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17 Dec 2020

Business after Brexit: the final checklist

As the 1st January 2021 deadline draws ever nearer, we've created this handy checklist to help you ensure your business is as prepared as possible for the new Brexit trading rules.

1.   Register for a GB EORI number. Find out how here.

2.   Understand new duty and tariffs and factor in any additional costs to your budget. Find out more here.

3.   Find out if any of your products or raw materials will require additional licences. This will apply for certain animal materials, like leather, as well as plants, seeds and plant products. Find out more about licensing here

4.   Check what the new rules will mean for any EU nationals on your team.

5.   Review your contracts and any regulations surrounding company rules, consumer rights, information security rights. You may want to seek the advice of a lawyer of Brexit consultant for this.

6.   Ensure any intellectual property you hold is still valid in the EU.

Find out more about steps 4, 5 and 6 here

7.   Understand if there are any changes to product-specific regulations, such as for cosmetics or plant products.

Customs processes will also change from 1st January. Find out more about customs here. Our partners at ResilienceHelp have also shared some advice for exporting to the EU here

8.   Engage a customs representative if you are planning on using one. If not, follow steps 9, 10 and 11

Alternatively, if you are planning to make your own customs declarations, make sure you:

9.   Are familiar with new import and export regulations.

10.   Are registered on the CHIEF system.

11.   Have set up a duty deferment account.


Discover more Brexit guidance here: 

Edible crops

Vegetable gardening has been gaining popularity for some time now, but this year, even more people have been picking up their trowels for the first time and growing their own edible crops. Seeds, tools and other growing kit became the must-have items earlier in the year, and were harder than ever to come across, thanks to the boost in interest. One of the many benefits of growing your own (aside from the delicious food you get in the end!) is the mental health boost it can give – and the good news is, you can feel the benefits of this even without plenty of outdoor space. Here are some fantastic and simple crops to grow in any space

  • Chilli peppers
  • Radishes
  • Cut-and-come-again lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Herbs

The outdoor room

It has been said that many people consider their gardens to be an extra room to their house. Our gardens now have to be multi-functional – spaces to enjoy time with our families, eating al fresco, areas for children and pets to play, and also, spaces to grow beautiful flowers, fruit and veg, and attracting wildlife. It can be tough to meet all these criteria at once, especially in small space gardens, but there are plenty of different bits of garden kit available to help you create a space that is right for you.

  • Cold frames
  • Outdoor dining set
  • Garden lighting
  • Bird tables
  • Raised beds
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  • Chemical-free pest and disease solutions
  • Plastic-free pots and garden gear
  • Wildlife houses and feeds
  • Organic plant feeds
  • Reusable and recyclable kit
  • Edible crops

    Vegetable gardening has been gaining popularity for some time now, but this year, even more people have been picking up their trowels for the first time and growing their own edible crops. Seeds, tools and other growing kit became the must-have items earlier in the year, and were harder than ever to come across, thanks to the boost in interest. One of the many benefits of growing your own (aside from the delicious food you get in the end!) is the mental health boost it can give – and the good news is, you can feel the benefits of this even without plenty of outdoor space. Here are some fantastic and simple crops to grow in any space

    • Chilli peppers
    • Radishes
    • Cut-and-come-again lettuce
    • Strawberries
    • Herbs

    The outdoor room

    It has been said that many people consider their gardens to be an extra room to their house. Our gardens now have to be multi-functional – spaces to enjoy time with our families, eating al fresco, areas for children and pets to play, and also, spaces to grow beautiful flowers, fruit and veg, and attracting wildlife. It can be tough to meet all these criteria at once, especially in small space gardens, but there are plenty of different bits of garden kit available to help you create a space that is right for you.

    • Cold frames
    • Outdoor dining set
    • Garden lighting
    • Bird tables
    • Raised beds
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