BABC Past Events

London Chamber of Commerce / Greater Philadelphia Regional Business Ecosystem Roundtable Discussion – Recap

On Friday, October 27, 2023, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia welcomed the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), and Woods International, LLC.

Nearly 20 BABCPHL members and area partners gathered around the table to welcome our guests. The discussion centered on an overview of the Greater Philadelphia business ecosystem with a focus on regional trade and commerce with the UK. Several prevalent industries were represented by professionals from both the public and private realms. The Department for Economic Development from the State of Pennsylvania and the Commerce Department from the City of Philadelphia started the discussion by setting the stage with a general overview of the regional economy, and a dynamic dialogue followed.

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Transformational Energy Solutions for the Built Environment Webinar

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.

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Ties Between Two Great Nations – American & British Architecture & Design – Recap

On Tuesday, October 17, 2023, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia presented Ties Between Two Great Nations – American & British Architecture & Design. The event was held at Carpenters’ Hall, an iconic building and treasure in historic Philadelphia. Special thanks to our sponsor, UK Business & Trade/British Consul-General New York, and program partners, the Carpenters’ Company, and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for collaborating with us.  

The historic relationship between the UK and Greater Philadelphia carries over to present-day aspects of society, including city planning, building, construction, engineering, design, and architecture. Post-Brexit, the UK has an opportunity to launch new export markets, and UK architects are one example. This year, the US and the UK signed a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) of qualifications in architecture which further enhances trade ties between the two nations.  

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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Fireside Chat with Joseph Kennedy III

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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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