Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) Cancellation
The Department of International Trade has cancelled TAP funding to support British exporters without notice or consultation. We are writing to all our members to contact their MPs to request they in turn contact key Ministers to challenge this short sighted decision.
What is TAP funding?
The BPMA has helped secure Tradeshow Access Programme funding or TAP as its called, for members for over 10 years, helping businesses attend and exhibit at important trade shows such as PSI. Benefitting many members, we had been informed the TAP may change in the coming year but a sudden announcement with no consultation was not expected.
The Department of International Trade are insisting a new programme will be available however is unable to release or reveal any details apart from a statement which indicates funding but in a very narrow field.
Get involved: write to your MP
Please see the link below to download the template so every member can write to their MP. The letter requests your MP writes to The Rt Hon Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Exports and The Rt Hon Stephen Barclay MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury to query the decision.
BPMA action so far
We have written to The Rt Hon Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Exports and The Rt Hon Stephen Barclay MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury to challenge the decision. Our recent meeting with the Minister for Exports spelt out clearly the position for BPMA members and this latest decision is at odds with encouraging UK SMEs to do business in the EU and ROW.
The BPMA believes that the Government’s decision to cancel the TAP is a retrograde and short-sighted step for British exporters, especially SMEs. This decision has been taken at the worst possible time for British exporters. We have already received some response from DIT on this matter but it does not indicate when further information will be available.
BPMA collaborating with UK trade bodies
The BPMA is collaborating with a wide range of trade bodies across the manufacturing, creative and marketing spectrum to join the voices who are questioning Government decisions in the wake of our exit from the EU and challenges we are all experiencing around import and export.
Aiming at a positive outcome, we appreciate your support on this important matter. If you’d like to discuss further, please contact Carey Trevill on 01372 371 181 or via email.