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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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Established in 1957, Hopkins is a family run business and manufacturer of products for commercial catering, combining the best of modern technology with traditional craftsmanship. Whilst the core of its business is with fish and chip shops, they have now diversified to sell all types of commercial catering equipment to the food service industry. Its team consists of highly skilled fabricators, designers and engineers and kitchen design team specialists.

The company is now often asked to embark on engineering projects outside the scope of food service, manufacturing bespoke items for customers. Recent projects have included a floating staircase, a multi-level hydraulic dining room table, equipment for the Ministry of Defence, and stainless steel doors. Hopkins also have an online eCommerce site which features thousands of products for those clients who wish to purchase equipment only.

CommonwealthFirst will work with Hopkins to internationalise the company and take their designs to exciting new markets.