Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)

Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)


Grant Funding






Department for International Trade


The Department for International Trade's Tradeshow 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 the Tradeshow Access Programme Calendar of Supported Events 2016 to 2017 with an appropriate accredited Trade Challenge Partner leading the UK’s involvement at each event. Businesses usually take part as a group, led by the trade challenge partner for that trade show.

What You’ll Get
The Department for International Trade (DIT) 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, 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
  • Cost of preparing conference promotional material        

Group exhibition (European location), Current grant levels: £1,500
Group exhibition (long haul), Current grant levels: £2,000
Group exhibition (typical high growth market), Current grant levels: £2,500

Grant levels may be subject to change. The trade challenge partner will confirm the level of grant available and inform you about any 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

United Arab Emirates (UAE)





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 Tradeshow Access Programme must be made 8 weeks before the start of the event.

To apply, contact the trade challenge partner organisation leading the trade show.

The trade challenge partner 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 DIT.

If you haven’t applied for a Tradeshow Access Programme grant before, the trade challenge partner organisation will contact a DIT International Trade Adviser (ITA) to help you with your application. The DIT adviser may contact you to discuss DIT services that might also help you with exporting.

Further information
Contact your local DIT international trade advisor for further information about the programme.