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Are you ready for Brexit?


Friday 6th September

The Growth Hub is committed to making sure you have all the information you need to keep your business growing, no matter what might happen.


Check if you are ready? Take the test
To help you get ready the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the West Midlands Combined Authority, has produced a free online toolkit which will assess your readiness and produce a personalised report for your business packed with hints and tips and advice to help your business get ready. To access the online tool click here

FREE Brexit Clinics
In addition the Chamber has two Brexit Clinic events coming up. These are entirely FREE to attend and provide an opportunity to hear from and have discussions with experts in a variety of different aspects of Brexit:

  • 30th September, 2:30pm-4:30pm, Tamworth Castle: click here
  • 14th October, 12:30pm-2:30pm, Aston Wood Golf Course (Sutton Coldfield): click here
Do you have your EORI number?

HMRC ALLOCATES EORI NUMBERS TO ALL POSSIBLE TRADERS
As many traders as possible will be automatically allocated an EORI number to enable them to trade smoothly once the UK leaves the EU on 31 October.

Every business will need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU after Brexit. HMRC is sending letters to all possible VAT-registered businesses over the next two weeks to advise them of their assigned UK EORI number. 

If your business is not VAT-registered, you still need to register for an EORI number. Getting an EORI number is an easy process that takes 5-10 minutes. Get started here http://bit.ly/EORINorth

The Government has announced that it will automatically issue all VAT-registered firms with Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI), in order to help UK businesses continue to trade after Brexit. The allocation of the numbers will mean that UK firms will be able to trade with EU countries after the UK leaves the EU, due to occur on 31 October. 

EORI numbers are needed so firms can continue to import or export goods to the EU or rest of the world in event of a no deal Brexit, and so they can apply for authorisations that will make customs processes easier. Firms which do not have an EORI number will not be allowed to trade with EU member states after Brexit.

If you are not VAT registered and think you might need an EORI number you can apply here https://www.gov.uk/eori

And for more information on trade and export documentation, contact the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce's International Business Hub https://www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com/international-business-hub/what-is-the-international-business-hub/

Speak to an expert
The Department for International Trade will connect you with an expert to make sure you can access the help and advice you might want. You can contact the DIT here: https://www.great.gov.uk/eu-exit-news/contact/


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