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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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Oxley Developments

Oxley is a leading designer and manufacturer of specialist LED lighting systems and electronic EMI filter components for harsh environments. These are used worldwide to enhance the capability of aircraft, vehicles and ships in the world’s leading aerospace and defence companies. Oxley is a previous winner of the CN Group Exporter of the Year Award in 2014 and is again shortlisted in 2016.

The company utilises cutting-edge technology to provide the highest performance products in the market place and flies the flag for great quality British manufacturing. Vertical integration has always been key to its continuing success enabling Oxley to offer a full end to end service, all from its site in Cumbria; including design, manufacture, testing and qualification.

Oxley works with world leading organizations, those within the Commonwealth include General Dynamics in Canada, the Australian Submarine Company and Hindustan Aeronautics Company in India. Worldwide customers include Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Boeing and Sikorsky.

Working in the global high technology defence and aerospace industries, Oxley is perfectly positioned to understand the complexities of exporting and currently does business in over 40 countries worldwide. Commonwealth First will work alongside Oxley to help them export more of their world leading products and to look at establishing new manufacturing facilities.