New support and advice to help small businesses trading with the EU

We have been busy bolstering the support available to small and medium-sized businesses to help you navigate the new ways of doing business with the EU and to ensure you’re able to trade smoothly.

Last week the Government announced a £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to help small and medium-sized businesses adjust to new customs, rules of origin and VAT rules when trading with the EU. This will open for applications next month and I will write to you soon with more details on how you can apply for these grants.

We are continually rolling out more tools to support businesses as they operate under the new rules, I urge you to take a look at the range of guidance and support already available on

For any further queries or general business advice please contact our dedicated business support helplines. There is specific guidance and assistance on moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland on GOV.UK.

Thank you for your continued efforts to adapt your business to the new changes. Together we will take advantage of the opportunities that being an independent trading nation brings.

Yours sincerely, 

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP 

Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 

Helpline numbers

You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free business advice.

England: 0800 998 1098

Scotland: 0300 303 0660

Wales: 0300 060 3000

Northern Ireland: 0800 181 4422

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