Find out how the Trade show Access Programme (TAP) can help promote your business overseas, and how to apply for financial support.
The Trade show Access Programme provides funding in the form of grants for eligible businesses to attend overseas trade shows. The funding helps your business gain:
- market knowledge
- experience in attending and getting the most from overseas trade shows
- advice and support from trade experts
How the service works
The grants are based around thewith an appropriate accredited trade organisation leading the UK’s involvement at each event. Businesses usually take part as a group, led by the trade organisation for that trade show.
What you’ll get
UKTI can offer grants to eligible businesses taking part in the programme. The grants must be matched by the business’s own expenditure on direct exhibiting costs eg:
- 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, e.g.:
- conference fees
- cost of preparing conference promotional material
|Category||Current grant levels|
|Group exhibition (European location)||£1,500|
|Group exhibition (long haul)||£2,000|
|Group exhibition (typical high growth market)||£2,500|
|Group exhibition - first time exhibitor at an event in a high growth market||£3,000|
Grant levels may be subject to change. You’ll be told about any trade organisation service or management fee charges before you sign up.
You can claim a maximum of 12 grants, but 6 of them must be taken in the following emerging and high growth markets:
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Hong Kong
To be eligible for a grant you must:
- be based in the UK (excluding Isle of Man or the Channel Islands)
- be a small or medium-sized enterprise, UK university, UK government funded centre of higher or further learning or UK government funded research organisation
- be either actively investigating export opportunities for your own business
- be a new exporter (exports accounting for no more than 25% of your turnover) or have exported for no more than 10 years
- be within the State Aid limit of €200,000 over any rolling 3 year period
- not receive any other public funds towards eligible costs for the grant you are applying for
- not have been fully committed to attend the event prior to seeking the grant
You must also be able to demonstrate that you are either:
- selling products or services which originate from the UK
- adding significant value to a product or service of non-UK origin
How to apply
Applications for the Trade show Access Programme must be made 8 weeks before the start of the event.
To apply, contact the trade organisation leading the trade show. You can get this information from the
The trade organisation will send you more information about the trade show and an application form. They will then make the grant application on your behalf to UKTI.
If you haven’t applied for a trade show access grant before, the trade organisation will contact a UKTI international trade adviser to help you with your application. The UKTI adviser may contact you to discuss UKTI services that might also help you with exporting.
Contact your local UKTI international trade advisor for further information about the programme.
Find out how UKTI’s Trade show Access Programme helped UK companies export successfully: