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Uber & Out – What Happens After Start Up?

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted the sixth annual panel discussion and networking event: Uber and Out – What Happens After Start Up? Young professional entrepreneurs are the driving force behind current economic development in our region and around the world.  The creative and information technology sectors are two of the fastest growing industries.  This discussion focused on our region’s entrepreneurial-friendly environment, and how Philadelphia compares to other Smart Cities.  Panelists addressed the Internet of Things and how this topic is shaping not only regional development, but the trajectory of the global economy.  Creative and information technology sectors, innovation, Smart Cities, young professional entrepreneurs, Brexit, and cybersecurity were all part of the discussion.  Jason Gosselin, Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, moderated the session and led the panelists through their talk.  It was a free-flowing, dynamic discussion with questions from the audience peppered throughout.

Dimitris Horiatis, Vice-Consul, ICT & Creative Media, Department for International Trade, set the stage. He discussed the creative sector, the largest sector in the UK after financial services.  The UK is setting trends in music, art, and advertising.  The largest global brands are concentrated in London.  The UK spends a higher proportion of its GDP on advertising than other major markets, and leads Europe in digital advertising. Its £8.6bn digital advertising market is bigger than the French and German markets combined and only second to China’s in terms of its share in proportion to the overall advertising market.  Technology is creating new developments in the creative sector.  The crossover generated by VR / AR technology and creative approaches to traditional industries and enterprise is a key UK opportunity.  UK software and tools businesses are creating new platforms for content development.  While hardware manufacture is unlikely to form a key part of the UK VR industry, UK companies are able to deliver software tools and peripherals to support VR content production and experience.  US companies looking to expand internationally choose to look toward the UK first for automotive, consumer goods, multiculturalism, and a large talent pool.  The UK is interested in negotiating a favorable trade deal with the EU – this will create and grow the international talent pool.  Philadelphia is a key market for the UK due to geography/accessibility.  The Greater Philadelphia region boasts a burgeoning tech sector and artistic community, making it a great partner for UK businesses.

Ellen Hwang, Program Manager for Innovation Management, City of Philadelphia and Archna Sahay, Director of Entrepreneurial Investment, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia explained the “Smart City” initiative and how the region compares to other areas. They discussed the important economic development impact of start-ups, and the entrepreneurial community, and civic tech organizations in Philadelphia.  Archna highlighted the StartupPHL program – a platform supporting entrepreneurs in the City – and what commerce is doing to enhance this initiative.  Philadelphia is at the forefront and can provide leadership outside of the City.

Jay Jumper, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP spoke about emerging companies and venture capital markets. He provided data and other findings from 2016 and talked about the economic outlook for 2017.  Jay’s discussion touched upon market performance, trends and expectations, and the “hot” sectors.  Where and what are the trends for entrepreneurs to seek capital and grow their business?  What does “working smarter” mean and how are emerging companies embracing these trends?  For example, Jay highlighted shared workspace, networking and meet-up groups, online resources and tools.  Jay discussed what’s unique about Philly and the local start-up environment.

Sophie Ding, Senior, Advisory Services – Cybersecurity, Ernst and Young LLP highlighted the key trends in the global cybersecurity market. She talked about Brexit and cybersecurity and what BABC members need to know.  Disruptive technology, like that of Uber for example, creates new risks for businesses and individuals.  Sophie also touched upon her Firm’s entrepreneurial environment, innovation and thought leadership in emerging technologies.

Shari Shapiro, Senior Manager for Public Affairs for Pennsylvania and Delaware at Uber, talked about the City’s adoption of Uber, drivers and riders. She provided interesting international visitor stats for the Greater Philadelphia region.  Uber had riders from 76 different countries last month, and many more during the DNC and other major events.  Shari explained how Uber has met with success and grown through partnerships with local institutions.  She explained how there have been challenges and hurdles in the regulatory environment both at the State and City levels.  Uber and companies like Uber are imploring the City to translate “Philadelphia is open for business” into practice.

While each presenter covered a different topic, a consistency across the board was the importance of education – developing a pipeline of STEM students and ensuring diversity and minority participation. Mentoring future professionals and grooming the up and coming working pool of potential employees will provide a competitive advantage for businesses and our region.

Conversation and questions from the audience could have gone on well into the evening. Jason thanked partnering organizations: Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) and Select Greater Philadelphia.  PSL began in September of 2007 as a handful of entrepreneurs meeting in the back of a neighborhood bar to trade war stories – fast forward and PSL years later has thousands of members.  PSL is a volunteer, grassroots organization of startup entrepreneurs dedicated to helping each other on their entrepreneurial journeys.  PSL provides emotional and practical support to mentor and coach new entrepreneurs.  The group collaborates and connects with other people and organizations who are not themselves entrepreneurial.  Select Greater Philadelphia is the region’s business attraction organization for the 11 counties within the Greater Philadelphia Region.  Select provides comprehensive regional data to help companies, site selectors, economic development teams, real estate professionals and others make informed decisions when relocating to and expanding across the Greater Philadelphia marketplace.  Jason asked Jane Rosenberg, BABC Executive Director to pull the winning business card for four tickets to a Philadelphia Union home game this season.  Lastly, he thanked BABC Marketing & Communications Chairman and long-time board member Ian Cross, proprietor of the Trestle Inn for hosting us.  Jason encouraged attendees to join us for our next program – International Soccer Night at Talen Energy Stadium to watch Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, May 17 from 6-9:30 pm.

Attendees networked long after the formal part of the program ended. Everyone enjoyed their signature whiskey sours, while developing new and enhancing old business ties. http://www.thetrestleinn.com/

Special thanks to Philly Startup Leaders and Select Greater Philadelphia for partnering with us.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Philadelphia Business Journal Article


2016 President’s Letter

 

Dear BABC Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! As they say in my trade, I hope 2016 is off to a flying start!  I am honored to communicate with you early this calendar year, and introduce myself as the new BABC Chairman.  I have big shoes to fill as I take over from Howard Silverstone who recently concluded his second stint as President.  Join me in thanking Howard for his incredible dedication in serving the BABC not only as President on two separate occasions, but as an active Board Member involved in various Vice Presidency and Committee roles ensuring we continue to meet our mission and success in all that we do.  There is no other more dedicated individual than Howard.  His creativity, wit and good humor enabled us to achieve our goals and keep our members engaged.  Fortunately for us, Howard will continue to work with the BABC and serve as Programs & Events Chairman.

2016 is an exciting year for the BABC and the region. The new calendar year beckons various BABC initiatives including two days of volunteer service projects with the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.;  a meeting with David O’Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States to discuss the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership – the world’s largest free trade agreement; the BABC’s 5th annual young professionals group panel discussion – Immigration & Integration, Who Does it Better, the EU or the US?; and the BABC’s 25th anniversary celebration taking place in the American Airlines hangar at Philadelphia International Airport, highlighting the region as a hub for international business exchange.

I hope you will take the time to participate in these activities and to help us spread the word about the BABC. Please visit our website and follow us on social media for constant updates and to register for upcoming programs.

Thank you,

Rhett Signature

 

Rhett D. Workman

President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


A World Class Region – British Business, Arts & Culture – Thursday, December 10, 2015

 On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the British American Business Council (BABC) of Greater Philadelphia hosted the 2015 Annual Holiday Luncheon: A World Class Region – British Business, Arts & Culture featuring the Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia and Derick Dreher, Ph.D. John C. Haas Director, The Rosenbach.  Approximately 175 people gathered for the BABC’s signature event in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia.  Danny Lopez, HM Consul General & Director General, Trade & Investment USA joined the event to hand deliver and present Mayor Nutter with a special recognition letter from the UK government for his remarkable partnership in building UK/Philadelphia business ties during his two term tenure.  Danny called on all attendees to stand and give Mayor Nutter the proper recognition as he made his way to the podium.  The entire room was on their feet, donning colorful paper Christmas crowns and cheering the BABC’s special guest.

When our star studded Mayor took the stage he spoke at length about international business ties between the UK and Philadelphia; the Philadelphia/London trade mission; and emotionally reflected about his eight years in office. His remarks were informative, engaging and touching.  As a result of the work that Mayor Nutter and his administration have completed, Philadelphia has been recognized as one of the greatest international City’s in the world.  Historic, recent and upcoming activities will undoubtedly continue to buoy Philadelphia’s reputation as a leading player in global politics, economics and social issues.

Derick spoke about our creative connections to the UK, specifically Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript, for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which was flown in from London and temporarily part of a special current exhibition.  In keeping with our holiday lunch theme, in honor of Alice’s 150th anniversary and the BABC’s 25th anniversary we were granted special permission by Penguin Random House London to reprint a special anniversary limited edition of the book.  One copy was gifted to each attendee and Mayor Nutter, Derick and Danny received hard copy, leather bound, embossed books.  This exclusive holiday gift was made possible by the generous sponsorship of BABC Club Level member Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP.

The BABC holiday program also included remarks from headline sponsors: Rhett Workman, Managing Director, Government & Airport Affairs, American Airlines who introduced Derick Dreher, and discussed the Airlines’ connection to The Rosenbach and the Alice manuscript; Nick Lotz, Senior Vice President, Large Corporates, HSBC Bank USA, N.A. who talked about the milestone year for the BABC, the Bank and the theme of the luncheon – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and Michael Pedrick, Partner, Business & Finance, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, introduced Danny Lopez, and thanked the Consul for support and partnership.  BABC President, Howard Silverstone was the Master of Ceremonies.  He kept attendees on their toes by spicing up the entire program with his clever humor.  Howard candidly discussed his sadness as his second stint as BABC President was coming to an end at the end of the month.  Howard has been actively involved in the BABC Board of Directors for approximately two decades.  As a Brit, who has made the region his home, he has always enjoyed dedicating time to the BABC and is deeply committed to the Organization.  Howard promised he was leaving members in good hands with the announcement of his successor, Rhett Workman who will assume the role on January 1, 2016.

The program concluded with more than two dozen raffle prizes given to lucky business card draw winners from local retailers, restaurants, hotels and sports teams, including of a pair of round trip Aadvantage miles for a pair of round trip, Business Class tickets on American Airlines’ non-stop service from Philadelphia International Airport to London, England.

Special thanks to our lead sponsors HSBC Bank USA N.A. and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP; the exclusive airline sponsor American Airlines; premium sponsors PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and UK Trade & Investment; and to all of our corporate table supporters for their generous support.

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Upcoming Events – Save the Date & Register Today!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

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Third Annual New Jersey Networking Event

Join the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia for the Third Annual New Jersey Networking Event. Traditional British pub food and specialty beer will be provided at The British Chip Shop in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

The British Chip Shop celebrates the culinary traditions of the British Isles, serving authentic fish and chips, soups, stews, healthy salads, pastries, and seasonal favourites.

6:00 pm-8:00 pm
The British Chip Shop
Haddonfield, NJ

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Registration Link Available Soon

Winter 2014 “International Business Networking Reception” featuring the Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell

For the fourth consecutive year, the members of the international business community have joined forces to host a business networking reception with the Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell. Join hundreds of your business peers for this very special networking event.

5:00 pm-7:00 pm
TBD
Wilmington, DE

Any questions please contact Jane Rosenberg at babc@greaterphilachamber.com or 215-790-3686


20th Anniversary Holiday Luncheon

On Wednesday, December 14, 2011, the British American Business Council (BABC) of Greater Philadelphia hosted the 20th Anniversary Holiday Luncheon. Over 225 people gathered for the BABC’s milestone event in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia to celebrate twenty years of business prosperity, success and visibility on both sides of the Atlantic. This special event featured three remarkable speakers: Danny Lopez, Her Majesty’s Consul General and Director General Trade & Investment USA; Chrissie Wellington, Quadruple Ironman World Champion and current World Record Holder for the fastest time for all Ironman-distance races; and The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia. The festive lunch was complete with the breaking of Christmas “crackers” and the raffling off of over 25 exciting prizes contributed to the BABC from local retailers, restaurants, hotels and spas. The raffle prizes went to the winners of the UK/US pop culture table trivia questions; the person who correctly Tweeted the answer to an online BABC social media challenge; and to the business card draw winners for two roundtrip Club World British Airways airline tickets Philadelphia/London, generously donated by British Airways – exclusive airline sponsor of the program, and a Cannondale Velo. City. Quick 5 bike, donated by Keswick Cycle.

All attendees greatly enjoyed Chrissie’s inspirational presentation, Danny’s remarks about the important UK/US relationship and London 2012, and the Mayor’s overall discussion about Philadelphia as an international destination for trade and commerce. The lively afternoon of networking, merriment, holiday fare and UK US Trivia raffle game was without a doubt, the party of the season!

Lead sponsors of the 20th Anniversary Holiday Luncheon were: British Airways, HSBC Bank USA, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Philadelphia Triathlon LLC, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

The BABC 20th Anniversary Holiday Luncheon was covered by the press. To read the article that appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, please click here: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20111215_Business_strategies__Cross-pollination_with_the_British.html

To read the article published by the British Consulate-General: New York, please click here: http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/news/?view=News&id=708514382

TO VIEW PICTURES FROM THIS EVENT, CLICK HERE


Message from the President

July 2011

Dear BABC Members and Friends,

I have served as President of the BABC of Greater Philadelphia for the last four years. During that time it has been a pleasure to work with you in support of our mission – promoting increased trade and investment between the UK and Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Today the UK is Pennsylvania’s fifth largest export market, with a 50% increase during the past year alone. The BABC itself has seen substantial membership growth, increased programming and strengthened financial stability. All of these have caused us to be a frequent example highlighted by the global organization of what a successful BABC chapter should strive to be.

It is my firm belief, however, that all organizations must continue to evolve and grow in order to be successful. An essential part of that evolution is a regular change in leadership. It is with that in mind, that I humbly write to let you know that I have decided to “retire” as President of the BABC. As with each President before me, I leave the organization in a stronger position than when I entered, and leave it in more capable hands. With such a wonderful board of directors, we had a wealth of capable leaders in our midst, and I am both honored and pleased to “pass the torch” to my friend and colleague Hope Krebs, Co-chair of the law firm Duane Morris’ International Practice Group.

Duane Morris has been a BABC member for approximately ten years, and Hope has actively represented Duane Morris as a BABC Board Member and Vice President of Membership since 2005. Serving as BABC Membership Chair, Hope has helped us build our membership base across all levels and industries. So I leave you not only in capable hands, but enthusiastic ones as well. Hope has great ideas about programming, how to stay connected with current members, and how to attract newcomers. She will provide the spark for our ongoing evolution and continued success.

As I reflect on the BABC, our success and strength is truly remarkable. Even amid unstable economic times, the BABC has always maintained a strong membership and has continued to provide valuable programs and networking events. Testament to you and our leadership, we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year.

Despite my “retirement,” I will continue to play an active role on the BABC’s Board of Directors, and look forward to seeing you at upcoming events and programs. This is not a goodbye, but rather a thank you for entrusting me with the leadership of this phenomenal organization, and for all of your support during the past years. Please join me in welcoming our new BABC President – Hope Krebs.
Sincerely,

Neil Boyden Tanner,
President, BABC of Greater Philadelphia

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The BABCGP 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