Help with exporting and importing
Find out more about the local help and support available for your business when importing and exporting from Brighton & Hove City Council, SME Brexit Support Fund, Department for International Trade, and HMRC. Plus, the Chamber's From Brighton with Love business support programme - a package designed to help businesses through EU transition.
From Brighton with Love
What’s it all about?
From Brighton with Love is a package of support designed to help businesses through EU transition and give them the confidence to embark on international trade.
Originally finishing in July, the project has been extended to December 2021.
You will be able to join an expert panel event, Your Questions Answered sessions, and Export Leaders peer network sessions. The programme focuses on topics including exporting and importing, supply chains, employment issues post-Brexit and more.
It's practical support, delivered by people who are already doing it well. You can ask the questions you want and build the resilience you need to grow your business going forward.
All sessions will be held virtually, are open to all, and are free to attend.
When is the panel event?
The panel event will feature advice and tips from businesses who are exporting. Date in September tbc.
You can hear some top tips from a previous panel on how to get started, where you can find help and insights on exporting/importing through Covid and Brexit in this video.
With thanks to Big Egg Films for video production.
What are the Your Questions Answered sessions?
These sessions give you 60 minutes with an expert on a specialist topic. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and will come away with the knowledge, essential facts and understanding of the key issues that relate to their business. The next session is:
Your Questions Answered (virtual): Simplifying the EU and VAT changes for your eCommerce business
27 May 1.00-2.00pm, led by Alex Wyatt, Global Project Manager at SimplyVAT.com.
With preparations ramping up to get ready for EU VAT reforms on 21 July, this session will guide you through these issues and answer your questions. Find more info and book.
How do I join the Export Leaders session?
An opportunity to join a group of people leading the drive for exports within their organisations and learn from and support each other. Sessions are facilitated by Export Champion, Pete Jenkins who will help you draw on the groups’ diverse export and business expertise and experience in a confidential environment. Each meeting will focus on real export challenges.
The launch session for the next series is on 14 September, 9.30-11.00am. Find out more and sign up.
Why should you join the next Export leaders peer network session? Read what our current cohort had to say here.
And, to help with your exporting journey, hear advice and insights from three local experts, in this video.
With thanks to Let's Talk Video Production for video production.
For any questions, or to register your interest in joining the next Export Leaders group, email Daisy: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Brighton & Hove City Council
Their webpage, Brexit in Brighton & Hove, is regularly updated with useful follow up support and resources. Find out how the new rules affect you, get advice for your business, apply to the EU settlement scheme and find out how the council have prepared our city for Brexit.
SME Brexit Support Fund
The government has made £20 million available through the current SME Brexit Support Fund. Provided you meet certain eligibility criteria, HMRC may provide funding towards the costs of training and/or professional advice, to help you with changes to trade rules with the EU.
What grants are available through the grant scheme?
Traders can apply for up to £2,000 in total through two types of grants:
1. Grant for Training
The grants can be used to provide training on the following:
- How to complete customs declarations
- How to manage customs processes and use customs software and systems
- Specific import and export related aspects including VAT, excise and rules of origin
2. Grant for Professional Advice:
The grant can be used to get professional advice, so your business can meet its customs, excise, import VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.
The Department for International Trade (DIT)
The DIT can help you find international opportunities for your business – from help understanding how the UK-EU trade agreement affects you and your business; to how to access support measures made available to UK businesses and employees during COVID-19; to getting advice from an international trade advisor for guidance on growing abroad.
Need advice on import and export business tax? HMRC's import, export and customs page has detailed information for your business - from getting started, to preparing your declaration and more.