UKTI & TIGA are in cahoots to bring UK companies to international events
You may be aware that I’ve been, what’s the word, ‘detained’ by the UK government to help assist UK Trade & Investment in their aims to support the New Media and Games sectors. I am, as they say, their ‘Sector Champion’, but am still awaiting my cape.
Well, thus far I have been involved with several very exciting events (Digital Mission to New York – the week the world crashed; Tokyo Games Show in Japan; MOffY‘s visit to the UK to find mobile content developers; breakfast with the Foreign Secretary, David Milliband), and that’s not going to change. I’ll be in Austin, TX with the Digital Mission to South by Southwest Interactive and the Mission to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. My Dopplr is on fire.
But I’m also working with Richard Wilson at TIGA, who’ve just secured a cool £125,000 to support UK companies who’d like to attend and show their wares at GAMEScom in Cologne in September, The Tokyo Games Show in September, Game Connection Europe in Lyon in November and GDC in San Francisco in March 2010.
Here’s the release (i even get a word in):
Tiga has secured over£125,600 from UK Trade&Investment (UKTI) to support UK games businesses looking to exhibit at four key trade shows in 2009-10.
Through the£125,600, UK games businesses can apply to Tiga to attend GAMEScom in Cologne in September, The Tokyo Games Show in September, Game Connection Europe in Lyon in November and GDC in San Francisco in March 2010.
Richard Wilson, CEO of Tiga, said:
“Tiga will intensify its engagement with policy makers, maximise our industry’s media profile and strengthen the range of benefits available to Tiga members throughout 2009.
“One of Tiga’s principal objectives is to build a range of services that make a real difference to games businesses in order to enhance their opportunities for growth. This in turn will help to realise our vision of making the UK the best place in the world to do games business.
“As an accredited trade organisation, Tiga can work with UKTI’s Tradeshow Access Programme in supporting UK businesses looking to exhibit at overseas trade shows.
“I am delighted that Tiga will be able to help many games businesses and am grateful to UKTI for their confidence in and support for the UK games development sector.”
Aleks Krotoski, New Media Sector Champion of UKTI, said:
“Tiga and UKTI continue to support UK companies seeking new business in a sector that is growing despite the economic downturn.
“As one of the most important games producers in the world, the UK continues to develop unique, high-quality and internationally celebrated products. It’s important we continue to attend these events to represent the commitment Britain has to this scene.”
UKTI’s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) is open to small and medium-sized businesses to enable them to participate in overseas trade fairs. Businesses can apply for grants of up to£1,800 to take part in a list of eligible events.
For more information on the TAP grant on the game shows mentioned, please contact Steff Rickwood at email@example.com. For the full list of overseas events support by UKTI, please visit http://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk.