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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


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 Art of Swimming

THE ART OF SWIMMING, an American premiere by Lynda Radley

Presented by Tiny Dynamite as a part of our A PLAY A PIE AND A PINT series.

December 6-17

Wednesdays-Sundays 6:30pm + added dessert show Saturdays 9:30pm

At our NEW VENUE: Headhouse Cafe, 122 Lombard St, Philadelphia

$20 includes the show, a slice of pizza, and a beer (or soda).

New this season! Reserved seating for full tables of 4 or 6–limited availability!

A single actor takes us on an imaginative adventure to rediscover the story of Mercedes Gleitze, one of the great athlete-celebrities of her time. In 1927, after 26-year-old Gleitze successfully swims the 20-mile crossing of the frigid English Channel, an even greater challenge emerges. Detractors—skeptical of women’s athleticism—claim her achievement is a hoax, setting Gleitze on a course that would forever change both her life and the perceptions of women in sports. Told with inventive props, enchanting surprises, and accompanied by live music, The Art of Swimming will inspire anyone who has ever tested the motto, “Nothing great is easy.” 

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Transatlantic Growth (TAG) Awards

With offices in both London and New York, BritishAmerican Business (BAB) is the leading transatlantic business organisation dedicated to helping companies build their business on both sides of the Atlantic. Our membership brings together the world’s leading multinational and middle market companies across all sectors and geographies.

Who are TAG Awards for?
SMEs who are growing their Transatlantic business

Why enter?
Winners will receive
• recognition for their achievements
• credibility through a rigorous judging process
• brand exposure to the Transatlantic business community
• a package of carefully curated business incentives to offer practical support and encouragement in their progress

The Awards are simple to enter and you can enter in multiple categories
Enter at https://www.babtagawards.com/awards
Shortlist announced early February 2018
Awards ceremony Grange St Paul’s, London on 15 March 2018
For more details contact Anna or Dominic at adoherty@babinc.org or dparker@babinc.org
or visit https://www.babtagawards.com


The Future of Business Immigration


The Future of Business Immigration

with Jonathan Grode, Esq., U.S. Practice Director
Green and Spiegel LLC, Immigration Law Firm
and Ralf D. Wiedemann, Esq., Of Counsel to
Green and Spiegel LLC and German Honorary Consul

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With the new administration’s policy changes to visa qualifications, there is also the potential for significant changes to business immigration.

This program led by Jonathan Grode, Esq., U.S. Practice Director for Green and Spiegel LLC and Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, will cover in detail the potential changes and how they will affect businesses that employ foreign nationals. Honorary Consul of Germany Ralf D. Wiedemann, Esq. will also speak about U.S. immigration considerations particular to European companies.

Hosted by:
The German American Chamber of Commerce & Green and Spiegel

Location:
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
200 South Broad Street #700, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Time:
Friday, October 27th, 2017
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 Target Audience:
Employers of International Workers
Human Resources Professionals
International Business Owners, CEO’s, COO’s
Foreign Nationals Employed in the U.S. or Seeking Employment in the U.S.

 Registration Fee:
Members: $45
Non-Members: $65

 Lunch is included with admission

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Brexit & the New Geopolitical Order – Moving Forward, Charting the Economic Relationship Between the UK, EU and the US

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the BABCPHL hosted a Brexit update seminar. Attendees included members of the British, German, Italian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce, the World Trade Center of Delaware, and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce. The event was sponsored by BABCPHL Club Level member, McConnell Johnson Real Estate. Networking and the panel discussion took place in the Atrium at the iconic Wilmington landmark building – Hercules Plaza.

Emanuel Adam, Director of Policy & Trade, BritishAmerican Business, who is based in the London office, joined the BABCPHL in Wilmington to moderate the Brexit discussion. Emanuel develops and executes the BritishAmerican Business’ policy advocacy and trade and investment portfolio for British American Business Council (BABC) chapters throughout the world, representing 2000 member companies in the US and the UK. His current key engagements include Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU and, in this context, the future trade and investment relationship between the UK and the US. He regularly publishes articles, and represents the network and its members in the media. Emanuel was the perfect moderator to lead the more than 50 global professionals who participated in the BABCPHL Brexit seminar through this timely discussion. He commented about the historic relationship between the UK and the US. The countries are each other’s strongest allies, and both the UK and the US are champions of free trade. Emanuel mentioned the UK is committed to addressing global challenges and its willingness to build on the foundations established within a successful EU. He spoke on behalf of the BABC network, and said we will continue to advocate for an outcome that best serves the UK, US, and the EU economies, its citizens, and our businesses, many which operate daily across borders. As companies continue to assess the impact of Brexit to the UK’s attractiveness as a destination for business and investment, it is crucial that parties continue to engage in a constructive and on-going dialogue with the business community, and deliver the best possible Brexit outcome available.

After providing a brief summary of the topic, Emanuel introduced the first speaker – Freya Jackson, Counsellor and Head of the Global and Economic Policy Group at the British Embassy. Freya joined the Embassy team in July 2016. She leads the Embassy’s teams covering a wide range of issues including trade, investment and economic policy, environment and energy, transport and science, research and innovation. Prior to this role, Freya led the Foreign Policy Team in the National Security Secretariat of the UK’s Cabinet Office (NSC equivalent). Before that, she was the Senior Foreign Policy Adviser during the UK’s Presidency of the G8 in 2012. From 2007 to 2011, Freya led the Climate Change and Global Economy negotiating team in the UK’s Mission to the United Nations in New York. Prior to that, Freya worked as the Head of Nuclear & Missile Defense Team for the Security Policy Department, and at various assignments with the FCO across the globe including Buenos Aires, Casablanca, and Mumbai.

Freya spoke about how Brexit came to be, and what potential scenarios lay ahead with respect to negotiated trade deals and the “new world order” the Brexit will create. She commented on Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech in Florence, delivered on September 22, 2017, and explained the UK will seek to establish a transition period of implementation after Brexit. This period will minimize disruption to business during an agreed upon time frame, therefore avoiding a “cliff-edge” scenario. This arrangement will be crucial to our community, and includes major American investors and leading British firms. Freya talked about how we ended up where we are now; touched upon Article 50 being triggered; and mentioned that four rounds of negotiations with the EU have already been completed. Currently the UK is determining how they are going carry out the Brexit. “A few things are clear – the UK plans to: (1) take care of their citizens; (2) protect the Belfast Agreement; (3) protect the rights of EU citizens; and (4) budget – the UK is expected to pay their way.” Freya carefully explained there are two sides of the equation – the economic side and the societal side. Regulatory standards are high, and custom built dispute regulations will need to be established. From a security standpoint, the UK doesn’t want anything to change; the UK would like to continue to support freedom of movement, and access to global markets.

Andrea Montanino, the C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Growth and Finance, and the Director of Global Business & Economics Program at the Atlantic Council focused on the transition from multilateral to bilateral trade agreements; geopolitical issues; and what all of this will mean for labor and trade. Andrea leads the Council’s work on global trade, growth, and finance. He formerly acted as executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), representing the governments of Italy, Albania, Greece, Malta, Portugal, and San Marino. Before joining the IMF, he was a career officer in the Italian Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2012. As director general at the Treasury Department, he worked extensively to alleviate the impact of the great recession on the business sector, drafting and implementing a number of laws. He also spent four years (2001-2005) at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs. During those years, he worked on the reform of the EU budgetary rules and was responsible for the long-term sustainability analysis of European countries.

Andrea’s expertise perfectly positioned him to explain how looking at what happened with Greece and the “Grexit” is an important example of how to proceed. The world should take away four lessons learned from the Greece experience: (1) Brexit is a very complicated matter and leaders need to be creative and imaginative to solve the problem; (2) due to the complex nature of the situation, sufficient time is required for a positive outcome; (3) both sides need trust and confidence in the other party; and (4) strong political leadership is key.

After Andrea’s comments about the best case scenario of how to proceed with Brexit, Howard Kass, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for American Airlines, who oversees American’s regulatory compliance, policy development, corporate security and international affairs and works closely with regulatory authorities in Washington, D.C., and around the world, spoke about how Brexit will impact business, specifically the aviation sector. Howard joined US Airways in 2003 as a director and associate general counsel and most recently was vice president, legal and government affairs for the Airline. Before joining US Airways, Howard worked for the Transportation Security Administration, where he held deputy director and director positions. Prior to the TSA, he was a senior associate with the management consulting firm Booz, Allen, Hamilton in McLean, Virginia. He was also a consultant with GKMG Consulting Services where he advised airport and transportation industry clients on Department of Transportation and FAA regulations. During Howard’s presentation he explained how the aviation industry will be affected by Brexit.

Howard focused his discussion on what needs to happen for a smooth transition to ensure minimal disruption to supply chains, transport of people and goods, and global regulations. He explained the interesting challenges Brexit poses, especially for the airline industry, in which travel plans are made at least one year in advance. Aviation is extremely engaged in Brexit discussions. Separate agreements between the UK and US and the UK and the EU will need to be negotiated to ensure people and goods can continue to fly across borders. Brexit poses both political and philosophical challenges.

Currently there is still a great deal of uncertainty. Brexit is unchartered territory, and the UK exit from the EU is forcing the world to rethink future global relationships. Europe will be redefined, and leaders will need to focus on the important relationships between trade groups and companies of all sizes, including a special focus on small and medium sized enterprises. Despite the current ambiguity of the situation, attendees were actively engaged in the seminar, and asked a series of questions after the panelists’ presentations. As Brexit continues to evolve, it is clear that creativity, time, trust, and strong leadership are the way forward.

The BABCPHL extends special thanks to event sponsors without whom this program would not have been possible: 1313 Innovation, American Airlines, Atlantic Council, and McConnell Johnson Real Estate.

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A Musical Adventure in the British Isles

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We pulled some strings and are honored to offer you an exclusive evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

This very special BABCPHL program will include:

  • A behind the scenes tour of the Kimmel Center;
  • A meet and greet with musicians; and
  • Reserved VIP seating to enjoy a British Isles themed concert featuring composers: Maxwell Davies, Max Bruch, and Felix Mendelssohn.

Pre-registration is required and tickets are limited. Once our block of seats is sold-out registration will close.

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm Tour
6:30 pm Musician meet & greet
7:30 pm Concert

Location: The Green Room located in the Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Member Tickets:
Two for $100
One for $55

Non-members Tickets:
Two for $150
One for $80

OTHER PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA OFFERINGS

British America Business Council members are entitled to 10-30% special tickets savings at Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, with promocode BABC. The promo-code is active for most performances in the 2017-18 season.
Don’t miss these highlights that specifically offer the works of a British composer or a visiting guest artist.

The Glorious Sound of Christmas

December 14-16 7 PM
December 18 2 PM

Back by popular demand, guest conductor Bramwell Tovey leads the Orchestra in an evening filled with Christmas cheer.

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The British Isles Week 1: Handel and Britten

January 11 7:30 PM
January 12 8 PM
January 13 8 PM

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a program featuring composers Handel and Britten.

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The British Isles Week 2: Bruch and Mendelssohn

January 18 7:30 PM
January 19 2 PM
January 20 8 PM

The British Isles Festival continues with a program featuring composers Maxwell Davies, Bruch, and Mendelssohn.

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The British Isles Week 3: Haydn and Beethoven

January 24-25 7:30 PM
January 26 2 PM

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Celebrate the completion of the British Isles Festival with Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 (“London”).

Beautiful Baroque

May 4-5 8 PM

Period ensemble expert Nicholas McGegan returns for an intimate performance of Italian-style Baroque and neo-classical music.

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For more information about having an event with the Philadelphia Orchestra, contact us. Hyper link to groupsales@philorch.org.

If your company is not part of The Philadelphia Orchestra Corporate Ticket Program and you would like more information visit www.philorch.org/corptix or contact us.


September 13- Premiership Rugby Happy Hour

Join us for a Networking Happy Hour to celebrate the upcoming Premiership Rugby American Series match coming to Philadelphia!

When: September 13, 2017
Time: 6:15 pm- 8:15 PM
Where: Pyramid Club – inside BNY Mellon Center
1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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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