Export Champions

CommonwealthFirst Export Champion Benefits

CommonwealthFirst is a major new initiative to help SME’s trade and invest across the Commonwealth. Over three years, 100 leading UK SMEs will be selected to become Commonwealth Export Champions. Export Champions will be provided with unique access and support in their quest to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will be showcased as an encouragement to the wider UK business community.

A free association of 52 diverse English-speaking countries with similar legal systems, business practices and values, the Commonwealth provides the perfect launching pad to grow your business internationally.

As an Export Champion you will be a part of an intensive world-class 3-year programme with international support, which include:

  • Tailored trade missions: to fast growing Commonwealth markets such as Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Nigeria and South Africa
  • Access to high level networks and introductions: to ensure you are dealing with the right people in country
  • Training and mentoring: support from leading UK exporters, country and technical experts
  • Unrivalled profiling and branding opportunities
  • Assistance from UK Government, Trade Associations, Chambers of Commerce and a network of Suppliers
  • Wider web platform providing advice and support to SMEs looking to expand into Commonwealth markets

Export Champions are selected on their potential for innovation, level of impact and ambition. Whether early stage or long established, CommonwealthFirst Export Champions will be ready to excel in Commonwealth markets.

Become a CommonwealthFirst Export Champion

 Do you want access to 1/3 of the world’s population?

 Is your business growing fast with high export potential?

Do you have ambitious plans to grow internationally?

 Do you have what it takes to become a Commonwealth Export Champion?

Applications to become an Export Champion for the CommonwealthFirst programme are ongoing. All submissions will be considered for our fourth and final cohort to be announced in autumn 2017.