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For every £1 invested in the TAP scheme, £40 comes back to the country in taxable revenue. Since 2013, the scheme value across all industries has shrunk from £20m to an estimated £6m in 2019. As our country prepares to leave the EU, our largest trading partner by far, we should be doing more, not less, to support our exporters to reach new markets. Uniquely, government has control over the funding needed to make a success our our country's export strategy.

Whilst the TAP scheme survives, and the Sponsors' Alliance enjoys good relations with DIT, direct export support to companies is chronically underfunded and schemes like TAP are becoming increasingly bureaucratic.

The Sponsors' Alliance believes a funded Tradeshow Access Programme, that compares with that of our EU competitors and as part of a broader export support offer, will significantly help SMEs to secure export business.


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Latest Articles

 DIT reduces TAP support again for 2018/19

08/05/2018 

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

18/07/2017 

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

13/04/2017 

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

28/10/2014 

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

28/03/2014 

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

11/10/2012 

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

09/05/2011 

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

11/03/2010 

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

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