Get set now to do
business when the UK’s trading with the EU changes on January 1
Make sure you’re ready gov.uk/transition
Data protection and transfers
EU and EEA countries gov.uk/eu-eea
From January 1 2021 the way the UK trades with
the EU will change. Businesses need to act now! This is true for retail, those
trading in consumer goods, services and investment, construction and housing as
well as vehicle and haulier firms. The UK
Government has put a raft of measures in place for all firms across England,
Scotland and Wales. Chancellor of the
Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove said: “We are leaving the EU single market and
customs union. This will bring both new challenges and new opportunities for
businesses. We recognise this is a challenging time for everyone. We are
determined to support businesses to be ready for 1 January 2021 and beyond. ”These
are actions to take now...
goods to the EU? Prepare for new customs procedures.
to the EU for work purposes? Check if you need a visa or work permit, and apply
Employing overseas nationals? Prepare your
business for the implementation of the new immigration system.
Receiving personal data from contacts in the EEA? You
may need to take extra steps to ensure that data can continue to flow legally
at the end of the transition period.
Providing services in the EU? Ensure your qualifications
are recognised by EU regulations to be able to practice or service clients in
NEW CHALLENGE: If you are selling goods to the
EU, prepare for new customs procedures.
prepare for the end of the UK transition period in a planned and coordinated
Procurement expert Laura Hobbs has led the
way for the construction industry to prepare for the end of the UK transition
period. Laura is the UK and Ireland One Procurement Programme Lead at Royal BAM
Group, which is among the biggest construction firms covering England, Wales
and Scotland. She said: “We have created a snapshot to give a clear picture for
the industry where we believe pinch points are.” Laura
explained: “I decided to pull my peers together, all the other main contractors
that are part of the Construction Senior Leaders Group which I chair. We
decided to write one set of questions for the end of UK transition and also
share the workload – to go to all those different product categories key to
construction.“As main contractors we deal a lot with sub-contractors so we need
to ensure the message gets further into the supply chain.
LEADING THE WAY: Laura Hobbs
”The Construction Senior Leaders Group also includes
representatives from Skanska, Costain, Murphys, Laing O’Rourke, housebuilders
Berkeley and clients including Highways UK and Clarion Housing Group. Manufacturers are employing new customs
experts to help them get in position for the new start, creating more strategic
programmes to negate any currency fluctuations.
Laura worked with Build UK, receiving useful information around imports
and exports from the UK Government. “Information
is the key and preparation is essential. The organisations we work with have
been preparing for this for a long time so they are on their final rehearsal
now. “To be able to give your own
business the comfort you are going into this in a planned, coordinated way, it
is key for people to start the exercise sooner rather than later,” stressed
Laura. She said the new start will bring
opportunities to invest in the UK supply chain. “We always see the positives
and, definitely for the UK, there are opportunities coming.”