Business Readiness

Brexit – Information

Your Knowsley Growth Hub is committed to helping you plan for the various Brexit scenarios you may face. 

Together Knowsley Chamber and Knowsley Growth Hub are here to support your queries regarding Brexit.  We regularly liaise with HMRC, other city region business organisations and Knowsley Council so that we can report back to you.

If you have any specific questions then call us on 0151 477 1356 or email

CLICK HERE for the latest update on BREXIT documentation from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Knowsley Business Readiness Surgeries – Wednesdays in October 9:00-10:00

ATTEND IN PERSON OR PHONE-IN – BOOK A 15MIN SLOT – Every Wednesday a specialist Business Advisor we will be offering FREE support and advice on: Export Documentation; Importing and exporting – Moving goods across borders; Tariff information, commodity codes and duty rates; Customs Declaration Service funding. We still have slots available on Wednesday 23 and 30 October between 09.00–10.00, first floor Huyton Library. To book a slot email:


Are you worrying what the future might hold for your business once we leave the EU? Want to find out what you can do to prepare? We are holding this special event, in conjunction with St Helens Chamber & Halton Chamber, to provide expert insight and advice, with our special guest speakers

Our expert is:

KPMG – Director, Jon Hughes is an expert in solving complex business issues. Jon has been working with a range of departments and organisations on businesses readiness and problem solving around the key issues that will face us on 31 October and beyond.

HALTON EVENT – Monday 21st October, 12-2pm
The Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn, WA7 4QX

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ST HELENS EVENT – Wednesday 23rd October, 12-2pm
St Helens Chamber, Salisbury Street, St Helens, WA10 1FY

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Brexit Business Readiness Webinar with the British Library

Next week The Department for Business is hosting a webinar in partnership with the British Library.

The topic will be Goods Regulation, covering the new approach to regulating manufactured goods in the event of a no deal Brexit. Topics will include CE and UKCA marking, notified bodies, conformity assessment, importer duties and declarations of conformity. Participants will be able to ask questions to the officials presenting the webinar.

Register for the webinar here:


Prepare your business or organisation for Brexit – in just 7 small steps

GOV.UK has an online tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU.

Businesses can use the Triage Tool to find out what you may need to do to prepare for Brexit. The tool looks at, what’s changing in your industry and information on specific rules and regulations.

All you need to do is click on the Triage Tool and answer seven simple questions to get guidance relevant to your business or organisation.

The questions are fairly simple, covering basic business issues and only require tick box responses. It takes only a few minutes to complete.

Once you have ticked all the relevant boxes the tool lists the Brexit guidance for your business in relation to the information that has been published so far.

The documents will allow your business to prepare for Brexit. Including information on:

  • What your business may need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU.
  • What’s changing in your sector
  • Information on specific rules and regulations


HMRC Funding

HMRC has funding available for customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers who complete, or intend to complete, customs declarations following the UK’s exit from the EU. The funding can be used to upskill employees, make IT improvements or hire new employees to manage customs declarations and processes.  The application window is currently open and will close on 31 January 2020, or earlier once all funding is allocated, so businesses are encouraged to apply early.

For more information, please visit the dedicated customs intermediary grant website or call the helpline on +44(0)28 9041 5471


Preparing for EU Exit

The Preparing for the EU” website is a central site for guidance aimed at businesses. You can also download a leaflet here which provides signposting advice and key considerations that SMEs may need to undertake for EU Exit.

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Phone No. 0151 477 1361