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For most of the last 10 years UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and now the Department for International Trade has changed from a major supporter of UK industry to one that is almost invisible and unsupportive.

During 2012 to 2013 a significant investment in Tradeshow Access Programme support had lead to a huge increase in SMEs starting to export and going in to new markets.

In October 2014 UKTI decided to cut support to the Tradeshow Access Programme (this programme gives grants to new and new to market SME exporters) mid year, breaking agreements arranged a year previously. This caused the cancellation, where possible, to UK groups exhibiting overseas, financial hardship to companies and some ATO's. UK exports will be reduced and trust in UKTI was lost.

In 2016 UKTI delayed the release of support to companies for the Tradeshow Access Programme for the 2016/17 financial year. This reduced the number of events and size, where UK groups were present at overseas exhibitions.
The new Department for International Trade has carried on where UKTI left off, again delaying - even further this time - the announcement of support for 2017/18.

Sponsors Alliance members reprent many sectors accross the UK (see member list) and in turn they help their members to export through overseas market information, UK organised groups at overseas exhibitions, providing advice and mentoring.

We take UK companies to export opportunities through exhibitions, missions, market research and general advice.

If the UK economy is to rebalanced and continue to grow it's exports, the govenment must deliver a consistant and were appropriate, properly funded, stratgery to encourage companies to export.

The Sponsors Alliance believes a funded Tradeshow Access Programme, that compares with our EU competitors, will significantly help SMEs to achieve this.


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Latest Articles

 DiT changes Tradeshow Access Programme mid year again

18/07/2017 

For the 2nd time in 3 years (although the first time it was as UKTI) the government body for exports has changed, mid year, the Tradeshow Access Scheme that supports UK exporters

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 50-plus industry trade associations and manufacturers from every business sector organise House of Commons Export Briefing to highlight export success case studies as British industry calls for increase in government export investment

13/04/2017 

Multi Industry Sector Export Briefing and Reception will take place in the House of Commons on Tuesday 25 April 2017

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 Exports and jobs will be lost as UKTI announced mid year cut to previously agreed export support scheme

28/10/2014 

In a stunning move UKTI have announced mid year cuts of around £1m to the Tradeshow Access Programme. Companies and ATO's have no choice but to take the financial hit as they are under contract, with many events just a few weeks or months away

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 UKTI Tradeshow Access Programme generates extra £1bn in three years

28/03/2014 

A recent survey of SME companies, who have been to overseas exhibitions with an organised UK pavilion in the last three years, has shown that most companies have won up to £100,000 of business as a result.

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 Sponsors Alliance AGM

11/10/2012 

The AGM of the Sponsorsí Alliance takes place on Friday 11th December at the SMMT, London.

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 Government funding cuts are stifling UK export growth prospects

09/05/2011 

The Sponsorsí Alliance writes to UK Trade Secretary Vince Cable regarding the Governmentís declared commitment to UK industry and its recent decision to make further cuts in funding to support exports.

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 BIS select committee report published

11/03/2010 

The BIS select committee report titled "exporting out of a recession" was published on January 28th 2010

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