The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has successfully achieved UKTI Accredited Trade Organisation status and will lead the way in facilitating UK security companies’ attendance at overseas trade shows.
As an Approved Trade Organisation (ATO) for the security sector, the Association will take the lead in facilitating UK companies’ presence at overseas shows while also assisting those same businesses with their Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) applications. This means that exhibitors can receive up to £2,500 in funding (provided they meet UKTI’s specific criteria) to offset their exhibition costs.
As an ATO, the BSIA will also provide management services for those organisations exhibiting in UK Pavilions, offering shipping solutions and an onsite point of contact to assist with any issues they might have.
The Association will partake in the TAP and offer additional services and support to British businesses wishing to explore new opportunities in overseas markets.
The BSIA’s new status will formalise this role and is an endorsement of the activities already undertaken by the Association’s dedicated Export Council, a specialist forum of companies focused on expanding their business abroad.
Access to Government funding
The BSIA’s ATO status will also help exporters to access Government funds available for those companies who choose to exhibit on TAP-supported Pavilions organised by the Association.
At present, it’s UKTI’s strategy to increase interest in the high growth emerging markets while still recognising the importance of those located elsewhere.
Daren Wood – membership and export services manager at the BSIA who co-ordinated the accreditation process – explained: “The BSIA has already organised Pavilions at IFSEC South East Asia and Intersec Dubai. As an ATO, we expect to be able to offer the same services and support for other key exhibitions identified by Export Council members.”
In conclusion, Wood stated: “As well as raising the profile of the Association and UK plc, TAP accreditation allows the BSIA a continued opportunity to offer valuable input to Government at policy level which will ultimately prove to be extremely beneficial for our members.”
*Learn more about the BSIA’s Export Council by visiting: www.bsia.co.uk/export-council