Under UK Trade and Investment’s Market Visit Support scheme, there are no market visits planned to the Caribbean for the remainder of the financial year 2005â€“06. For the financial year 2006â€“07 commencing 1 April, UKTI’s regional teams are developing their plans for market visits in line with their trade development responsibilities. At present one market visit to the Caribbean is under consideration where a budget of Â£6,500 has been proposed to support around 10 small and medium enterprises.
In addition, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, as part of the West Midlands EU funded ERDF project, is taking a group of companies to Barbados, St. Lucia and Jamaica from 17â€“24 April 2006, as part of a structured export development programme, to investigate specific export opportunities, some of which are linked to the Cricket World Cup. The entire EU funding available will go direct to small and medium sized enterprises in the West Midlands objective 2 area. UKTIs involvement is to provide International Trade Advisers to support the companies in their preparation and to help them follow up any opportunities identified.