Preparing for change

Business planning for when the UK leaves the EU

Brexit has wide-ranging economic implications. While the full impact may not be known for some time, there are steps you can take to ready your business for the changes ahead.

A successful business is ready for anything

All businesses should have plans for dealing with the unexpected and this strategic approach
can also help mitigate the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.

Problems with suppliers, transport or staff can cause serious disruption. Such issues are likely to be of particular concern after Brexit.

You can’t protect your business from every risk, but taking time to plan and prepare can save time and money when the unexpected happens. 

Our guide to resilience planning considers the types of threats your business might face and how you can prepare for them – including straightforward and practical steps you can take to lessen the impact on your business.

Best practice for dealing with Brexit

Guidance, information and insights about preparing for leaving the EU from professional bodies, the UK government and Barclays Investment Bank.

British Chambers of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce’s Chamber Network is focused on the practicalities of Brexit for business communities across the UK. Its Brexit Hub contains useful guidance on preparing your business for Brexit.

GOV.UK – Prepare for EU Exit

GOV.UK’s ‘Prepare for EU Exit’ hub contains a wide range of information and guidance on preparing for Brexit, for both businesses and individuals.

Supporting your business through uncertain times

We’ve seen plenty of change across our 329-year history, so we’re well-placed to guide
and support UK business through the changes that lie ahead.

Whatever the economic effects of Brexit, UK business needs to be ready to evolve in order to cope with – and capitalise on – the change it will bring. 

Change can be hard, but with the right help and support, it can be a positive thing – and that’s why we’re here.

So whether you’re an established business looking for ways to adapt, or a new business still finding your way, we have a wide range of guides to help take your next important steps. 


Managing your cashflow

Effective cashflow management is the foundation of successful business, particularly when it comes to facing the challenges of changing economic conditions.

Cashflow forecasting

A cashflow forecast is a useful tool that can warn you of challenges ahead, help you achieve steady growth and steer you through a downturn.

Business financing options

It can be hard to know how to finance the next stage of business development, but external funding could clear the path to growth and reignite your potential.

Top cashflow tips

Whether it’s managing invoices or offering flexible payments, find out how you could avoid common cashflow pitfalls. 

Conquering cashflow

How mastering cashflow management can help boost your business and give you peace of mind

From a 7-step plan to useful tips and resources, here’s how to stay on top of your cashflow.

Exploring international opportunities

Fundamental changes to the way we deal with the EU means UK business may need to rethink existing trading arrangements and embrace new markets.

  • The basics of international trade

    Understanding global trade

    The prospect of exporting can make many businesses apprehensive, even those with experience of it. We answer some of the most commonly asked questions on exporting – and cut through the jargon.

    International trade support

    Whatever stage you’re at with your import or export business, our aim is to support you every at every step.

    Here are some of the ways we can help you to thrive and seize new opportunities.

    How we can help

    Whether you’re importing or exporting, starting out or expanding further, we have the tools and services to help your business grow abroad. Plus, our team of expert International Managers is here to support you along the way.

    Planning for export success

    Some businesses fall into exporting accidentally. But having a clear strategy and a well-thought-out export plan from the outset will go a long way to maximising your chances of success.

  • Expanding your business abroad

    Growing your export business

    If you’re already exporting successfully, you can apply the lessons you’ve learned to expand your international business, but expanding into new markets still takes careful planning.

    The secrets to international expansion

    Doing business on the international stage can seem daunting, but for many entrepreneurs, overseas expansion is a vital part of their business journey.

    Export tips from successful businesses

    Expanding your business overseas can be a challenge, so here are some practical tips from businesses that have found success in international markets.

    Is your export business ready for disruption?

    How to be resilient in uncertain trading conditions

    Most export businesses will be exposed to changes in the trading environment that are beyond their control at one time or another, so here are some tips on building your resilience.

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