The UK Trade show Programme has launched as a pilot, beginning now until April 2023. The Department for International Trade has said it will involve training and grants for UK small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to exhibit at international trade shows for the first time, allowing them to trial new shows more easily.
The UK Trade show Programme offers government support to help UK businesses attend or exhibit at overseas trade shows more effectively. Businesses will receive training to help them get the most out of exhibiting and some may be able to access grants of either £2,000 or £4,000 to help with costs. For those thinking about exporting for the first time or growing their existing market, the benefits of building connections with potential new clients, customers and new alliances and partnerships can be transformational.
UK businesses that are currently exporting can apply:
- for support to exhibit at or attend approved overseas trade shows and conferences
- to potentially receive grants to cover some costs
Business exporting, or thinking of exporting from the UK can attend the UK Tradeshow Programme’s selection of supported overseas tradeshows and conferences, and potentially receive grants to offset some costs.
Attending overseas tradeshows can help you:
- Gain essential market knowledge and make new contacts.
- Gain experience in attending and getting the most from overseas tradeshows.
- Get advice and support from trade experts on how to maximise your presence.
The UK Tradeshow Programme provides all successful applicants with training, both about tradeshows in general and also specifically about the event that they applied for. Small businesses can apply for government support and grants towards the costs of exhibiting at international tradeshows.