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President’s Letter

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is off to a great start. I am pleased to report the BABCPHL closed the last quarter of the calendar year with educational forums featuring leading business executives who discussed timely topics such as cybersecurity and Brexit. In December we were joined by Mayor Kenney in welcoming the new Consul-General, Antony Phillipson to Philadelphia during our signature annual holiday luncheon.

During the coming weeks and months we are executing more than a half dozen programs related to pressing global business matters; young tech entrepreneurs; and UK cultural events throughout our region. While the majority of our programs are business oriented, we offer British culture and entertainment related activities as well. All BABCPHL events are valuable opportunities to meet members, network across sectors, and showcase your business or service offerings.

It is our job to promote the trade and investment relationship between the UK and the Greater Philadelphia region. Our Chapter’s jurisdiction includes Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and the State of Delaware. Within this geography we are honored to work closely and to collaborate with regional and UK government officials, and other international institutions.

As you read through this newsletter you will find a recap of our recent past activities and upcoming events in which our members may participate, as well as feature articles published by or about our members. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you often this calendar year.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Pedrick
President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


New Jersey Networking Event & Dinner

REGISTER HERE

Attend our annual dinner and experience traditional British pub food and specialty beer. The evening will provide valuable networking opportunities and excellent giveaways.

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: The British Chip Shop
146 Kings Highway East
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

 

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The Future of UK-US Trade – Updated Position October 2017

We support efforts that strengthen the vital UK-US economic relationship

The UK-US economic relationship is one of the most comprehensive and successful in the world. It drives innovation, jobs and growth in both countries. We welcome efforts by UK and US Governments to strengthen that relationship. Having been a key promoter of transatlantic economic integration in the past; we will support initiatives that help to foster this vital relationship in the future.

We welcome the creation of the UK-US Working Group on Trade and Investment and the exploration of a potential future UK-US Free Trade Agreement

We welcome the creation of the UK-US Working Group on Trade and Investment (WGTI) and the sustained momentum it has received since it was first announced. We stand ready to provide a business stakeholder engagement platform into the dialogue, so government can hear directly the views of businesses in different sectors that trade and investment across the Atlantic every day on UK-US market access issues and the scope of a future US-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

There is much scope to bring the UK-US economies closer together ahead of an FTA

There is much scope to bring the UK-US economies closer together ahead of a FTA. The ‘Moving Forward’ Paper published in April 2017 by BritishAmerican Business, which includes the London and New York Chapters of the network, outlined ten areas that transatlantic businesses see as a starting point for further UK-US economic collaboration, which can be tackled ahead of FTA talks and which can help set the objectives for a future US-UK FTA. We welcome the US and UK Governments efforts to work on those and congratulate both Governments to the recent positive announcement of a US-UK collaboration agreement in science.

The discussion on a future UK-US FTA must be held in context of ongoing Brexit talks and with view to create a strong and integrated transatlantic economy

We strongly advocate for the UK-US FTA discussion to take place in the context of the Brexit talks and the aim to create and sustain a strong transatlantic economy; and with that the ongoing economic integration of the US and the EU. Our members value the transatlantic relationship as a source of innovation and growth. A future US-UK FTA must therefore be part of a triangular thinking that ensures that the UK, EU and the US are together part of an integrated transatlantic economy.

October 2017


Brexit Updated Position – October 2017

The transatlantic business community remains committed to a strong UK that provides the best possible access to the EU

In a survey conducted by BritishAmerican Busienss, which incorporates the BABC chapters in London and New York, pre-referendum, 95% of transatlantic businesses who responded wished for the UK to remain part of the EU. It is with that mandate that we advocate for a for a negotiation outcome that best serves both the UK and the EU economies, its citizens and our members; many who operate daily across borders. We are committed to a strong UK that provides the best possible access to the EU.

We welcome proactive UK Government stakeholder engagement

We welcome the increase the proactive engagement UK Government shows at a senior level and opportunities to present our members’ concerns and priorities. As negotiations continue, it is important to keep lines of communications open and demonstrate that Government is taking business views into account.

We have serious concern about a lack of progress on critical business issues

Although the risk of a ‘cliff-edge’ scenario has decreased, and positive developments made on a transition period, we remain concerned about the lack of progress made in negotiations and continued lack of solutions in difficult areas that matter to business. As negotiations approach the March 2019 deadline, the largest areas of concern remain the decision over a transition period and its length, and the overall lack of clarity about the kind of economic integration the UK wants to build with the EU post-Brexit.

Brexit is already impacting investment decisions

The UK’s decision to leave the EU and the uncertainty around its future relationship with the EU has already used up substantial human and economic capital for businesses trying to mitigate its effects. The continuing uncertainty over the UK’s future attractiveness as a destination for business is already impacting our members decisions to invest in UK operations. The prospect of additional financial costs, administrative burdens, increase in supply chain times and restrictions on accessing foreign talent is causing companies to either move or hold back investment.

Key concerns for transatlantic businesses
Key concerns for businesses in the transatlantic community in the Brexit negotiations include:

• The economic impact of a customs border between the UK and the EU

• The economic impact of a growing regulatory divergence between the UK and the EU.

• The economic impact of the reduced ability to attract talent, short-term and long-term.

• The economic impact of potential divergence from the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK an unclear participation of the UK in transatlantic data flows frameworks (‘Privacy Shield’)

October 2017


The Future of Business Immigration

On October 27th a group from the German American Chamber of Commerce, French American Chamber of Commerce and British American Business Council gathered for a Lunch & Learn, hosted by Green and Spiegel.  Immigration attorneys, Jonathan Grode and Ralf Wiedemann’s topic, “The Future of Business Immigration”, was extremely topical and informative.  We learned that the last large immigration reform happened in 1986 and while the policy of immigration hasn’t changed too much, our perception and the attitude of those issuing the visas has.  Jonathan also pointed out that there is a strong migration of employees leaving the State Department.  This “brain drain” is negatively affecting all aspects of the governmental arm, as those with years of experience and knowledge are no longer employed and the Department of State is desperately trying to fill the vacancies.  While one would think regardless of who is employed, they have certain laws to follow – which is true to an extent.  Congress implemented the Immigration & Nationality Act of 1965, but it is the State Department’s responsibility to interpret the Act and implement regulations.  Those interpretations can change as those in power at the State Department do.  This is what is creating the uncertain environment that is felt within the world of immigration today.

Another point we touched upon, was the Executive Branch’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from a business standpoint.  We were left with the question – how will the lay-off of 800,000 DACA workers in March 2018 affect the economy?

It was a fascinating conversation and lively discussion by the attendees who asked many questions and voiced concerns with this ever-evolving topic.  As the immigration environment continues to change, we look forward to Lunch & Learn again with Green and Spiegel.


Allied Integrated Marketing – Goodbye Christopher Robin Screening

The BABCPHL and Allied Integrated Marketing welcomes you to join us for a screening of Fox Searchlight’s new film, GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. The screening will be held on Monday, October 16th at 7:30 PM at Ritz East. We will provide 50 tickets on a first come, first serve basis.

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Opens in Philadelphia October 20th

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston

Directed by: Simon Curtis

Written by: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Simon Vaughan

Produced by: Damian Jones, Steve Christian  

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

 

 

 


Club Level Feature: Ernst & Young

EY collaborates with Microsoft on a new analytics solution to help organizations enhance workforce productivity and well-being

London, 12 July 2017

EY announced this summer that it is collaborating with Microsoft to provide a new analytics solution called Workplace Insights, which can help organizations enhance their productivity and the well-being of their work forces by uncovering data patterns in digital communication and employee collaboration in today’s complex, digitally-driven business environment.

Workplace Insights combines the Microsoft Workplace Analytics platform with EY services consulting and data analytics experience to help organizations reach informed business decisions that can improve performance. The platform analyzes an organization’s existing communication and collaboration patterns – such as email and calendar metadata – and incorporates data from other enterprise systems to show how teams spend their time, collaborate and engage, both internally and externally, such as with suppliers or clients. EY interprets the outputs to help develop actionable insights and recommendations that organizations can use to support the execution of their strategic and operational priorities. The capability can be applied across business scenarios that include organizational transformation, mergers and acquisitions and real estate planning. Workplace Insights helps organizations use data to make informed decisions in these example areas:

  • Organizational transformations: Helps targeted and efficient change management and transformation efforts by measuring and monitoring the real-time effectiveness of change programs and engagement.
  • Mergers and acquisitions: Supports integration, benefits realization and retention of critical talent by identifying degree of group collaboration and communication patterns across formerly disparate teams or organizations. This analysis can be used as forward-looking indicators of success or flag potential risks.
  • Organization design: Helps to provide organizations with a quantitative look at collaboration and communication habits, new activity patterns and make more informed decisions around changes in roles and responsibilities based on these new data sets.
  • Workspace and real estate planning: Allows planners to improve productivity and enhance employee engagement and collaboration by understanding where, when and how groups work. Work location and commute time information can be loaded into the platform, which supports EY in providing insights around capacity, design transformations and broader real estate planning activities.

Mike Bertolino, EY Global People Advisory Services (PAS) leader, says:

“In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive environment, employers continue to face increasing operational pressures, especially as the global workforce evolves. This collaboration with Microsoft combines data science with a focus on the value that people bring to their work. Workplace Insights helps companies to better understand the effectiveness of their people, so they can identify opportunities for change and help support their people to be the most productive and collaborative as possible.”

Ryan Fuller, General Manager, Microsoft MyAnalytics & Workplace Analytics, Microsoft, says:

“Working with EY to leverage the organization’s in-depth experience in workforce transformation and change management across multiple industries, we anticipate that we will increase our engagement with organizations around the world. In today’s disruptive and highly competitive environment, it is more important than ever that companies take full advantage of the data they have at their disposal and understand what drives value, so they can make better-informed decisions.”

Together, EY member firms and Microsoft deployed Workplace Insights to help a global professional services firm’s IT organization in redesigning process and structure to increase customer centricity and decrease cost. The company leveraged the data to improve collaboration between groups and identify optimal reporting relationships and organizational structures, which helped measurably improve product development, margin and speed-to-market.

Greg Cudahy, EY Global Lead, Technology, Media & Entertainment, and Telecommunications, says:

“Particularly for large transformations that can drive hundreds of millions of dollars in value, organizations need to be sure they can pinpoint their most collaborative and productive teams and facilities. Workplace Insights provides near-real-time, quantifiable feedback on what’s working and what is not, so organizations can quickly identify and leverage workforce opportunities. In addition, EY and Microsoft are committed to protecting clients’ and employees’ data privacy and confidentiality by aggregating and anonymizing data, while complying with increasingly varied and stringent data privacy regulations.”

The Workplace Insights solution is supported by more than 10,000 EY People Advisory Services practitioners globally. The solution can be integrated with the EY Organization Talent Hub (OTH), a tool built on the Microsoft Azure platform. OTH pulls an organization’s data into a secure environment, providing access to crucial statistics before and after the restructuring occurs. It offers the granularity necessary for planning the new organization design and selecting and retaining talent, while tracking workforce movements needed for day-to-day operations.


President’s Letter

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

I am honored to officially communicate with you for the first time as President of the BABCPHL. While I have served in various Executive Committee roles and on the Board of Directors for more than a decade, I am pleased to assume this new leadership position.

BABCPHL closed the books on an excellent fiscal year at the end of June. Our second quarter century of operations and success in the region is well underway. But the key to that continuing success is making sure the BABCPHL is providing value to you, its members. We want to hear from you! Please tell us how we can best serve you and the interests of your company. Is there a pressing issue or topic related to UK-business you would like us to present? Are you a member and would like an opportunity to participate more fully? Are you are not currently a member and might like to join but don’t know the next steps? Contact us with questions or comments: www.babcphl.com

While the summer is often a quiet time, the BABCPHL was very productive. We launched our new logo, published our annual membership directory, hosted a few programs, and planned our new fiscal year activities. Upcoming BABCPHL events include seminars about pertinent subjects such as cybersecurity and Brexit, and of course, our signature holiday program. Read on to learn more.

I look forward to working with you to promote the trade and commercial relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and the UK.
Sincerely,

Michael J. Pedrick
President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


Human Interest Feature

BABCPHL Transatlantic Network
By Caroline Willems, BABCPHL Coordinator
Fox School of Business, Temple University

Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital – the world’s best talents and greatest ideas.

– Jack Welsh

Have you ever heard the saying, “it takes a village?” Well it most certainly does. The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) is an exceptional platform to facilitate opportunities within and beyond Philadelphia. BABCPHL provides strategic connections to understand, de-risk, and execute business relationships on both sides of the Atlantic.  While the world is smaller than ever due to technology and other advancements used to more easily communicate, a myriad of entities are required to smoothly run a business or an organization, and the BABCPHL is no exception.  Did you know the BABCPHL is one of many British-American Business Council (BABC) Chapters throughout North America and the UK, governed by a cross-chapter board with a Secretariat provided by the Council’s London chapter, BritishAmerican Business (BAB)?  While the BABCPHL maintains its own Board of Directors and members based within its geography – Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the State of Delaware – the organization works closely with the overall BABC network.  BABCPHL also collaborates with the Department for International Trade (DIT), the economic development arm of the UK government.  We work closely with all of these groups to ensure seamless delivery of our mission.

BABC is the largest transatlantic business network with 22 Chapters, 18 BABC chapters in the US and four in the UK, located in major business centers. Canada is represented with an Ontario based chapter. These 22 groups include more than 2,000 businesses on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  While all BABC chapters are successful organizations on their own, the groups benefit from the work and role of its New York and London chapters, who together form the BAB. With a team of more than two dozen people and its transatlantic brand, BAB acts as a driver for the overall network, offering content, advocacy contacts, and exposure.

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is another invaluable resource to the BABCPHL. DIT’s mission is to “help UK business export their products and services to grow in the global marketplace.” DIT also helps US based companies looking to invest or grow their business in the UK. DIT has offices throughout the US, with offices in New York, Boston and Washington, DC on the east coast. DIT is a specialized government body with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy. To find out more about the services DIT offers US businesses, visit www.great.gov.uk.

The highest UK office here in the US is the British Embassy which is responsible for citizens of England, Scotland, and the Cayman Islands. The Embassy is located in Washington, DC. Located within the Embassy grounds is the residence of Sir Kim Darroch, the current British Ambassador to the US. Sir Darroch is the British chief spokesperson for one of the largest embassies in Washington, DC, with more than 210 diplomats and 250 staff members. The job of the British Embassy is to protect and aid UK citizens while they are residing in the US, and communicate diplomatic matters back to their native country. The British Embassy is responsible for the communication between the host government (US) and their own country’s government (UK).

There are 11 Consulates and UK Government offices situated in major cities across the US. Consulates have some of the same responsibilities of the Embassy. However, certain situations are required to be handled at the Embassy level. An Embassy is required for more pressing diplomatic issues and hosts an Ambassador. Consulates control diplomatic issues on a smaller scale, and host a Consul. Visas, marriage licenses, and British passports are situations where a UK citizen residing in the US would need to take a trip to one of the 11 Consulates.

The US is connected to the UK in many different ways. In order for business to run smoothly, it’s essential that organizations and government entities assist people and companies. When business is being conducted overseas, these entities become even more vital. BAB, DIT, the British Embassy, and the Consulates support international business between the US and the UK. These essential organizations aid in communication and overseas activities. The BABCPHL is pleased to collaborate with these important groups and thanks them for their support and partnership.


Mind the Gap

Her Majesty, the Queen’s Guards vs. the US Secret Service

Today, more than ever before businesses and people need to be on extra high alert. Cybersecurity and protective services to safeguard your company and yourself are on the rise.  The e-newsletter instalment of “Mind the Gap” shares trivial information about the differences between the UK and the US.  This article explores the protective measures and services employed by the UK and US to ensure the safety of Her Majesty the Queen and the President of the USA, respectively.

Whether you see them on horse or on foot, the Queen’s Guard has had an active presence in England since the year 1660. Introduced during the reign of King Charles II, these soldiers were placed outside of the Sovereign’s Palaces. Despite swarming sightseers, the Queen’s Guard is not merely a tourist attraction. These men are fully operational military soldiers who attend military training for more than half a year. When Her Majesty, the Queen is at her home in Buckingham Palace, there are always 40 men and three commanding officers guarding the residence. Although the main duties of the soldiers are to protect the Sovereignty and the Palace, their jobs are more extensive.

Infantry soldiers are responsible for the Changing of the Guards. This is a ceremony where the new guards assume responsibility of protection from the hands of the old guards. This grand ceremony consists of meticulously dressed foot soldiers that partake in a uniform drill while a band is playing. The entire process takes approximately 45 minutes. Tourists gather around Buckingham Palace railings more than an hour before the ceremony begins to ensure unobstructed viewing. Altogether, this historic process is one that no one wants to miss when in the UK.

Across the Atlantic, The White House, located in Washington, DC has a different method of protection. The Secret Service is the renowned protection team responsible for the safety of the White House and the President of the US. Presidential and White House protection services go far beyond armed agents. The Intelligence and Technology Teams are essential in the operation. The Secret Service was initially formed in 1885 to prevent counterfeiting US currency. It wasn’t until the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 that Congress formally requested protection of the President from the Secret Service.

Although there are some similarities in protective services between Buckingham Palace and the White House- such as the large fence that guards both buildings, the latter goes to far more extremes. Technologically speaking, the White House is one of the most secure facilities in the US. The White House is protected in physical, technological and intelligence layers. Today, the Secret Service has more than 6,500 employees, all dedicated to the safety of the President and The White House. Food scanners, radar systems, and bulletproof windows surround the building as well as the most up-to-date technologies such as air filtration systems and infrared scanners. The Intelligence Division of Homeland Security is dedicated to thinking ahead and preventing attacks. They randomize the protection system and ensure the President is as protected as possible. Her Majesty the Queen’s Guard and the Secret Service combine history and current technologies to protect their leaders. Whether it’s Her Majesty the Queen’s Guard or the US Secret Service, it’s clear that countries will go to the highest extent possible to protect their leader.

Trivia: Who was the first man who died in the Secret Service and what was his connection to the UK?

The first person to submit the correct answer to babc@babcphl.com will receive one complimentary ticket to our Cybersecurity Seminar taking place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Bartlett
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • HSBC
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • TD Bank
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic