UK government cuts TAP support program for fashion and textile exporters: UKFT
The program has provided a small amount of financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) attending major international trade shows. UKFT worked with these companies and the government to ensure that grants were used in the most efficient way and to help businesses grow through international sales, according to a UKFT press release.
Over the years, many well-known names have been launched at key events using the program in Paris, Milan, New York, Shanghai, Berlin and Florence.
These include Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Alex Monroe, Edward Green, Abraham Moon, Tateossian, Jenny Packham, Orla Kiely, Simon Carter, Grenfell, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Sunspel, Christopher Raeburn, People Tree, Kestin Hare, Liberty Fabrics, Folk, Melin Tregwynt, Huddersfield Fine Worsted, Tyler and Tyler and GH Hurt.
In addition, UKFT was able to use the program to promote the industry at large, including large companies like Johnstons of Elgin, Begg Scotland, John Smedley, Corgi Hosiery and Dents, who worked with UKFT to support small businesses to come and raise the profile of UK businesses at a number of international trade shows.
UKFT has been told the Treasury will look for ways for the government to stay involved in international shows, but it is not clear whether fashion and textiles will remain a priority or whether grants will be part of a new program. , added UKFT.
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The British Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) recently confirmed that the Department for International Trade (DIT) has canceled the popular and effective Salon Access Program (TAP) with immediate effect. The TAP program was important because it was a popular route to financial support for small businesses early in their export journey.