A new toolkit has been launched to help businesses prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period.

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has put together ‘Business beyond Brexit', which contains guidance on how Brexit will affect trade, travel, staff recruitment and retention, as well as intellectual property and data.

It will also be running webinars, podcasts and a virtual events programme, which starts with an online workshop on customs and VAT on September 16.

Chamber chief executive Rob Johnston said: “Although the UK left the EU in January, very little has changed for businesses because we are still in the transition period.

"There will be major changes when the transition period ends on December 31 and it’s important that businesses are ready.

“Those that trade with the EU will see the biggest impacts but it isn’t only about trade.

"I’d urge all businesses to take a look at the toolkit and start thinking about what they need to do.

“Covid has been such a distraction that many businesses have ignored Brexit planning until now.”

The Chamber set up a Brexit toolkit last year, which was used by nearly 2,700 businesses.

However, Rob said this had been overhauled for the relaunch.

He said: “The advice to businesses is unequivocal and more concise. There really is no reason to delay your preparations.

"It’s now about putting processes in place to minimise disruption and make the most of opportunities."

The toolkit and more information can be found on the chamber's website.