UK Transition

The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement governing future trade relations from 1 January 2021, that will see no tariffs or quotas on the movement of goods produced between the UK and the EU.  An explainer document is available on the website

More details will be published over the coming weeks and businesses should visit the website for the latest information and to check what actions their business will need to undertake, to continue trading with the EU.

Essex County Council - Brexit Transition 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 in Essex following Brexit.

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

Information for businesses and employers


Bitesize videos to help businesses with UK transition

Rochford District Council commissioned Essex Chambers of Commerce to produce a series of ‘bitesize’ videos to help the business community be prepared. Now that the UK has left the EU, the information remains relevant, so please watch to make sure your business is able to continue trading with the EU without disruption!

The videos, which can be found on the Rochford District Council You Tube channel, at, focus on four key themes:

Do you buy goods from or sell goods to the EU?
What are the key dates and stages I should know about?
What can I do now to be prepared to continue trading with the EU?
What resources and support are out there to help you “Get Ready?”

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.

Essex Chambers 

Please refer to their website, where they are offering business support and comprehensive guidance, for businesses involved in International Trade - Access to guidance on their website.

Federation of Small Businesses – Transition Hub

The FSB Transition Hub is designed to support small businesses and the self-employed understand and prepare for what comes after the end of the UK/EU transition period. Please visit the Federation of Small Businesses website