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9
Jun

May Export Champion & Mentor Video Interview Spotlight

In this monthly round up of Export Champion and Mentor video interviews we learn about the value doing business in the Commonwealth with a some of the delegates that took part in our recent second trade mission to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

 

CommonwealthFirst Export Champion Interview with Martin Williamson, Managing Director, The Williamson Group, representing Oxley Developments. Interview conducted by Richard Burge, CEO, CWEIC during 2nd Trade Mission to Kuala Lumpur & Singapore, 14-18 May 2017.

View Oxley Developments’ Export Champion Profile.

 

CommonwealthFirst Mentor Interview with Oliver Shephard, Specialist in International Transport, Kestrel Liner Agencies. Interview conducted by Richard Burge, CEO, CWEIC during 2nd Trade Mission to Kuala Lumpur & Singapore, 14-18 May 2017.

 

CommonwealthFirst Export Champion Interview with Alasdair Pettigrew, CEO, BOXARR. Interview conducted by Richard Burge, CEO, CWEIC during 2nd Trade Mission to Kuala Lumpur & Singapore, 14-18 May 2017.

View BOXARR’s Export Champion Profile.

 

CommonwealthFirst Export Champion Interview with Matt Chandran, CEO, iGene, Digital Autopsy. Interview conducted by Richard Burge, CEO, CWEIC during 2nd Trade Mission to Kuala Lumpur & Singapore, 14-18 May 2017.

View iGene Digital Autopsy’s Export Champion Profile.

30
May

Export Champion Interview with Martin Williamson, Managing Director, The Williamson Group, representing Oxley Developments

CommonwealthFirst Export Champion Interview with Martin Williamson, Managing Director, The Williamson Group, representing Oxley Developments. Interview conducted by Richard Burge, CEO, CWEIC during 2nd Trade Mission to Kuala Lumpur & Singapore, 14-18 May 2017.

View Oxley Developments’ Export Champion Profile.

30
May

Export Champion & Mentor Interview with Oliver Shephard, Specialist in International Transport, Kestrel Liner Agencies

CommonwealthFirst Export Champion/Mentor Interview with Oliver Shephard, Specialist in International Transport, Kestrel Liner Agencies. Interview conducted by Richard Burge, CEO, CWEIC during 2nd Trade Mission to Kuala Lumpur & Singapore, 14-18 May 2017.

29
May

Export Champion Interview with Alasdair Pettigrew, CEO, BOXARR

CommonwealthFirst Export Champion Interview with Alasdair Pettigrew, CEO, BOXARR. Interview conducted by Richard Burge, CEO, CWEIC during 2nd Trade Mission to Kuala Lumpur & Singapore, 14-18 May 2017.

View BOXARR’s Export Champion Profile.

26
May

Export Champion Interview with Matt Chandran, CEO, iGene, Digital Autopsy.

CommonwealthFirst Export Champion Interview with Matt Chandran, CEO, iGene, Digital Autopsy. Interview conducted by Richard Burge, CEO, CWEIC during 2nd Trade Mission to Kuala Lumpur & Singapore, 14-18 May 2017.

View iGene Digital Autopsy’s Export Champion Profile.

22
May

Export Champions make new business connections in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

CommonwealthFirst has returned from its highly successful trade mission to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, which saw our talented delegation of outstanding UK SMEs make new business and invaluable connections within the ASEAN region. The thirteen-person delegation was led by Richard Burge, the newly appointed Chief Executive of Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council with Export Champions representing industries of manufacturing, defense, health, technology, education, science, engineering and consulting.

The intensive programme commenced with a first stop in Kuala Lumpur where the Export Champions received a briefing at British High Commission before going on to meet the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and take part in a on-site visit to Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). They then met with Mr Zaky Moh, Senior Director at the SME Development Corporation before meeting with Hon Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysia’s Minister of International Trade and Industry.

The delegation then traveled to Singapore to receive a market opportunities briefing at the British High Commission Singapore and was hosted at an evening reception by the British Singapore Chamber of Commerce. The following day saw them meet with Daniel Kok, General Manager, International Chamber of Commerce Academy and Hon Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry. The visit was concluded with networking opportunities with Singapore entrepreneurs, hosted by Raymond Huang, Kairo Asia and a meeting with CEO, Singapore Business Federation, Mr Ho Meng Kit. Time was set aside for the Export Champions to engage in private meetings with potential regional clients and partners.

The visit to South East Asia was the second such SME trade mission and follows the successful inaugural venture last November to Delhi as part of the India-UK Tech Summit, attended by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

UK SMEs can apply to become part of the next cohort of CommonwealthFirst Export Champions via: www.commonwealthfirst.org. Applications close on 5th June.

11
May

New Commonwealth Business leader leads SME Export Champions delegation to Malaysia and Singapore

 

Recruitment for the third cohort of Commonwealth Export Champions closes 5th June

The 2nd CommonwealthFirst trade mission will see a delegation of outstanding UK SMEs travel to Malaysia and Singapore on 14-18 May in an effort to win new export contracts.

The thirteen-person delegation will be led by Richard Burge, the newly appointed Chief Executive of Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council.

The Export Champions were selected to represent the best of what British business has to sell to the world with companies drawn from diverse sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, education, technology, food and beverage and creative industries.

The visit to South East Asia is the second such SME trade mission and follows the hugely successful first venture last November to Delhi as part of the India-UK Tech Summit, attended by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The intensive programme commences with a first stop in Kuala Lumpur where the Export Champions will receive a briefing at British High Commission before going on to meet the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and take part in a on-site visit to Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). They will then meeting Mr Zaky Moh, Senior Director at the SME Development Corporation before meeting with Hon Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysia’s Minister of International Trade and Industry.

The delegation will then fly to Singapore to receive a market opportunities briefing at the British High Commission Singapore and be hosted at an evening reception by the British Singapore Chamber of Commerce. They will then meet Daniel Kok, General Manager, International Chamber of Commerce Academy before meeting Hon Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry. The visit will be concluded with networking opportunities with Singapore entrepreneurs, hosted by Raymond Huang, Kairo Asia and a meeting with CEO, Singapore Business Federation, Mr Ho Meng Kit.

Time has been set aside for the Export Champions to engage in private meetings with regional importers.

Mr. Richard Burge, who took up his post at the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council in March said “CommonwealthFirst provides an excellent opportunity for innovative small and medium sized enterprises to better understand new markets and give them an early taste of the practical aspects around international trade. It is through access initiatives such as this, combined with expert support and mentorship, which helps them reach their potential in achieving sustainable growth and in creating new jobs. Our aim is to expand the programme to support SMEs throughout the Commonwealth.”

UK SMEs can apply to become part of the next cohort of CommonwealthFirst Export Champions via: www.commonwealthfirst.org. Applications close on 5th June.

4
May

April Export Champion Interview Spotlight

In this monthly round up of Export Champion interviews we learn about the value of drones and better learning experiences.

4
May

Britain’s Best SMEs welcomed at Birmingham Briefing

 

CommonwealthFirst organised a briefing on Tuesday 25th April hosted by Birmingham Airport and sponsored by Turkish Airlines to raise awareness of its SME export champions programme and invite further applicants from small firms, which have high growth and international trading potential. Participants included SMEs, journalists, local and regional government representatives, and HE Kena Mphonda, Malawi High Commissioner to the UK.

The regional event highlighted the many opportunities and benefits of trading within the Commonwealth as well as recruitment for the third cohort of Commonwealth Export Champions, which opened at the Trade Ministers Meeting last month. The previous intake of SME cohorts participated in a trade mission during the India-UK Tech Summit, Delhi last November which coincided with Theresa May’s first overseas visit as prime minister. The second trade mission is scheduled for Malaysia and Singapore between 14th -18th May 2017.

CommonwealthFirst is the brainchild of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) with Royal Mail as lead sponsor and i-genius as implementation partner. Its mission is to encourage and support small and medium enterprises to trade and invest across the Commonwealth.

Lord Marland, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council (CWEIC), said, “At a time when trade is under the spotlight, it is encouraging to see such high-quality export-ready small businesses coming forward to take part in this ambitious programme.”

To view photos from the briefing, click here!

Applications to become an Export Champion for the CommonwealthFirst programme close 5th June 2017. An announcement on successful applicants for the third cohort will be made in July 2017. We would welcome you extending awareness of the Export Champion to you networks. Apply now!

25
Apr

Birmingham Briefing Photographs

CommonwealthFirst Birmingham Briefing hosted by Birmingham Airport and sponsored by Turkish Airlines on 25th April 2017 raising awareness of the CommonwealthFirst SME Export Champion programme.