Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)

Exporters can attend TAP's selected events, and get financial support to offset some costs.

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Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)



Attending overseas trade shows can help you:

The Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant funding for eligible businesses towards the costs of exhibiting at overseas trade shows.

How the service works

Each year the Department for International Trade (DIT), with the relevant TAP trade challenge partners, agrees which overseas trade shows they will support UK businesses to attend, with grants. These trade shows include some of the most important events in each sector’s calendar, where the best opportunities exist for UK companies to access. Businesses take part as a group, led by the trade challenge partner for that trade show.

If the TAP trade challenge partner is a membership-based organisation, there’s no need for participants to become a member to take part in the Tradeshow Access Programme.

View the calendar of supported overseas trade shows:

What you’ll get

DIT can offer grants to eligible businesses taking part in the programme. The grants must not exceed the business’s own expenditure on direct exhibiting costs, for example:

In some cases grants may also be agreed to help towards direct conference costs where the purpose of attending is to promote the business, for example:

Grant levels may be subject to change. The TAP trade challenge partner will confirm the level of grant available, which will be between £500 and £2,500. It will also inform you in writing about any service or management fee charges before you sign up.

The TAP trade challenge partner will support your business at the trade show by:


As of 1 October 2017, the maximum number of grants available to individual companies is limited to 6. Grants taken from 1 April 2009 onwards count towards this total. The grants can be taken in any market.

To be eligible for a grant you must:

You must also be able to demonstrate that you are either:

View the Tradeshow Access Programme exhibitor terms and conditions: 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 131KB, 9 pages) .

The Tradeshow Access Programme exhibitor terms and conditions for 2019 to 2020 will be published in due course.

How to apply

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

To apply, contact the TAP Trade challenge partner organisation leading the trade show. You can get this information from:

The TAP trade challenge partner 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 TAP trade challenge partner 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 Adviser for further information about the programme.

Partner Organisations

Brought to you by Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise