How DIT Can Help

DIT can give advice on whether a firm is ready to export. If so, DIT can help with an export plan, counsel on the right markets and the right people to deal with in those markets, advise on grants for trade missions or overseas trade fairs, set up meetings, and generally help to make business happen.

Summary of TAP Terms and Conditions and Eligibility Flow Charts

DIT have expanded the TAP programme eligibility criteria, increased the number of grants companies can receive and increased the level of the grants. The following points give brief explanation on the changes:-


  • Grant lives will be increased to 12 (still counted from 1 April 2009) but at least 6 of these must be taken in the 20 emerging and high growth markets (Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam)
  • Grants levels will vary from £1,500 upto £3,000 (dependent on the event you exhibit at and on whether you are new to participating at the show)
  • DIT will no longer strictly apply that part of the SME definition which requires a TAP applicant to be no more than 25% owned by a non-SME. (This is intended to apply to autonomous businesses and we reserve the right to decline an application from, for example, a business unit of a large company).

Some of DIT’s Services



Capacity Building Services

Passport to Export

Passport to Export provides new and inexperienced exporters with the training, planning advice and ongoing support they need to succeed overseas.

Gateway to Global Growth

Gateway to Global Growth is a service for experienced exporters. It offers a strategic review, planning advice and support to help companies to build on their previous success and develop new overseas markets.

Export Communication Review

Export Communication Review (ECR) assesses the way companies communicate with overseas customers e.g. websites, promotional materials, packaging and press releases and provides a bespoke report with in-depth information and practical recommendations.

Information and Opportunities

Overseas Market Introduction Service

Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) is a tailored service and can help you to access market and industry information, identify potential contacts or assist in planning an event.

The High Value Opportunities programme

The High Value Opportunities programme proactively identifies global supply chain opportunities, coupled with an online service giving access to several hundred sales leads around the world each month.

Export Marketing Research Scheme

Export Marketing Research Scheme offers support, advice and grant funding to eligible companies wishing to research a potential export market. It will help your business to develop a capability to undertake research on international markets, to inform your market entry strategy.

UK Export Finance

UK Export Finance (UKEF) If you are planning to export goods or services from the UK then it is likely you’ll need some form of credit guarantee or insurance to protect you against non-payment or other financial issues.

If you can’t get what you need from the private market, UK Export Finance (UKEF) may be able to help. We provide guarantees, insurance and advice in support of UK exports large and small. Working across a wide range of sectors, UKEF can consider support for exports to over 200 countries.  > More Details

Mid Sized Business Programme

The service helps mid-sized businesses to assess their export capability and get started in international trade, or develop their existing export operations further. > More Details