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

The Cheshire Commonwealth Association

The Cheshire Commonwealth Association (CCA) was established under the guidance of the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, 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.

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


Commonwealth Heads of Government to meet in Rwanda


The theme for the 2021 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.

2021 Commonwealth Day Message by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland

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