Irish SMEs need to be as best prepared for Brexit as they can be. Below you will find useful information and contacts to help your business be Brexit-Ready:
Update: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from The European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019 is now live here.
Press Release from The European Commission: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April
Grants & Loans Available
InterTradeIreland offers 100% financial support up to £2000/€2250 (inclusive of VAT) towards professional advice in relation to Brexit matters. This support can help your business get advice on specific issues such as movement of labour, goods, services and currency management.
The SBCI Brexit Loan Scheme is offered in partnership with the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and is supported by the InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments.
The Be Prepared Grant offers up to €5,000 to assist in the cost of developing a strategic response to Brexit. It is intended to provide support to clients to use external resources to undertake a short assignment to determine how the company could respond to the threats and opportunities of Brexit.
Other Resources Available
Clear Treasury - The Big Brexit Currency Risk
Clear Treasury, independent foreign currency exchange and treasury services for businesses and individuals in the UK, Ireland and Europe have created a brief on the risks of further deprecation in the value of sterling. Which has implications on Irish SMEs, in particular exporters to the UK, in particular Agriculture and Food, Transport and Logistics, Pharmaceuticals, Insurance and Engineering.
Read their brief here.
Driving on the island of Ireland
Do you (or one of your employees) hold a UK driving licence or drive between the North and South?
If there is a no deal Brexit you will need a Green Card if you plan on driving an Irish registered vehicle in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the UK. A Green Card will stop you being treated as ‘uninsured’ by the police when driving your vehicle in Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK. Read more from MiBi here
In the event of a no-deal Brexit the driving licence of a UK licence holder living here in Ireland will not be recognised, and the driver will not be able to continue to drive here in Ireland on that licence. The National Driver Licence Service has the links you need here
A Brexit Guide written by ISME Roadshow speaker, Paul McMahon. BrexitLegal.ie is a comprehensive free website about Brexit for Irish business.
Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI)
If you are a trader who imports or exports goods into or out of the European Union (EU), you will need a unique EORI number. This number is valid throughout the EU. It is used as a common reference number for interactions with the customs authorities in any Member State. A short eLearning tool for EORI is available to download from the European Commission website. You will find further information about how to register for EORI and you can access the EORI system in the Revenue’s online services section.
You may have had your EORI number aligned to your existing Value Added Tax (VAT) number. This was generally done for economic operators that held a customs and excise registration when EORI was introduced in 2009. You can check if you were automatically registered for EORI by accessing the Economic Operator Identification and Registration system. You should insert your existing VAT number prefixed by “IE” under “Validate EORI numbers”.
If you need further information, Revenue operates a helpline for queries on EORI.
How would EU tariffs affect your business? Go to InterTrade Ireland’s Tariff Checker here
Read A Simple Guide to Cross Border Business
Find out about their Brexit events
ISME Brexit focused Roadshows
Offering advice to ISME Members was Derek Dunne, Customs Compliance Manager, Quality Freight Group speaking on Customs and Tariffs and Paul McMahon, Principal, McMahon Legal speaking on the implications for business of hard or soft Brexit.
You can watch the video back here:
Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI)
You can read useful information and find out about supports and services
Enterprise Ireland has a wide range of supports, including new Online Customs Training and the Act On Consultancy, to enable Irish businesses to take critical action and address their exposure to Brexit. Find out more
Brexit: Act On Initiative
The Brexit: Act On programme has been developed to focus on three main areas of capability (1) Financial and Currency Management (2) Strategic Sourcing and (3) Customs and Logistics. Delivered over the course of two half day sessions with an independent consultant, the initiative helps companies decide on specific actions over a short period to address some of the risks and opportunities from Brexit. Learn more
Brexit: Customs Insights course
The Customs Insights course helps businesses understand the key customs concepts, documentation and processes required to move goods from, to and through the UK. The course will provide learners with a firm understanding of the customs implications for their business and the options from Revenue to make this process more efficient. Learn more
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Local Enterprise Offices
Brexit information and supports can be found
Health and Safety Authority
Providing support service for Irish chemical companies and SMEs on meeting legislative duties and ensuring they can source chemicals and sell in the EU. In addition, the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) which is part of the HSA can offer advice on accreditation matters. Learn more found
National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)
Provides advice on how best to ensure businesses are certified to appropriate standards to access markets. Find out more
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Get an overview of key Government and EU official documents on the Brexit negotiations and Ireland’s Brexit preparedness measures and supports. This includes a calendar of Brexit-related events for businesses, find out more
Office of the Revenue Commissioners
In addition to the advice about changes in customs arrangements which is offered through Bord Bia, InterTrade Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices, information relating to Customs formalities is available
Customer Brexit Information Seminar. 138 slides from Revenue, Department of Agriculture, food and Marine and The HSE. Available here.
Information on Economic Operators Registration and Identification system (EORI). Available here
ISME’s CEO call for SMEs to start planning for Brexit
ISME has been issuing warnings about Brexit preparation for so long now that it’s probably becoming a bore! But, nonetheless, it is important for you to continue contingency planning for what might happen.