With the growth of the digital world, the marketplace for goods and services has expanded rapidly. Even very small businesses can now have access to new markets and suppliers.
Doing business with Europe has changed and there are new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring, as well as providing services to, or living and working in the EU. Whilst it may appear daunting, there is plenty of help at hand, and there are often government incentives to encourage businesses to access and supply to new markets overseas.
- The DIT (Department for International Trade) is a great starting place and has local advisors to help you get started.
- The D2N2 Growth Hub is an excellent source of information, and has information on some of the latest incentives and programmes to support you Exporting; what's in it for me?
- You can also find useful information on Importing from the EU on the Government website.
Remember if you are trying to attract international customers, you may need to consider adapting your marketing and website.
You should visit Brexit: guidance for businesses where you can use the checker tool to quickly identify the actions that your business needs to take. The checker tool will ask you questions about your business and provide all the information you need to be aware of such as new rules on:
- Importing goods from the EU
- Exporting goods to the EU
- Moving goods to or from Northern Ireland
- Providing services to EU countries
- Living and working in the EU