Call comes as BEIS prepares new  Get Ready  webinars this week

Chemical manufacturer Harry Swan is urging businesses to act now to be ready for new
trading rules between the UK and EU.

The owner and Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Swan and Co Ltd says his firm has
already taken action to prepare for the end of the Transition period on December 31, and he’s now calling on others to do the same.

Harry adds: “ There is still time to prepare and there will be time post transition to make any necessary adjustments, but you must engage and read the advice that many organisations such as BEIS, HSE and your trade bodies are providing. Don’t assume everything will be done for you. Act now to ensure you have a license to operate.”

Harry’s advice comes as the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
prepares to deliver new webinars to help businesses understand the important actions they
need to take to be ready for the start of 2021.

The webinars are free, and depending on the topic being covered, take between 45-90
minutes. Upcoming topics include chemicals, use of personal data and business travel.
Webinars are available for ‘on-demand’ viewing, including a dedicated webinar for the metals and materials sector.

Thomas Swan and Co Ltd is a performance and speciality chemical manufacturer, making
products for many household disinfectants or rubber processing additives that go into tyres.
The company employs 176 people, with headquarters and manufacturing based in Consett,
County Durham. It also has sales offices in Shanghai, China and Newark, USA.

Harry says: “About 30% of our goods are sold into the EU. We have applied for and been
granted Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status by HMRC. This will help us export from
1 January 2020 by smoothing customs procedures and avoiding any surprises.”

To ensure they have a good understanding of the changes that need to be made to business operations, the company has also:

  • Ensured it has dedicated internal resources to focus on regulations so it has a
    licence to operate;
  • Checked what actions it should take under UK REACH and EU REACH to continue
    to manufacture and place chemicals on the GB, NI and EU markets;
  • Used GOV.UK guidance to understand trading arrangements for non-EU countries
    from 1 January 2021, and
  • Ensured that travelling employees have checked their requirements for visas.

Further information

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