The West Midlands Cluster
The transition period has ended and new rules came into force on the 1st January 2021. The UK now enjoys a zero tariffs, zero quotas relationship with the EU as an independent trading nation.
Following the signing of the UK – EU Free Trade Agreement, there are new rules for businesses, which require immediate action in order to continue trading and ensure business operations are uninterrupted.
To help guide businesses through the changes that affect them the West Midlands Growth Hubs are working together to ensure businesses across the region can access free, impartial, expert advice on the key areas of change and challenges arising from the UK’s new trading status, and to help businesses take advantage of the new opportunities available to them.
The network of 38 Growth Hubs are local public/private sector partnerships led by the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). They join up national and local business support so it is easy for businesses to find the help they need. The West Midlands Cluster of Growth Hubs includes:
- Coventry & Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub
- Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP Growth Hub
- The Black Country Growth Hub
- Worcestershire Business Central
- Marches Growth Hub
- Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub
Your local Growth Hub can provide a wide range of advice and support to your business, including growth planning, access to funding and grants, start-up advice, planning, procurement advice, access to training and skills programmes, redundancy advice and much more. Support is fully funded and provided at no cost to businesses. To access support, please complete this short diagnostic, which will help your local Growth Hub understand your business’ requirements and challenges and supply you with the right advice and support for your business.
EU Transition Specialist Support
The West Midlands Growth Hubs have procured a range of sector specialists to advise businesses on key issues resulting from EU Exit. Find out more.
West Midlands Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce can provide businesses with a wide range of support, including customs declaration services, Brexit events & training and their international trade membership package, which provides expert advice and consultancy support for exporting, including training and export documentation. Contact Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce for more information and to be directed to the West Midlands Chamber of Commerce or partner organisation to best fulfil your business’ requirements.