New rules for doing business with Europe have arrived

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

The UK has left the EU and the Transition Period ended on 31 December 2020 and businesses need to take action.

The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement, an Agreement on Nuclear Cooperation and an Agreement on Security Procedures for Exchanging and Protecting Classified Information. These Agreements are designed to honour the instruction of the British people – expressed in the referendum of 2016 and the general election last year – to take back control of our laws, borders, money, trade and fisheries. It changes the basis of our relationship with our European neighbours from EU law to free trade and friendly cooperation.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business changed on 1 January 2021. Make sure you know how this affects your business.

You need to act now if you’re:

The main sources of business planning information can be found on .

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Webinars and Podcasts

  • Webinars for organisations that trade with the EU: Click here to view a list of webinars you can sign up to watch live or on demand.  

  • Video content to keep your business moving: short on-demand videos covering the new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring are available to view here.    

  • All webinars and videos for organisations that trade with the EU can be found here. 

  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is hosting a series of free podcasts to help businesses that make, use or supply chemicals, understand what actions they should take as independent GB chemical regimes are now in place. To listen to the podcast, just search ‘The HSE Podcast’ on your chosen platform. Audiences can also register to receive notifications for each episode released, to do so, click here.

Other sources of information 

The  Business Growth Hub are running a number of webinars , fully funded for Greater Manchester Businesses.


There is also a range of useful information and guides available here,

The Greater Manchester Chamber also have a resource hub available at

Business Support Helpline

To help you, a helpline has been set up.  The Business Support Helpline can help you identify the actions you need to take.

Businesses in England, call 0800 998 1098, for more information, including opening hours, click here.

New financial support for the UK’s fishing businesses that export to the EU  

£23 million to support businesses affected by the COVID pandemic and adjusting to new export requirements.  


Published: 1st March 2022