Questions about Brexit? Businesses urged to use LEP’s free Growth Hub service

08th Feb

The Humber LEP Business Growth Hub is offering specialist advisory and consultancy services relating to EU transition and the various trading issues that it presents to the region’s businesses.

Using funding from the government department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Humber Business Growth Hub has rolled out an EU Transition Support Service for businesses, which provides advice and support on the changes that have arisen since the UK’s transition period with the EU ended on December 31, 2020.

The service offers comprehensive access to various sources of specialist and consultancy level advice, and all at no costs to businesses, and is being delivered by three partner organisations, but must be accessed by March 31.

Firstly, Enterprise Growth Solutions (EGS), the team that delivers the Department for International Trade business support service in Yorkshire and the Humber, has been appointed to manage all incoming inquiries and to provide a triage and diagnostic role with businesses. The team at EGS will support businesses with any question or issue arising as a result of Brexit and will make sure that the business gets the advice and guidance that it needs.

Meanwhile, the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce has also been commissioned to provide information, advice and guidance on the various technical issues relating to the import and export of goods and services, such as export declarations, commodity codes, rules of origin, and the movement of goods across national borders.

Finally, Wilkin Chapman LLP has been recruited to offer legal advice pertaining to the various legal changes that Brexit has brought to “doing business”, such as the new points-based immigration system for hiring foreign nationals, changes to data protection and intellectual property laws, and also on the regulation of manufactured goods, among many other legal considerations affected by Brexit.

Jon Brunton (above), Growth Hub manager at the Humber LEP, said: “We’ve thought long and hard about the support that Humber businesses need to help them navigate the new trading environment that faces us now that the UK’s transition period has ended.

“We are therefore really pleased that we are able to work with EGS, the Hull & Humber Chamber and Wilkin Chapman LLP to offer this advisory service. These organisations are highly experienced in their respective fields and are all at the forefront of understanding the many changes that Brexit has brought to doing business.

“The service is funded only until March 31, 2021, so we are strongly encouraging all businesses in our region to make the most of this service whilst it is available. Even if a business does not have a specific issue at this time, but would still like some general advice and clarification on what Brexit means for their business, we would recommend them to access this service now while it is available, and all at no cost to them.”

To find out more and to access the service, visit the Growth Hub website at humbergrowthhub.org/eu-transition or email [email protected] with your Brexit-related question, issue or inquiry.

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