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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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Medical Devices Technology International

Founded by Martin Levermore, Chair of the Birmingham Commonwealth Association Business Group, Medical Devices Technology International Ltd (MDTI) provides a complete business solution for healthcare innovations that can be readily translated into practical and commercial product applications. MDTI assume the responsibility for commercialising intellectual property, and through investment, manufacturing and marketing help to develop market ready products.

As a recognised leader in public partnership activities, MDTI is currently focusing on its commercial exploitation of exiting NHS IP into overseas markets, consistently demonstrating the benefits of this service to patients and clinicians alike at an affordable cost.

Recent work by MDTI has focused on developing better healthcare in Jamaica where the company has worked with a range of partners in industry, academia and government to deliver outstanding results that prove the merits of their private public partnership model. Not only have their efforts created opportunities for exporters in the UK, but their work is leading to the employment of 150 Jamaicans.

Additionally MDTI are developing a series of mobile clinics, manufactured in the Midlands, using state of the art facilities that incorporate proven NHS innovations in order to deliver a patient centric environment.

CommonwealthFirst will work with MDTI to help them internationalise new innovations. We expect further work in Jamaica and the Caribbean but also expansion out to other regions of the Commonwealth.