Preparing for Brexit

Are you worried about what Brexit will mean for your business? We can help you get ready by offering a range of support, no matter what stage in the planning process you are at.

Prepare for Brexit 

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 self-assessment tool, our programme of events, and speaking with our business experts, we'll help equip you with the right information to develop your plans. Visit for more information >

Brexit Checklist

You can find a handy 15-point Brexit checklist here which will help you prepare your business for the UK’s departure from the EU.

Expert advice

Our Export Advisory Service is here to offer one-to-one support to businesses in the Highlands and Islands, to help you understand what Brexit will mean for you and how you can get ready for it. In addition, our International trade section has details of all the support available from HIE, including our Preparing to Export and Planning for Export Success workshops.

Action plan

One of the most important things to have is an action plan for Brexit. We can help make sure that you are ready and equipped to handle the likely consequences of Brexit. This should now form part of your business plan and your management team should ensure that everyone is committed to it and that it is integrated into your business operations.

Grant support

Grants are available through our Export Advisory Service for consultancy support to help your Brexit plan as well as identifying any Brexit-related issues that may have an effect on the growth of your company.

Additional grants are available if your business completes customs declarations:

    1) Up to 70% on training costs 

    2) up to 100% grant on Software /  IT improvements

No deal preparation

While the UK Government is still negotiating a deal with the EU, they have also published guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, including:

  • Applying for EU-funded programmes
  • Importing and exporting
  • Meeting business regulations
  • Money and tax
  • Satellites and space
  • State aid
  • Travelling between the UK and the EU
  • Workplace rights

In January we held a 'Get Your Business Brexit-Ready' workshop. To watch the workshop click below. 

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Further information