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The Sponsors Alliance

For most of the last 10 years UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and now the Department for International Trade has changed from a major supporter of UK industry to one that is almost invisible, unsupportive and at times damaging.

During 2012 to 2013 a significant investment in Tradeshow Access Programme support had lead to a huge increase in SMEs starting to export and going in to new markets.

In October 2014 UKTI decided to cut support to the Tradeshow Access Programme (this programme gives grants to new and new to market SME exporters) mid year, breaking agreements arranged a year previously. This caused the cancellation, where possible, to UK groups exhibiting overseas, financial hardship to companies and some ATO's.

In 2016 UKTI delayed the release of support to companies for the Tradeshow Access Programme for the 2016/17 financial year. This reduced the number of events and size, where UK groups were present at overseas exhibitions.
The new Department for International Trade has carried on where UKTI left off, again delaying - even further this time - the announcement of support for 2017/18 and then cutting the number of grants available to companies to 6 (from 12).
2018 has seen yet further delays and cuts to the number of grants.

Sponsors Alliance members reprent many sectors accross the UK (see member list) and in turn they help their members to export through overseas market information, UK organised groups at overseas exhibitions, providing advice and mentoring.

We take UK companies to export opportunities through exhibitions, missions, market research and general advice.

If the UK economy is to rebalanced and continue to grow it's exports, the govenment must deliver a consistant and were appropriate, properly funded, stratgery to encourage companies to export.

The Sponsors Alliance believes a funded Tradeshow Access Programme, that compares with our EU competitors, will significantly help SMEs to achieve this.

If you support the Sponsors Alliance position and wish to comment, please email the the Sponsors Alliance using the form below:-





Sponsors Alliance Members

Agricultural Engineers Association LtdAgricultural Engineers Association Ltd

Association of British Healthcare IndustriesAssociation of British Healthcare Industries

Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC)Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC)

Association of Professional Recording ServicesAssociation of Professional Recording Services



Brewing, Food & Beverage Industry Suppliers AssociationBrewing, Food & Beverage Industry Suppliers Association

British Allied Trades FederationBritish Allied Trades Federation

British Contract Furnishing Association LtdBritish Contract Furnishing Association Ltd

British dental AssociationBritish dental Association

British Dental Industry AssociationBritish Dental Industry Association

British Educational Suppliers AssociationBritish Educational Suppliers Association

British Electrotehnical and Allied Manufacturers Assoication LtdBritish Electrotehnical and Allied Manufacturers Assoication Ltd

British Footwear AssociationBritish Footwear Association

British Furniture ManufacturersBritish Furniture Manufacturers

British Home Enhancement Trade Association LtdBritish Home Enhancement Trade Association Ltd

British Marine FederationBritish Marine Federation

British Plastics FederationBritish Plastics Federation

British Security Industry Association LimitedBritish Security Industry Association Limited

British Textile Machinery AssociationBritish Textile Machinery Association

British WaterBritish Water

Catering Equipment Suppliers AssociationCatering Equipment Suppliers Association

Clincial Contract Research Assoc.Clincial Contract Research Assoc.

Construction Products AssociationConstruction Products Association

Energy Industries CouncilEnergy Industries Council

Engineering Industries AssociationEngineering Industries Association

Food and drink exporters association / PS8Food and drink exporters association / PS8

Gardenex: The Federation of Garden & Leisure Manufacturers LtdGardenex: The Federation of Garden & Leisure Manufacturers Ltd

Hull & Humber Chamber of CommerceHull & Humber Chamber of Commerce

Midlands Aerospace AllianceMidlands Aerospace Alliance

Motorsport Industry AssociationMotorsport Industry Association

Music Industries AssociationMusic Industries Association



Processing and Packaging Machinery AssociationProcessing and Packaging Machinery Association

Railway Industry AssociationRailway Industry Association


Shop and Display Equipment AssociationShop and Display Equipment Association

Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders LtdSociety of Motor Manufacturers & Traders Ltd

Subsea UKSubsea UK

Tech UKTech UK

The GAMBICA Association LtdThe GAMBICA Association Ltd

The Publishers AssociationThe Publishers Association

UK Fashion & TextilesUK Fashion & Textiles


Sponsors Alliance Committee

Jane Isaacs


Debbie Dale

Agricultural Engineers Association

 0845 6448748

 Debbie Dale []

Mark Roelofson

Alaska Events

 +44 (0)20 7394 1060

Paul Benton

Association of British Healthcare Industries

Ruth Evans


 +44 (0)1902 422 303

Alasdair Stamps


Rosina Singleton

British Allied Trades Federation

 0121 236 2657

Sue Graves

British Contract Furnishings


Stephen Hunt

British Plastics Federation

Peter Nicholls


Susan Dilks


 +44 (0)116 271 9727

Simona Novelli

Construction Products Association

 +44 (0)1564 784 999

Karen Finegold


 01923 828 991

Raelene Rifkind


 +44 (0)20 7091 8600

Amanda Sizer-Barrett


 +44 (0)1959 565 995

Julia Schumacher

Motorsport Industry Association (MIA)

 02476 692600

Dawn McCarthy-Simpson


Bettine Pellant


 +44 (0) 1438 832742

Bill Lake

Processing and Packaging Machinery Association

 +44 (0)20 8773 8111

Ruta Aisthorpe


Tim Collins

The GAMBICA Association

 0207 642 8080

Paul Alger

UK Fashion & Textiles

 +44 (0)20 7843 9460

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