Gaining a foothold in new export markets is key for BCFA members.
But where do you start?
The BCFA organises a programme of export initiatives, in particular participation at a range of trade fairs in the design and interiors sector. These events are organised with support from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) under the Tradeshow Access Programme scheme which provides grants for eligible companies taking part in the co-ordinated British group, or independently through their own stand in another part of the exhibition.
The grants are based around a calendar of global events where an accredited trade challenge partner leads the UK’s involvement at each event. Businesses usually take part as a group, led by the trade challenge partner for each particular trade show. The grants must be matched by the business’s own expenditure on direct exhibiting costs, for example its exhibition space costs and its 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 example conference fees and the cost of preparing conference promotional material.