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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 reduces TAP support again for 2018/19


For the last three and a half years UKTI and subsequently DIT, have changed either the level of support promised or changed the terms of what was offered to Uk exporters wishing to take part in UK groups at major exhibitions overseas. Additionally the final level of support offered has been confirmed so late that many groups have been cancelled.
Nearly two years on from the formation of DIT they continue to be unable to deliver a programme that allows both the UK group organisers and UK exporting companies to plan attendance at major fairs around the globe. As the evidence shows, taking part in these exhibitions gives fantastic returns to the UK economy but still the government delivers too little too late, damaging returns to the UK economy and the jobs that provides.

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