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No further customs controls changes to be introduced from July 2022

No further customs controls changes to be introduced from July 2022

Government will no longer introduce further customs controls from 01 July 2022 as previously planned. In a statement from Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg, Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government efficiency, rising costs caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine and in energy prices have led government to agree imposing new administrative burdens and risk disruption at ports…
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Number of North East businesses increases in 2022

Number of North East businesses increases in 2022

Analysis of new data from CreditSafe by insolvency and restructuring trade body, R3, has shown the number of North East businesses increased dramatically in first two months of 2022. 1,213 new businesses were set up in the region in January 2022, and a further 1,402 were established in February 2022. In contrast, January also saw…
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Customs Declaration Service

Customs Declaration Service

The Customs Declaration Service will become the UK single customs platform after 31 March 2023, replacing the Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. All businesses will need to declare goods using the Customs Declaration Service from: 30 September 2022 for import declarations 31 March 2023 for export declarations HMRC is urging traders to…
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North East businesses support each other to reduce carbon emissions

North East businesses support each other to reduce carbon emissions

Over the last year, more than 200 North East businesses joined forces to learn from each other and overcome challenges together through a Peer Networks programme. Sue Stewart from Cottam Brush Ltd joined one of three Net Zero cohorts, which focused on supporting businesses to reduce their carbon emissions. She explains how lasting relationships have…
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How the Spring Statement 2022 impacts businesses

How the Spring Statement 2022 impacts businesses

As part of government’s Spring Statement on 23 March 2022, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a series of measures that will benefit UK businesses. Cutting fuel duty on petrol and diesel by 5p per litre for 12 months The cut takes effect from 6pm on 23 March 2022. Along with the freeze in 2022-23, it represents…
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Is it time to review your approach to debt recovery?

Is it time to review your approach to debt recovery?

By Julie Parr, Director of Business Improvement at Muckle LLP. DIY debt recovery can be a frustrating time sap that doesn’t always get the results you need. So, is it time to make calling in the professionals, policy? There can’t be many business owners who are immune to the strain of unpaid invoices. Incredibly, research…
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Trading with Ukraine or Russia

Trading with Ukraine or Russia

The Department for International Trade has expanded its Export Support Service helpline to support businesses and traders with enquiries/concerns relating to the situation in Ukraine and Russia. A dedicated online service has been created, and businesses/traders can also call 0300 303 8955. Businesses and traders can also read the latest information about sanctions on trading with…
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Using the new UKCA marking

Using the new UKCA marking

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking, known as ‘new approach’ goods. The UKCA marking came into effect on 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to…
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