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Extra paperwork, border checks and additional costs for exports - Brexit has destroyed the livelihoods of countless musicians.
It is more than a month since the UK's new trading relationship with the European Union (EU) came into being but the transition has been far from easy for some businesses. From being told to set up operations in Europe, having goods stuck in port and facing increased costs to clear the border, three North East firms reveal the reality of adapting to the new rules.
As small businesses crumble, shelves get emptier and the care-worker shortage intensifies, life outside the EU is having a dire effect on many of us. Why aren’t politicians talking about it?
The import of apparel by the United Kingdom was badly hit by Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. The value of UK’s apparel import has been declining from 2019, when it became imminent that Brexit is going to take place.
This frustrated business owner who voted for Brexit because she was "fed up with the bureaucracy" of the EU now has "more of it" as her business struggles to cope with additional costs and delays.
The European Union is demanding £2.5bn in compensation from Britain for failing to apply customs rules to Chinese imports.
UK ‘failed to fulfil its obligations’ to stop Chinese companies flooding market with cheap clothes.
Figures show Brexit compounding Covid disruption, with clothing exports plunging 60%, vegetables down 40% and cars 25%.
Kidswear independents across the UK have expressed concerns that “nightmare” post-Brexit import VAT is still being incorrectly charged on some children’s clothing and footwear that should have been zero rated, causing “hell on earth” for many businesses.
British firms face the introduction of much-delayed post-Brexit border control checks from 1 January which will affect businesses importing $314 billion of goods a year from the European Union.
British luxury retailer Matchesfashion has been hit hard by COVID-19 and Brexit, its Companies House filings revealed.
The fashion industry has warned it faces severe talent shortages after a government advisory body rejected its plea to offer more visas to foreign workers.
With inflation set to rise, alongside the cost of shopping and transport, the economic fallout will squeeze Britons’ budgets.
Non-binding opinion says UK allowed criminal gangs to flood Europe with cheap Chinese-made clothes.
Research by the UK Fashion and Textile Association has revealed the true extent of disruption and additional costs British fashion companies have faced since prime minister Boris Johnson's Brexit trade deal was implemented on 1 January 2021.
A company specialising in children’s sports clothing has relocated to avoid the costs and bureaucracy caused by leaving the EU.
In a statement, the company said: "We are now relocated in Europe." / “Sadly, due to Brexit and UK lockdown restrictions, we had to leave England to allow our business to survive and grow.”
It would be fair to say that businesses in Somerset are now really starting to feel the effects of Brexit and our new trade deals with the EU and the rest of the world. From all the businesses I have spoken to so far the effects have ranged from bureaucratic nightmares with unnecessary paperwork and extra costs to complete shutdowns of exports.
Sir Keir Starmer has told an LBC listener whose small business has been hit hard by Brexit that he will raise her problem with the Government.
The UK's new trading relationship with the European Union (EU) might be less than two weeks old but some businesses - and their European customers - are already struggling to adjust to the new trading landscape.
Firms across four different sectors share their stories of rising costs, extra paperwork and packages that never arrive.
A major agency which represents Naomi Campbell and Twiggy has warned that models now face a three month wait to work in Europe, effectively killing off their chances at work in the EU post-Brexit.
Kidswear independents across the UK are receiving unexpected bills for import VAT and customs declarations, as post-Brexit trading rules bite.
Cult sustainable labels like Fruity Booty are up against insane levels of paperwork and shipping delays.
The UK’s official departure from the EU took place on January 1, 2021. The Brexit roll-out, not unexpectedly, has been awash with problems.