Following the end of the EU Exit transition period on 31 December 2020, a range of support and advice is available for businesses unsure how they’re affected by the new trade agreement between the UK and the European Union.

Hiring from the EU

Free movement has now ended and the UK has introduced a points-based immigration system. This means anyone businesses want to hire from outside the UK, excluding Irish citizens, will need to apply for permission in advance.


The new system introduces job, salary and language requirements impacting the ability to hire from the EU. The Home Office’s podcast for businesses explains the new immigration system in more detail.


Guidance is also available on recruiting workers from outside the UK, as well as guidance on recruiting EU citizens who already live in the UK.

Importing to or exporting from other countries

If you import or export goods, you will need to:

HMRC is offering a web chat facility, giving help and advice to businesses struggling to understand how the new arrangements impact them if they’re importing and exporting.

Understanding your VAT responsibilities

Businesses struggling to understand their VAT responsibilities can benefit from new guidance, which includes advice on:

  • Paying VAT on imports from outside the UK.
  • Exporting goods and charging VAT.
  • Refunds of VAT for UK businesses buying in EU countries.

To help businesses understand how Brexit affects them, a Brexit checker is available online and the National Business Support Helpline is available on 0800 998 1098 if you have any questions.


Surrey Chambers of Commerce is also available to offer help and guidance by e-mailing or visiting its website.