Check Change Go – Is your business ready for the 1st of January?

End of transition period: Check Change Go

The transition period is ending on 31 December and there will be no extension. Time is running out; Defence suppliers act now to prepare for our new relationship with the EU.

You can find out what actions you may need to take by visiting and using the checker tool. If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

To support business preparations, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take. All previously recorded webinars are available on demand now.

For the latest transition information direct to your inbox, sign up to the Transition Readiness Business Bulletin here.

Trader Support Service

The Northern Ireland Protocol comes into force on 1 January 2021.

There will be changes to the way goods move between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland the Trader Support Service will guide you through any changes due to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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The way you hire from the EU is changing

From 1 January 2021, the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system that will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which employers recruit internationally.

Regardless of the nature of our future trading relationship with the EU, from 1 January there will be guaranteed changes for businesses:

You will need to be a licensed sponsor to hire eligible workers from outside the UK. This normally takes 8 weeks and fees apply. Check your business is eligible.

New job, salary and language requirements will apply to anyone that you want to hire from outside the UK. Check that the people you want to hire will meet the requirements for coming to the UK for work.

The new system will not apply to hiring Irish citizens, or EU citizens already living and working in the UK who are eligible under the EU Settlement Scheme.