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The UK has now left the EU -to understand how this affects your business, the Government has published online guidance on how to implement changes to your business for the new rules from 1 January 2021.

To understand how this affects your business, the Government has published online guidance on how to get ready for new rules in 2021.

The GOV.UK website is the central site for guidance aimed at businesses and individuals.

The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period, but there are a number of actions you can take now to prepare for the new rules from 1 January 2021. Please use the tool checker on the site – it will help you to quickly identify what you need to do to get your business ready for Brexit.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) release a weekly email bulletin covering business readiness updates and announcements. Businesses can sign up for the BEIS bulletin. Sign up ensures businesses you will be alerted of any changes.

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) Growth Hub

Our LEP wide Growth Hub also continue to update their website with useful links to trustworthy sources of information and resources that could be of use to local businesses. It also lists relevant free webinars.

Find out more, see the HotSW Growth Hub page.

Advisers can also talk with you further about business support programmes that meet your business needs. Contact the team on 03456 047 047 or email

National Business Support Helpline (England)

Telephone: 0800 998 1098 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

European Union Settlement Scheme


The European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) was established to enable EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their families, resident in the UK by the end of 31 December 2020, to get the immigration status needed to continue to live, work, study and access benefits and services in the UK after 30 June 2021.

The deadline for most people to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021.

If you or your family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you can still apply if you or a family member were living in the UK by 31 December 2020. You must also either:

  • meet one of the criteria for a later deadline to apply
  • have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not applying by 30 June 2021

If your application is successful, you’ll receive either settled or pre-settled status.

If you have less than five years’ residence you will most likely receive pre-settled status, which can be converted to settled status after five years, upon application (this is not an automatic process and you must apply for settled status).

You can also apply if you already have pre-settled status, and you’re applying for settled status.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you’re an Irish citizen, or you already have indefinite leave to enter or remain.

It is free to apply to the scheme.

Prove you have applied

When you have completed your application, you will receive a Certificate of Application which can be shown to employers, landlords and the NHS to prove that you have applied to the scheme.

Your rights are protected while your application is being processed through to its decision.

Prove your status

Upon a successful application for pre-settled or settled status, you will receive notification from Home Office taking you to the website, where you will receive a ‘share code’ that will prove your status.

This site also enables you to update personal details in your UK Visas and Immigration account, and check what rights you have in the UK.

You will need the following to access this site:

  • Details of the identity document you used when you applied (your passport, national identity card, or biometric residence card or permit)
  • Your date of birth
  • Access to the mobile number or email address you used when you applied – you’ll be sent a code for logging in

Moving to Settled Status

Pre-settled status was given to applicants who had been continuously in the UK less than 5 years before 31 December 2020. Once you have received pre-settled status you can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you receive your status.

You must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme again before your pre-settled status expires to stay in the UK.

You can apply for settled status as soon as you are eligible, which is usually after you’ve lived in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man for 5 years in a row.

More information is available on how to Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status).

Get Local Assistance

Local Charity Diversity Voice are available for EUSS assistance. Interpreters are available who can translated various EU languages. They can be reached through the following means:

Telephone: 0300 075 0105

More information on the EU Settlement Scheme.