Island businesses who trade with the European Union (EU) will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ensure they can continue to trade effectively.

Na h-Eileanan Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil is urging all those who will be affected by the new trade regulations due to Brexit to keep an eye out for the opening of applications.

Mr MacNeil said: “Brexit has and will continue to bring many challenges for businesses trading with the EU including adjustments to customs, rules of origin and VAT rules.

“I would urge any business which trades with the EU to submit an application once they have opened to access vital funds of support.”

New import controls are being introduced in three stages up to July 1 2021 to allow traders and hauliers time to adjust to new processes.

Businesses can apply online but applications are not yet open.

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