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Prepare for Brexit toolkit for businesses

This handy toolkit will equip you with the know-how and confidence to take the next step to grow your business in EU markets and beyond.

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Expert guidance and support to help you prepare your business for Brexit

Create an action plan for Brexit

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What you can do now

Make Brexit planning part of your overall business plan and integrate it into your operations.

There are a few things you can do now to prepare your business for the UK's departure from the EU.

Read essential actions businesses should take now

Read our Brexit checklist

Talk to us

Get one-to-one support through our export advisory service. We'll help you better understand, and plan for, the potential implications of Brexit on your business.

Set time aside to explore the wealth of business support available through our global partner networks and contacts. 

Our export advisers will:

  • Help you to develop a Brexit-focused action plan
  • Ensure you're as Brexit-ready as possible
  • Equip you with the know-how to plan for the likely consequences of Brexit

Get in touch with an export adviser

 

What if the UK leaves the EU with no deal?

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UK Government has guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, including:

  • Employing EU citizens
  • Importing, exporting, shipping, customs and tax
  • Changes to business operations in Europe
  • Regulations and standards for products and goods
  • Use of personal data with organisations in the EU
  • European and domestic funding
  • Intellectual property
  • Energy and climate
  • Accessing public sector contracts

Read guidance for a 'no-deal Brexit' on GOV.UK website

Events, workshops and networking

Brexit awareness and planning

Throughout the year we'll be running a series of Brexit awareness events. Join us to explore various scenarios and get your business ready for Brexit.

We'll cover the implications of Brexit on EU trade, wider implications on international trade, as well as planning and preparation, including:

  • Exports and imports
  • Workforce and immigration
  • Financial management
  • Regulations
  • Data 
  • Intellectual property, and other contingency actions

You'll have the opportunity to ask more specific questions related to the consequences of Brexit on your business. And learn how we can help you make the most of EU market opportunities.

View and book our upcoming events

Selling into the EU

There are 500 million potential consumers of your products and services in the EU. Plus, 46% of all international exports from Scotland go to countries in the EU market (worth £14.9 billion).

The Netherlands, France, Germany and Ireland are consistently among the top five export markets for products and services from Scotland.

Whatever the outcome of the EU/UK Brexit negotiations, the markets and customers of the EU will still exist. As will demand for Scottish products and services. Ultimately, it will be the terms of trade which will differ.

Exploiting opportunities

Our Export Bootcamp for companies new to selling into the EU could be your greatest asset.

This is a fast-paced group programme run over one to three days. It will give you the insights, the inspiration and the tools to start planning for the likely consequences of Brexit.

You'll produce a robust online export plan to drive your company’s growth. We’ll put both you and your business through its paces to ensure you’re well-prepared to exploit new EU market opportunities. And compete on the international stage.

Topics covered include:

  • Market analysis and market entry
  • How to make the most of international exhibitions and market visits
  • How to sell online internationally
  • International finance, contracts and logistics

View and book our upcoming events

Financial support

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Brexit Support Grant

Financial support and advice is available to help small to medium enterprises in Scotland prepare for Brexit.

Our Brexit Support Grant will provide a minimum of £2,000 to a maximum of £4,000 to help you manage a wide range of Brexit impacts.

Find out if you're eligible, what the grant can be used for, and how to apply

Training and IT grants

Grants are available to help prepare for customs procedures and checks after Brexit.

Closing date for applications is 5 April 2019.

Read full details and apply

Make it to Market grant

Up to £5,000 grant funding available to enter international markets. 

Find out if you're eligible, what the grant can be used for, and how to apply

Build your exporting skills online

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Not yet selling overseas?

If you're already running a successful business in Scotland, why not build on that success in the world's largest single market, the EU. First you'll need an export plan.

Read our guidance on how to prepare an export plan and start selling overseas

Expanding your business in the EU

Already an ambitious Scottish export business? Looking to expand your operations in European markets?

Read our step-by-step guides to expand your business in the EU

These guides will deepen your understanding of your target market and connect you with potential buyers, agents and business partners.

Learn the essentials of exporting

Get access to ExportSavvy - a series of online modules for practical information, advice and learning, to underpin your export success.

EU market intelligence

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Save time, money and effort by getting in touch with our dedicated market research team. We can help you delve deeper into EU market trends, customer behaviour and competitor activity.

Free research within five days

We can provide a range of support to help you identify the right market opportunity for your product or service, including:

  • Market guides and webinars
  • Global market intelligence
  • Competitor insights
  • Credit rating checks
  • Industry trends and forecasts
  • Consumer demographics
  • Supplier databases
  • Live opportunities
  • Finding the right partners and contacts

Read our tips for international market research

Get help from our market research team

Explore live EU opportunities

Want to find out if there's demand for your product or service in the EU?

  1. Find EU opportunities on the Exporting is GREAT website - You can filter and apply for opportunities by country on our partner's dedicated website. You can also sign up for tailored email alerts. 
  2. Find opportunities via the Enterprise Europe Network - Explore the Enterprise Europe Network database of over 8,000 innovation, research and business opportunities.

Support to visit EU markets

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Throughout the year we lead trade visits to key markets around the world. It's your chance to visit potential markets with a group of like-minded Scottish businesses. You'll identify and assess opportunities for your business and meet potential customers.

We can help your company to identify potential partners/customers in your chosen market via our partner and international networks, including:

A potential travel grant may be available subject to eligibility.

To help you prepare for a market visit we recommend you:

  • Attend our market awareness events
  • Join our webinars delivered by in-market experts

Watch a selection of EU webinars on our YouTube channel

If you need to hire office space while visiting an overseas market, ask our export advisers about discounted rates via Regus.

Submit an enquiry

Got a Brexit planning question?

Get in touch with our export advisers for full details of how we can help your business grow in EU markets and beyond.