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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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Kniterate

Kniterate is a highly innovative digital knitting machine that wants to change fashion in the same way 3D printers are revolutionising manufacturing, using yarn to “print” digital clothing files. Through an easy-to-use internet platform, users can design garments from scratch, edit templates or upload their own images and press “knit”.

The company has recently raised an impressive $636K on Kickstarter, which will allow it to start manufacturing its machine for customers around the world.

Kniterate’s software platform allows anyone to design a garment online, and then send the file to the owner of one of their machines, providing a network of consumers and suppliers with the potential to reshape the fashion industry. This application will also allow the exchange of “digital files of fashion”, in a similar manner to digital music or 3D printing. A framework – adapted to the customers branding and collections – will also be developed for other companies looking to incorporate Kniterate’s software into their fashion offerings.

Kniterate’s goal is to empower independent designers and small businesses by providing them with a tool only available to garment manufacturers, and to be a catalyst for innovations in the garment and wearable industries.

CommonwealthFirst looks forward to supporting Kniterate in taking its journey into Canada and beyond.