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The Queen’s Six

The Queen’s Six were established in 2008, the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, from whom they take their name. Based at Windsor Castle, all the members of The Queen’s Six are also Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel, whose homes lie within the Castle walls.

Performing in Philadelphia for ONE night only.

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

Time: 6:30pm

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Cost: $35/ticket

To purchase tickets on-line click here.
OR mail a check to:
The English-Speaking Union
1221 Locust Street, Box 502
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Include name and email or phone #
Phone: 215-545-3619

For reserved seating in the first five rows and dinner with the Queen’s Six at the Prime Rib following the concert, please contact Judith at or call 215-545-3619. Space is limited.


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Lord Wei Visits Philadelphia

On Thursday, October 3, 2019 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and Select Greater Philadelphia hosted a welcome lunch in honor of Lord Wei.  The objective of the lunch was to build relationships and congregate local leaders interested in discussing Brexit, Hong Kong, China, and the emerging role of cities influencing societal changes.  Attendees included a diverse group of professionals from both the public and private sectors, including the Asian American Chamber of Commerce.  Lord Wei, Mayor Michael Nutter and Rachel Molano, Former Advisor to Bristol City Council, were the distinguished guests.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President led the discussion and introduced the featured speakers.  Baron Nat Wei of Shoreditch, East London, is a current Member of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom.  He is a business and social entrepreneur, focused on strengthening economic ties throughout the UK and the world.  Previously, Lord Wei advised Her Majesty’s Government on social policy, working with Prime Minister David Cameron.  He holds numerous board and advisory positions in the real estate, technology investment, education and wealth management sectors. Lord Wei has been a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and adviser to a number of city mayors and leaders in the UK and globally.  He is currently an Advisory Committee member of the Global Parliament of Mayors along with Mayor Michael Nutter.

It is through Lord Wei’s connection to Mayor Nutter, and to Chris Bravacos, President & CEO of Bravo Group, Pennsylvania’s largest independent public relations firm, that our group met to discuss these top of mind issues.  Chris and Lord Wei are working together to find commonalities that can bring cities and local communities to the forefront of socio-economic and technological progress.  Lord Wei enthusiastically spoke about the important historic ties between the US and the UK, and the need to strengthen the friendship between the two nations.  He emphasized the great opportunity for cities to enhance trade, with a focus on education, sustainable growth, AI, data, and technology.  Lord Wei espoused the important principals of the law and social justice.  He talked about “democracy 3.0,” and how citizens need to work together to provide solutions to problems.

The Q&A portion of the program was dynamic.  The role of centralized government and how this affects both major and surrounding cities was discussed. Repositioning the four nations – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales was also touched upon in the context of Brexit.  And lastly, questions about how to use data responsibly to drive innovation and positively empower future generations was also covered.

Special thanks to Rob Wondering, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia for sponsoring the lunch.


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Time to Act: British American Business Policy Update

Economic and political shifts are forcing businesses to respond to changing international landscapes. Governments on both sides of the Atlantic are being called upon to develop legislation, regulation, and treaties that will protect and enhance the bi-lateral trade and investment relationship between the US and the UK.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted a business roundtable breakfast meeting about the current state of the US and UK economies and future prospects for trade and growth.  This high level discussion focused on the current economic environment in the two countries, areas of growth, and realistic future market scenarios.  Laura Hickey, Her Majesty’s Deputy Consul General & Deputy Head of Mission at the British Consulate General New York presided over the meeting, engaging Ryan Wang, US Economist at HSBC Securities in a dynamic discussion about the global economy and trade factors influencing commerce.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President welcomed attendees and introduced the speakers.  Ryan, a US economist for HSBC Securities, a principle line of business for HSBC Holdings, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, set the stage for the discussion by providing a broad overview of the global economy.  Ryan is part of a worldwide team of more than thirty economists based out of New York, London, Hong Kong, and other major financial centers.  He is responsible for the bank’s view of the outlook for the US economy, including projections for growth, inflation, and Federal Reserve policy.  During the BABCPHL breakfast meeting Ryan talked about economic growth and recession throughout the world during the past decade, and what US GDP might look like this year.

Laura presented a general overview of the strength and resilience of the UK economy; the UK Government’s long-term economic plan to drive productivity and growth; and the Government’s ambitions for enhancing UK-US trade and the economy after the UK’s departure from the EU.  Laura supports the Consul General, promoting UK economic, commercial, foreign policy and national security priorities, and consular services.  She provides leadership and direction to the teams driving economic, trade and climate policy, political engagement, public diplomacy, communications and consular work as well as providing strategic oversight for the wider work of the 110 person strong team, covering a four-state area of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

After Ryan and Laura each spoke for a few minutes about their respective country’s economic conditions, Laura engaged Ryan in a “fireside chat” about trade, slow global growth, and how this will affect the US economy, as well as other factors such as increasing protectionist policies, the EU and US trade relationship, and prospects for US-China economic relations.. Audience Q&A followed Ryan and Laura’s dialogue.  Questions were related to several hot button issues such as tariffs, taxes, immigration, and the environment/climate.  Conversations continued long after the meeting was adjourned as guests networked, and exchanged business cards.

Special thanks to Laura Hickey, Her Majesty’s Deputy Consul General & Deputy Head of Mission at the British Consulate General New York, and Ryan Wang, US Economist at HSBC Securities for presenting this timely symposium.

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2019 Summer International Networking Reception Recap

On Wednesday, July 24, 2019 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia partnered with the Chilean, French, German, Irish, Israeli, Japanese, and Eurasian Chambers of Commerce for the Ninth Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception.

More than 250 global business executives and regional and foreign government officials gathered at the National Museum of American Jewish History for this annual meeting of the who’s who of international relations in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Participants took great advantage of the chance to network and make valuable connections, as well as hear the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the USA and Canada, H.E. Javlon Vakhabov, speak.  A raffle draw included a variety of prizes, such as bottles of wine, tickets to upcoming events, and swag bags.

Special thanks to the Chilean Chamber for organizing such an important program for the international business community and to event sponsors: PhilaPort – The Port of Philadelphia and Santander.


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2019 Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon

On Thursday, December 12, 2019, the BABCPHL hosted our Signature Annual Holiday Lunch, which included a Penderyn whisky tasting during cocktail hour in the Grand Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton.  We are living in a time of transformative change throughout the world.  Nearly 200 guests gathered for this special annual event to celebrate the strong ties between our region and the UK.  The US’ historic connection with the UK and our many shared cultural, economic and political values bind our two nations together and enable us to support one another throughout transition.  Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President welcomed attendees and introduced special guest, Mayor Jim Kenney who commented on the auspicious date.  December 12th was the day of the General Election in the UK.  Mayor Kenney stated, “As the birthplace of the American democracy, Philadelphia values and encourages everyone to use their right to vote. I wish the UK a smooth process.”

Mayor Kenney talked about how the relationship between the US and UK extends way beyond the polling stations.  The UK is the largest foreign direct investor and ranks first for the number of jobs from foreign investments, in our region and state. Many representatives of those UK companies participated in the BABCPHL Holiday program.  There are also 15,000 UK passport holders in our region – one of the most sizeable foreign-born communities.  Additionally, the UK is our top overseas visitation market.  Mayor stated, “Despite our history nearly 250 years ago, we remain great allies.  We are such good friends and partners that my first trip overseas was to the UK – also supporting the Birds against the Jaguars in Wembley Stadium at the time!”

The City of Philadelphia receives numerous visitors from the UK – from investors to high ranking diplomats.  Mayor Kenney recognized and thanked Oliver Franklin, our local diplomatic representative for the UK.  For more than 20 years Oliver has worked tirelessly to create ties between Philadelphia and the UK including business programs, high school exchanges, and more. He’s been distinguished by the Queen for his services.  Mayor emphasized Philadelphia as a global city, welcoming people from all over the world – and most certainly, from our oldest partner, the UK.

Michael thanked Mayor Kenney and the hard work he and his team deliver on a daily basis, enabling all of us and our businesses to thrive.  Michael formally introduced BABCPHL 2019 Honoree – Oliver St. Clair Franklin – someone who is very important to maintaining UK/US diplomatic relations in the Greater Philadelphia region.  Oliver has been a BABCPHL Board Member for more than two decades.  He was appointed by the UK Government in 1998 to represent British interest in the Philadelphia region.  Oliver is the 3rd British Honorary Consul in Philadelphia.  In this role Oliver liaises with the Consul General in New York and the British Embassy on providing advice to businesses, solving consular issues in the region and engaging in public diplomacy.  Oliver’s relationship with the UK started as a college student in 1966 after graduating from Lincoln University.  In 2002 Her Majesty the Queen bestowed the OBE Honour in recognition of his services to British business.  In his public diplomacy role Oliver has hosted senior members of the British Royal Family as well as government ministers and members of Parliament.  He created a program for Philadelphia public high school students to visit London and founded another initiative to provide opportunities for mid-career American minorities to work in UK investment banks.  Most recently, Oliver received ‘The Distinguished Friend of Oxford’ Award in September 2019, and last month was elected an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford where he studied as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  Honorary Fellows are expected to enter the intellectual life of the college and university.  Oliver, thank you for all that you do to promote the diplomatic, business and cultural ties between our region and the UK.

Following a delicious lunch, event sponsors: Simon Hawkins, Director, US/UK Sales Alliance & Market Development from Virgin Atlantic Airways; Nick Lotz, Head of Mid-Atlantic Corporate Banking for HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; Mark Carrow, Regional Managing Partner for Citrin Cooperman; and John Hodge, Managing Partner, Americas, Miramar Global each spoke for a few minutes about their companies and their commitment to the BABCPHL.

It would not be a BABCPHL holiday event without some fun and good cheer.  Christmas crackers were popped, paper crowns were donned, and Howard Silverstone, BABCPHL Membership Chairman and Raffle Draw Master of Ceremonies Extraordinaire oversaw our coveted gift giving tradition.  Our program concluded with more than 20 raffle prizes given to lucky business card draw winners from local retailers, restaurants, hotels and sports teams, including roundtrip Virgin Atlantic Upper Class tickets to the UK.

Special thanks to BABCPHL 2019 Holiday Lunch headline sponsors, without whom this program would not have been possible: Citrin Cooperman; HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; Miramar Global; Virgin Atlantic Airways; The Welsh Government, and Penderyn Distillery.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season.  We are thankful for your support and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


A Welsh Feast – An Unforgettable Evening of Whiskey Tasting & Welsh Hospitality

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 the BABCPHL hosted A Welsh Feast: An Unforgettable Evening of Whisky Tasting & Welsh Hospitality at The Pyramid Club.  The room with magnificent views overlooking the City was crowded with nearly 100 guests who were eager to sample the delicious assortment of Penderyn Whisky as well as the Welsh delicacies thoughtfully prepared by the Club’s talented Chef.  The evening began with the whiskey tasting, generously provided by the Welsh Government.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President welcomed attendees and thanked sponsors: Leon Dutkiewicz, Partner & Practice Leader for International Taxation from Citrin Cooperman and Efe Izilein Sokol, Senior Representative in the US from the Welsh Government.  Citrin Cooperman is a top-25 nationally recognized full-service assurance, tax, and advisory firm, and the Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales.  Both Citrin Cooperman and the Welsh Government are active Club Level members of the BABCPHL.

Efe spoke for a few minutes on behalf of the Welsh Government.  She has been in her role for nearly a decade, and is based in NYC with the British Consulate.  Efe raises the business, political, trade, investment, art, sports and culture profile of Wales in the Northeast US, and she is an active BABCPHL Board Member.  The Welsh Government and the BABCPHL work closely throughout the program year.  We are fortunate to collaborate with Efe and her team to welcome Welsh Ministers and Government Officials to the region.  In the spring of 2019, the Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language came to Philadelphia for an exclusive roundtable meeting with BABCPHL members.  In prior years we liaised with the Welsh Government to host the First Minister of Wales and on another recent occasion, the Secretary of State.  Pennsylvania has a very long history with Wales.  It is an honor to welcome Ministers and Government Officials to Philadelphia to strengthen our relationship with Wales, enhance trade, and promote transatlantic ties.

BABCPHL guests mingled with Pyramid Club members long into the night, creating valuable business to business connections.  We offer special thanks to event sponsors Citrin Cooperman and the Welsh Government, and to the Pyramid Club for their hospitality.  The evening was complete with a business card raffle draw for a bottle of Penderyn Whisky generously donated by the Welsh Government.

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Sky’s the Limit!

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia presented Sky’s the Limit!  Newcomers and veteran residents gathered for a “welcome to Philly” or “welcome back after summer” roof top tour of Philadelphia’s newest and most iconic spaces. Seven bi-national groups: the Chilean, Eurasian, French, German, Irish, Israeli, and Swedish American Chambers of Commerce partnered with us for this special, completely sold-out event.  The evening was absolutely beautiful.  The weather was crisp, clear and sunny, and guests were wowed by the 365 degree sweeping views of the City skyline.  The program took place across three separate spaces, where attendees networked and enjoyed happy hour with the international business community.

Brandywine Realty Trust kicked-off the night with food and drinks on Cira Green, before moving attendees to a discussion in Brandywine Corporate Headquarters.   Steve Rush, Vice President, Leasing, Brandywine Realty Trust led a presentation about the design, development, and master plan expansion of University City.  The quickly changing area, referred to as “Schuylkill Yards,” is slated for extensive redevelopment on the west bank of the Schuylkill River.

After Steve’s presentation, each British Chamber member who sponsored the event was invited to say a few words about their business and their connection to the BACPHL.  Leon Dutkiewicz, Partner and Practice Leader, International Tax, Citrin Cooperman; Bruce White, Vice President Insurance Services, Johnson Kendall Johnson; and Mick Merritt, Chief Operating Officer of Signature Services, Penn Medicine, spoke on behalf of their businesses.

The evening culminated 400 feet above street level at Level 28 – AKA University City’s spectacular lifestyle club. AKA University City graciously invited us to end the evening in their thoughtfully created space.  Eilon Gigi, Director of Level 28 spoke briefly about AKA University City, which specializes in long term stays.  He explained Level 28 was focused on member wellness, relaxation, and enjoyment, providing top notch amenities including a spectacular pool, Technogym Fitness Center, business and meeting space, and outdoor terrace overlooking Philadelphia.  AKA offered event attendees a signature cocktail, beer and wine from their sleek bar overlooking the serene patio roof top seating area and the setting sun over the Philadelphia skyline. Guests were also invited to tour two of AKA’s well-appointed suites.

Attendees thoroughly enjoyed the night, both inside AKA’s comfortable lounge and outside on the terrace garden floating above the City.  International business professionals networked long into the evening in one of Philadelphia’s most burgeoning neighborhoods where executives, students, professors, and residents mix.

Special thanks to sponsors: Citrin Cooperman, Johnson Kendall Johnson, and Penn Medicine, and to AKA University City and Brandywine Realty Trust, for hosting our program.


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BIO 2019 Recap

From Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 6, 2019, Philadelphia welcomed the BIO International Convention. More than 16,000 attendees from around the globe gathered to meet global biotech and pharma industry leaders from 67 countries.  This annual event offers unparalleled partnering, education, and networking opportunities.  The tristate region’s vast array of leading universities and research institutions fostered a particularly collaborative environment for conference participants.

The UK’s delegation to BIO 2019 included more than 200 companies from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK sector is in growth mode.  After adding 7,500 jobs last year, there are now almost 250,000 people employed in the biotech and pharma industry.  5,800 life science businesses are operating across the UK, including the largest cluster of advanced therapy companies in Europe.  The UK offers the largest biomedical pipeline in Europe, with a turnover of £74 billion.  Foreign direct investment increased by 5% last year, with US companies in particular looking to invest more heavily.

The industry is rapidly expanding on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and on Tuesday evening, June 4, more than 450 people gathered at the Museum of the American Revolution for the BIO 2019 UK reception. The event was presented by the UK’s Department for International Trade in collaboration with: AstraZeneca; BIA (the UK BioIndustry Association); the Welsh Government; Invest Northern Ireland; and the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.  We were honored to partner with these groups to provide attendees with the opportunity to meet leading innovators from the UK life sciences ecosystem.

Click here for photos from the UK reception as well as a few shots of the UK Pavilion at the 2019 BIO International Convention.

British Composer, Graham Fitkin’s Concerto for Recorder and Orchestra

This year’s PS Festival Concert in Verizon Hall will include an unusual performance of a contemporary work by British composer, Graham Fitkin. Performed only once, in Britain, Fitkin’s Concerto for Recorder and Orchestra became one of three celebrated orchestral works to be nominated last year for the BBC’s British Composer Awards 2018.

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British Government’s US Regional Envoy Visits Philadelphia

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Mark Garnier MP, the US regional Envoy for the Department for International Trade London, visited Philadelphia with Alexandra Hall Hall, Brexit Counsellor from the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. The BABCPHL had the honor of welcoming Mr. Garnier and Ms. Hall Hall for a VIP luncheon discussion about Brexit at The Palm restaurant in Philadelphia.  The visit was perfectly timed as the world watches the UK’s momentous decision evolve.

Appointed by the Prime Minister, Mr. Garnier is the British Government’s US Regional Envoy. He is focused on promoting UK/US trade and investment ties across the US, through engagement with local governments, relevant trade bodies, Congressional representatives in their districts, investors and regional media. Mr. Garnier is supported by the UK’s US network, and plays a key role in helping open markets, unlocking barriers, and promoting deeper trade and investment links.  Previously, Mr. Garnier was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade from July 17, 2016 to January 9, 2018.  He was elected as the Conservative MP for Wyre Forest in May 2010.  Before coming to Parliament, Mr. Garnier spent 27 years as an investment banker and investment manager. During this time, he spent 15 years specializing in the emerging markets of South East Asia.

Joining Mr. Garnier was Ms. Hall Hall, Brexit Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington. Ms. Hall Hall is responsible for spearheading the work of explaining the UK’s departure from the European Union to US audiences, and promoting a continuing strong US-UK relationship post-Brexit.  Prior to taking up this position she served as British Ambassador to Georgia from 2013 – 2016, and as a senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington DC from 2016-2018.

Mr. Garnier and Ms. Hall Hall delivered remarks about the historic and strong relationship between the two nations; the current geopolitical situation in Europe; and the positive outcome Brexit will have, not only for the UK, but for the rest of the world. Attendees were privy to a candid discussion about the complicated process and the careful decisions that must happen to proceed.  BABCPHL guests were invited to ask questions, which focused on data privacy, Northern Ireland, party politics, pre-WWII geopolitical sentiments, as well as other issues.  BABCPHL members garnered a much greater understanding of how the Brexit process might progress.  The open dialogue provided everyone with an invaluable opportunity to more deeply understand the current situation.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • HSBC
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Welsh Government