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UK Government unveils SME Brexit support fund

Feb 16, 2021

On 11 February, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, announced a £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund. The scheme is designed to help businesses overcome the challenges posed by changes to trade rules within the EU.

UK Government unveils SME Brexit support fund

The SME Brexit Support Fund will help company owners to adjust to new customs, rules of origin and VAT rules when trading with the EU. New import controls will be implemented in three stages from April to July 2021, as per the Government’s Border Operating Model.

This means businesses don’t have to complete new import declarations for up to six months – unless they’re moving controlled goods.

Grants of up to £2,000 available for each trader 

“SMEs who trade only with the EU and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for each trader to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU,” the Government website reads.

The announcement follows a series of weekly discussions between a number of individual businesses, business organisations and trade associations (including the Brexit Taskforce). 

The fund has been described by participants in the conversations as “very significant” and essential for ensuring that SMEs can “adapt and succeed in the new trading environment”. 

The SME Brexit Support Fund will be open for applications in March. The funds will be administered through the existing Customs Grant Scheme. 

How can Funding Options help?

While the new fund to support SMEs will undoubtedly make a huge difference, we’re aware that many businesses will be looking for additional funding during this time of change. 

Funding Options has been selected by the British Business Bank as a designated platform to find finance for businesses. Whether you need a quick cash injection or a longer-term business funding solution, we can match you with an option that fits.

So far, we’ve helped almost 10,000 business owners to secure business finance, from flexible unsecured loans to bridging finance. We’ve also processed more than £240M in CBILS loans for UK SMEs who have experienced cash flow disruption due to the pandemic. See what you could be eligible for today.

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