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Secretary of State for Wales Philadelphia Visit

British American Business Council for Greater Philadelphia

Secretary of State for Wales Philadelphia Visit

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Recap

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 the BABCPHL welcomed the Secretary of State for Wales, the Right Honourable Alun Cairns for an official visit to Philadelphia. Mr. Cairns was joined by two Board of Trade Advisers: former Chairman of Cardiff Airport and Welsh Development Agency, Lord Rowe-Beddoe and the Chief of Staff for Manchester Airport Group, Collette Roche.  This visit was part of a three-day trade mission to Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.  The purpose of this trip was to attract American businesses to invest in Wales and build upon an already strong trading relationship between the two nations; the US is the UK’s largest trading partner.

Under Chatham House Rules, Mr. Cairns candidly spoke with a select group of BABCPHL member companies at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP’s board room overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway about: UK trade policy; Brexit; UK politics; reasons for investing in the UK; and the new industrial policy that was just released. In addition to speaking with a select group of BABCPHL members during this exclusive lunch, Mr. Cairns, Lord Rowe-Beddoe and Ms. Roche also met with companies operating across various industry sectors throughout the tristate region.

The Right Honorable Alun Cairns was appointed Secretary of State for Wales on March 19, 2016. He was elected as Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan in May 2010, and re-elected in 2015.  Mr. Cairns attended the University of Wales and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  His extensive political career includes: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales and a Government Whip from July 2014 to March 2016; appointment to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Wales Office in 2014; election as MP for the Vale of Glamorgan 2010; and election as Assembly Member to the Welsh Assembly in 1999.  Before being elected to the Welsh Assembly, Mr. Cairns worked for Lloyds Bank for more than 10 years, mostly in business development, with his last role in financial services compliance.  Mr. Cairns lives in his constituency with his wife and their son.  His father was a welder in British Steel and his mother was a shop-keeper.  He enjoys running and has completed four London Marathons in aid of local charities.  He was the fastest MP to complete the 26 mile course in 2015!

It’s a good thing Mr. Cairns is a runner because as Secretary of State he is accountable for quite a lot, especially during this time of great change. The Secretary of State for Wales is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Wales Office.  Mr. Cairns’ responsibilities include: overall strategic direction; constitutional and electoral issues; economy and business; budget; infrastructure; foreign affairs; steel; Swansea City Deal/Tidal Lagoon; North Wales Growth Deal/North Wales transport modernization; broadcasting; and exiting the EU.

We find ourselves at a crossroad of major change to the geopolitical landscape. We are pleased Mr. Cairns and his team selected Philadelphia as an important stop on their trade mission itinerary.  The candid discussion and open dialogue was an outstanding opportunity to learn from an insider about what to anticipate post-Brexit.  The Secretary of State wanted to hear from regional business leaders about their questions and concerns regarding UK/US trade.

Special thanks to Ross Allen, Director, Department for International Trade, North America and Deputy Consul General in New York, Department for International Trade, British Consulate-General New York for collaborating with us on this important visit, and to Jason Gosselin, BABCPHL Secretary and Club Level Member from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP for hosting the meeting.

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2018 Global Connect Recap

Global Connect
Thursday, January 25, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
1313 Innovation Center, Hercules Plaza, Wilmington, DE
Recap

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia partnered with the Asian, Chilean, French, German, Irish, Norwegian, Israeli, Russian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce as well as Select Greater Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Delaware for a tristate area networking event. The program focused on start-ups and entrepreneurial ventures. More than 150 tech professionals and global business leaders participated. Internationally minded executives with operations in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic evening of networking, noshing and professional growth. Start-ups brought corporate promotional materials for display and to showcase their business objectives. Business cards were exchanged and new valuable global connections were made.

This international event was held in the lobby of Hercules Plaza, home to 1313 Innovation. Founder, Paul McConnell, is a BABCPHL Club Level and Board Member. A few years ago Paul saw a need to build the entrepreneurial community in Wilmington, Delaware and beyond. “There was some startup activity in the City, but we knew it could be so much more” stated Paul. By June 2014, 1313 Innovation was launched, offering more than 10,000 square feet of co-working space, networking, and educational opportunities. 1313 Innovation’s mission is to enrich Delaware’s business community by being the most groundbreaking resource for professionals and students. 1313 strives to connect business leaders, and universities to transform Wilmington into the epitome of innovation. They support the development of its members in their roles as business leaders mainly through local and national networking, strategic alliances and partnerships in education. Our group was honored to help Paul and his team meet their mission through collaboration on this global program.

Paul and his team at 1313 Innovation and McConnell Johnson Real Estate, LLC graciously hosted our group. Event sponsors also included: 1776/Benjamin’s Desk; Bartlett & Company; The Fun Department; and the University of Delaware. The event involved executives from a wide range of industry sectors, and businesses with operations in the three states and the across the world. After brief remarks from BABCPHL President Michael Pedrick, sponsor introductions, and an entertaining “Who’s Who” ice breaker game led by The Fun Department, guests networked and continued to mix and mingle long after the event officially ended.

Sincere thanks to all sponsors and partners. Click here for photos.


Direct Connection: Philadelphia to Ireland

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Our next Executive Perspective Speaker Series will feature a dynamic panel
discussion focused on the vibrant relationship between the Greater Philadelphia
Region and the Isle of Ireland.

Panel Members Include:
• Aer Lingus’ CEO, Stephen Kavanagh
• Aer Lingus’ Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Donal Moriarty
• Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia, Harold Epps
• Chief Revenue Officer, City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation, James Tyrrell

Date: Tuesday, 30th of January 2018
Time: 8.00 – 10.00 am
Location:
The Pyramid Club of Philadelphia
1735 Market Street, 52 Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tickets:
Members: $35
Non-Members: $50

Online at http://iabcn.org/event/1-30-18/ by Thursday, January 25th
Email Alanna Barry-McCloskey at abarry@iabcn.org or call/text 215-772-3101


BABC Annual Transatlantic Business Conference June 6-8, 2018

Please join British American Business Council members from around the world for the 2018 Annual Transatlantic Business Conference taking place in Birmingham, England from June 6 – 8, 2018. 

Each year, the conference brings chapter members together for a two-day program of high level business discussions and networking among senior executives from a broad cross-section of business sectors who are actively engaged in transatlantic business.  The transatlantic relationship will be of even greater importance post-Brexit.

The conference will take place at several venues across Birmingham, showcasing some of the world-class facilities the City has to offer. The two-day event will include an opening cocktail party, a gala dinner, and the conference.

This annual event is a highly sought after occasion for which many American states and British cities bid.  The event has previously been held in London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Chicago.  Birmingham hosted five years ago, and they are honored to welcome attendees in 2018.

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US Tax Reform Update with Deloitte

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US Tax Reform Update
Business Impact & Planning Considerations

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 11:45 am – 2:00 pm

  • 11:45 PM Registration, Networking & Lunch Buffet
  • 12:00 PM Formal Program

Location: Deloitte LLP, 1700 Market Street, 23rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tickets:
BABCPHL Member: $35
Non-member: $45

Lunch provided.
Bring Business Cards for Networking & a Prize Drawing!

Who should attend?
This program will benefit anyone interested in learning how US Tax Reform will impact business, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Controllers, CPAs, Business Owners, Consultants, and savvy Business Leaders like you!

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act include significant modifications to international provisions of the US Tax Code.

What should US companies know?
Participants will learn about how these provisions might impact their business and resulting tax planning considerations.

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A Royal Evening Recap

A Royal Evening – UK Business, Culture, History & Networking

On November 2, 2017, the BABCPHL partnered with Select Greater Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia for a “Royal Evening” at the Pyramid Club, 52 floors above the magnificent City skyline. The view swept guests off their feet as they arrived around 5:30 pm to network with international business professionals, and enjoy British themed food and drink. More than 50 members and friends from these three organizations filled the room for an exciting evening and discussion about UK business, culture and history.

Linda Collin, President of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia welcomed guests, and provided trade statistics on the Greater Philadelphia region and the United Kingdom.   She then introduced the speakers – Oliver Franklin, OBE, the Honorary British Consul and Austin Morris Jr., Chairman of the Friends of Independence National Historical Park.  Oliver provided a personal perspective about the value of the business relationship between the US and the UK, stating UK organizations are “your perfect business partners.” Following Oliver’s brief presentation, Austin told attendees the story of the Bicentennial Bell. The historic bell was a gift from Queen Elizabeth II who visited Philadelphia in 1976 in honor of the Bicentennial. Austin described the plans and transformation of the Park where the Bell will be housed, located at the corner of 3rd and Walnut Streets. The Bell is going to be placed in the center, surrounded by interpretive and interactive gardens. The space will also be used for outdoor classrooms. He explained the historic significance of the Bell and the symbolic relationship it represents between the US and the UK.

Immediately after speaker remarks, networking resumed. As the sun went down, the City’s lights twinkled, enhancing the glow of the evening and sparking conversation. Throughout the night guests enjoyed Beefeater gin, Scotch eggs, bangers and mash, and much more.  To top off the evening, there was a business card raffle draw. The BABCPHL provided a branded umbrella and cap, and the Pyramid Club graciously donated a dinner for two. After the drawing event partners, speakers, and guests were thanked for making the night a great success.


2017 Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) hosted our signature annual holiday luncheon in the Grand Ballroom at the Ritz Carlton. The room was abuzz with networking and merriment. We are proud to offer the international business community this opportunity to create valuable relationships and learn current information about pressing global issues related to the UK before the end of each calendar year. This year’s program featured the Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia and Her Majesty’s Consul General & Director-General of International Trade for North America, Antony Phillipson. More than 150 international executives and leading UK and regional government officials attended the event.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President opened the meeting and welcomed special guests and keynote speakers. He introduced Mayor Kenney who was eager to take the stage. Mayor Kenney spoke about UK investment in the region and the City’s commitment to UK business ties. He lauded the BABCPHL for our efforts and introduced Consul General Phillipson.

Mr. Phillipson assumed his position in mid-November, and this was his first official trip to Philadelphia. Previously he was Director for International Agreements and Trade in the Department for Exiting the European Union. Antony joined the Civil Service in 1993 and began his career in the Department of Trade and Industry where his posts included Private Secretary and then Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. After four years serving as a Counsellor (Global Issues) in the Embassy in Washington, he was the Prime Minister’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs (2004–07) and also was Head of the Iran Coordination Group in the FCO. In April 2011 he was appointed as High Commissioner to Singapore. He returned to London in April 2015 as Director (EU External) in the European and Global Issues Secretariat in the Cabinet Office. As Consul General, Antony will lead the Government’s work promoting UK economic, commercial, political and consular interests in New York and the surrounding area. As Head of International Trade in North America, Antony will lead trade and investment promotion and trade policy throughout the North American region.

Antony assumes his new position at an important time, with the total UK-US trade in goods and services worth more than $200 billion annually supporting more than a million jobs on each side of the pond. The US and UK are each other’s largest foreign direct investors and trading partners. During the BABCPHL lunch Antony addressed topics pertaining to the UK-US economy; the UK-Philadelphia and UK- Pennsylvania economic relationship; and provided a Brexit update. Antony noted the UK is the number one European market for Pennsylvania exports. There are more than 1,550 UK-owned companies that provide more than 53,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. And he explained the current climate and goals regarding Brexit, notably, the UK’s goal is to create a “partnership with the EU to reflect the kind of mature, cooperative relationship that close friends and allies enjoy.” Antony said this new relationship with the EU will be “one that will deliver prosperity and security for the people of the UK, as well as the people of the EU in the future.” Lastly, Antony recognized some of the larger British employers in Philadelphia including sponsor companies HSBC Bank and the Almac Group.

Special thanks to BABCPHL 2017 Holiday Lunch headline sponsors, without whom this program would not have been possible: HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; United Airlines; Almac Group; Deloitte LLP; and The Department for International Trade. Following a delicious lunch, George Tiger, Vice President of Global Business Development for Almac Clinical Technologies; Phil Nuttall, Senior Vice President and Wealth Sales Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region at HSBC Securities; and Linda Harding, Key Account Manager for the UK for United Airlines, spoke about their companies and connections to the UK.

It would not be a BABCPHL holiday event without some fun and good cheer. Almac Group generously sponsored a Bushmills whiskey tasting, featuring Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey; Red Bush; and ten-year old Single Malt Whiskey. Christmas crackers were popped, paper crowns were donned, and Howard Silverstone, BABCPHL Programs & Events Chairman was the Master of Ceremonies for our coveted gift giving tradition. Our program concluded with nearly 20 raffle prizes given to lucky business card draw winners from local retailers, restaurants, hotels and sports teams, including two United Airlines roundtrip Polaris Business Class tickets to/from US48, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and Europe.

Holiday time is about giving, and the BABCPHL is proud to be involved with the local community. A portion of proceeds from this annual event will be donated to the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) Work Ready Summer Program. PYN is an intermediary organization dedicated to equipping young people for academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success. The Group coordinates and supports large-scale, cross-sector initiatives while developing targeted programs to expand access to services for underserved youth.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season. We are thankful for your support and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

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New Jersey Networking Event & Dinner

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Attend our annual dinner and experience traditional British pub food and specialty beer. The evening will provide valuable networking opportunities and excellent giveaways.

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: The British Chip Shop
146 Kings Highway East
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

 

Sponsors


BABCPHL Theatre Night

Join us and Inis Nua for a very special BABCPHL theatre night to see Welsh Playwright, Alan Harris’ Love, Lies and Taxidermy. The show is a lovely coming of age romantic comedy about growing up in a small town in Wales.

BABCPHL Member Company Inis Nua produces contemporary, provocative plays from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales which reflect those cultures’ new identities in today’s world.

Tickets include a reserved seat to the play; a reception with food, wine and beer; and a discussion with the playwright following the production.

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Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m. Curtain Call & 8:30 p.m. Reception

Location: The Drake, Louis Bluver Theater
1515 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Global Connect

You are invited to a tristate area event to connect with entrepreneurs, tech professionals, and global business leaders. Join internationally minded executives with operations in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for a dynamic evening of networking, noshing and professional growth.

Start-ups are encouraged and welcome to bring corporate promotional materials to display,  and showcase business objectives.

Bring plenty of business cards and let’s connect!

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Date: Thursday January 25, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: 1313 Innovation Center, Wilmington, DE

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • American Airlines
  • Bartlett
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • Ernst & Young
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • TD Bank
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic