Is your business ready for changes at the end of the year?

The transition period is ending on 31 December and there will be no extension. The UK will no longer be part of the EU Customs Union and Single Market. This means that, regardless of whether we reach a free trade agreement with the EU, there will be new rules for businesses from 1 January 2021 which require immediate action. Your business needs to act now to prepare for these new rules. If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

As a first step, you should visit gov.uk/transition where you can use the checker tool to quickly identify the actions that your business needs to take. The checker tool will ask you questions about your business and provide all the information you need to be aware of such as new rules on:

You can help prepare your businesses for the new rules by using a number of support mechanisms provided by the Government:

  • Sign up to receive updates on the specific actions you need to take once you’ve used the checker tool at uk/transition
  • Sign up to receive the regular Business Readiness Transition Bulletin – an email newsletter providing information on major announcements and recently published guidance
  • Watch the BEIS webinars currently taking place that set out specific advice on how the following sectors can prepare for 1 January 2021: aerospace, automotive, chemicals, consumer goods & retail, construction, infrastructure & housing, electronics & machinery, metals & other materials, life sciences, and professional business services. The full schedule and sign up to for live sessions here. Following the initial broadcast, the webinars will be available on demand.

We understand that this is a challenging time and encourage you to take action to avoid interruption to your business operations and to take advantage of the opportunities that being an independent trading nation will bring.

Article source: UKBAA

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Our Pitch Events

There are four pitch events per year, held in February, April, June and October. Usually hosted at the Bournemouth Carlton Hotel or virtually via Zoom.

At each pitch event there will be 5 business presentation pitches of 10-15 minutes, to suit all investor appetites. These will be selected by the Dorset Business Angels directors nearer to the event. Short summaries will be posted to our Events page and distributed via our newsletter ahead of the event. Each pitch includes a Q&A session and is followed by a investor debate, held privately.

These pitches and our other social events are ideal opportunities for networking and learning about what is new and trending in a variety of industries. If you would like to be involved you can find out more on our Investors Membership page.

Our Next Pitch Event

Registration to our next event on January 24th 2022 is via our Eventbrite page.

From October 2021, DBA will run a mix of online and face to face events.

2022 Pitch Events

Monday 24th January - Bournemouth
Monday 4th April
Monday 20th June
Monday 3rd October