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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:-





Latest Articles

 DIT reduces TAP support again for 2018/19


Having verbally agreed to support a certain number of grants for UK companies in November 2017, come Feb 2018 DIT once again, changes what was promised and reduces the number of grants to companies for 2018/19 exhibitions.

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 DiT changes Tradeshow Access Programme mid year again


For the 2nd time in 3 years (although the first time it was as UKTI) the government body for exports has changed, mid year, the Tradeshow Access Scheme that supports UK exporters

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 50-plus industry trade associations and manufacturers from every business sector organise House of Commons Export Briefing to highlight export success case studies as British industry calls for increase in government export investment


Multi Industry Sector Export Briefing and Reception will take place in the House of Commons on Tuesday 25 April 2017

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 Exports and jobs will be lost as UKTI announced mid year cut to previously agreed export support scheme


In a stunning move UKTI have announced mid year cuts of around £1m to the Tradeshow Access Programme. Companies and ATO's have no choice but to take the financial hit as they are under contract, with many events just a few weeks or months away

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 UKTI Tradeshow Access Programme generates extra £1bn in three years


A recent survey of SME companies, who have been to overseas exhibitions with an organised UK pavilion in the last three years, has shown that most companies have won up to £100,000 of business as a result.

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 Sponsors Alliance AGM


The AGM of the Sponsorsí Alliance takes place on Friday 11th December at the SMMT, London.

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 Government funding cuts are stifling UK export growth prospects


The Sponsorsí Alliance writes to UK Trade Secretary Vince Cable regarding the Governmentís declared commitment to UK industry and its recent decision to make further cuts in funding to support exports.

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 BIS select committee report published


The BIS select committee report titled "exporting out of a recession" was published on January 28th 2010

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