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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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Extreme Low Energy

Extreme Low Energy was founded in 2014 focused on tackling the energy trilemma by reducing usage rather than generating more, thus helping organisations within developed markets to reduce energy spend, decrease carbon emissions and better protect the environment.

The team want to change the way electronic devices, initially ICT, is powered and in emerging markets seek to offer off-grid solutions as and where it is most needed.

ELe’s breakthrough was its development of a unique approach to distributing power alongside data through Ethernet cabling. Founder and Technical Director, Mark Buchanan then moved on to designing and building the prototype DC powered electronic devices.

Since 2014 the ELe team has completed many successful power and ICT infrastructure installations in a range of environments including three schools in South Africa. In one of these schools 28 desktop computers now operate on 700 watts of power, equivalent to four of their previous PC’s. More importantly the ELe infrastructure offers continuation of power so load shedding no longer affects the school – no more blackouts.

The team at ELe continue to innovate new opportunities for developing further technologies and DC devices that utilise their unique power infrastructure and distribution solutions. ELe were awarded the national Most Innovative Small Business category in the GREAT Faces of British Business competition.

CommonwealthFirst will work with ELe to help take its unique technology to schools and businesses across the Commonwealth.