There are several sources of advice for businesses in Northern Ireland wanting to prepare for the UK leaving the European Union.
Invest Northern Ireland
The Invest Northern Ireland information resource for Brexit aims to help businesses reduce the potential risks and maximise opportunities available.
The online service offers advice and support through information guides, as well as, tools, case studies and online tutorials. It highlights the support available from Invest NI to help local businesses plan ahead.
The Brexit Advisory Service provides a range of free services to help local businesses deal with the changes that Brexit poses. InterTradeIreland can provide advice and guidance on Brexit-related issues as well as updates as Brexit progresses. There is guidance to help businesses with Brexit planning as well as highlighting upcoming events that businesses can attend to gain further insight.
InterTradeIreland also offers two vouchers to help businesses navigate their way through Brexit:
- Brexit: Planning Voucher - 100 per cent financial support up to £2000/€2250 (inclusive of VAT) towards professional advice in relation to Brexit matters. This support can help your business get advice on specific issues such as the movement of labour, goods, services and currency management.
- Brexit: Implementation Voucher - 50 per cent financial support up to £5000/€5,625 (inclusive of VAT) towards implementing critical changes in relation to Brexit matters. This support can help your business with the implementation of your Brexit plan.
The InterTradeIreland Brexit Advisory Service has also developed a new tailor-made online learning tool. Brexit and Beyond offers free, accurate and independent online learning for practical help for SMEs on how businesses can prepare for Brexit and beyond.
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The NI Chamber Brexit Hub includes information to help businesses prepare for Brexit including:
- a Business Brexit checklist
- Brexit FAQ's
- a list of Brexit resources
The NI Chamber Brexit Consultancy service provides expert, practical assistance to members in planning for the potential implications of Brexit. This Brexit consultancy service is led by NI Chamber and is delivered by the team at Pinnacle Professional Limited.
Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU
Use the GOV.UK tool to help you find out:
- what your business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
- what’s changing in your industry
- information on specific rules and regulations
You can also access the latest EU exit guidance on areas that include importing, exporting, moving goods across borders, haulage permits, customs and tax.
Brexit trade-related consultations
Consultations offer an opportunity to comment on policy and issues that relate to your business. Find Brexit trade consultations from government departments:
Know your legal responsibilities
- Do you need a licence?
- Get the right business insurance
- Comply with the law when providing goods and services
- Know your customers' rights
- Distance and online selling rules
- Understand pricing legislation
- Buying goods from outside NI
- Selling goods outside NI
- GDPR compliance checklist
- Pay your business rates
- Understand staff contracts and your responsibilities
- Taking on contractors and subcontractors
- Health and safety basics for business
- Know your legal obligations on pensions
Understand tax and VAT
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