The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice. It is aimed at providing SMEs with additional support to help post Brexit importing and exporting rules.

This is applicable for businesses up to 500 employees and annual turnover below £100m.

The grant can be used for training on:

  • How to complete customs declarations
  • How to manage processes and use customs software and systems
  • Specific import and export related aspects including VAT, excise and rules of origin

Professional advice on any of these areas also qualify for the grant.

To qualify for the grants, SMEs 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.

The business must also either:

  • complete (or intend to complete) import or export declarations internally for its own goods; or
  • 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).

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will be administering the grants for HMRC. Applications have now opened – apply online here

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