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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.

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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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Fashion Forward – Executive Fundraiser, Whiskey Tasting & Networking Event – Wednesday, November 4, 2015

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia hosted an international fashion event at the world renowned, iconic clothier, Boyds Philadelphia. Attendees spent an unforgettable evening in the magnificent, five story building raising money for an important local charity. Guests enhanced valuable business connections while shopping for global designer apparel, shoes and bags, and enjoyed a whiskey tasting sponsored by Edrington Group and food by the Victoria Freehouse. Everyone received a special shopping discount, and 100% of Chamber net ticket sales revenue and 5% of Boyds’ total retail sales from the evening were donated to The Ronald McDonald House. The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Our event donation went toward supporting families traveling from outside of the United States for treatment. We are proud to report a donation amount of more than $2,500.

Howard Silverstone, BABC President welcomed guests and introduced Lawrence Jacobson, Director of Leadership Giving, Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Lawrence presented a short story of the first House That Love Built in Philadelphia, and discussed why the House is uniquely suited to serve families.  Currently, more than 2,000 families are served annually, and there are plans to expand during the next few years.  Lawrence explained how the House is funded and discussed ways people can help from volunteering to cook meals to hosting, listening, nurturing, or by simply being there and helping out in any way they can.

After Lawrence talked about the House and how it serves children and their families who need support while fighting life threatening illness at area hospitals, Alex Gushner, the fourth generation family member to be involved in managing Boyds Philadelphia spoke on behalf of the business. Alex provided a brief history of Boyds’ 75 years of operation and the family’s commitment to serving and supporting the local community.

Boyds, the newest BABC Club Level member company, is regarded as one of the world’s greatest clothing stores. The Store is recognized for providing customers with exclusive merchandise, and offering one of the country’s largest selections of fine men’s and women’s designer fashions.  Alex concluded the speaking portion of the evening by thanking everyone for attending and encouraging attendees to shop to support a great cause – The Ronald McDonald House.

As guests departed each person was presented with a Boyds gift bag with goodies from the evening.

Special thanks to Boyds Philadelphia for providing the venue; the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce for partnering with us on this program and for providing the wine; Edrington Group for hosting the whiskey tasting; and Peroni for donating the beer.

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Global Mobility – How To Ensure A Win-Win for Employer and Employee – Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia presented a global mobility seminar at Duane Morris’ Philadelphia office. Attendees represented a diverse cross section of executives operating across various industry sectors. Duane Morris graciously hosted the breakfast meeting and Jonathan Segal, a Partner with the Firm in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, and the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute (DMi), seamlessly led presenters through a discussion about the tax, healthcare benefits, and legal aspects of moving employees outside of their home offices.

Tim Lung, Partner in KPMG’s Global Mobility Services practice group provided a tax overview of US taxation, specifically for outbound expats and inbound inpats. He talked about different levels of tax and various tax developments. Tim also discussed global mobility trends, policies, types of assignments, and the integration with talent management strategies. Lastly, Tim directed people to KPMG’s Global Assignments Policies and Practices survey distributed during the event.

Jeffrey Walsh, a Senior New Business Manager in the Eastern Region for Cigna Global Health Benefits focused his presentation on trends in the healthcare space. Healthcare reform is top of mind for many US and Global HR directors, and Jeff explained how this reform has affected expatriates and business travelers. He also addressed the rise of corporate short term assignees and business travelers, and the increasing need for employers to cover them. Jeff provided insight about what businesses are doing with respect to their approaches to benefit offerings (centralization vs. regional approach) in terms offering benefits to their expatriates and business travelers. He also touched on compliance issues, US healthcare, and Obama Care.

Elena Cooper, Partner from Duane Morris London flew in for the seminar. Elena and Johnathan volleyed back and forth about the legal differences between UK and US employment law. Elena provided attendees with clear examples of how laws vary between the US and the UK. Both countries may speak the same language but the words used to describe or to refer to different scenarios, time frames, and levels of representation can be dramatically different. Their discussion included various legal differences between the US and the UK, which law applies, is there a double application, etc.

Each panelist could have spoken at much greater length about their area of expertise. Unfortunately the three main topics addressed during the seminar were limited due to the brief time frame of the program. CLE and CPE credits were offered. Speakers answered questions throughout the program and remained long after to speak individually with attendees.

Special thanks to sponsors: Cigna, Duane Morris LLP and KPMG LLP.

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5th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception – July 29, 2015

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia collaborated with the Asian, Brazilian, Chilean, Eurasian, French, German, Hispanic, Irish, Israeli, Italian, Japanese, and Norwegian American Chambers of Commerce and the Consular Corps of Greater Philadelphia for a business networking reception with Philadelphia’s Democratic Mayoral Nominee, Jim Kenney. For the fifth consecutive year, members of the international business community gathered to celebrate Philadelphia’s status as a top US destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade.

More than 300 professionals representing the international business community, including Consular Corp members, and local and foreign Government Officials attended this special event. Hundreds of executives networked and reaffirmed Philadelphia’s economic, political, and commercial impact as an influential global city.

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European Union Ambassador to the US Visits Philadelphia

On Thursday, July 14, 2015 David O’Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States of America spent the day in Philadelphia for an official visit. Ambassador O’Sullivan met with state and local government officials, conducted various press interviews, and attended an exclusive luncheon in his honor with British American Business Council (BABC) and Irish American Business Chamber & Network (IABCN) board members at CBS Broadcast Center.

Ambassador O’Sullivan’s arrival in Philadelphia could not have been more perfectly timed. The Greek debt crises and the Iran nuclear deal occurring concurrent to this scheduled meeting leant itself to a highly dynamic discussion about economic and political developments within the European Union. Ambassador O’Sullivan spoke to these global matters as well as the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) – the world’s largest free trade agreement. This game-changing pact could establish new global trading rules and standards that could help both sides of the Atlantic maintain dominance in an increasingly competitive world economy. Attendees had the unique opportunity to actively engage in valuable dialogue with Ambassador O’Sullivan. According to the Ambassador:

TTIP is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to update the rules that govern transatlantic trade and investment. Although the EU and the US remain the most important economic corridor in the world, a new deal is needed to unleash the full potential of our economic relationship and remain competitive in a rapidly changing global economy. This means getting rid of tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade, cutting costly duplication by better aligning our regulatory apparatuses, and making it easier to invest in each other’s economies. This is good for businesses and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic and will bring new export and job prospects to Pennsylvania.

TTIP negotiations, formally launched in July 2013, and tenth rounds began in Brussels on July 13, 2015. For more about TTIP negotiations, visit www.euintheus.org.

The EU is represented in the US by the Washington, DC Delegation of the European Union, which works in close coordination with the Embassies and Consulates of the 28 EU Member States. The delegation is a full-fledged diplomatic mission, representing the European Union in dealings with the US government in areas that are part of the EU’s remit. They promote EU policies in the US, which includes presenting and explaining EU actions to the US Administration and Congress. By engaging with political actors, the media, academia, business, and civil society, they raise awareness of EU issues and concerns, and promote the importance of the EU-US relationship among the American public. They also analyze and report on the political, social, and economic situation in the US to EU headquarters in Brussels.

Ambassador David O’Sullivan assumed his current position as EU Ambassador to the United States in November 2014. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of the European Union’s External Action Service (2011-14); as Director General for Trade (2005-10); and as Secretary General of the European Commission (2000-10). He began his diplomatic career in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and has also served at the EU Delegation to Japan. He is an Irish citizen, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, and is married with two children.

The BABC was honored to collaborate with the EU office and the IABCN to welcome Ambassador O’Sullivan to Philadelphia for his first official visit.

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2015 BIO International Convention – 10th Annual BIO Reception & Dinner

The BABC was honored to collaborate with UK Trade & Investment and AstraZeneca on the by invitation only 10th Annual BIO Reception & Dinner at The National Constitution Center on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  More than 150 executives from both sides of the Atlantic participated in this exclusive program welcoming the UK delegation to the City for this annual conference.  The BIO International Convention is the world’s largest and most prestigious biotechnology event, drawing industry leaders from more than 62 countries.  Most international attendees visit as part of an international delegation; an official group of ten or more attendees from a country other than the US, organized on a national level.  Participants from the UK represented one of the largest international delegations.

Martin Cook, Director of UK Trade & Investment, USA welcomed guests and thanked the BABC for our participation.  Martin is responsible for UKTI in the United States, where he oversees 130 professionals and nine offices throughout the country – San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, DC.  The US represents the largest source of inward Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) for the UK.  UKTI is a UK government department which plays an integral role in generating economic growth in the UK by helping to expand bilateral trade and investment between the UK and US, as well as other countries throughout the world.  UKTI is present in approximately 100 overseas markets and has 2,500 staff globally.  Martin spoke briefly about UKTI and his role before thanking AstraZeneca and introducing Paul Hudson, US President and EVP North America, AstraZeneca.

Paul is responsible for leading AstraZeneca’s commercial operations in North America and represents the region as a member of the Senior Executive Team.  In this capacity he is accountable for driving growth and maximizing contribution of North America to AstraZeneca’s global business.  Prior to his role in North America, Paul served as Representative Director and President of AstraZeneca K. K., the Japanese subsidiary of AstraZeneca PLC. He has served as a Standing Board Member of JPMA (Japan Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Association) and EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) in Japan.  Previously Paul was President of AstraZeneca’s business in Spain. He joined AstraZeneca in 2006 as Vice President and Primary Care Director, UK.  Paul received a degree in Economics from Manchester Metropolitan University and a DipM from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Marketing.  So as not to detract from networking Paul briefly thanked attendees for joining him and his team for their 10th annual Bio Convention dinner, and turned the microphone over to special guest speaker Doctor John Watson, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, UK Department of Health.

Professor John Watson MB BS, MSc, FRCP, FFPH is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Department of Health, UK.  He is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Visiting Professor in the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences at University College London.  He qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, London, in 1979 and subsequently trained in clinical respiratory medicine and infectious disease epidemiology.  Between 1989 and 2003 he worked at Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency) focusing on the surveillance, prevention and control of tuberculosis and acute respiratory infections (particularly influenza, legionnaires disease and SARS) at the local, national and international level.  He led the Health Protection Agency’s public health response to pandemic influenza in 2009 and to the novel coronavirus in 2012.

Guests thoroughly enjoyed celebrating innovation in life sciences, networking, listening to the speakers, and eating a delicious meal in the world renowned National Constitution Center in the heart of historic Philadelphia.  People remained at the event long after dinner concluded.

The Bio2015 Convention opened on Monday, June 15th and concluded on Thursday, June 18th.

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Embassy Series – Spotlight on United Kingdom: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia collaborated with the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia and the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia on the 2015 Embassy Series — Spotlight on the United Kingdom.  It was the perfect evening on the 55th floor at Top of the Tower. The panoramic views of the City were outstanding.  Approximately 35 people gathered for an informative discussion about export and investment opportunities with the UK.  Danny Lopez, HM Consul General & Director General, Trade & Investment USA for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) was the featured keynote speaker.

Danny was appointed British Consul General, New York and Director General for UK Trade & Investment USA in July 2011.  He is responsible for promoting the UK’s economic profile, foreign policy and national security priorities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut’s Fairfield County.  The Consul General is the senior UK official in a Consulate General, which is a subordinate office to the Embassy or High Commission, usually located in another major city.  The Consul General represents the UK government and is typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.  The Director General for UK Trade & Investment USA sits on the Board of UK Trade & Investment, the foreign commercial arm of the UK government, and leads its operations across the USA.

UKTI works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports. They encourage and support overseas companies to look at the UK as the best place to set up or expand their business. UKTI has professional advisers around the UK and staff across more than 100 countries with headquarters in London.  The team is responsible for: international trade and investment; helping UK companies achieve their potential overseas through exporting; and encouraging investment in the UK by overseas businesses.  During his discussion Danny explained current UKTI priorities to be: giving more support to medium-sized businesses; giving better support to small companies wishing to export; strengthening their efforts in high growth markets; maximizing the UK’s export potential where we have a free trade agreement; securing export-oriented foreign direct investment; helping to put in place the government’s long-term strategy for economic growth; and increasing reach by working closely with more partners.

The Greater Philadelphia region collaborates with UKTI across various industry sectors to ensure they are well positioned and connected to local resources to ensure they can meet their mission. Oliver Franklin, Honorary British Consul of Greater Philadelphia provided a glowing introduction to the British Consul General.

Prior to joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Danny enjoyed a varied career in the UK’s public and private sectors.  From 2009 to 2011, he worked for the London Development Agency, the Mayor of London’s economic development arm, as Group Director for Business Support and Promotion. During this time, he was responsible for creating London & Partners, the UK capital’s promotional agency for business, visitors and students and was its inaugural CEO.  From 2006 to 2009, Danny was Managing Director, Marketing & Communications at UK Trade & Investment, where he was responsible for delivering a new marketing strategy to promote and showcase the UK economy internationally.  Previously, Danny worked at Barclays Bank for ten years, where he held a number of senior international positions, including Director of Business Banking USA in New York, Head of Inward Investment in London and Business Development Director in India.

Danny candidly addressed the group, speaking about his role serving the UK Government in the US, the current state of UK economic and political affairs, and the effect on trade and investment.  In particular, Danny focused his discussion on the strong relationship with the Greater Philadelphia region.  The UK is the third largest market for exports from the Philadelphia, Camden and Wilmington areas.  It is the top market for Pennsylvania goods among Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) nations, responsible for nearly 30% of export sales from our region to the European Union.  Danny actively engaged with attendees in a dynamic question and answer session.

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Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives with a High Return

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted their fourth annual panel discussion about a top-of-mind topic.  This year’s focus was on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and the increasing significance this subject plays in the business environment.  The back room of Philadelphia’s famous whiskey and go go bar – The Trestle Inn – owned and managed the BABC’s very own Marketing & Communications Chairman Ian Cross, was filled to capacity with more than 50 attendees.  Program participants included those who are passionate about the subject matter, and are committed to supporting the local underserved community and the environment.

During the past two decades CSR has evolved as an important area for everyone to be aware of and involved in as they conduct themselves in both their professional and personal lives.  Moderator, Jason Gosselin, BABC Board Member, and Chair of Drinker, Biddle & Reath’s Life Insurance and Annuities Practice Group remarked about the difference between recent college graduates interviewing for jobs and his own experience entering the work force.  Today people are notably committed to and interested in working for entities that support CSR initiatives.

The five panelists informally discussed how their companies embrace CSR.  John Cerrone, RFP Associate, Business Development Team, Aberdeen Asset Management talked about Aberdeen’s Foundation and the Company’s focus on children, education, and the needs of the local community where Aberdeen operates, and throughout the globe.  Nicole Koedyker, VP of Values & Impact, MilkCrate explained how her family cattle ranch ignited her passion and spirit for environmental responsibility.  She co-founded Forsei Consulting, a social and environmental consulting firm based in Philadelphia and is VP of Values and Impact for MilkCrate, an app that connects consumers to local, sustainable choices.  Ahsiya Mencin, Director, PULSE Volunteer Partnership, Talent, Leadership and OD Centre of Excellence, GlaxoSmithKline PLC presented the Company’s four pillar approach to CSR: “Health for All, Our Behavior, Our People, and Our Planet.”  Douglas Oliver, former senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications for Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), and current Philadelphia mayoral candidate spoke about PGW’s business development and emerging markets efforts.  Doug also spoke extensively about the importance of education, and the City’s need to focus on the younger, future generation.  Rhett Workman, Managing Director Government and Airport Affairs, American Airlines, discussed the Company’s position as a hometown airline and a global enterprise with operations all over the world.  Rhett discussed the Airline’s support of US military personnel and their families, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs for children.

All panelists expressed the importance and value of sustainable initiatives to big corporate shareholders, individuals, and the community at large.  Jason engaged the speakers about how the entities they work for decide what CSR initiatives to support, and what innovative approaches are embraced to ensure CSR work is both sustainable and core to business objectives, while ensuring employees feel connected and empowered to make a difference.  Despite representing various sectors and entities, all of the presenters agreed it is important for businesses to engage their employees in areas that matter to them, and to focus on educating and making a difference in children’s lives.

Immediately following the educational portion of the evening, attendees networked long after the program ended.  Everyone enjoyed their signature whiskey sours, while developing new and enhancing old business ties.  The BABC encourages those who were unable to attend the program to visit The Trestle Inn.

Special thanks to the Irish American Business Chamber & Network and the Young Leaders Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association for partnering with us.

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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