The MIA, along with other Trade Associations, has successfully lobbied UK Trade & Investment to make changes to the Trade Show access progress (TAP). From 1st April 2009, UKTI will start afresh with TAP’s. All companies who have previously received grants will have their allocation reset to zero, whilst the “three and out” rule is increased to “six and out” provided companies take part in trade shows in at least two different markets.
“This is good news” says Alicia Warden, International Development Manager at the MIA “these new guidelines will support MIA members and other UK companies and encourage them to take advantage of the finance available under the TAP programme”.
Companies which have benefited from three grants at this stage of the year will now be able to apply for further help. Those who have used up their three grant lives, by the end of March 2008, are now able to apply for one extra grant to any event in the TAP programme, for the remainder this year – before 31st March 2009. In addition, companies can also apply for Solo grants outside any TAP event. Members who have any questions on this TAP change should contact Alicia Warden – Alicia.email@example.com