Tradeshow Access Programme



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

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 examples:

  • Conference fees
  • Cost of preparing conference promotional material

Grant levels may be subject to change. The Trade Challenge Partner will confirm the level of grant available, which will be between £500 and £2,500. 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.

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:

Tradeshow Access Programme calendar of supported events: April 2018 to March 2019 (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 83.8KB)

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.



From 1 October 2017, the maximum number of grants available to individual companies will be limited to 6. The grants can be taken in any market.

Click here to find out if you are eligible.

Contact our team today to discuss our worldwide exhibition programme on 01622 754200 or email


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