Scots businesses urged to check latest Brexit advice as transition period nears end


SCOTTISH businesses have been urged to ensure they are aware of the steps they need to take ahead of the EU transition period ending.

The Prepare for Brexit website is being updated throughout the festive period with the latest information as Britain prepares to leave the EU single market and customs union. It contains checklists, links to webinars and technical guidance.

The Scottish Government revealed that, over the past month, Scotland’s enterprise agencies have contacted more than 800 companies identified as being ‘particularly vulnerable’ to Brexit to offer targeted advice and guidance.

Scotland’s economy secretary Fiona Hyslop said, “We will do all we can to support businesses as they come to terms with the far reaching effects of Brexit and plan for a future outside the customs union and single market. A raft of constantly updated advice is available and I urge every business to visit the Prepare for Brexit website, whether they think they will be impacted or not.”

Linda Hanna, interim CEO of Scottish Enterprise, said, “We know 2020 has been incredibly tough for businesses across Scotland due to the impact of Covid-19. While many of our companies have understandably focused on getting through the pandemic, further change is on the horizon due to Brexit.

“That’s why Scottish Enterprise and our partner agencies are here to help and offer what support we can to firms during this uncertain time.  If they haven’t done so already, we would urge all companies to visit our Prepare for Brexit website, which will be maintained by our dedicated staff over the festivities.

“Guidance can be found here on useful steps and actions businesses of all sizes across Scotland – whether they are exporters or not – can take now. Together, we will ensure Scotland remains a world class business location and a successful trading nation.”