LEADERSHIP EVENT, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CHANGES, UK TRANSITION GUIDANCE AND VAT REFUNDS
key update from John Bridge OBE DL

Unique opportunity with the National Chair of the British Chambers of Commerce, Sarah Howard MBE

At this Cambridgeshire Chamber Leadership Forum event on Thursday, Sarah will share her Leadership Journey and the lessons she has learned along the way.

She will talk about how her thoughtful and caring leadership style has helped her build successful business cultures which revolve around engagement, environment, atmosphere and trust. She will also hone in on balancing work, kids and life, as well as telling us about the glass ceilings she’s smashed through and how she is helping others, older and younger, to do the same.

An authentic, inspiring role model who always has an interesting and often, very funny story, to share.

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Intellectual Property rules are changing

In just 45 days there will be changes to how the Intellectual Property (IP) system and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) will operate. These changes will affect:
You can find out more information about all of these changes in this news story from the IPO. 

Help is available to ensure your business is ready. You should make sure you:
  • Consider carefully where to disclose your designs  to ensure they have adequate protection in their most important market
  • If you export IP-protected goods on the secondary or parallel market, contact the rights holder in the EEA to see if you have permission to continue to parallel export  
  • Consider if you want exports to continue if you are a business that owns the IP rights for goods currently parallel exported from the UK to the EEA.
If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted. You can find out what other actions you may need to take by using the checker tool at gov.uk/transition


The UK Transition - New Guidance

Check what declarations need to be made for goods you bring or receive into the UK from 1 January 2021: If you’re a UK-based business bringing or receiving goods into Great Britain or Northern Ireland, find out what declarations may need to be made by clicking here .  

Check what declarations need to be made for goods you send from the UK from 1 January 2021: If you’re a UK-based business sending goods from Great Britain or Northern Ireland find out what declarations may need to be made by clicking here .

Using personal data in your business or other organisation after the transition period: Guidance about personal data provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement has been updated. Click here  for more information and to see what actions you need to take regarding data protection and data flows with the EU/EEA, after the end of the transition period.

Sector Guidance
Recently published sector focussed guidance can be accessed for those working in:
  • The digital, technology and computer services sectors: For more information to help you understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here  
  • The sports and recreation sector: For more information to help you understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here  
  • The art market sector: For more information to help you understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here 
  • The media and broadcasting sector: For more information to help you understand what you need to do before 1 January 2021, click here

The date that you can claim VAT refunds has been updated
  • VAT refunds from EU countries from 1 January 2021: You can continue to use the EU VAT refund system to claim a VAT refund on expenses incurred before 1 January 2021 in EU member states, until 11pm on 31 March 2021. For more information, click here
  • UK VAT refunds from 1 January if you’re an EU business: The UK will continue to accept refund claims through the EU VAT refund system for VAT charged in the UK before 1 January 2021, until 11pm on 31 March 2021. For more information, click here .  


Contact the Chamber

01223 237414 •  enquiries@cambscci.co.uk
Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce

Clifford House • 2 Station Yard • Oakington • CB24 3AH • United Kingdom

www.cambridgeshirechamber.co.uk