CommonwealthFirst Export Champion Application Criteria

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.

Cohort Four

Selection: Applications will open in autumn 2017.

Sector Focus: All Sectors

Regional/Country Focus: All UK countries and regions

Selection Criteria

Selection will be open to all UK based SME companies. CommonwealthFirst is looking to recruit a wide range of small and medium sized businesses, from early stage start-ups to businesses.

Identification Process

CommonwealthFirst will identify appropriate companies through a nationwide call supported by a series of regional and sector based events, partner organisations. Applications received via the CommonwealthFirst website.

Application Process

Companies interested in participating must apply online via the CommonwealthFirst website.

They will need to provide:

  • Basic business profile (current export performance and export ambitions)
  • Statement on how they believe CommonwealthFirst could benefit their company

Selection Process

The Selection Panel of the CommonwealthFirst Advisory Board will select an additional 25 companies in the third cohort from a shortlist of up to fifty candidates.

Selection will be based on:

  • The ability to win business and transform the growth trajectory of the company
  • The ability to operate as an Export Champion and communicate the purpose of the company and its export successes

CommonwealthFirst is particularly keen to recruit companies with ethnic minority and/or gender diverse ownership, and companies that are likely to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.