The static exhibitions in Paris are the most famous in the international women's designer and accessories calendar. They are on at the time of the Paris RTW catwalk shows, and attract buyers from all around the World; and they are traditionally the first step into export for many British womenswear and accessory designers.
Over 250 British designers and womenswear brands show regularly at the exhibitions which attract UKTI funding. (See P3 for full details). Some shows are for established labels, some actively seek out new designers who have not shown before and some take a mixture of new and unknown designers. 8 selected UK Agents’ showrooms now qualify for grants as well (also listed on P.3).
It’s not a question of booking space – you have to convince the organisers to want you there! So you must first visit these exhibitions to see which one is right for you and your merchandise. Exhibition space is limited, and collections are carefully selected (from images, background information and Press packs). If you have visited the shows, and you know where you would like to exhibit, you should apply for stand space, and, at the same time, complete the grant application forms. If you would like further information and advice on showing in Paris, and on exporting in general, please contact
Laurian Davies at UKFT, and get our free booklet “Making an Exhibition of Yourself – a guide to showing abroad”. Additional marketing help and advice is available to companies which are members of UKFT. If you are showing in Paris, you will be included in the UKFT famous Brits in Paris Map …see http://ukft.org/britmap/map.html. You will also be invited to contribute images and a logo to The Loop, the film which promotes the British contingent in Paris for the shows – see last season’s here - http://www.ukft.org/brits_around_the_world.php?page=about&psub=brits Do not wait until you have been accepted into a show to apply for the TAP grant – by that time it will be too late to apply for a grant, or they will all have been taken up!!
Grants are not transferable. If you pull out and you don’t inform us by e-mail at least 8 weeks before the show, this causes problems for you and for us. The same applies if you are not able to provide proof of payment after the show which is equal to at least the amount of the grant. We commit to using all the grants allocated to each event and wasted grants put the viability of the whole grant scheme in jeopardy. Please read the accompanying Guidelines for details.
The Government scheme for trade fair support (TAP) restricts grant assistance primarily to companies which are both SMEs and New Exporters, or who have been exporting for fewer than 10 years (see attached Guidelines for definitions). SMEs which have not shown at the previous edition of this event might still be eligible for a grant, even if they are experienced exporters. In Europe, the grant is now at a flat rate of £1,200 towards your show costs, provided you have paid a minimum of £1,200 for the stand, or on eligible costs directly related to the exhibition. The grant is paid after the show. If you would like to apply you should NOW (at the same time as booking your stand):
1. Complete the two-part UKFT application form, and the UKTI Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) form
2. Scan at same size and e-mail them to Laurian Davies Laurian.email@example.com. We will acknowledge receipt of your forms. 3. Pay the UKFT fee – either by bank transfer, credit/debit card or cheque. You will get a receipted invoice for VAT purposes after the show has taken place.
The TAP form is then sent to your local office of UK Trade & Investment, as they decide on your eligibility for grant support. If you are new to the scheme, they will call you for a chat about your business so please respond to their calls or e-mails promptly so as not to hold up your application. For further information please contact UKFT: Tel: 020 7843 9460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org UKFT (UK Fashion & Textile Association Ltd) 3 QUEEN SQUARE, LONDON WC1N 3AR www.ukft.org
Paris Women’s Fashion Week Sept 2014 exhibitions and Showrooms which currently attract UKTI Grants
Organisers’ contact details, and show venues…please note various exhibition dates
(Paris Fashion Week Catwalk show RTW Dates are 23 Sept – 1 Oct 2014)
UK Agent’s Paris Womenswear Fashion Week Showrooms which qualify for a TAP grant: AMF, Eastern Block Paris, Polly King Paris, RainbowWave Paris, Touba (The Showroom Next Door Paris), Tomorrow Ltd Paris, Trace Showroom Paris, Valery Demure Paris
Application for grant reimbursement Paris Women’s Fashion Week Sept 2014
Government support takes the form of a reimbursement of £1,200 (provided you have paid a minimum of £1,200 of eligible costs directly related to the exhibition). In the event that your stand cost is insufficient to qualify for a grant, related expenses may also be taken into consideration. Please ask UKFT for details. Reimbursement will be made after the show, and will take several months.
To be eligible for a UKTI reimbursement, you must be a UK-based SME and a new exporter (unless you did not show at this event last season); please see accompanying sheet for more information and definitions. You must be selling goods originating substantially in the UK, or which add significant value to a product of non-UK origin. You don’t need to be a Limited Company. After the exhibition you must provide us with proof of payment within one month of the end of the show. You may also be asked to complete a post-event evaluation questionnaire.
UKFT FEES: £300 (inc VAT) towards UKFT marketing activities. Payment of this fee must accompany your application. This money will be refunded if UKTI deems that you are not eligible for a grant, or if you do not get space at the show, provided you inform UKFTat least 6 weeks before the start of the event. Brand/s ____________________________________ Company name ______________________________________ VAT Number ____________________ Company Registration No. _________________________________________ Contact name ______________________________ Position _____________________________________________ Contact at the Show if different ____________________________________________________________________ Address________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________Postcode__________________________________________ Telephone ________________________________ Fax__________________________________________________ E-mail: __________________________________www__________________________________________________ Merchandise description________________________ Show applied for: __________________________________
Please tick your payment method: Bank Transfer□ Cheque□ Card□
Bank Transfer to: UK Fashion & Textile Association NatWest Account: 24937282
Sort Code: 56-00-27 IBAN No: GB75NWBK56002724937282 SWIFT Code: NWBKGB2L Ref: Paris Women’s Sept 14
Please email email@example.com with this reference to let her know that you have made a payment.
Type of Credit/Debit card _______________________Cardholder’s name____________________________________
Card Number________________________________________ Expiry Date _________________________________
Last 3 digits on back of card_________________________House Number & Postcode________ _____________
Remember – completing this form does not book your stand at the exhibition. You must also complete and return to UKFT the UKTI TAP Exhibitor Grant Application Form, complete the Organisers’ application form before their deadline, submit to their vetting procedure if required, and pay their fees when due. I agree to inform UKFT immediately if the company will not be showing and understand that if UKFT is not so informed (at least 8 weeks before the event), this fee cannot be returned. I agree to send UKFT proof of payment for the show by the required date, and I understand that if I do not do so, I must still pay this fee. Declaration: I agree to abide by the Organisers’ and UKFT Terms & Conditions (available on request) and accept that cancellation may incur full costs, and that there will be no entitlement to a grant. I am an authorised signatory of the company:
Signed ___________________________________________ Date ________________________________________
This form must be also be signed and returned to UKFT with every Grant Application
Have you received a grant under the TAP (Tradeshow Access Programme) scheme since April 2009?
If you have, we can Fast Track your grant application.
YES □ NO □
If you have had 6 grants since April 2009, you are no longer eligible for support under TAP, unless you are applying for a grant for CPM Moscow or The Hub in Hong Kong I have read and understood the accompanying Guidelines to the TAP scheme □
Which show are you applying for? ………………………………………………………………….
(Please give the name of the actual show not just the city)
(a) Have you been accepted to show by the organisers? □
(b) Are you still waiting to hear? □
Please let us have your bank details now so that we can reimburse you when the grant money comes in after the show.