BREXIT SUPPORT: An enhanced new Brexit service has been launched to help hundreds of businesses operating in Lancashire to get Brexit compliant.

Delivered by the East Lancashire Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, specialists in international trade, and in partnership with Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, the fully-funded service is designed to offer a comprehensive information and advisory service to businesses involved in importing and exporting.

Commenting on the new service, Miranda Barker, Chief Executive of the East Lancashire  Chamber of Commerce said:

“With so little time to absorb the fine print produced at the eleventh hour many companies will have seen their preparations hampered by dealing with the immediate threat of the Coronavirus pandemic.  There are many businesses who don’t know where to turn to for help and are unsure of what exactly they need to do to be Brexit compliant.    Some unfortunately have under-estimated just how much there still to do to prepare.”

With this new free service, exporters and importers can expect to receive information, advice, workshops, training courses and one to one Brexit audits specific to each business. The programme has been designed to give businesses the actual actions they need to take with a fully qualified expert including EORI requirements, customs rules and regulations, tariffs and duties, VAT procedure changes, incoterms and supply chain implications.

Andrew Leeming, programme manager, Boost, said:

“Brexit will be a challenge for many companies; from managing and maintaining their  EU customers and supply chain to developing new trading partners  and exploring new opportunities.  This is why we have partnered with East Lancashire  Chamber of Commerce to ensure  every business needing help takes the required steps to make sure they’re fully compliant.  We’ll support  them every step of the way and help them understand exactly what they need to do in order to avoid any disruption to their business.”

Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub and is led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Boost’s Brexit service, delivered by East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce is funded by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Businesses interested in receiving this service should in the first instance contact Mandy Lockett, International Business Director on 01254 356451 or by email at m.lockett@chamberelancs.co.uk.

Read more: The Trade and Cooperation Agreement TCA – detailed guidance on the rules of origin 29 December 2020

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