Companies participating in the Foodservice Australia and Food & Hospitality Queensland tradeshows will be pleased to hear these events have been recognised by the Australian government as eligible for grants to cover up to half the cost.
The Business Events Grants Scheme was established late last year to help Australian suppliers participate in major business-to-business events running in 2021. It recognises the impact of the lockdown and the power of tradeshows to generate new business connections.
Costs that can be claimed include exhibition space, stand building, equipment hire, promotional materials, networking functions, travel and accommodation. Grants will cover up to half those costs and will range from $10,000 to $250,000. This amount will be paid directly to the exhibitor.
Event Director Tim Collett says it is a great opportunity for local companies to reconnect with trade customers and rebuild sales. He says “these two events will bring buyers and sellers together at exactly the right time. These grants will make it easier for regular exhibitors and allow many more suppliers to get involved”.
Foodservice Australia is running from 27-29 June at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and will have over 400 exhibitors and 10,000 trade visitors. Food & Hospitality Queensland is a regional event running at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 1-2 August. Both events are now open for exhibitor and visitor bookings.
Collett says bookings for both shows are strong despite recent outbreaks. He says “business events are already running with practical safety plans and full traceability in place. Our events are focused on the local market and not dependent on internationals. We are confident these will be our biggest and most important shows ever”.
The window for applying for grants is 4 January to 30 March or when funding has been exhausted. Exhibitors should apply directly to government as early as possible to ensure consideration.