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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Brexit - support for businesses

If you buy or sell goods to and from the European Union then you need to get ready for changes.

The UK government has published guidance on the changes for businesses at Brexit transition. Here you can check how transition affects your business and see the actions needed to prepare for the new trading arrangements with the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).

There is also extensive information about importing and exporting goods to and from the EU, moving goods to and from Northern Ireland and travelling, living and working in the EU.

The online questionnaire at Brexit transition will help you identify what you need to do for the type of goods you import or export.

For businesses that import and export goods and services make sure:

Product safety

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has published guidance to help businesses comply with changed regulations, including issues such as the use of the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking. UK product safety and metrology from 1 January 2021


Hauliers should make sure to have the correct driver, vehicle licences and permits for driving in the EU, along with the correct documentation for the goods you're carrying across EU borders - including your Master Reference Number (MRN). See Master reference number for further information.


Employees practicing and serving clients in the EU may need to have their professional qualifications accredited and may have extra travel requirements. See the following for further information:

Intellectual property protection

The International Property Office has published guidance on trademarks, design, patents right law and IP rights after Brexit. See intellectual property and the transition period.

Data protection

For information on what action you need to take regarding data protection and data flows with the EU/EEA after the end of the transition period see Using personal data in your business or other organisation from 1 January 2021.

UK Government advice

Information from the UK government is available at:

National advice and support

There is also extensive information and support available from national organisations:

Local advice and support

A number of local organisations have made available useful information on the brexit transition process:

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