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The SME Brexit Support Fund is offering eligible businesses (those with up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover) up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice on importing and exporting.

The government grant will be able to be used 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 secure professional advice so business can meet the required customs, excise, import VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.

To apply, 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

- import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU, or moves goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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 capability internally to effectively import or export (such as advice on rules of origin or advice on dealing with a supply chain)

How to apply

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is administering the grants for HMRC. You can apply via their website.

Applications will close on 30 June 2021 or earlier if all funding is allocated before this date.

Ashleigh Smith
Article by Ashleigh Smith
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