GulfHost 2018: foodservice equipment companies can apply for grants of £2,500

CESA helps UK companies make most of dynamic ME trade show.

UK catering equipment companies looking to access the Middle East can apply for grants of £2,500 to exhibit at GulfHost.  There are six TAP (Tradeshow Access Programme) grants on offer and companies can apply for them through CESA.

GulfHost is the foodservice equipment exhibition that attracts thousands of buyers and specifiers from the wealthy, dynamic and rapidly growing ME market – the region’s catering industry awarded contracts worth US$103bn in 2015 alone.  The 2018 show takes place from the 16th to 18th of September at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

As a DIT (Department of International Trade) Trade Challenge Partner, CESA is the official organiser of the UK Pavilion at the exhibition.  “Last year the debut GulfHost was a real success and we were delighted with the number of business wins we achieved,” says Steve Witt, managing director of IMC, who exhibited at the show in 2017.

“For 2018 the organisers have given us a better location within the show,” says Stephen Goodliff, chair of the CESA Export Group.  The UK pavilion covers 288 square meters, so space is limited.  “I would urge any UK companies considering coming to get their skates on – especially if they want to apply for a TAP grant.”

CESA will also offer its usual package of support for members who exhibit at GulfHost, including pre-show administration, technical back-up, marketing and networking.

For information about GulfHost and the TAP grants, contact Jocelyn Carr at CESA on 020 7793 3029 or email

CESA also has TAP grants available for companies exhibiting at EquipHotel, in Paris in November 2018, and the NAFEM Show, in Orlando, Florida in February 2019.  TAP grants are subject to companies meeting eligibility conditions.