Advanced Engineers: What Solent SMEs need to know about the EU exit

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Get your advanced engineering business EU exit ready with tailored guidance to navigate changes in the sector and keep your business moving.

Calling all advanced engineering businesses in the Solent LEP region of Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Isle of Wight, New Forest, Southampton and Portsmouth!

The UK has left the EU single market and customs union. Solent businesses across the advanced engineering sector will experience changes to how they can trade and operate.

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in partnership with Newable and supported by The Department for International Trade, are here to help you adjust to the new landscape, minimise disruption to your business and take advantage of new opportunities in the advanced engineering sector.

Join this free virtual event, designed to help you identify what actions you need to take to ensure your advanced engineering business is ready for the EU transition and can effectively operate in a post-EU economy

Why should you join this virtual event?

Your engineering business needs to act now to ensure you are following the new trading rules which came into effect last month. This virtual event is designed to guide your business across the main challenge areas faced by the engineering sector:

1) Customs and Licenses

The EU-transition has forced changes to the import and export of goods; specifically, it has altered the rules of origin. Our expert speakers will share the latest insights on EORI numbers, tariffs, customs declarations and licences. Learn how to identify which of these changes are most relevant for your advanced engineering business and your supply chain.

2) Value Added Tax (VAT)

Trading across borders has changed significantly and as a result, tax and duties between the UK-EU has also changed. Learn how to account for import tax and the additional measures for overseas goods, the changes to VAT documentation and understand what it means to zero-rate export goods for VAT.

3) Standards and Certification

Discover the immediate impact to the regulatory framework and what to consider when checking and enforcing certifications. You will also receive an update on how to conform to the latest technical, safety and legal standards.

4) Transport Costs and Warehousing

Advanced Engineering companies are concerned about the impact of tariffs, warehousing and border friction on their existing supply chains, particularly in the case of just-in-time manufacturing. Our sector expert will help you to mitigate these risks, as you learn how to re-think your supply chain strategy.

5) Travelling to and from the EU

As freedom of movement has ended, business travel has also changed. This will affect engineer's access to and from the EU, as well as living and working in the UK, for both EU nationals and other non-UK nationals. Explore the key steps you need to take, including the potential need for business visas and find how you can support your staff, apprentices or business partners.

Who is this event for?

If you are a Solent-based small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), or an entrepreneur looking to learn more about the end of the EU transition for the advanced engineering sector, this virtual event is for you.

The Solent LEP region covers Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Isle of Wight, New Forest, Southampton and Portsmouth.

What's next?

To secure your place for this free virtual event, apply here:

Please note: Places are limited and in high demand - we highly recommend expressing your interest quickly, unfortunately we cannot guarantee a spot will still be available.

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