UK Trade & Investment Announces More Help for Small Businesses Keen to Export

UK Trade & Investment have announced new funding rules that will help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to take part in more overseas trade fairs.

Gareth Thomas, Minister for Trade and Investment, said: “Small and medium-sized enterprises are the lifeblood of any economy. In difficult times, businesses need to be flexible and innovative and seek out opportunities where they exist. I’m delighted that UK Trade & Investment is backing SMEs by allowing them to explore more markets abroad.”

As a result of this increased assistance further alterations have been made to the TAP scheme which UKTI think will assist business in the current economic situation. The changes include:

Grant Allowance

i) From 1 April UKTI will increase the current three grants limit per company to six grants, provided that the company takes part in trade shows in more than one market.

ii) For the remainder of this year, businesses that have used their three grant lives by the end of last year will be eligible for one more grant at any event in the programme.

Company Eligibility

These changes to grant allowance will apply to SMEs meeting the following export experience criteria.

iii) SMEs will be eligible to seek grant support if either or both of the following applies:


There is UKTI funding available for Winter ISPO, with grants of up to £1000 per company

Please click on the relevant show  below to find out more  and to be directed to grant applications

Please contact Jane Montgomery on 02476 414 999 ext 210 or [email protected] for more information on applying for this funding.