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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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 BIS select committee report published

11/03/2010 

The report (available at ) http://news.parliament.uk/2010/01/government-should-do-more-to-support-export-led-recovery-say-mps/ Criticises UKTI over a number of issues - in particular how it has spent its extra 10m in funding announced last year, the rationale behind OMIS charges and the effect this has had on posts doing the role they are supposed to do and the continuing issue surrounding duplication and competition caused by the RDAs

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