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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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Innovators in photopolymer, Photocentric are an award-winning business based in Peterborough Cambridgeshire and Phoenix, Arizona. Photocentric are world leaders in photopolymer research and manufacture thousands of photopolymer stamps a day. Their patented imagepac sachets won the Queen's Award for Innovation in 2016 and they manufacture bulk photopolymer for all stamp and flexographic plates. Since 2016 Photocentric have moved into the manufacture of Liquid Crystal 3D Printers using their patented technology Daylight Polymer Printing. With a range of LCD screen based 3d printers and resins for applications from dentistry to engineering to jewellery, Photocentric is working closely with its customers to provide affordable solutions for Additive Manufacturing.

Photocentric's innovative work and growth worldwide has led them to win further awards. Selected as a CommonwealthFirst Export Champion in early February, Photocentric received their second prestigious Queen’s Award in April 2018, this time for Enterprise: International Trade, in recognition of their outstanding 3-year growth in overseas sales.