From 1 January 2021 there will be a number of new rules that you will need to be aware of, whether that's travelling for business purposes or employing EU nationals in your business. Support is available, including sector-specific webinars to walk you through the changes. We will continue to update this page with relevant information as it is issued by the government.

Last updated: 16 November 2020

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NEW: Using personal data from 1 January 2021 – 11am, Wednesday 18 November, and then on demand – register here.

NEW: IPO webinar, 2pm Tuesday 17th November: This webinar will cover changes to registration of EU Trade Marks and Designs, how parallel trade with the EU will change after 1 Jan 2021, changes to copyright licencing and operational changes to office processes for the registration of trade marks, designs and patents after the end of the transition period. Register here 

On Demand Webinars
To support business preparations the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. Click on a sector or topic below to watch on demand: 

Changes to Intellectual Property From 1 January 2021
Consumer Goods
Electronics & Machinery
Life Sciences
Metals & Other Materials
Providing services in the EU: professional qualifications, audit and accounting, and legal services
Regulations on manufactured goods
Services and Investment

Find out more and register for all transition webinars here

NEW: Meet the Market Expert – Agri-Tech, Tuesday 15 December 2020 07:30 - 19:30
The Department for International Trade (DIT), in conjunction with Business West, are bringing over 50 global Commercial Trade Officers direct to your screens with their Second virtual Meet the Market Expert event and first for the Agri-Tech sector.

Eager to meet ambitious South West of England Agri-Tech companies, the Commercial Trade Officers can advise you on your target market suitability and will be able to make introductions to the connections that matter.  This is an exclusive opportunity for South West of England companies to showcase their products and services whilst assessing potential in new markets, at a time when new business is vital for all.

Over 300 meetings will be held over the course of the day and you’ll be able to request bookings with an Officer at a time that suits you. A wide variety of countries will be represented on what promises to be an action-packed day where new, prosperous relationships will be made.

For more information and to register your place, visit: DIT Virtual Meet the Market Expert: Agri-tech Sector

The Export Academy
The Export Academy from the department for International Trade will help you grow your business by showing you how to sell to new customers around the world. 

The course is free, and you’ll learn directly from experts in international trade who are on hand to provide support across a range of sectors and businesses, from selling children’s clothes to Spain, to providing PR services for clients in the US.

The programme is designed for owners and senior managers of businesses with a turnover of up to £500,000 and are located in either:

  • North of England
  • Midlands
  • South West

You will graduate from the programme with a completed export action plan, enabling you to take your business direct to international customers. This plan will be the culmination of everything you have learnt on the programme, from online events including:

  • Webinars
  • Round tables
  • Mentoring sessions  

Registration Process
Step 1: Apply via the register button, selecting your relevant region
Step 2: Complete sign up questions and short questionnaire 
Step 3: Eligible applications will be notified, and event details will be provided via email


Webinars for exporters of animals and products of animal origin to the EU
Register for free webinars to learn more about what you need to do to export animals, fish and high risk foods not of animal origin from 1 January 2021.

Webinars for legal professionals
The Ministry of Justice and Law Society are holding a series of webinars for legal professionals discussing legal changes from 1 January 2021. Find out more on the Ministry of Justice Guidance page.

Webinars to prepare your business for the end of the transition period
The UK has left the EU and is leaving the EU single market and customs union. The end of the transition period means businesses should take action now to prepare for guaranteed changes and new rules from January 2021. Join a sector focused webinar to check the new rules and understand the actions to take. See the full schedule and sign up via the dedicated Check Change Go webinars web page

Expand your exports: masterclass series
The Department for International Trade (DIT) is running a webinar series which will provide your business with the knowledge and understanding needed to take it to the next stage of its export journey. Times are usually 9:30am-12:30pm and topics include:

Videos: Help and support if your business trades with the EU
Learn more about trading with the EU from 1 January 2020. Videos are available on:  

  • Exporting and sending goods outside of the UK
  • Importing and bringing goods into the UK
  • The customs clearance process

Contact us

As always, Dorset LEP’s Dorset Gateway team is ready to offer specific business support. We are available on the contact information below. We are happy to be able to help our local businesses at this time with our free bespoke business advice and signposting.

Make an enquiry with Dorset Gateway here