Businesses are preparing for the end of the transition period – are you?

Three steps to prepare for the end of the transition period

The UK has left the EU and will leave the Single Market and Customs Union at the end of the year. Businesses should take action now to start preparing for new trading rules which will come into effect from January 2021.

There are concrete steps you can take to minimise disruption and take advantage of new opportunities.

To help you prepare, here are three things you should do:

  1. Head to GOV.UK/transition to take a short survey and receive a personalised list of actions for you and your business to take.
  2. Sign up to email alerts to stay up to date with any further changes.
  3. Plan ahead and take the steps needed to complete your actions and prepare your business for the new trading rules.

If you have any questions about preparing for the end of the transition period and you can’t find answers at GOV.UK/transition, fill out the enquiry form and one of our experts will point you in the right direction.

You can also find information and advice about trading internationally (outside of the EU) at

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 2 September 2020

This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19). All coronavirus business support information can be found at

  • Kickstart Scheme
  • New Updates and Guidance
  • Updates to local restrictions and travel corridors in England

Read more: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Businesses and Employers Bulletin – 2 September 2020

2018 Year of Engineering

The UK Space Agency is joining forces with partners across government and industry to give thousands of young people inspiring experiences of engineering.

This is part of a year-long campaign to tackle the engineering skills gap and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.



12 October 2018

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) extended the expiration date of certain general licenses related to United Company RUSAL PLC (RUSAL).

The General Licenses 13E, 14B, and 16B amend certain previous general licenses, by extending the expiration date from 12 November 2018 to 12 December 2018.

We will keep you informed about any further developments.


The World of Aluminium, West Bromwich, 4 December


Tuesday 4 December 2018, 9.00am – 4.15pm

Park Inn Hotel, West Bromwich B70 6RS      

An intensive, one-day workshop that gives participants an elementary, practical understanding of aluminium production, processing, application, markets and industry.

Equally suited to technical and non-technical people, the workshop is delivered by Jan Lukaszewski. It requires no prior knowledge of aluminium, and is therefore suitable for both new and more experienced employees.

The four sessions of the workshop are:

  • Introduction to Aluminium
  • Working with Aluminium
  • Uses of Aluminium
  • The UK Aluminium Industry

A copy of the full programme can be viewed here

Workshop fees

ALFED Members – £260.00 + vat = £312.00 – This price includes a complimentary copy of ALFED’s ‘Properties of Aluminium and its Alloys’ 

Non-Members – £375.00 + vat = £450.00 – This price includes a complimentary copy of ALFED’s ‘Properties of Aluminium and its Alloys’ 

This includes refreshments, lunch, course notes and ALFED ‘Props Book’.

Please book places at the workshop using this booking form

For further information, please contact Ann Gough on 0121 601 6365.