Brexit transition

There are new rules for businesses doing business with the EU from 1 January, and you need to take action now.

Transition helplines

For English businesses, the Business Support Helpline can help you identify the actions you need to take.  The government has published a list of brexit helplines organised by theme and key actions for businesses. 

Keep your business moving: Brexit checker

Doing business with Europe has changed. You need to follow new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring.

You can also use the Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions.

£20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

The £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund provides support to small businesses. It helps them to adjust to new customs procedures, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU.

Eligibility: The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000. To be eligible, your business has up to 500 employees, and no more than £100 million annual turnover.

SMEs who trade only with the EU can apply for grants of up to £2,000. These can be used to pay for training and professional advice to ensure they continue trading effectively with the EU.

See the full guidance on how you can use the grant, who can apply and how to apply.

OxLEP Post EU Transition Service

Businesses in Oxfordshire can benefit from a tailored support service from experienced business advisers.  They can help find answers to your specific post EU transition questions. Additionally they can review the impact these changes may have on your business and help you develop an action plan. They can provide you with 1:2:1 guidance and advice on challenges and opportunities in the following areas:

  • Importing and exporting
  • Regulations and standards
  • Workforce and people
  • Business and legal requirements
  • Energy and climate
  • Public procurement, IP and UK EU Funding.

To speak to an adviser please call 020 8142 9369 or send an email to

Please provide details of your business (turnover, number of employees, business sector) and nature of your enquiry.

Or you can visit OxLEP UK transition for more information about the service. 

This service is funded by BEIS and is being provided on behalf of OxLEP by Newable Ltd and Chord.

Brexit resources

The end of the transition period has had implications on all types of business. Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and the British Chambers of Commerce continue to help businesses plan for the future. They offer an additional point of contact for transition related queries, advice, extensive training and can supply the correct documentation.