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Brexit: Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations

1 October 2019


Recruitment, training and IT improvement grants for businesses that complete customs declarations

Applications have reopened for businesses to get funding to help their business complete customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.

You can apply to get funding for:

  • training that helps your employees to complete customs declarations and processes
  • IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently
  • recruitment of new staff to help your business complete customs declarations

You can use the funding to reimburse what your business has spent on relevant IT improvements and training since 31 July 2019, as well as in the future.

Who can apply

Your business must:

  • be established in, or have a branch in the UK when the grant is paid to you
  • not have previously failed to meet its tax obligations – records will be checked to decide if a business a grant can be offered

You can apply for just one of the grants, or all of them.

Recruitment grant
To apply for the grant, your business must:

  • currently complete customs declarations on behalf of importers and exporters
  • have been established in the UK for at least 12 months

Training grant
To apply for the training grant, your business must either:

  • complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in the future)
  • import from, or export to the EU and complete customs declarations (or intend to complete customs declarations in the future)

IT improvements grant
To apply for the IT improvements grant, your business must:

  • currently complete customs declarations for importers and exporters
  • have 250 employees or fewer
  • have an annual turnover of less than €50 million

Amounts of funding available

Recruitment grant

The grant will give you £3,000 for each employee.

You could also get up to £10,000 for any employee you recruit before before 31 January 2020, to cover up to 3 months’ salary.

You will receive the funding for recruitment costs and 50% of the eligible salary costs upfront. The remaining 50% of salary costs will be paid when the employee has been in post for one month.

Training grant
The grant will give you up to 100 per cent of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £2,250 for each course.

It will also cover the cost of training you run internally, up to a limit of £250 for each employee on the course.

IT improvements
The grant will give you up to €200,000 (the maximum amount of state aid available).

How to apply

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is administering the grants for HMRC. Apply online through PwC.