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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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 Government funding cuts are stifling UK export growth prospects


The Sponsors’ Alliance – comprising around 40 independent national Accredited Trade Organisations (ATOs) – has written to UK Trade Secretary Vince Cable airing its concern about what it regards as a pronounced contradiction between the Government’s declared commitment to UK industry and its recent decision to make further cuts in funding to support exports.
According to the Sponsors Alliance, there is a marked disparity between the Government’s declared aim to encourage a strong manufacturing- and export-led economic recovery and the actual level of Government support offered through the UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) to facilitate and encourage such growth and leadership.

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