SME Brexit Support Fund

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What does this involve?

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.

It could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice. Your business  must have up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover.

You can use the grant for training on:

  • how to complete customs declarations
  • how to manage customs processes and use customs software and systems
  • specific import and export related aspects including VAT, excise and rules of origin

It can also be used to help you get professional advice so your business can meet its customs, excise, import VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.

Am I eligible?

The grant is available to SMEs who trade only with the EU (and are new to the importing and exporting processes).

Your business must:

  • be established in the UK
  • have been established in the UK for at least 12 months before submitting the application, or currently hold Authorised Economic Operator status
  • not have previously failed to meet its tax or customs obligations
  • have no more than 500 employees
  • have no more than £100 million turnover
  • only import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU, or move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland - if you already import or export goods from or to a non-EU country you are not eligible for this grant

Your business must also either:

  • complete (or intend to complete) import or export declarations internally for its own goods
  • use someone else to complete import or export declarations but requires additional help within the business (such as advice on rules of origin or advice on dealing with a supply chain)

Who is this for?

This is for small and medium sized businesses who are new to importing from, or exporting to, the EU. 

Important information

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.

Next steps

Visit the PwC website to register and start your application. 

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