Training and IT grants to help you prepare for Brexit

The UK Government has released £5 million funding for training and IT improvements to help UK businesses complete customs declarations to trade with EU member countries - deal or no deal.

Processes and software for submitting customs declarations are both changing at the end of March, regardless of Brexit outcome. A new Customs Declaration Service will replace the existing CHIEF service.

According to the Institute for Government report, there are 180,000 UK businesses trading goods between the UK and the EU who will need to complete customs declarations for the first time.

Read more on what you need to know about the Customs Declaration Service

Looking beyond the EU

The EU will remain a vitally important market for Scottish businesses after Brexit. In addition, businesses should also consider market opportunities outside the EU to help strengthen future growth and meet demand.

With growing interest in quality goods from Scotland around the world, knowledge of customs procedures and documentation will be a necessity if your company is looking to seize those opportunities.

Grants to improve your software

Businesses can apply for IT grants up to the maximum amount of state aid (€200,000)

To apply for the IT improvements grant, your business must:

  • Currently complete customs declarations for importers and exporters
  • Have 250 employees or fewer
  • Have an annual turnover of less than €50 million

Funding can only be used to buy software that will help your business to complete customs declarations more efficiently. It must be a ready-made solution - you cannot use the funding to commission bespoke software.

You can also use the funding to:

  • Buy hardware that’s needed for the software to run
  • Install and configure the software and hardware
  • Buy the first-year licence
  • Train employees to use the software

You cannot use the funding for unrelated networking costs.

Applications are managed PwC for HMRC.

Read full terms and conditions before applying

We suggest you register early. Closing date for applications is 5 April 2019 – or sooner depending on demand.

Register online via PwC