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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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Barrnon are a specialized engineering services provider that use innovative solutions to resolve complications in the Nuclear and Oil Decommissioning Industry worldwide. Their unique combination of skills has given them the opportunity to partner with some of the biggest names in engineering – and to take their patented products into specialist markets including nuclear decommissioning in Japan, the USA and UK.

Based in the quiet Cumbrian town of Appleby, Barrnon use state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques to bring innovative 3D CAD designs to life on site, in their own extensive workshop. Products include a range of devices able to dredge and collect radioactive sludge for more effective storing. Additionally, the company have designed and built the Hydrospyder floating crane, which can be used to lift heavy weights in decommissioning ponds without the need for existing pond infrastructure.

These outstanding capabilities have seen Barrnon leap from strength to strength, winning a host of awards in 2016 including The Alexander Fleming Award for Serendipity, The Parliamentary Award for Innovation and The Innovus Award for Best Nuclear Product.

Work with CommonwealthFirst will see the company look to develop its less well known work in the Oil industry where sludges reside in the bottom of tanks earmarked for decommissioning. With these tanks causing costly problems around the world, CommonwealthFirst will help take Barrnon to Commonwealth areas where it can provide unrivalled solutions.