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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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Rolatube Expeditionary Systems

Led by British Army veteran Will Pike, Rolatube Expeditionary Systems represents the defence and security arm of this innovative business. The companies ingenious technology has enormous application possibilities; from communications to space, energy, mining and civil engineering.

Rolatubes offer a light-weight, compact and transportable method for a user to achieve more height or distance for sensors, cables and communication devices.

The technology utilises thermoplastic reinforced composites, which have valuable engineering properties in two distinctly different states. It was created to allow the same material to hold a stable and rigid shape both in compression and expansion, and to allow it to transition from one state to another without any need for additional working parts. In layman’s a terms a rolled up piece of fibreglass material that appears as though it must be completely loose and flexible (in order to have been rolled up) springs into a hard and rigid tube.

Rolatube’s products are used regularly by the British and US armies (as well as other Armed Forces around the world), disaster relief agencies operating in the world’s remotest locations as well as industrial, nuclear and space customers and recently by NASA.

CommonwealthFirst will support Rolatube to export their truly innovative range of products to Commonwealth markets such as Canada and Australia. The technology is so versatile we hope to identify new applications.