HMRC offers Brexit funding
HMRC has announced a new £16m funding programme to help British businesses train their staff to cope with new customs regulations after Brexit. The new funding is available now to help businesses train staff in making customs declarations, and to help businesses who support others to trade goods to invest in IT.
Customs agents currently help businesses who trade outside the EU. HMRC says the new funding will help increase the capacity of the sector as businesses trading with the EU consider whether to get an expert to complete customs documentation for them after Brexit.
More than 3,000 agents have already been trained as part of an £8 million investment earlier this year, which has also been used to develop new online learning products for customs staff, including a new UK Customs Academy.
Businesses based in the UK can apply for funding ahead of the UK leaving the EU. Grants can be used to support training costs for business that complete customs declarations, or who intend to and it will also provide funding for IT improvement for employers who are currently involved in trade as an intermediary.
This second wave of the grant scheme allows businesses to apply for the full cost of training, within limits set out in the HMRC guidance document.