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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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Dakin-Flathers are the largest manufacturer of ‘carbon’ bandsaw and bandknife blades in the world, with over 125 years of saw manufacturing experience. The company’s products can be found in a huge range of industries, including primary processing of timber, furniture production, engineering, and food preparation.

Dakin-Flathers remains a privately owned, family-run business, based in purpose built 24-hour production facilities in Featherstone, West Yorkshire, with a commitment to delivering exceptional products and service at the heart of their operation. Distributors, machine manufacturers and end-users around the globe are given the products and support they need to help win more orders and to gain more market share.

Thanks to their focus on product quality and performance, Dakin–Flathers has grown from being the leading supplier in the UK to one of the leading suppliers in the world for bandsaw and bandknife blades, exporting to over 100 countries with an unrivalled worldwide reputation for quality, performance and service.

Moving forward, Dakin-Flathers are looking to exploit market gaps for its food and foam processing blades where innovative technical developments are opening up new opportunities.

CommonwealthFirst looks forward to supporting Dakin-Flathers in capitalising on these opportunities, particularly in key target markets including South Africa, India, Canada and New Zealand.