Small businesses with hopes of exporting goods in 2019 can apply for Government funding to attend international trade shows.

Applications for the Trade Access Programme, which provides grants of up to £2,500, opened with the Department of Trade on Friday 21 December 2018.

Successful firms will be able to use the cash to cover exhibiting costs at 55 events around the world during the first three months of 2019.

Graham Stuart, minister for investment, said:

"Attending trade shows helps businesses gain market knowledge, forge relationships and raise brand awareness among industry professionals.

"The grants accompany a wide range of support businesses can access through the Department for International Trade, including international trade advisers, sector specialists, and a network of staff that are available to help businesses embark on, or develop, their exporting journey."

Exports from the UK increased 3.5% to £348 billion in the year to October 2018, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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