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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.

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FGV Cambridge Nanosystems

Cambridge Nanosystems is a young company born out of Cambridge University that specialises in producing graphene and other advanced materials, as well as working with organisations to incorporate and test graphene in their various applications. Cambridge Nanosystems’ unique business proposition makes them one of the few specialized companies that can offer high grade nanocarbon materials as well as its related applications and support services. Their unique production method enables them to not only manufacture these multi-functional, high- performance materials cost-effectively and at scale, but to also contribute to offsetting the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment.

In early 2015, the company opened a large scale graphene production plant in Cambridge, with the current production capacity at five tonnes per year and production capacity continuing to increase in subsequent years.

In late 2013 Cambridge Nanosystems began partnering with Malaysia’s Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGV), a global agricultural and commodities business. FGV has abundant supplies of methane as a by-product of their large-scale palm oil production. The two companies aim to achieve synergy through using Cambridge Nanosystems technology to turn FGV’s waste material into valuable graphene.

Commonwealth First will work with Cambridge Nanosytems to help them to further expand ties in Asia and other Commonwealth markets.