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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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Glass Tech Recycling

Glass Tech Recycling Ltd has developed an innovative, bespoke processing line for recycling container glass.

The processing line is unique to Glass Tech and has the capability of cleaning highly contaminated container glass into a high quality product suitable for the re-melt industry to re-manufacture bottles and jars, or as a raw material for the manufacture of loft insulation. This process has the environmental impact of diverting the contaminated feedstock from landfill. 100% of the glass received from Local Authorities and Governments is recycled, allowing ever increasing and challenging national targets to be achieved.

Glass Tech is proactive in looking ahead for solutions that may arise in the recycling industry and collaborates with academic institutions to explore new methodology, as well as improving industry standard processes and procedures.

Glass Tech Recycling was established at the end of 2010 and started trading in 2011 as a specialist glass recycling company servicing the needs of South Wales. Investors include Finance Wales and CWEIC Members OSTC Group.

With plans to expand in North Wales under way, Glass Tech also has ambitious plans for expansion to all markets with a glass recycling issue including Island States such as Malta and Cyprus. CommonwealthFirst will work with the company to help fulfil their ambitious plans.