Prepare for Brexit

This handy toolkit will equip you with the know-how and confidence to take the next step to grow your business in EU markets and beyond.

Expert guidance and support to help you prepare your business for Brexit

Create an action plan for Brexit

Get one-to-one support through our export advisory service to help you plan ahead and assess what Brexit might mean for you. Make Brexit planning part of your overall business plan and integrate it into your business operations.

Our export advisers can work with you to develop a Brexit-focused action plan. We'll help make sure you're as Brexit-ready as possible, equipped with the know-how to plan for the likely consequences of Brexit.

Get started with our Brexit checklist

There are a few things you can do now to prepare your business for the UK's departure from the EU.

Read our Brexit checklist

Talk to us

Set time aside to explore the wealth of business support available through our global partner networks and contacts. We'll help you better understand, and plan for, the potential implications of Brexit on your business.

Get in touch with an export adviser

What if the UK leaves the EU with no deal?

UK Government has guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, including:

  • Applying for EU-funded programmes
  • Importing and exporting
  • Labelling products and making them safe
  • Money and tax
  • Regulating medicines and medical equipment
  • State aid
  • Workplace rights

Read guidance for a 'no-deal Brexit' on GOV.UK website

Events, workshops and networking

Selling into the EU

There are 500 million potential consumers of your products and services in the EU. Plus, 43% of all exports from Scotland go to countries in the EU market (worth £12.3 billion).

The Netherlands, France and Germany, are consistently among the top four export markets for products and services from Scotland, year after year.

Whatever the outcome of the EU/UK Brexit negotiations, the markets and customers of the EU will still exist, as will demand for Scottish products and services. Ultimately, it will be the terms of trade which will differ.

Brexit awareness and planning

Throughout the year we'll be running a series of Brexit awareness events. Join us to explore various scenarios and get your business ready for Brexit.

We'll cover the implications of Brexit on EU trade, wider implications on international trade, as well as planning and preparation.

You'll have the opportunity to ask more specific questions related to the consequences of Brexit on your business and how we can help you make the most of EU market opportunities.

Exploiting opportunities

Our Export Bootcamp for companies new to selling into the EU could be your greatest asset.

This is a fast-paced group programme run over one to three days that will give you the insights, the inspiration and the tools to start planning for the likely consequences of Brexit.

You'll produce a robust online export plan to drive your company’s growth. We’ll put both you and your business through your paces to ensure you’re well-prepared to exploit new EU market opportunities and compete on the international stage.

Topics covered include:

  • Market analysis and market entry
  • How to make the most of international exhibitions and market visits
  • How to sell online internationally
  • International finance, contracts and logistics

View our upcoming events and book your place

Grant support for international projects

Grants are available for consultancy support to help your business plan for Brexit and identify how Brexit might impact international supply chains and your company's growth.

Examples of potential areas of support include:

  • Reviewing and optimising transport or logistics arrangements
  • Strengthening financial and currency management and mitigating against risk
  • Brexit impact scenario planning and potential outcomes for your business
  • Supply chain risks and opportunities
  • Modelling the impact of potential changes to tariffs, documentary requirements and customs clearance
  • Identifying potential staff recruitment, retention issues relating to Brexit, and any skills gaps

Am I eligible?

Our international project support is available to companies based in Scotland who are exporting outside the UK and who could potentially be negatively impacted by Brexit.

The level of support is subject to your individual growth plans, how you will be impacted, and the steps you are taking to prepare for Brexit.

Get in touch with an export adviser to find out more

Get support to develop a strategy for Brexit

What's included?

We can provide you with:

  • Expertise to help shape your international strategy - including scenario planning for Brexit
  • One-to-one support over two days delivered by an experienced international trade consultant
  • Guidance to help you identify threats and opportunities, strengths and weaknesses for your business in EU markets
  • Support to create a robust international action plan to implement into your business

Am I eligible?

Our international strategy support is available to companies based in Scotland who are exporting outside the UK and could potentially be negatively impacted by Brexit.

The level of support is subject to individual international growth plans.

Get in touch with an export adviser to find out more

Build your exporting skills online

Not yet selling overseas?

If you're already running a successful business in Scotland, why not build on that success in the world's largest single market, the EU. First you'll need an export plan.

Read our guidance on how to prepare an export plan and start selling overseas

Expanding your business in the EU

Already an ambitious Scottish export business? Looking to expand your operations in European markets?

Read our step-by-step guides to expand your business in the EU

These guides will deepen your understanding of your target market and connect you with potential buyers, agents and business partners.

Learn the essentials of exporting

Get access to ExportSavvy - a series of online modules for practical information, advice and learning, to underpin your export success.

EU market intelligence

Save time, money and effort by getting in touch with our dedicated market research team who can help you delve deeper into EU market trends, customer behaviour and competitor activity.

Free research within five days

We can provide a range of support to help you identify the right market opportunity for your product or service, including:

  • Market guides and webinars
  • Global market intelligence
  • Competitor insights
  • Credit rating checks
  • Industry trends and forecasts
  • Consumer demographics
  • Supplier databases
  • Live opportunities
  • Finding the right partners and contacts

Read our tips for international market research

Get help from our market research team

Explore live EU opportunities

Want to find out if there's demand for your product or service in the EU?

  1. Find EU opportunities on the Exporting is GREAT website - You can filter and apply for opportunities by country on our partner's dedicated website and sign up for tailored email alerts. 
  2. Find opportunities via the Enterprise Europe Network - Explore the Enterprise Europe Network database of over 8,000 innovation, research and business opportunities.

Support to visit EU markets

Throughout the year we lead trade visits to key markets around the world. It's your chance to visit potential markets with a group of like-minded Scottish businesses to identify and assess opportunities for your business and meet potential customers.

We can help your company to identify potential partners/customers in your chosen market via our partner and international networks, including:

A potential travel grant may be available subject to eligibility.

To help you prepare for a market visit we recommend you attend our market awareness events and join our webinars delivered by in-market experts.

Watch a selection of EU webinars on our YouTube channel

If you need to hire office space while visiting an overseas market, ask our export advisers about discounted rates via Regus.

Submit an enquiry

Upcoming workshops, seminars and networking events

International SEO and social media

26 October, Stirling

Introduction to developing your international tourism markets for Ayrshire

5-6 November, Kilmarnock

ScotExport 2018 - Scotland's flagship exporting event

6 November 2018, Glasgow

eMarketplaces - Making it happen internationally

13 November, Glasgow

Workshop for companies new to trading internationally selling to the cycling industry

14-15 November, Edinburgh

Workshop for alcohol companies new to trading internationally

14-15 November, Glasgow

Brexit planning: prepare your business

15 November, Stirling

Brexit workshop: Explore scenarios and get your business ready

20 November, Perth

Export Bootcamp for companies new to selling into the EU

21 November, Edinburgh

Developing an international digital strategy

22 November, Aberdeen

Export Bootcamp for companies with a product

28 November, Falkirk

International SEO and social media

29 November, Edinburgh 

Export Bootcamp for companies new to trading internationally

23 January, Glasgow

Export Bootcamp for companies new to trading internationally

24 January, Edinburgh 

Developing an international digital strategy

30 January, Alloa

Export bootcamp for service companies

28 February and 28 March, Alloa

Emarketplaces: making it happen internationally

13 March, Falkirk

Getting trading on emarketplaces: Amazon marketplace

30 April, Alloa

Don't just take our word for it

Richard O'Connor from Chocolate and Love in the foreground with a display of chocolates in the background

Richard O'Connor, founder of Perth-based Chocolate and Love, saw Europe as the obvious place to start exporting

"Europe was where we started to export and it is still hugely important, accounting for around 30% of export business."

Read full success story
Jamie Bruski Tetsil from Shapes of Things/We Love Shapes

Shapes of Things founder, Jamie, recently secured distributors in the Benelux region with the aim of expanding further in Europe

"I've big, future plans to further develop my current exporting activities into Europe, the USA and Australia. I'll definitely be using Scottish Enterprise's free market research service to help me achieve these strategic goals."

Read full success story

Got a Brexit planning question?

Get in touch with our export advisers for full details of how we can help your business grow in EU markets and beyond.

Brexit information disclaimer

The Brexit information provided by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland is for general information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. You must not rely on the information as an alternative to advice from an appropriately qualified professional. Such professional advice should be sought in relation to business decisions. Scottish Enterprise shall not be liable for any loss, damage, security breach, cost or expense incurred by any person relying on any such information.