In the wake of Brexit, a new scheme has launched offering help to Chelmsford businesses that trade internationally.

The Trade Support initiative is a partnership between Chelmsford City Council and the Essex Chambers of Commerce, providing one-to-one business help. It’s part of the council’s series of business support initiatives.

Brexit means that a new Trade and Cooperation agreement (TCA) came into play on 1 January. Some businesses have said the changes have made trading with the EU complex and time-consuming. They are faced with having to understand and implement new customs procedures and regulations.

“Essex Chambers of Commerce have delivered International Trade support and services across the county for many years and we look forward to working with Chelmsford City Council in delivering the Trade Support Funding to Chelmsford businesses and welcome them to Essex Chambers of Commerce as members.”

Denise Rossiter of Essex Chambers of Commerce

Help is available

The new scheme aims to help local businesses who import and export, providing much-needed international trade support. Essex Chambers of Commerce will provide Chelmsford businesses with the guidance required to trade confidently and compliantly. 

The funding will offer qualifying businesses:

  • Annual FREE membership with the Essex Chambers of Commerce entitling them to all member benefits. 
  • An International Trade Support Plan which includes: 
  • A 1-2-1 meeting with a member of the International Trade team to map out a support programme. 
  • FREE attendance to 2 full days and 1 half day online training 
  • FREE attendance to 2 International Trade events
  • 50% discount on Export Documentation Services at the Chamber
  • Access to the Global Business Network
  • Access to all member International Trade products and services 

Local businesses have told the council they need further support to understand the new trading arrangements. Council officials say that this is an opportunity for businesses in Chelmsford to not only trade successfully with the EU but look to make a success of international trade across the globe. 

“We want to see local businesses getting back on their feet following much uncertainty from both the pandemic and Brexit. The city council is pleased to be able to support this initiative offering businesses the opportunity to gain more confidence in the complex topic of international trading. The one-to-one support will be invaluable, and we encourage people to take up the offer.”

Stuart Graham, Economic Development and Implementation Services Manager, Chelmsford City Council

If you would like to find out more about Trade Support, visit the Essex Chambers website. Here you can apply or contact Essex Chambers for more information

Support for Chelmsford businesses with international trade

By Julie Weight

Julie writes stories and creates videos for Chelmsford City Council. Contact her at or on 01245 606984.

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