As covered in our article, Exhibiting at Trade Shows, committing to an exhibition, whether in the home market or overseas, is likely to prove demanding on resources, finances and time. Exhibiting internationally requires additional planning for preparation of suitable literature, stand graphics, hiring of translators, etc. (see our index of translators with construction industry experience). Research into local cultures, working practices and traditions is also likely to be an important factor. Our article International Construction Exhibitions has pointers on this.

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UK Government Support for Exhibiting Overseas

Through its ‘Trade Show Access Programme’ (TAP), the Department for International Trade (DIT) provides financial support to UK-based construction businesses seeking to exhibit at certain international construction trade shows. The grants available depend on the event, location and the status of applicant, but are generally between £500 and £2,500.

The scheme is available for attendance at a small number of the exhibitions. The January-June 2020 list has been published (available on the DIT’s Business is Great website here) and includes the following construction-related events:

  • Light and Building Frankfurt - Frankfurt
  • MosBuild 2020 - Moscow
  • Middle East Electricity - Dubai
  • National Hardware Show - Las Vegas
  • Project QATAR - Doha
  • Mipim 2020 - Cannes

Construction Industry UK Government Support for Exhibiting Overseas

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