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CommonwealthFirst is CWEIC's flagship initiative to help SME’s trade and invest across the Commonwealth.

Over three years, 100 leading UK SMEs have been selected to become CommonwealthFirst Export Champions. Export Champions are 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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A free association of 53 diverse English-speaking countries with similar legal systems, business practices and values, the Commonwealth provides the perfect launching pad to grow your business internationally.

Key Benefits

As an Export Champion you will be a part of an intensive world-class
3-year programme with international support, which include:

Tailored trade missions: to fast growing Commonwealth markets such as Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Nigeria and South Africa

Access to high level networks and introductions: to ensure you are dealing with the right people in country

Training and mentoring: support from leading UK exporters, country and technical experts

Unrivalled profiling and branding opportunities

Assistance from UK Government, Trade Associations, Chambers of Commerce and a network of Suppliers

Wider web platform providing advice and support to SMEs looking to expand into Commonwealth markets

Export Champions are selected on their potential for innovation, level of impact and ambition. Whether early stage or long established, CommonwealthFirst Export Champions will be ready to excel in Commonwealth markets.