Do you have a query about your publishing and business activities in the event of a no-deal Brexit? Concerned about imports, exports, printing, copyright, freedom of movement or anything else? The IPG can help.
We are producing a package of advice from legal, supply chain and publishing experts to support you right up to Brexit Day on 31 October. To get their support, click or email email@example.com
This service is available to all publishers, and you do not have to be a member of the IPG to participate. It has been provided with the help of the government’s Brexit Readiness Fund.
The IPG will keep adding content to this Brexit section as we have it.
Latest Brexit resources (IPG e-bulletin 11 October)
We are delighted to report that we have secured a grant from the government’s Business Readiness Fund to support members’ preparations for Brexit. We will be using the money to produce a package of advice from a range of publishing and legal experts, and to host a webinar discussing some of the biggest Brexit-related issues. Both will be freely available to all publishers. With the form and impacts of Brexit still so unclear, our advice pack will be a live document, updated with the latest guidance up to 31 October. Click here
for all of the latest questions answered by our experts.
In the meantime, the government is offering another of its free online Brexit Business Readiness webinars on Wednesday (16 October), starting at 11.30am. It will cover planning for post-Brexit imports and exports and personal data management among other things, and you can register for it here
. Other resources that you may find useful include advice about preparing for a no-deal Brexit from our business support helpline provider Croner here
, and a round-up of things businesses need to know from Sage Advice here
. The government’s general portal for Brexit information is here
, and details of a dedicated imports and exports helpline are here
Latest Brexit resources (IPG e-bulletin 4 October)
While the post-Brexit picture is still far from clear, plenty of resources are available to help businesses plan. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is running a series of Brexit webinars with the British Library next week, aimed at small businesses in particular. Webinars that may be of interest include a at 11am on Tuesday (8 October); a on Thursday (10 October); and a webinar on at 11am on Friday (11 October). All webinars are free.
The Department for International Trade has more resources around imports and exports. They include around the country over the next few weeks and webinars on on Tuesday (8 October). The DIT is reminding all businesses to register for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number to enable them to trade once the UK leaves the EU. All VAT-registered businesses should have been contacted about this by HMRC, but firms that are not VAT-registered will need an EORI too. Registration is straightforward and can be done .
The government’s portal for Brexit information is . You can sign up for useful email alerts on developments , and details about a dedicated imports and exports helpline are . Information about general Brexit Business Readiness events is . HMRC has its own series of webinars about movement of goods over the next few weeks; details of those are .
Many law and accountancy firms are have useful resources to support businesses. Law firm Fox Williams, which has particular expertise in publishing, has some useful briefings and other resources on its . Recent updates include advice about , , and . RMS has various Brexit and a useful .
DBEIS Brexit readiness meetings (IPG e-bulletin 26 September)
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is hosting a couple of Brexit readiness forums that may be of interest. A forum covering the exhaustion of IP rights among several other subjects takes place on Thursday 3 October at 2.45pm at the BEIS Conference Centre in London; you can book to attend in person or via Webex (use the password Oktoberfest). A forum on Thursday 10 October will include an update from the Department for Exiting the European Union; that takes place at 9.30am in the same venue, and you can register to attend in person and via Webex (use the password Pumpkin). Forum agendas are subject to change, for obvious reasons!
No-deal Brexit survey and the DCMS (IPG e-bulletin 12 September)
Thank you again to the many members who responded to our survey about preparations for a no-deal Brexit. We have shared the findings with civil servants at the DCMS, who were very pleased to receive such a detailed picture of independent publishers’ views and needs. We continue to liaise with the DCMS about resources to support businesses in the weeks ahead, and will share news of progress on these.
No-deal Brexit survey (IPG e-bulletin 6 September)
Thank you to the 76 IPG members who completed our survey about the potential impacts of a no-deal Brexit. Your input is much appreciated, and we will ensure that it is conveyed in our ongoing discussions with civil servants.
The survey showed that 47% of members have done some sort of planning for a no-deal Brexit, and 53% have not. More than half (57%) are very concerned about the potential impact on your business; a third (34%) are slightly concerned; and the rest (9%) are not at all concerned.
By some way the most pressing concerns to members are the potential weakening of the pound (a concern to 77%) and disruption to imports and exports (72%). A little under half (47%) are concerned about an impact on copyright and Intellectual Property. There are further concerns about the long-term impact on movement, employment and recruitment (29%), the short-term impact on movement for things like book fairs (25%) and reduced access to EU-based funding (16%).
Plans put in place by members have largely been around the supply chain. Many members have been talking to print, distribution, import and paper sourcing partners about their contingency strategies. Some members are moving printing locations, either to the UK for home sales, to key target markets overseas or to POD suppliers; and some are bringing forward print schedules to ensure high stock levels by 31 October. Some have been reviewing or suspending investment plans, assessing the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on costs and cash flow, and obtaining EORI numbers (see below).
Members also made various suggestions for support, from both government and the IPG. Thank you for all the excellent comments. We will be emphasising your priorities to government and considering what we ourselves can offer to support you in the weeks ahead.
The full summary of the survey is available now, and you may find your fellow members’ comments about their no-deal Brexit plans particularly useful. Click to read the summary.
Brexit: EORI numbers (IPG e-bulletin 6 September)
As you may have read, the government is planning to allocate all traders an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number that will enable them to trade smoothly once the UK leaves the EU. Every business moving goods into or out of the EU post-Brexit will need one, and HMRC is writing to all VAT-registered businesses over the next two weeks with details of their assigned number. Businesses that are not VAT-registered will also need to register for an EORI number: this is an easy process, and can be done . Once a number is obtained, businesses must decide whether they make customs declarations themselves or employ a customs agent to do so.
Brexit: data protection (IPG e-bulletin 6 September)
The government is also advising all businesses and organisations that receive personal data from partners or suppliers in EU or EEA countries to ensure they can continue to do so legally after Brexit. It includes data that can be used to identify someone, like a customer’s name, physical or IP address and HR data such as staff working hours and payroll details. Businesses are advised to review their supplier contracts and read .
Brexit and the DCMS (IPG e-bulletin 22 August)
If you are seeking Brexit support, the government’s general guidance about preparations is , and no-deal advice is . is the latest fact sheet on Intellectual Property and Brexit, and is some specific information regarding the exhaustion of IP rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit. DCMS has issued new guidance on what to expect on day one of a 'no deal' scenario. .
Brexit resources (IPG e-bulletin 9 August)
A reminder of the infromation on the Government website about Brexit. is the latest fact sheet on Intellectual Property and Brexit, and is the information regarding the exhaustion of IP in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Brexit guidance (IPG e-bulletin 12 July)
With talk of a no-deal Brexit getting louder this week, now might be a good time to consult the government’s guidance for businesses. An extensive bank of advice and resources around a no-deal Brexit can be found . Resources that publishers might find particularly useful include about potential changes at the UK border and information about the . There is also information about , , , and . A general business tool to help prepare for Brexit is .
Blackwell’s on the IPG Podcast (IPG e-bulletin 22 March)
This week’s episode of the IPG Podcast features Blackwell’s CEO David Prescott in conversation with IPG President Jonathan Harris. David talks to us about the latest developments at Blackwell’s and how it can support independent publishers—in trade and children’s books as well as the academic sector—and some post-Brexit issues for the trade. It’s well worth a listen for anyone selling through Blackwell’s. You can find the Podcast , and our archive of 30+ episodes , or subscribe via iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher.
The IPG academic publishing update (IPG e-bulletin 1 March)
Our academic and policy correspondent Richard Fisher has been kept very busy recently, and his latest update from the world of academic publishing is available now. It covers important issues around Plan S, Open Access and Brexit, as well as news about the Research Excellence Framework and a new report on library acquisitions, and looks ahead to The London Book Fair. Read Richard’s update .
Brexit (IPG e-bulletin 22 February)
The Department of International Trade (DIT) yesterday published an update on existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, which you can read .
No-deal Brexit resources (IPG e-bulletin 1 February)
Our academic and policy correspondent Richard Fisher has provided a useful round-up of technical notices and guidance from the government and Information Commissioner’s Office to help businesses prepare for a no-deal Brexit. It covers important issues including IP, ecommerce, staff settlement, VAT, customs procedures and data protection. Read Richard’s briefing .
Brexit guidance (IPG e-bulletin 25 January)
We have had very productive conversations this morning about Brexit with the government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), conveying the needs and concerns of independent publishers as the departure date of 29 March nears. We will be meeting with the DCMS team to continue the conversations in the next few weeks.
The DCMS would like to point members towards its extensive bank of guidance in the event of a no-deal Brexit . Of particular interest is to help businesses prepare for potential changes at the UK border and information about the . There is further information about , , , , and . Broader no-deal guidance is and advice about six steps to take to prepare is .
Arts Council England has meanwhile produced its own guide to preparing for a no-deal Brexit, with information about EU-related funding, freedom of movement, cross-border trade, copyright and data protection issues. You can download the free briefing .
Brexit briefing (IPG e-bulletin 18 January)
Some of you will be aware that the IPG’s academic and policy correspondent Richard Fisher is also vice president of the Royal Historical Society, and in his latest Brexit policy briefing he tries to put this week’s tumultuous parliamentary activity in historical context. Read his briefing .
Brexit guidance: Trade, VAT and immigration (IPG e-bulletin 11 January)
Accountancy firm Macintyre Hudson has provided some useful guidance about post-Brexit trade and VAT arrangements. You can read it .
Creative Industries Federation Brexit resources and party (IPG e-bulletin 21 December 2018)
The Creative Industries Federation has provided some helpful advice for businesses preparing for Brexit, including planning for a no-deal scenario, a summary of the government’s technical notices and information about the EU Settlement Scheme. You can access the resources by competing .
Getting ready for Brexit (IPG e-bulletin 14 December 2018)
As we go in to 2019 with so much uncertainty around Brexit, it’s an opportunity for all of us to review our systems, processes and procedures to be as best prepared as possible for whatever outcome. There are plenty of non-industry specific guidelines like to cover IP, data, regulation, trade, commercial contracts and people. A risk assessment review including IP, currency, movement of goods and services, and stock delays is an obvious starting point. We will be sharing practical Brexit-related suggestions and advice for members in the coming weeks.
New Brexit resources (IPG e-bulletin 7 December 2018)
The government has just published some new resources about what the proposed Brexit Deal means for individuals and businesses, and its short explainer videos include specific material for small businesses and overseas trade arrangements. The ‘Brexit Deal Explained’ website is .
Richard Fisher on the IPG Podcast (IPG e-bulletin 16 November 2018)
This week’s episode of the IPG Podcast is a conversation with our academic and policy correspondent Richard Fisher. Richard updates us on some of the big topical issues in academic publishing including Open Access, and looks ahead to the potential impact on all publishers of Brexit, in whatever form it takes—though as he points out, his thoughts might be outdated by the time you listen! Tune in to the podcast—and to our archive of quick chats with various publishing experts—in the . You can subscribe via iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.
The IPG publishing and policy update (IPG e-bulletin 20 July 2018)
Our academic and policy correspondent Richard Fisher reflects on PLS’ Forum, and its session on copyright in particular, in his latest update for members. He also considers the copyright framework and other publishing issues in the context of ongoing Brexit negotiations. Read Richard’s update .
The IPG policy update (IPG e-bulletin 16 February 2018)
Our academic and policy correspondent Richard Fisher has supplied a very good report on last night’s launch of a report about businesses’ views on Brexit, to which several IPG members and I contributed. Richard also has some thoughts on this week’s sale of Connect Books to the Aurelius Group. Read his analysis .
The IPG policy update (IPG e-bulletin 4 November 2016)
Our academic and policy correspondent Richard Fisher has written the first in a new series of reports updating members on developments in government policy. It has some very good analysis of news from the first 100 days of Theresa May’s government and the continued fallout from the Brexit vote, and looks at copyright issues in particular. Click to read it.
Brexit: Government Consultation (IPG e-bulletin 28 October 2016)
As mentioned in previous e-bulletins, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has launched a new consultation into the impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market. It is inviting written submissions from publishers, which must be received by today, Friday 28 October. is the IPG’s submission, for your information.
The IPG academic publishing update (IPG e-bulletin 28 October 2016)
In this month’s , the IPG’s academic and policy correspondent, Richard Fisher, reports from Frankfurt 2016, where amidst the bratwurst and beer (and bananas) Brexit provided an obvious and inevitable backdrop.Brexit consultation (IPG e-bulletin 30 September 2016)
As our academic and policy correspondent Richard Fisher reports in his , the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has launched a new consultation into the impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market. It is inviting written submissions from publishers, which must be received by Friday 28 October.
The IPG Copyright Update (IPG e-bulletin 12 September 2016)
Former IPG board member Richard Balkwill of Copytrain discusses the implications of Brexit and the repeal of Section 52 in his latest copyright snippet .
Brexit: what to do next (IPG e-bulletin 26 August 2016)
Our thanks to IPG member Chris Burton-Brown of who provides 5 practical Brexit tips for fellow members .
Brexit: Publisher Consultation for Government (IPG e-bulletin 29 July 2016)
Very many thanks to the 115 publishers who completed our Brexit survey. The findings show that members feel challenges lie in store on printing costs, academic funding and consumer confidence. The IPG will be doing all we can to support members on these and other issues in the months and years ahead. Please see item 3 below regarding printer discounts. As you know, we are working with the Publishers Association on this Government consultation, and we will keep you informed as things progress. Click to read the findings of our survey and for our blog about them.
Brexit: Publisher Consultation for Government (IPG e-bulletin 22 July 2016)
More than 100 publishers have completed our Brexit member survey – thank you very much. In this week’s IPG blog, Brexit: IPG members react we provide a snapshot of members’ reactions.
Brexit: Key Questions for Independent Publishers (IPG e-bulletin 1 July 2016)
Last Thursday’s ‘Brexit: Key Questions for Independent Publishers’ reflected what’s best about the IPG: members coming together to share their expertise. Our thanks to our three panellists: the IPG’s academic correspondent Richard Fisher, Shireen Peermohamed of Harbottle Lewis LLP, and financial director Kamal Singh. Click to read a summary of the meeting.