Are you looking to attend an overseas trade show, but don’t know how to fund it?
The UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Tradeshow Access Programme provides government funding in the form of grants to help eligible UK businesses attend overseas trade shows or conferences.
The grants range from £1,500 to £2,500 and help your business gain:
- market knowledge
- experience in attending and getting the most from overseas trade shows
- advice and support from trade experts
To apply, you must also be able to demonstrate that you are either selling products or services which originate from the UK, or adding significant value to a product or service of non-UK origin.
The grants must be matched by the business’ own expenditure on direct exhibiting costs, for example exhibition space costs, stand costs, including design, construction and stand dressing. In some cases grants may also be agreed to match against direct conference costs where the purpose of attending is to promote the business, for example conference fees and cost of preparing conference promotional material.
Funding is based on a calendar of approved supported events in 2015 to 2016 with an appropriate Trade Challenge Partner leading the UK’s involvement in the event. Examples of partners are the British Textile Machinery Association, UK Fashion & Textiles Association, British European Design Group, British Contract Furnishing & Design Association, Crafts Council, British Footwear Association and many others.
Businesses usually take part as a group, led by the trade challenge partner for that trade show.
You can claim a maximum of 12 grants, but 6 of them must be taken in the following emerging and high growth markets: Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, SouthKorea, China, Qatar, Thailand, Taiwan, Colombia, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Hong Kong.
The grants are subject to specific eligibility criteria, please read the full terms and conditions before applying.
Applications for the Tradeshow Access Programme must be made at least 8 weeks before the start of the event.
To apply, you should contact the trade challenge partner organisation leading the trade show. The organisation will send you more information about the trade show, level of grant available and an application form. They will then make the grant application on your behalf to UKTI.
Deadline: rolling (8 weeks before the start of each event)
For more information and to apply visit UK Trade & Investment