To facilitate business, educational and cultural collaborations between Cheshire and the Commonwealth

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Commonwealth Market Awareness Series


The Commonwealth Games is coming to Birmingham from the 28th July to the 8th August, which is set to be one of the biggest sporting events to ever come to the region.

To celebrate the long history of the Commonwealth, The Department for International Trade (DIT) will be hosting a series of 1-hour webinars over the next few months to highlight the benefits of exporting to these nations and provide you with the best tips and insights to ensure you are market ready…

In 2020 UK Exports to the Commonwealth were worth £56.3 billion. As the UK’s trade relationship with the rest of the world continues to develop this presents massive opportunities to UK Businesses.

Exclusive insights on the following markets…

  • Canada - 22nd June   

  • Malta - 7th July             

  • South Africa - 14th July              

  • Pakistan - 21st July 

What to Expect…    

  • Overview from Senior Market Dignitary

  • Market Trends and Trade Opportunities

  • Subsectors of Interest in the Market

  • Exporting Success Stories

  • Potential Barriers to Export

  • Q&A

If you have any queries, please contact the DIT events team:

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Commonwealth trade opportunities: ask the experts

In 2020, British exports to the Commonwealth were worth £56.3bn. With post-Brexit trade agreements in place or being negotiated with several Commonwealth markets, the importance of the association to UK exporters is only likely to grow.


On Thursday 23 June at 3pm-4pm BST, a panel of international trade experts will give you the inside track on how you can seize opportunities in these key markets.


The panel includes:

  • Paul McComb - director of UK exports at the Department for International Trade

  • Dr Salamat Ali - economic adviser and trade economist at the Commonwealth Secretariat

  • Professor Sangeeta Khorana - professor of economics at Bournemouth University and chair of the IOE&IT Academic Board.


Sign up for the free webinar by clicking the button below – and don’t forget to include the questions you want the panel to answer.


The Cheshire Commonwealth Association

The Cheshire Commonwealth Association (CCA) was established under the guidance of the David Briggs, CVO, MBE KStJ and retired Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, to encourage awareness of the Commonwealth throughout Cheshire.  It aims to ensure that the many benefits of business and educational collaborations with the Commonwealth are both nurtured and maximised across the County.

I really believe that there are some wonderful opportunities for Cheshire companies to trade with businesses in the Commonwealth.


My own experience of visiting many of these countries from Singapore and Fiji to India and Australia to Kenya and South Africa is that these and so many more members of the Commonwealth really value their relationship with Britain and they want to do business with us. In many there are of course also the advantages of a common language and importantly a legal system based on English Common Law which makes doing business with these countries relatively easy.

For any Cheshire company looking to expand its exports I encourage you to consider the opportunities in many Commonwealth countries .

I also hope that the Cheshire Commonwealth Association will enable you to learn about opportunities and to meet others already trading in these countries who can give you invaluable introductions. If we all work together we can all benefit.

David Briggs CVO, M.B.E., KStJ.

Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire

Patron, Cheshire Commonwealth Association

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The Commonwealth of Nations

The Commonwealth is one of the oldest political association of states.  Its roots go back to the British Empire, although the association we know today came into being in 1949.

The modern Commonwealth covers the six regions of Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific. Thirty-one members are small states, many of which are island nations.

Membership is based on free and equal voluntary co-operation and is made up of 54 countries, and home to 2.4 billion people (approximately 1/3 of the world), working together for prosperity, democracy and peace.


Commonwealth Heads of Government to meet in Rwanda


The theme for the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), for Commonwealth Day and for the work of the Commonwealth more generally is:

Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.


This theme highlights how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals, like protecting natural resources and boosting trade.

A conversation with Commonwealth Secretary-General on Progress of CHOGM 2022 Preparations

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In 2022, on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee year, Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate 70 years as Head of the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s seven decades of service to the Commonwealth are an inspiring example of the steadfast commitment and important contribution we can all make to our societies.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022 will ask entrants to explore the positive impact that can be achieved through dedication and selfless commitment to our Commonwealth.


The QCEC is proudly delivered by the Royal Commonwealth Society, of which the Cheshire Commonwealth Association is an affiliated organisation.

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Watch The Queen's Commonwealth Day message 2021

"Stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory."

Her Majesty The Queen