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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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Partridges is a Royal Warrant Holding and award winning family business established in 1972 by Sir Richard Shepherd in Sloane Square and, following Richard’s election to the House of Commons in 1979, has since been run by his brother John Shepherd.

Partridges sources the finest foods and drinks from small artisan producers both from the UK and around the world. In January 1994 Partridges was granted the Royal Warrant as Grocers to Her Majesty the Queen. In 2007 John was appointed President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and subsequently served as Hon. Treasurer from 2008-2013.

Partridges have successfully blended tradition with innovation and a diversification into other areas. Its Sloane Square store now has a wine bar and cafe? as well as a hugely popular Saturday food market outside the shop. The company also has a growing export business for its own label products, and is putting a growing emphasis on organic and environmentally friendly products.

As an independent, family-run business, Partridges is also committed to championing and supporting the growth of small start-up businesses and works to achieve this through their Startisans scheme. The scheme provides a platform for start-up businesses and artisans to sell their products direct to the public at over 20 market sites across London, including Partridge’s renowned food market on the Duke of York Square.

CommonwealthFirst will help Partridges to bring more of their finest produce to appetising new markets across the Commonwealth as well as providing showcasing opportunities for more Commonwealth produce in the UK.