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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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Dawson Shanahan

Dawson Shanahan designs, prototypes and precision engineers customer specified components and assemblies for use in a wide range of industries around the world, including automotive, aerospace, medical, power generation, and many more.

The company offers complete project management capability, working with its customers’ teams from the early stages of the conceptual or design phases, through to manufacturing prototypes and beyond. Its goal is to help customers design out cost, optimise component functionality, performance and reliability, and reduce time to market.

With over 70 years of experience in the precision engineering sector, Dawson Shanahan possesses the invaluable ability to meet the exacting requirements of customers. Regardless of where a customer is located, they work closely with them to enable cost reductions, quality improvements and fast lead times.

Every member of its team, from apprentices to Managing Director, works to a strict code of quality conduct. They are regularly audited by major customers from around the world, and constantly update processes and facilities to reflect changes in standards and operating guidelines. Through working with Dawson Shanahan, companies within the Commonwealth have access to a total one-stop precision engineering solution that adds real value to their business.

CommonwealthFirst looks forward to supporting Dawson Shanahan grow its Commonwealth presence and develop new business opportunities with India as a key target market.