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Transformational Energy Solutions for the Built Environment Webinar

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
12:00pm – 1:15pm

Brought to you in part by the Department of Business and Trade of the British Embassy and the Building Innovation Hub

DBT would like to cordially invite BABA members to a webinar on the 23rd August 2023 at 12.00 PM, sponsored by the Department of Business and Trade at the British Embassy, and the Building Innovation Hub.

This invitation builds upon a successful Green Buildings event held at the British Embassy on May 24th of this year. That event clearly demonstrated the power of collaboration between the USA and the UK in meeting the challenges of NetZero.

You will leave the webinar with a clear, concise understanding of three global best-of-class technologies which have potential cumulative energy savings in the Built Environment of up to 80%. Each of these solutions have the following characteristics:

·      Fully tested and extensively commercially deployed

·      Transformational environmental impact

·      Huge wellness and productivity benefits

·      Priced for ubiquitous, scalable installation

·      Easy fitting, low maintenance

·      Simple, elegant solutions

·      Fast ROI

The adoption of these exciting technologies, will significantly accelerate your progress to your built environment becoming/including high performance buildings, and will further establish your ESG credentials with the public and your stakeholders.

Please RSVP to Brad Collier at

The Art of the Matter – Global Intrigue & International Auctions – Recap

On Thursday, September 14, 2023, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia members and friends gathered for The Art of the Matter – Global Intrigue & International Auctions. This post-summer networking reception took place at Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house. The evening underscored the US and the UK’s strong legacy of cultural, political, and economic ties dating back nearly 250 years. The program explored the unique relationship between the two countries, featuring three keynote speakers who each addressed a different theme – art, family governance and wealth succession planning, and bourbon. While these three things are quite different, they each contributed to an amazing event that could have been a mystery novel starring a bourbon called “Never Say Die,” a sponsor connected to James Bond, and a TV personality who values antiques… It was a perfect recipe for an intriguing event! 

Alasdair Nichol, Chairman, Head of Fine Art, Head of Department, Modern and Contemporary Art at Freeman’s addressed our group, and several of his colleagues joined us on the auction house floor to network with BABCPHL members and friends. Alasdair spoke about the current art and international auction market; the strong relationship between Freeman’s and Lyon & Turnbull; the longstanding cultural and artistic ties between the US and the UK; and the single owner fine art collection, comprised mostly of American artists with a focus on Pennsylvania impressionists. 

Peter Rosenberg, Partner – Chairman of Stonehage Fleming Americas, sponsored the event. Peter spoke about the Firm history; the different geographies and generations served throughout the globe; and the overall services the Firm offers including family governance and succession, looking after family assets and important art collections. Peter and his colleagues support many of the world’s leading families and wealth creators across generations and geographies. They work closely with clients to ensure wealth is properly cared for throughout generations.  

George Reilly, Owner, The Twisted Tail – Philadelphia’s bourbon and juke joint consulted with the BABCPHL on the bourbon. George spoke briefly about each brand featured. Macallan and Noble Oak were supplied by Guido Martelli from Breakthrough Beverage Pennsylvania, and the third brand, a new small batch bourbon of Kentucky provenance and English character, being offered for the first time on US soil– Never Say Die – was supplied by Brian Luftman, Co-Founder, Never Say Die Bourbon. Trevor Prichett, CEO, Yards Brewery provided a selection of Yards beer for the evening.  

Many thanks to Alasdair, Peter, and George for their educational and interesting remarks, and for collaborating with us to offer this unique and fun post summer networking event. The formal speaking portion of the program concluded with a business card raffle drawing for a bottle of each of the featured beverages: Macallan, Noble Oak, Never Say Die, and a gift basket from Yards Brewery. Guests remained onsite well past the program end, admiring the magnificent and extensive single owner fine art collection on display, networking and enjoying the delicious food and beverage. 

Many thanks again to all who contributed to the execution and success of this special program.  

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ISTELive – UK Education Technology Providers Exhibition & Reception

From June 26 – 28, 2023 UK Education Technology providers exhibited at ISTELive in Philadelphia at the UK pavilion. On Monday evening, June 26th the Department for International Trade, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and Bett Global sponsored a reception for the UK providers and a select group of BABCPHL Executive Committee Members. Oliver Franklin, Honorary British Consul provided welcome and introductory remarks.

BESA members represent over 80% of UK suppliers, including EdTech, publishing, assessment, furniture and equipment companies of all sizes. Bett, the global community for education technology, sparks ideas, creates connection and accelerates trade, driving impact and improving outcomes for teachers and learners.

Education transforms lives. It’s one of the most important investments a country can make for its people and its future. The UK is a leader in the field. Many foreign governments and institutions look toward the UK for their innovative work in this area. EdTech is one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors with more than 1,000 companies accounting for 4% of all digital companies. Schools in the UK were spending more than £900 million per year on education technology pre-pandemic and market demand is growing in the post-pandemic world. The UK ranks as No 1 in EdTech venture capital and angel funding in Europe.

The BABCPHL was honored to have been included in the reception. Special thanks to the Department for Business and Trade for inviting us.

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Recap Annual Transatlantic Conference – London June 12-13, 2023

Every year the British American Business Network (BABN) brings together members of all 22 chapters from the US, UK, and Canada for a multi-day conference. This year, more than 200 senior level business executives and government representatives aligned to more than 100 organizations actively involved in trade, investment and business participated in the BABN Annual Transatlantic Conference. Ministers from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, the Department for Business and Trade, regional government from the City of London and the Greater Manchester area, and executives across a broad range of commercial sectors delivered timely remarks about matters related to business and trade throughout the transatlantic corridor. The six sessions covered many subjects including the current state of the US/UK trade relationship today; people the “crucial commodity”; sustainability; the digital economy; and the “transatlantic investment case – fact vs. fiction,” to name some of the major themes.

Matthew Palmer, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy, London declared the UK/US relationship the strongest in the world. He referenced the recent meetings Joe Biden, President of the United States had with Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and the newly signed agreement, The Atlantic Declaration, that speaks to the strength and future of the partnership between the two countries. Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester, spoke about the region’s focus on leveling up, a green future, city to city relationships, infrastructure, and higher education.

As the world continues to recover from the economic turbulence created by COVID, and the UK also grapples with the effects of BREXIT, workforce development is an area of concern for the UK. “Human-centric skills” are most important; businesses are seeking team player employees with resilience, compassion, and adaptability. Wage inflation, up-skilling and re-skilling, and generation AI (ChatGPT) are all top of mind. Infrastructure, supply chains, energy, waste and data were also discussion focal points as industry and government on both sides of the Atlantic, and across the globe develop regulations and policies.

Duncan Edwards, CEO, BritishAmerican Business reported that despite confidence in the UK slipping again, trade numbers remain strong and growing. The overall message delivered during the conference was that the US and UK need to continue to work together to maintain easier more fluid trade routes not only between the two nations, but throughout the world.

Special thanks and recognition to Bank of America for partnering with BABN on this event, and to session sponsors: Bain & Company, Schneider Electric, S&P Global and Pearson.

Click here and here for photos. Click here for the BABN Conference Highlight Video.

Fireside Chat with Joseph Kennedy III

Monday, July 10, 2023
11:00am – 12:00pm EDT
4:00pm – 5:00pm BST


Join us for an exclusive Fireside Chat with Joseph Kennedy III, Special Envoy to Northern Ireland for Economic Affairs, moderated by Lucinda Creighton, CEO, Vulcan Consulting.

Joseph Kennedy III will share his mission and personal interest in the US relationship with Northern Ireland. He will explore what achieving the Windsor Framework Agreement means to stability and peace in the Region and what the future holds, with a particular view to the Northern Ireland investment conference held in September.

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau: Michelin Launch Press Conference

On Thursday, May 18, 2023, The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted a press conference aboard the Moshulu at Penn’s Landing to announce Philadelphia as one of eight destinations in the United States with its own Michelin Green Guide. The Michelin Green Guide explores the notable attractions, restaurants, hotels, and experiences in Philadelphia and The Countryside of Philadelphia.

Phillippe Orain, Editor-in-chief, Michelin Editions, traveled from France to introduce the book and explain why Michelin chose Philadelphia. During his speech, he awarded honors to local entities which received the book’s highest rating, including: Independence National Historical Park, the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Nemours Estate, and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Orain also presented special awards to Jane Golden, Mural Arts Philadelphia; Fareed Simpson, local musician; Michael Solomonov, restauranteur; and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra music director.

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The Big Help Out

Monday, May 8, 2023 was designated a UK bank holiday in honor of the King’s Coronation. The royal family suggested people volunteer as part of “The Big Help Out” on this day across the United Kingdom in tribute to the King’s lifetime of public service. The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and “The Big Help Out” highlight issues His Majesty has dedicated his life to, including: the importance of local communities, sustainability and environmental protection, and showcasing youth and diversity. The objective was to encourage volunteerism to bring communities together to create a legacy from the coronation weekend.

The BABCPHL contributed to “The Big Help Out” by collaborating with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the British Consulate New York on a UK-themed teacher appreciation lunch at Bodine High School for International Affairs. Bodine High School for International Affairs was co-founded by the Council in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. We were honored to work with the Council and the Consulate to highlight King Charles’ commitment and to recognize the important work of Bodine High School teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week here in the US.

A delicious offering of food carefully curated and created by Stargazy, an East London pie and mash shop in the heart of South Philadelphia was set-up in the teacher’s lounge at Bodine from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Teachers, staff and administration filtered in throughout the day to sample the British fare.

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The STIR: Building a Truly Inclusive Work Culture: LGBTQ+ Perspective

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
11:00am – 12:00pm EDT / 4:00pm – 5:00pm BST


While the business case has been made for diverse organizations, hiring individuals of diverse background isn’t sustainable without an authentic approach and an inclusive workplace culture that encourages everyone to succeed. In this panel, we will be discussing the importance of companies having genuine commitments to the LGBTQ+ Community.

McKinsey Report found that more than one in four LGBTQ+ respondents are not broadly out at work highlighting the need for a more inclusive culture. We will also be discussing the unique challenges that LGBTQ+ employees face in the workplace, such as microaggressions, isolation and limited opportunities for advancement.

Join our panel of experts as we explore actionable strategies to help companies create a more inclusive workplace culture. We will discuss what it means to have a truly inclusive culture, and how companies can foster a sense of belonging for all employees.

Economic Headwinds and The Outlook for Middle Market Businesses

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
1:00 – 2:00pm EST


Join RSM Chief Economist Joe Brusuelas and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Neil Bradley for their discussion on matters affecting middle market businesses across various industries. From workforce and supply chain challenges to addressing consumer behaviors and profitability, they’ll examine the economic headwinds facing companies and how businesses can address ongoing risks and challenges.

The British Officers’ Club of Philadelphia: Coronation Party

Saturday, May 6, 2023

The Union League Liberty Hill
Manor Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

The British Officers’ Club of Philadelphia request the pleasure of your company to join us with Breakfast to watch ‘real time’ the BBC One TV Broadcast of the official Westminster Abbey Coronation Service of His Britannic Majesty King Charles III.

Click the link below for more information and registration.

Coronation Party Registration

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Baker Tilly
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Forensic Resolutions
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government