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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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Crop Intellect

Crop Intellect is a hugely enterprising research and development company aiming to contribute significantly to the security and sustainability of world’s agriculture. Its main target is to develop and patent innovative technologies to increase crop productivity and efficiency. The company’s expertise and experience in agricultural research, combined with strong links with academia and industry and a proven track record in IP creation put them in a strong position to achieve just that.

Crop Intellect has further demonstrated its ambition both in the development of unique products protected by IP and with its potential to enter new markets and continue sales successfully with end products or by licensing its technology.

Shared facilities at the University of Lincoln have supported developing ideas into patent protected technologies. The company currently have a granted patent on a technology that increases chlorophyll, sugars and yield; a submitted patent that increases calcium uptake with significant effects on shelf life and fruit uniformity; and several other technologies. The ultimate goal is the development of bio-pesticides which are currently at the research stage.

CommonwealthFirst will support Crop Intellect’s plans for international expansion by providing local knowledge and contacts in key target markets including India, Australia and Canada.