Prepare for Brexit website

Access support to help you prepare your business for Brexit.

What it is?

Prepare for Brexit support is open to all companies across Scotland. It is designed to make sure businesses are Brexit-ready. By making use of our programme of events and speaking with our business experts, we'll help equip you with the right information to develop your plans.

This support is developed in partnership by HIE, Business Gateway, Scottish Development International, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland. 

Brexit updates as they become available


Get valuable, practical advice on how to grow your business internationally and prepare your business for Brexit at our free seminars, workshops and online events. Make contact with market experts and network with like minded companies for essential information and advice. All events can be found on the Prepare for Brexit website


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Visit the Prepare for Brexit website for more information.


EU Transition Trader and Industry Forum

The EU Transition Trader and Industry Forum is available on the website. It's designed to help businesses and traders find answers to questions regarding the transition period. You can use the search bar to find an answer to your query or use the forum to ask a question.

There's also information on the GOV.UK transition page. You can answer questions to get a personalised list of actions for your business. 

Visit transition services 

Free Trade agreements and what they mean for your business

A free trade agreement is an agreement between two or more parties intended to reduce (or eliminate) tariffs, quotas and other trade restrictions. 

Where there is no such trade agreement, then trade is on the basis of World Trade Organisation (WTO) Most Favoured Nation tariff schedule. Losing the preferential tariff rates in a trade agreement could lead to increased duties on exports from and imports to the UK, incurring costs for exporters; increasing the price of imported products for consumers and potentially leading to a reduction in the choice of products available.  

With Canada becoming the latest country to sign a continuity deal with the UK, find out more about Free Trade Agreements and what they mean for your business.

Free trade agreements 


Brexit transition period

The transition period (sometimes called the implementation period) allows the UK and EU to negotiate a new post-Brexit relationship.

Find out more about what the transition period means for your business

Brexit checklist

There are a number of low-risk, low-cost actions you can take now to ensure that your business is prepared for Brexit.

Take a look at the ten-point Brexit checklist
Exporting Brexit