UK Transition

A revised Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration was agreed with the European Council on 17 October 2019.

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. There is now a Transition Period which will last until 31 December 2020. During this Transition Period, the UK will continue to apply EU law and existing UK and EU arrangements, with a limited number of exceptions.

Separate citizens' rights agreements have also been agreed between the UK and Switzerland and the UK and the EEA EFTA states.

Your business, family and personal circumstances will be affected. You need to check the new rules from January 2021 and take action now, even if you think the rules will not affect your business.  For example, a plumber that purchases some of their parts from outside the UK, but from within the EU, may now have to pay an import duty or even if their regular supplier imports, the plumber could see an increase in the cost of the part if the import cost is passed on.   

For further government guidance and to answer a few questions to find out how you or your business should get ready for the new rules in 2021, visit their website:

Essex County Council - Brexit and You

You can visit the county council website and select any of the below options:-

The Brexit process - keep up to date with changes after Brexit and how Essex is preparing for Brexit

Information for residents - Living and working in the UK after Brexit

Information for businesses and employers


BEST Growth Hub

The Business Essex, Southend & Thurrock (BEST) Growth Hub forms part of the South East Business Hub, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (SELEP) overarching business support programme, which also supports local hubs in East Sussex, Kent and Medway. They help new and existing businesses find the most suitable type of business support available in their area.

For further information regarding our EU Exit and how it may affect your business, please visit the EU Exit section of their website

Essex Resilience Forum (ERF)

The Essex Resilience Forum is a multi-agency partnership, made up of local councils - including Rochford District Council, emergency services, health providers, the voluntary sector and many more organisations - working together to plan and prepare for a multi-agency response to a major emergency. Their remit also covers planning to mitigate any disruption to our county at the end of the Transition Period, when the UK exits from the EU.


Online Events to help businesses prepare for the UK Transition

To support business preparations the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. Click on your relevant sector using the below link to register to attend a live webinar, which will provide information on key actions for businesses in these sectors.  Following the live events the webinars will be available on demand. View the events on their website using this link.

Essex Chambers 

Please refer to their website, where they are offering businesses a broad range of online courses, for businesses involved in International Trade and specific courses for the UK Transition, please note there is a charge to participate in some webinars - Access to the webinars is using their website in this link

Countdown to Change - 75 days to the end of the UK Transition

Friday 16th October 2020  10:00am - 11:00am

Full of practical information and advice on what businesses need to do now in order to be prepared for the changes on 1 January 2021.  They will also guide businesses through the jargon and complexities of Customs processes to ensure they understand what change is required while also keeping you updated on any new Governments announcements.  Cost: Members FREE   Non-Members £20.00 + VAT

Book here using their website 

Back to Business 

Brexit - Is your business oven ready? Various dates from 21st October to 9th December 2020. Choose the one most convenient to you! 

A fully funded workshop to help Essex business to get prepared for Brexit delivered by Back to Business Essex and Essex County Council. The workshops will be delivered by Mike Russell of MKR Solutions and will be in four parts: 

• Impact on Export 

• Impact on Import 

• Trade Agreements 

• Disruptive Strategy 

For further information and to book here using their website