The leading specialist suppler of IT services to the UK freight industry continues to support growth and automation in the industry.

The “Brexit Grant” Scheme, launched by then Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride on 4th December 2018, offered funding for increasing capacity or productivity within the customs brokerage function relative to preparations regarding the UK leaving the EU. This meant that companies that completed customs entries could apply for funding to scale up or improve their IT capacity and these activities would be funded by the UK government.

Albacore were first made aware of the scheme in October 2018 via our freight industry contacts. When details of the scheme were finalised and the application website was launched, analysis of the publicly available documentation was undertaken and we contacted eligible customers to make them aware. Albacore publicised the scheme through Twitter, published updates on our website www.albacore.co.uk and edited our email signatures to include details of the scheme.

From 5th December 2018 until the eventual deadline for application submissions on 31st May 2019, Albacore supported new and existing customers through the application and approval processes to the successful reimbursement of their grants. We remain an industry-wide source of knowledge and information about the grant scheme and we provided consultation to customers seeking to extend and scale up the functionality of their IT systems in line with the purpose of the funding criteria.

Albacore assisted with applications for 32 grants and these were funded with a combined value of almost £473,000. The grants awarded ranged from less than £3,000 to around £45,000, but all were extremely significant to the customers that requested them. Every grant had a sharp focus on scaling up and improving various aspects of IT in the freight industry.

Director of Albacore Cliff Atkinson said “It’s excellent to see UK freight industry businesses being recognised at Government level for the key contribution they make to facilitating UK trade. Albacore staff have all worked hard to support the grant scheme and we look forward to continuing positive business relationships with the recipients for many years to come.”