The legislation governing the UK’s future relationship with the EU has been approved, with the transition period officially ending on 1 January 2021 – bringing a new set of rules for businesses and citizens.
The Government’s End of Transition Period Guidance for the Tourism Sector HERE gives you an overview of the key issues affecting the tourism industry. A snapshot includes:
-Visiting the UK: Guidance for tourism businesses to share with their international customers covering entry to the UK (including school groups); what you can bring into the UK; healthcare in the UK; driving in the UK and mobile roaming.
-The Border Operating Model: Updated guidance provides further detail for businesses and passengers on how the GB-EU border will operate after the end of the transition period
-Impacts on employees: The EU Settlement Scheme and selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
-Data: Encouraging businesses to check if they need to change the way that they receive personal data from the EU/EEA.
-Moving goods: Businesses will need an ‘EORI number’ to move goods between Great Britain and the EU. They may also need one if they move goods to or from Northern Ireland. This is likely to be most relevant to events and conference organisers and the hospitality sector. The guidance covers who needs an EORI number and how to apply for one, as well as guidance on taking goods temporarily out of the UK.
Workforce: Immigration update
Recent government legislation set out a number of changes to the Immigration Rules HERE, which provide the foundation for the UK’s new Points-Based Immigration System.
In order to recruit overseas workers through the Skilled Worker Route, you MUST register as a licensed sponsor HERE. Getting a licence normally takes around 8 weeks and fees do apply.
Workforce: Engaging and retaining talent
We know that European workers are an important asset in our county, but a heavily tourism-reliant area like Cumbria does face some unique challenges around its migrant workforce.
Recruitment and retention continue to be a major long-term concern for many businesses, with a number of CT members telling us that European workers who have gone home during the COVID pandemic haven’t come back.
Cumbria Tourism is continuing to work hard to highlight the ongoing issues around skills, retention and recruitment – further complicated by the current pandemic – to ensure policy-makers understand why a flexible migrant workforce is so integral to supporting some of our key tourism operators, who in turn support the rest of our local workforce and supply chain.
Cumbria Tourism has created this BREXIT TOOLKIT to help tourism businesses prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU. (Please note, this document was originally published pre-COVID, but much of the detail and advice will still be relevant for business readiness).