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BEIS to host Brexit webinars for automotive and retail sectors

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will aim to help automotive and retail businesses to prepare for Brexit as part of a series of webinars taking place this month.

The UK is leaving the EU single market and customs union at the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31 and BEIS wants to ensure that businesses are ready for the changes it will bring.

Its series of webinars on the various changes that can be expected by various sectors get underway today (October 13), with automotive and retail set to be addressed online tomorrow.

A statement issued by BEIS said that the webinars’ content will “explain what the changes will mean and the actions businesses must take to avoid interruption and enjoy the opportunities the UK’s new relationship with the EU will bring”.

It added: “The webinars will guide businesses through the changes, which include how to import and export goods, the process for hiring people from the EU, and how to provide services in EU markets.”

Business sectors being covered by these webinars are:

  • Services and Investment, October 13
  • Retail, October 14
  • Automotive, October 14
  • Metals and Materials, October 20
  • Electronics and Machinery, October 21
  • Consumer Goods, October 22
  • Life Sciences, October 27
  • Construction, October 28
  • Aerospace, October 29

Anyone wishing to actively participate in the webinars can register now at

The webinars will be recorded and made available on this link for those businesses unable to attend, however.

BEIS said: “Thousands of businesses have attended previous EU Exit seminars and events that BEIS has run over the past two years.

“Feedback shows participants found the information useful, especially for clarifying areas they were already thinking about and raising awareness of actions not already on their radars.

“A digital roadshow held in 2019 was found useful by over three-quarters of those who attended.”

A week after the BEIS webinars MHA MacIntyre Hudson is also set to address Brexit in its own webinar.

The online event, on October 20, wil start with an economic update from economist Professor Joe Nellis before presentations from MHA and Baker Tilly International experts addressing topics including Customs Duty and VAT issues, business structuring and immigration.

To register for the MHA webinar click here.


Alongside the BEIS webinars, Government has also launched an online “transition checker” to help businesses and individuals prepare for Brexit.

To receive a personalised list of actions for your business visit

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