Food and Drink SMEs to Join UK Trade Show Programme
The Department for International Trade (DIT) is encouraging smaller food and drink manufacturers to get involved in its Trade Show programme.
The UK Trade Show Programme offers government assistance to help small businesses in the United Kingdom successfully attend or exhibit at pre-selected international trade shows. The primary goal of this design is to assist companies, especially SMEs, in succeeding at international trade shows. This will be done by encouraging participation at key shows that display UK capability.
To be eligible, businesses must have 250 or fewer employees and be based in the UK (not including Isle of Man or the Channel Islands). In addition, they must either sell products or services which substantially originate from the UK or add significant value to a product or service of non-UK origin.
Only businesses registered for UK VAT are eligible to apply, and of those chosen to receive the grant, they must also meet specific financial support criteria.
Love Struck Smoothies, an SME based in London that was established in 2004, has utilized the programme and found that exhibiting led to new leads for its plans to move into the US market.
The DIT’s recent campaign, ‘Made in the UK, Sold to the World‘, has kicked off its newest phase featuring food and drink exports.
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