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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.

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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.

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Second Cohort of UK SMEs chosen to become Commonwealth Export Champions


26 exciting new British businesses selected for prestigious programme


CommonwealthFirst is delighted to announce that the second cohort of Commonwealth Export Champions has now been selected. Representing various regions of the UK and business sectors our new Export Champions underline the depth of innovation and quality that the UK SME sector has to offer the world. Cohort products and services include; aircraft protection covers, turbines that capture air movement into automotive energy, online services for mental health, automated drone servicing platforms, as well as hydroponics and three dimensional crop production.

Along with our first cohort new Export Champions will benefit from access to high-level networking and introductions, training, mentoring and tailored trade missions – with Malaysia and Nigeria in the pipeline to be confirmed later this year.

Lord Marland, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, said ‘This programme is a wonderful way of demonstrating both the ingenuity of British businesses and the huge opportunities in Commonwealth markets. We hope these companies will serve as ambassadors for other UK businesses looking to trade internationally.”

The second cohort selected is:

ADC Limited
Air Covers Ltd
Barrnon Ltd
Birmingham Airport
Brandon Medical Co Ltd
Breaking Free Online Limited
Capture Mobility
Cognitiv+ Ltd
Crop Intellect Ltd
Dawson Shanahan
Gaist Solutions Limited
Hopkins Catering Equipment Ltd
James White Drinks Ltd
Phoenix Dynamics Ltd
Playdale Playgrounds Ltd
Rakusen’s Ltd
Saturn Bioponics
StadiArena Ltd

The businesses are selected based on their ambition, their innovation and the impact that they will have across Commonwealth markets.

Applications for the third cohort of UK SMEs will open in spring, however, we are accepting on-going applications: