAT and other taxes, commodity codes, tax duties and licenses that apply to your goods, importing and exporting by post, shipping goods and incoterms.

A range of webinars - online seminars - have been designed especially for those about to be involved in trading internationally. Register online for one hour sessions introducing International Trade, Inward Processing (IP), Outward Processing (OP), Customs Warehousing and Export Preference.

Chamber International Trade Team


Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce

Information and support for companies trading internationally can be accessed through the East Midlands Chamber International Trade team. The Export Documentation service supports local businesses by issuing and certifying a range of documents to ensure the smooth transition of goods overseas.


Specialised training courses are available to support export documentation staff in companies as well as a full range of international trading activities. Search here for more details of forthcoming courses or ask for a customised inhouse course 0333 3200 333.

Export Britain


Export Britain

Export Britain showcases opportunities in key international markets, and links UK exporters to support available from British Chambers of Commerce and business groups both in the UK and around the world.


Whether taking your first steps or looking to grow your export business, Export Britain can help with every stage of your export journey.

Europe Direct East Midlands (North)

Co-funded by the European Commission, the purpose of Europe Direct East Midlands (North) is to engage with the public on European Union (EU) topics of relevance at a local and regional level. Should a query require more specialist and in-depth analysis, they are able to contact the Europe Centre in Brussels directly for additional resources and material.

Find out more here



UK Export Finance

Financial support for new and experienced exporters can be accessed through UK Export finance and the Department for
International Trade

Funding to support the development of local businesses is listed under Local Access to Finance

Useful information