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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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Forest Gin

Forest Gin is a multi-award winning spirit distilled in Macclesfield Forest in the Peak District. They currently produce two products – Forest Gin at 42%abv, and Earl Grey Forest Gin at 39.5%abv. Forest’s products are sold predominantly through luxury retailers and department stores alongside very high-end restaurants and bars. Key customers include Harvey Nichols in the UK, and GLOBUS department stores in Switzerland. They also supply to Virgin 1st Class lounges in the UK.

The gin is bottled in beautiful Staffordshire porcelain, with a unique weasel design crafted by a renowned papercut designer to finish. From gin to bottle – the whole piece is made to be treasured. It is the only gin in the world to be awarded two separate Double-Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards.

With the demand for high-end spirits growing exponentially around the world – and with premium UK products especially sought after, Forest Gin are well poised to move into Commonwealth markets.

We look forward to helping Forest Gin to achieve their goal of taking exports into ten different countries within five years.