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September 5-16, 2017: Friends of the British Council – Premiership Rugby

BABCPHL member Friends of the British Council is supporting a new initiative in partnership with Premiership Rugby, AEG, and NBC Sports in the Greater Philadelphia region to bring innovative community outreach and youth development programing to the United States. This is an extension of a global partnership co-created and launched internationally by the British Council and Premiership Rugby in 2011, and is already achieving tremendous impact, supporting the growth of the game and its associated social values around the world. The initiative includes capacity-building programs for coaches, clubs, players and their local communities designed to bring them together, develop practical skills, and to inspire them to build sustainable pathways to introduce the sport and the power of its values to change lives.

A series of rugby player and coach clinics will be held in New Jersey (September 5 & 6), Philadelphia (September 7 & 11) and Washington DC (September 10). The players’ clinics are open to male and female participants aged 15-24. From these clinics, 20 players and 10 coaches will be selected to attend an amazing overseas rugby experience with Premiership Rugby in England next year.

Rugby players and coaches are invited to attend these clinics in Philadelphia!

September 7th Player Clinic at Penn Park located at 3000 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 from

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September 11th Coach Clinic at 1101 First Avenue, Media, PA 19063 from 6:30-9:00 PM.

During the week of September 11-15, several outreach events will be planned for schools and colleges, together with networking opportunities for the community in Philadelphia.

To get involved in these activities or find out more information, updates will be posted on the website:

http://www.premiershiprugby.com/usa.

To cap off the week of rugby activities in the Greater Philadelphia region, Premiership Rugby is hosting a match, Newcastle Falcons vs. Saracens on September 16, 2017, at Talen Energy Stadium, home of BABCPHL member company, Philadelphia Union.

Also on September 16th a Flag Rugby tournament for boys & girls in grades 2-8 will take place on the outside fields of Talen Energy Stadium from 1:00-3:00pm, alongside a Premiership VIP Clinic for selected players. Bring your kids to this wonderful event by contacting Angela Johnson at ajohnson.aeg@gmail.com to sign-up!

The curtain-raiser match inside Talen Energy Stadium at 2:30PM is between the famous Oxford University Rugby Club from England and the USA Collegiate All-Americans. This is followed by the Newcastle Falcons vs. Saracens at 5:00PM.

All BABCPHL members will receive 20% discount on match day tickets using the promo code: FOBCRUGBY17. Click here to buy tickets! Type the promo code on the right-hand side of the website where it says “Enter Promo Code” then click “GO”.

ABOUT

Friends of the British Council’s mission is to collaborate with global corporations, foundations, organizations and individuals, identifying synergies, sharing knowledge, leveraging resources and contributing financially to British Council programs. Their goal is to customize and add value to these partnerships and projects, resulting in meaningful relationships between the British Council and its key stakeholders.  The British Council works in 110 countries touching 600 million lives each year through programs in education, the arts, English, sports, skills, and community development. They engage all levels of society, including civil and community leaders, influencers, educators, scientists, artists, business leaders, and the media, working extensively with marginalized and vulnerable populations. The British Council is also involved with secondary and higher education sectors and with young people beginning their careers.

 


Special Edition Newsletter

British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Special Edition Newsletter

July 2017

Dear British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Members and Friends,

I am delighted to announce the unveiling of our new brand – BABCPHL. While we have a more modern look, our mission remains the same. BABCPHL serves British businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region, including, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the State of Delaware.

We provide our members with valuable and timely programs and events; business development and networking opportunities; and thought leadership about current issues and government regulations that affect transatlantic business. There is no more important time than today to share information, create valuable business relationships, and learn current trends. BABCPHL is the go to organization to help you do that. Quite simply – we connect the dots. We help our members improve and grow their business.

The relationship the US shares with the UK is strong and will become more so as we develop strategies and form partnerships to navigate the changing landscape. Our new logo communicates: forward motion, partnership between the two countries, transatlantic travel, growth, speed, prosperity, connections, and the geographies we represent. It’s contemporary, clean and clear.

Change is constant and needed for advancement. I would like to thank you for your trust in me and BABCPHL. It has been a truly wonderful experience leading this Group. I am pleased to carry-out our mission of bridging the transatlantic gap, having recently moved to London to assume a new role with American Airlines. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Michael Pedrick, Partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. Michael has served on the BABCPHL Board of Directors in the capacity of Secretary and most recently as Vice President for more than a decade. If anyone knows the ins and outs of the BABCPHL it is Michael! Please help me welcome him to the role of Chairman. Michael, the entire Board of Directors, and BABCPHL staff look forward to working with you to create valuable relationships on both sides of the Atlantic. Our new fiscal year calendar is already full. Please check-out our activities and join us for our upcoming programs.

 

2017 Summer International Business Networking Reception

 

Cybersecurity- Protecting the Crown Jewels of Your Business

 

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

 

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

 

Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon

 

Very truly yours,

Rhett D. Workman President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


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

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Join us for networking along with a traditional British-themed menu of delicious food and beverage. Featured speakers will discuss the business, cultural, and historical ties between our region and the UK.                                                                  

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location:  The Pyramid Club

1735 Market Street

52nd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Member ticket: $30

Non-member ticket: $35

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July 14-23, 2017 Perfect Blue

The British American Business Council is proud to support new Charitable/Educational Member, Tiny  Dynamite’s production “Perfect Blue”.

Emma Gibson, the Art Director of Tiny Dynamite, is a Brit living and working in Philadelphia. Their latest show is the perfect fusion of Britain and the US – it is a collaboration with a UK Theatre Company, Pursued By A Bear and involves the UK actor live streamed from a studio in London, into their venue in Philly, to perform in real time alongside our US actor.

Date: Opening July 14-23, 2017

Location: Christ Church Neighborhood House

Price: $15- Industry, Student, & Senior

$20 General

For more information, click here.

 


Board Member Appreciation & Membership Development Dinner

Board Member Appreciation & Membership Development Dinner

On Monday, June 12, 2017 the BABC of Greater Philadelphia hosted a by invitation only, end of year Board Member appreciation and membership development dinner, featuring two UK Government officials as the keynote speakers. Freya Jackson, Counsellor, Head of Global and Economic Policy Group at the British Embassy in Washington, DC and Matt James, Managing Director, Commercial, and Acting Director USA for the Department for International Trade traveled to Philadelphia to discuss the current climate for UK/US trade.  More than 65 attendees enjoyed an active networking reception and informative evening program in the iconic Lincoln Memorial room at The Union League of Philadelphia.

Rhett Workman, Chairman of the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and Managing Director of Government and Airport Affairs for American Airlines welcomed guests and introduced the speakers. He thanked the entire Board of Directors for another strong twelve months, and for dedicating their time and resources to the BABC.  Rhett talked about our recent 25th anniversary, and announced the unveiling our new brand which will go-live at the official start of our new fiscal year on July 1, 2017.  Rhett explained, while we are launching a more modern look to our logo, our mission will remain the same – to serve British businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region, including, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the State of Delaware by focusing on what we do best – providing our members with valuable and timely programs and events; business development and networking opportunities; and thought leadership about current events and government regulations that affect transatlantic business.

The US and the UK are each other’s largest investors – together we have approximately $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies. There is no more important time than today to share information, create valuable business relationships, and learn current trends that will affect the transatlantic relationship.  The BABC is the go to organization to help member companies improve and grow business by introducing them to clients, customers and service providers. Rhett explained we could not do this without the dedication of our key stakeholders, our diverse group of Club Level members, representing a myriad of industry sectors as well as our partners in the British Embassy, the Consulate, and the Department for International Trade (referred to as “DIT”).  Collaborating with the UK Government throughout the year bolsters regional transatlantic business development and commerce, and enables us to better serve our members.  The BABC is grateful to the UK Government for their partnership and thanked their alignment with us in Philadelphia.

Rhett introduced Freya Jackson who joined the Embassy team in July 2016, just shortly after UK citizens cast the momentous vote to exit the European Union. Freya 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 joining the Embassy, for the past three years 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, and 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 received her BSc Honors in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia and her Master of Sciences from Kings College, London.

During dinner, Freya spoke about the unpredictability of government affairs during the past year – the momentous Brexit vote, the US election, and the snap UK election. No one could have imagined the surprises in store for us and the world.  While the elephant in the room – Brexit – was unavoidable, Freya focused her discussion on four main facts:

  1. The UK and US political relationship is as robust as it has ever been;
  2. The UK and US trade relationship is stronger than ever – the two countries are each other’s largest trading partners and employers;
  3. The UK economy is sound and growing, and employment is up – it is the highest rated economy for doing business; and
  4. The UK is a great place to live and to conduct business.

While there are definitely uncertainties, two fundamentals hold true – the strong relationship and economic ties between the two counties.

Freya introduced Matt, the Commercial Director at the Department for International Trade, a post that he has held since the department was created in 2016. Matt is currently covering for the Director of DIT USA, leading a dynamic team who assist British companies exporting to the US, and work with US companies looking to invest their business in the UK. Matt joined the UK civil service in 1995, and over the last 20 years has held roles as Commercial Director in the Cabinet Office, the National Health Service and Department for Work and Pensions. He is a qualified commercial mediator and specializes in complex deal-making and negotiation, having led on many of the UK Government’s most challenging commercial issues.  Matt has a PhD from Bath University in organizational identity, narrative and power, and an MBA and Bachelor’s degree in music. He works and lives in London, and was honored to travel to Philadelphia as his first official visit outside of New York City.  Matt echoed Freya’s comments regarding the four truths about the UK economy and the relationship with the US.  He also spoke to the important ties between DIT and the BABC of Greater Philadelphia.  DIT is grateful to the BABC for our partnership and the valuable work we do to promote trade and commercial links between the two regions.

Rhett thanked Matt and Freya for their kind words and reassuring commentary about the current state of affairs. “We are undoubtedly living in tumultuous times, but one thing is sure – the relationship the US shares with the UK is strong and will become more so as we develop strategies and form partnerships to navigate the changing landscape.”  Rhett explained the BABC of Greater Philadelphia is here to help our members do just that – navigate the evolving business climate.  Now that we have entered our second quarter century of operations in this region, we thought it was the perfect time to rebrand.  Rhett introduced attendees to Ian Cross, BABC Vice President of Marketing & Communications.  Ian is a creative entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience growing and managing start-ups in technology, entertainment and hospitality.  He is CEO and a co-founder of I-SITE – an award-winning Interactive Design and Technology firm specializing in web and mobile solutions for civic initiatives, business, healthcare and entertainment.  Ian has been an active member on the BABC Board of Directors since the early 2000s, and has served as Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the past ten years.  He helped the BABC transition from a traditional chamber of commerce model to one of the first Chapters to have an active website and a presence in social media.  He has been the ever present force leading the BABC through advances in technology, making it easier for us to communicate with members, share information, and stay connected with our counterparts throughout the world.

Ian opened his remarks with the definition of “rebrand.” “We all know what a ‘rebrand’ is – changing the way an organization, company or product is seen by the public or its customers.”  He explained the BABC VIP dinner was a soft launch pad for the new BABC logo.  The design will officially go live to the general public by July 1 – the start of our new fiscal year.

The BABC has spent the past quarter century positioning itself as the go to organization for UK business-related matters. That holds true – and will remain even more so as the two nations navigate the rapidly changing global landscape.  Our new logo communicates: forward motion/moving into the future; partnership between the two countries; transatlantic travel; growth, speed, prosperity, connections, and the geographies we represent.  The new logo is contemporary, clean and clear.  The BABC of Greater Philadelphia’s brand speaks to members’ trust in us to help maximize their business potential.  The BABC looks forward to helping members create valuable relationships on both sides of the Atlantic.

Before the evening concluded Ian encouraged everyone to stay connected with us, visit our website, follow us on social media for current BABCPHL news, and attend our upcoming events. He then drew a winning business card for two complimentary tickets to our next program, thanked people for attending the dinner, and reminded everyone to pick-up their branded BABC gifts before departing.

The BABC fiscal year is ending on a high note. Optimism is in the air and as Matt so clearly stated, while there is uncertainly, and transition is afoot, the UK will ensure Brexit is a success as a result of partnerships with the BABC and other organizations.  We would like to extend sincere thanks to our current members for their support throughout the fiscal year.  If you are not a member of the BABC of Greater Philadelphia we hope you will become one.  We look forward to upholding our promise to serve you.

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2017 Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon

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The 2017 Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon will celebrate the season with networking, a formal meal, notable speakers and special guests, traditional British “Christmas Crackers,” and the opportunity to win valuable holiday gifts. The Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia is the special guest.

 DATE: Thursday, December 7, 2017

 TIME: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 •11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Business Networking Reception

 •12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Luncheon Program

  LOCATION: The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia, PA

Exclusive Airline Sponsor:

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

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This seminar will explore the future economic relationship between the EU and the UK, including strategic direction; steps toward Brexit; legal implications; and employment and data protection/privacy laws.

DATE: Thursday, October 5, 2017

TIME: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  The Hercules Plaza

1313 Market Street

Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Corporate Sponsors (To Date)

  

Venue Sponsor

Partners (To Date)

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Cybersecurity – Protecting the Crown Jewels of Your Business

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This program will explore sharing information, data security, and other matters. What are global cybersecurity issues businesses need to be aware of in the near and long term?  What do you need to know and do to safeguard your company?  Government regulations and plans will also be discussed, such as The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act and The European Commission on Cybersecurity.

DATE: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TIME: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

LOCATION: Center City, Philadelphia

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BREAKING NEWS: Statement on UK Election Results

British-American Business Council (BABC) Statement on the 2017 UK Election Result

The next UK Government is charged to deliver one of the greatest political and legislative challenges of our time: Defining a new relationship between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU).

Our network represents 22 chapters in major cities throughout the US, UK and Canada, including major British and leading American firms, the latter accounting for the largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the UK. The majority of transatlantic businesses wished to see the UK remain a part of the EU – the world’s largest trading block. Transatlantic business therefore has a huge stake in the outcome of Brexit negotiations. In the light of the British people’s decision we are committed to help building a fair, competitive and global Britain, in partnership with the EU and other countries in the world.

Delivering clarity on Brexit negotiations

To ensure that the UK remains an attractive place to live, work and invest in, it is imperative that the new UK Government delivers clarity as to when and how it wants to proceed with the Brexit negotiations. Any outcome of the negotiations needs to ensure that it supports British business’ trade in goods, services and data flows, secures US investment and investment-related jobs in the UK and creates the conditions that promotes the UK as an attractive destination for investment going forward.

The BABC appreciates the previous UK Government and Departments efforts in addressing our transatlantic business’ concerns and priorities. Now, with the first negotiation round in sight, we urge the new Government to show its promised openness to find practical, reasonable solutions to the complexity of issues that Brexit entails, and sufficient time for businesses to adjust. Our overall call for the new UK Government remains that the period of uncertainty needs to be as short as possible.

Ensuring a strong and sturdy UK economy now and post-Brexit

A strong UK economy is important for business, workers and consumers; and it is a crucial factor in ensuring a strong role for the UK during the negotiations with the EU.

The next Government’s objective needs to create an even more competitive business environment, particularly through a smart and encouraging tax system, investment in infrastructure, an immigration system that allows our companies to attract the skilled talent they need, and a focus on trade and investment and the delivery of a comprehensive Industrial Strategy, among others.

US-UK Economic Relationship as a source of strength and opportunity

The UK-US economic relationship stands for unparalleled business ties across the Atlantic. The US is the number one export destination for the majority of UK regions and nations. UK firms continue to grow and expand into the US. US firms employ more than one million workers in the UK.

There has never been a better opportunity to relaunch and strengthen the UK-US economic relationship as a source of strength and opportunity. We are excited about the shared commitment expressed by the political leaders to explore future options of further economic integration.

Even during the complex Brexit negotiations, much can be done to offer more opportunities for UK and US firms in each other’s markets. We encourage the next UK Government to continue efforts to open a formal dialogue on the future of the UK-US trade and investment relationship; meant to provide short- and mid-term options that can help to foster UK-US trade in goods and services, too deepen investment, and to explore options for formal trade arrangements in the future that can work in partnership with the EU and other countries.

British-American Business Council (BABC):

The British-American Business Council (BABC) is the largest transatlantic business network, with 22 chapters in the UK, US and Canada, and over 2,000 member companies based in major business centers throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Its membership includes many of the world’s largest multinationals, as well as hundreds of middle market and smaller companies.

The Secretariat as well as the Policy and Trade support for the BABC is being provided by BritishAmerican Business (London).

 

 

 

 


2017 International Soccer Night

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia teamed up with the Chilean, French and German American Chambers of Commerce for International Soccer Night at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. More than 50 attendees gathered on the deck overlooking the beautiful stadium and river for networking, food and drinks.  The evening was perfect – the sun was shining and it was warm and breezy.  And, Union earned their third win, ending in 2-0 against Houston.

Before guests were escorted to their reserved stadium seats, BABC sponsor companies, TD Bank, N.A., Pepper Hamilton LLP and Johnson, Kendall & Johnson as well our hosts from the Philadelphia Union spoke briefly about their businesses. Jane Rosenberg, Executive Director of the BABC of Greater Philadelphia welcomed guests, thanked the partnering organizations, and introduced the sponsors.

Todd Sturza, Managing Director for TD Securities spoke on behalf of TD Bank. Todd has been an active BABC Club Level and Board Member for the past ten years.  He has 25 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, and has spent the past nine years at TD.  TD Bank is one of the 10 largest banks in the US, with approximately 26,000 employees and deep roots in the community dating back more than 150 years. The Bank offers a broad array of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services to more than 8.5 million customers through its extensive network of approximately 1,300 locations.  In addition to banking products, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services.  TD Bank is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America.

Jay Jumper, Partner at Pepper Hamilton, in the Berwyn office spoke on behalf of the Firm. Jay is a member of Pepper’s Corporate and Securities and Life Sciences practice groups and a member of the steering committee of the Firm’s Emerging Growth Group.  His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities-related transactions, and general corporate matters.  Pepper is one of the founding members of the BABC.  Pepper Hamilton is a multi-practice law firm with more than 450 lawyers nationally.  The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world.

Michael McGuire, Account Executive from Johnson, Kendall & Johnson (JKJ) participated on behalf of the company. Michael has been with JKJ for two years, and has been tasked with developing new client relationships both abroad and domestically.  JKJ has been a corporate member of the BABC for several years.  JKJ is an insurance brokerage and risk management firm located in Newtown, PA, that has been managing corporate and personal needs for more than 60 years. JKJ’s personalized services in property and casualty insurance; risk and safety management services and claims consulting; group benefits; individual life, home and asset protection program development; financial services; and retirement planning allow JKJ clients to focus on their respective business while JKJ provides direction in managing the risk.  The Company is licensed in various lines of business in all 50 states, with access to all of the major insurance markets. In addition, JKJ is the founding board members of RiskProNet International and UNiBA Partners international insurance brokers. These organizations support JKJ and one another’s ability to work with and provide dedicated services to international clients, and conduct various business lines in all 50 states, with access to all of the major insurance markets.

Carl Cherkin, Vice President of Business Relations & Communications with Philadelphia Union was our last speaker.   Since the stadium opened, Philadelphia Union has been a steadfast friend to the BABC – we have hosted numerous events with them, and they have always offered coveted branded gear and tickets to games throughout the year.  Carl has been on staff with Philadelphia Union from the very beginning.   He originally joined the club in 2009, as VP, Public Relations and helped guide the successful launch of the 16th team in MLS, in one of this country’s most competitive sports environments.  Carl spoke about Philadelphia Union’s history and development.  Philadelphia was awarded Major League Soccer’s 16th team on February 28, 2008. The combination of extensive grassroots support spearheaded by the Sons of Ben and a public/private partnership between Philadelphia Union, the State of Pennsylvania, Delaware County and the City of Chester enabled the construction of a state-of-the-art soccer stadium and convinced MLS that the Philadelphia region deserved a soccer team.   On March 25, 2010, Philadelphia played its first ever match, a 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC.  On April 10, 2010, the club’s Inaugural Home Opener, Philadelphia notched the first victory in team history beating D.C. United 3-2 in front of 34,870 fans.

The stadium is a magnificent place, and the international business community enjoyed a perfect evening. The weather was ideal, networking food and drink flowed freely and the Union won!  Special thanks to sponsor companies TD Bank, N.A., Pepper Hamilton, LLP and Johnson, Kendall & Johnson for sponsoring the evening.

View event photos here.

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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