Applications to become an Export Champion for the CommonwealthFirst programme open Wednesday 4th October 2017 and close Monday 4th December 2017. All submissions will be considered for our fourth and final cohort to be announced in January 2018.
Regional/Country Focus: All UK countries and regions
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.
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.
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
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.
Are you a UK SME ready to export to the Commonwealth? Apply now to become an Export Champion.
CommonwealthFirst supports SMEs to trade and invest across the Commonwealth. The programme is developed by a partnership between the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and Royal Mail with the support from i-genius as implementation partner.