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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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Avon Barrier

The aim of Avon Barrier is a simple one – to provide a comprehensive solution to our clients, in the field of hostile vehicle mitigation solutions.

Formed by a group of engineers with considerable experience in vehicle control systems, Avon Barrier have developed a range of Vehicle Security Barriers that are categorized as Hostile Vehicle Mitigation solutions, independently impact tested to international standards (IWA 14-1, PAS 68 & ASTM 2656), our road blockers, gates, bollards and barriers are designed as counter terrorism measures protecting critical infrastructure against a hostile vehicle attack.

The business has evolved and developed into an authority in its specialist area and now protects embassies, government buildings, financial institutes, oil and gas headquarters, data centers, and numerous shopping centers and stadiums, around the world. Clients include the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office, Heathrow Airport, Total Oil, Shell Tower and the Bank of England.

By setting high standards of professionalism in its approach to providing solutions to its clients’ needs through thousands of successfully completed projects globally, Avon Barrier has gained an international reputation for quality project design, management, system implementation and aftersales support. Through existing contacts in Australia (DFAT) and Canada (GAC), Avon already has a strong Commonwealth footprint but are looking to expand. Recently they have had success in exporting systems to Singapore, Malaysia India and Nigeria and are ready to take advantage of further opportunities.