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Support to help you operate after Brexit

Together with our partners we are helping businesses across Scotland adapt to the new operating environment following our exit from the European Union. Find information on the changing requirements for dealing with EU and the processes you need to have in place to continue your relationship with member states.

Information and support services for all Scottish businesses is currently available on the Scottish Enterprise website.

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

SME Brexit support fund

The SME Brexit Support Fund is for small and medium sized businesses who are new to importing or exporting. It can help adjust to new customs, rules of origin and VAT rules when trading with the EU. You could get up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice. Your business must have no more than 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is administering the grants for HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC).

Applications will close on 30 June 2021 or earlier if all funding is allocated before this date.

Helpline for businesses

A directory of helplines offering support and advice to businesses experiencing issues operating after Brexit is available to all Scottish businesses. 



Access support here

Visit our website to find support available post-Brexit.

Support to operate after Brexit


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 and identify support following Brexit. 

There's also information on the GOV.UK transition page. 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 



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