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Providing services in the new EU regime

We are the West of England Combined Authority's Growth Hub. We provide free 360-degree business support for small and medium sized businesses in all sectors.

Talk to us today about finding new opportunities and growth avenues for your business.

 

 

Good news

UK investors and service suppliers, including as business travellers and cross-border services suppliers or investors, will still be able to access the EU’s markets and will not be subject to discriminatory barriers to trade. 

Talk to us today about the opportunities for your business.

Business growth opportunities

If you have a registered business providing services (as an architect or tourist guide, for example) in the UK, you can offer those services in another EU country without setting up a company or branch there.

This can be useful if you want to:

  • provide the service there only temporarily
  • provide the service just to a specific client living there
  • test the market before expanding your company there.

What do I need to do?

Ensure your staff are able to continue to practise and provide services to clients in the UK by ensuring their professional qualification(s) are recognised by their professional body in the UK. 

 

Travelling to the EU for business?

You'll need to comply with the new rules before you travel, so be sure to: 

  1. check the validity of your passport;
  2. get travel insurance which covers your healthcare;
  3. check you have the right driving documents;
  4. check roaming policies with your mobile provider before travelling.

Download the Government's factsheet if you're travelling to the EU for business. 

 

Professional qualifications

Ensure your staff are able to continue to practise and provide services to clients in the UK by ensuring their professional qualification(s) are recognised by their professional body in the UK. 

VAT

It's important to know that you may need to register for VAT in the EU country that you sell to. There's more information on the European Commission website.

If you sell by distance, so selling goods or services through digital, TV, mail order, phone or text messaging, then you should register for VAT in the country that you're selling to. This is even more important if the total value of goods exceeds the distance selling threshold for that country (€35,000 for most EU countries).

If you provide digital services to customers in the EU you can still use VAT MOSS, but you'll will need to register for VAT MOSS in each EU country where you sell services. More information available on the European Commission website. Or you can opt to pay VAT in each member state where you sell digital services to consumers. 

Sectoral information

Digital services

To use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to EU consumers, businesses need to register for MOSS in an EU member state.

Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.

Financial services

The vast majority of UK customers should see very limited or no difference and will be able to use and rely on their bank accounts, insurance, private pensions and other services whether they are provided by a firm based in the UK, Europe or elsewhere in the world.

Providers should contact consumers if they are affected. 

Legal services

The Agreement now includes provisions giving UK solicitors, barristers and advocates the right to advise their clients across the EU in UK and international law using their home professional titles, except where Member States have placed specific limits on this activity.

Provisions lock in ‘home title’ market access across those member states who currently permit this form of practice for foreign lawyers. This provides crucial certainty for lawyers and firms about their practise and establishment rights.