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To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will consider implementing the recommendation in the report by the British Chambers of Commerce, “Exporting is Good for Britain but Breaking into New Markets Requires Planning”, to support more businesses to proactively pursue export opportunities by reforming publicly-backed trade promotion schemes; and if he will make a statement.
The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) report highlighted two key services provided by UKTI. The Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) was revised for 2012/13 and now supports small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) exporters both with grants and value added services tailored to each of the exhibitions in the programme. There are more than 230 of these events with support packages, selected after consultation with industry representatives including member bodies of the BCC.
The Overseas Market Introduction Service remains a popular service with more companies using it year on year. UKTI's pricing structure and strategy for this service is under constant review. The last full refresh of policy was in April 2011. The Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) charging structure is based on firms paying for services used, irrespective of company size, providing support for all firms but with additional assistance for target groups. To ensure support is targeted, UKTI offers grants and subsidies to SMEs where it can make the most difference, such as encouraging new exporters or exporters to the high growth markets.