Effective cancellation of the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)
It is with regret that we have to advise that the Department for International Trade have decided to no longer offer Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) grants. Click this link to read the DTI letter.
We are working with Export Partners UK (who represent over 40 trade associations and 70% of the TAP programme) to lobby Government to overturn the decision on TAP which supported SME companies from all sectors, to enable them to use TAP as their prime marketing resource for locating partners, distributors, and customers overseas.
BHETA has sent letters, to The Rt Hon Graham Stewart MP, Minister for Exports and The Rt Hon Stephen Barclay MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury expressing our disappointment and please do feel free to write expressing your own views, particularly if you have been a beneficiary of TAP funding in the past. Click this link to read our letter to Government.
Government are looking at future arrangements to support business but these are not finalised, and until this time they will only focus on a few key tradeshows. Funding for various export activities can be obtained through the Internalisation Fund launched in May and a number of BHETA members have applied and been successful, so well worth investigating with the DIT via your ITA (International Trade Advisor).
We will keep you updated and let you know of outcomes to our lobbying and/or details of any new scheme as soon as this is available.
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