Commonwealth and Royal Mail announce UK’s “Export Champions”

Fever Tree and what3words among first cohort of 27 businesses identified as having impact and ability to succeed across Commonwealth markets

27 start-ups and small businesses have been identified as having the potential to trade and scale across the 53 Commonwealth markets, on the back of a new joint initiative from The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, and the Royal Mail.

Named “Export Champions”, the first cohort of businesses were selected on the basis of their level of impact, innovation, ambition and ability to succeed.

The cohort includes tonic mixer brand Fever Tree, Startups 100-listed global mapping company what3words, and Kano; the children’s computer kit start-up founded by Growing Business Young Guns.

The initiative, which aims to have selected 100 businesses over the next three years, intends to highlight the investment and trade opportunities for UK businesses across the Commonwealth; representing fast-growing markets such as India, Australia, Canada, and South Africa.

Representing all regions of the UK and a variety of business sectors including fashion, food and technology, the first cohort of “Export Champions” will now take part in a trade mission to India and will also gain access to trade missions to other key Commonwealth markets across their three-year membership of the programme.

The first cohort of businesses identified as “Export Champions” are:

  • 8DIX
  • Aduna
  • Advetec
  • Avon Barrier Corporation Ltd
  • Babylon Health
  • Dalemain Marmalade
  • Everledger
  • Extreme Low Energy
  • Fever-Tree
  • FGV Cambridge Nanosystems Ltd
  • Firescape Global Ltd
  • Glass Tech Recycling Ltd
  • hi-impact Consultancy Ltd
  • Hive Education Ltd
  • iGene London Ltd
  • Kano Computing Ltd
  • Knowledge Management & Transfer (KM&T) Ltd
  • Laser Quantum Ltd
  • Medical Devices Technology International Ltd (MDTi)
  • NMS International Group Limited
  • Open Data Institute
  • Oxley Developments
  • Partridges of Sloane Square Ltd
  • Rolatube Expeditionary Systems Ltd
  • Sapelle Group Limited
  • ThinkingSafe Limited
  • what3words

Rt Hon Hugo Swire, minister of state, foreign and commonwealth office, announced the names of the “Export Champions” at a breakfast conference in London yesterday. Swire commented:

“The Commonwealth has always been an important market for the UK so I welcome this initiative which will help to build even stronger trade links between the UK and the family of Commonwealth nations.

“Britain is – and always will be – open for business and we want the strongest possible economic links with our close friends in the Commonwealth and other important partners around the world.”

Nick Landon, Royal Mail Parcels managing director, continued: “Royal Mail is proud to support the CommonwealthFirst initiative and encouraged to see the large number of applications to become Commonwealth Export Champions. Ambition and innovation among UK small and medium enterprises is alive and well.”

Applications for the second cohort of “Export Champions” are now open. To enter your business, click here.

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