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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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 DiT changes Tradeshow Access Programme mid year again


In the autumn of 2014 UKTI cut funding previously promised to exporters to help them exhibit at exhibitions overseas. In May 2017 teh DiT announced it was reducing the number of grants a company can claim under the Tradeshow Access Programme from 12 to 6 - excluding many who have now reached 6 or more. TheTAP grants are aimed at new SME exporters and to help existing SME exporters exhibit in new markets. The cut will stop the later group as without support it is much more difficult to arrange UK pavilions in developing markets.
Not only will this damage the chances of UK exporters post Brexit but yet again the organisers of UK pavilions and the UK SMEs that wish to export have lost any trust they have in the government, to make good any commitment they make.

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