Grow Your Business With £1500 – £3000 From The Government
Grow your business and get between £1500 and £3000 from the government…no catch!
There are many trade show events each year in the UK, some of which attract international audiences. However, just because you’re based in the UK doesn’t mean you should only exhibit in the UK, especially when the government is willing to throw a few thousand pounds towards growing your customer base.
With the advances of modern technology, dealing with overseas customers can be safe and simple, International banking online is secure and fast, couriers provide reliable and traceable delivery services and although approximately 430 million people speak English globally, Google translate does a fine job of overcoming some language barriers! So exporting should really be on your road map to success from day one.
Attending exhibitions has always been a fairly costly exercise, however the rewards of having your target audience compressed into a single venue and in “buying mode” often pays dividends. Still, the initial outlay can be daunting. This is where the TAP (Tradeshow Access Programme) comes into play.
TAP provides between £1500 and £3000 (amount correct as of Nov 2014) towards the costs of exhibiting. You have to match their grant amount on expenditure and there are a few exclusions (like accommodation) but generally speaking, the grant could cover most of the stand space rental leaving your budget free to create an impact with your stand design.
To qualify you need to be a SME sized UK based business, either actively investigating export opportunities or you could be a new exporter (less than 25% of your turnover generated from export or exported for less than 10 years). If you’re claiming any other public funds or state aid then check to ensure you still qualify.
To see a list of supported overseas trade shows with contacts on how to proceed click here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/394523/TAP_Programme_2014-15_published.xls (This link is updated by Gov.uk regularly so please let us know if it’s out of date and we’ll update our article).
If they don’t support a relevant trade show for your sector then you can find one here, even without a grant, growing your export market could be the next step to success:
http://www.tsnn.com/ Trade Show News Network