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CommonwealthFirst has been established by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) with a mission to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to trade and invest across the Commonwealth; a market comprising 53 English speaking countries with a combined population of 2.2 billion – at least 60% of whom are under the age of 30 – and a combined GDP of approximately US$9.6 trillion.

Over three years 100 leading UK SMEs are selected to become Commonwealth Export Champions. Through intensive training, mentoring, trade missions and business development support, Export Champions are supported in their quest to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will be showcased as an encouragement to the wider business community to make greater use of the Commonwealth network.

After a successful initial three-year focus on UK SMEs, CommonwealthFirst Programme is now being expanded globally.

For more information and to apply to become a Commonwealth Export Champion please visit