The Nottinghamshire-based business received backing by Innovate UK in 2013 to ‘reinvent’ the wheelchair wheel, introducing suspension loops to improve the comfort of every journey.It now exports its wheels to markets all over the world – including Europe.
Attending workshops and webinars, as well as using the checklist available on GOV.UK, has been key to making sure the business is prepared, says Gemma.
“The EU is our biggest market, so we’ve been very thorough to make sure Loopwheels is able to continue exporting there.”
She adds: “We have made sure we have EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) numbers for all our EU business customers, and have confirmed with our freight forwarder that they will be able to prepare customs documentation for us, as they do for our other international destinations.”
Her advice comes as the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) prepares to deliver new webinars to help businesses understand the important actions they need to take to be ready for the start of 2021.
The webinars are free, and depending on the topic being covered, take between 45-90 minutes. Upcoming topics include chemicals, use of personal data and business travel. Webinars are available for ‘on-demand’ viewing, including a dedicated webinar for the metals and materials sector.
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Some Loopwheels products can be classed as a medical device, so there have been additional considerations. Gemma explains: “We have made sure to check out the arrangements for CE marking to ensure our products comply with EU requirements. Some of our products are classed as medical devices, and there are changes happening at the same time around those regulations. I attended a very useful webinar that helped me understand what action we needed to take, and I have another one booked in early December to give me further assurance we are on top of this area.”
Find webinars to help you understand what actions to take at bit.ly/UKTwebinar.
Speak with your lawyer and accountant for more information, or answer questions using the checker tool to generate information tailored to your business, and to sign up for email updates.