Event Recap

Second Annual New Jersey Networking Event

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted the Second Annual New Jersey Networking event and sit down dinner at The British Chip Shop in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The program was a tremendous success, and the venue was filled to capacity with more than 30 BABC members and friends. Chip Shop proprietors outdid themselves again and provided guests with a superb selection of specialty beers, and a wonderful meal that included a sampling of the menu from their new British inspired restaurant and bar – The Victoria Freehouse, now open in Old City, Philadelphia.

Hope Krebs, BABC Board President welcomed guests and provided a brief discussion about the organization and upcoming activities. Following Hope’s remarks a winning business card was drawn for a signed Philadelphia Union pennant, and the intimate group was invited to sit and enjoy dinner. The traditional British pub meal concluded with tea and a decadent dessert. Guests remained at the event long after it was over, continuing to mingle and enjoy the atmosphere. Cadbury’s famous “Crunchie” candy bars were presented to each attendee as a parting gift before they braved the cold February night air.

The BABC encourages those who were unable to attend the program to take the quick trip to New Jersey to check-out the British Chip Shop and English Gardner Gift Shop.

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Winter 2013 International Business Networking Reception Featuring the Governor of Delaware: The Honorable Jack Markell

On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia collaborated with the Chilean, French, German, Israeli and Japanese Chambers of Commerce, The World Trade Center of Delaware, and Delaware International Trade & Development for an exclusive event with the Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell.

The third annual international business networking program celebrated the success of the State of Delaware as a destination for global enterprise. Over 200 guests, including leading figures from the international business and diplomatic communities in the region gathered for this event at The DuPont Country Club in Wilmington.

Governor Markell spoke about the importance of international trade and commerce to the State of Delaware and the development efforts underway for the Port of Wilmington. One of the Governor’s first comments was about the State’s strong ties to the United Kingdom. The UK is Delaware’s second largest export market.

The event was sponsored by: McConnell Johnson Real Estate, Royal Fumigation and The Port of Wilmington.

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British Business in Bloom: A Brilliant! Opportunity to Network, Learn, Dine and Visit the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show

On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted British Business in Bloom: A Brilliant! Opportunity to Network, Learn, Dine and Visit the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show featuring Drew Becher, President of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), and Chris Woods, Director, PHS Meadowbrook Farm. This program inaugurated the BABC’s second annual British Invasion series of events – BABC inspired opportunities to foster connections, expand business and enjoy British themed programs throughout the City.

More than 80 people gathered for the BABC’s exclusive luncheon at The Pennsylvania Convention Center in the SkyBox overlooking the central feature of the 2013 Flower Show – a stunning Big Ben with an LED clock face screen that once an hour turned into a video of iconic British entertainers. This very special program was truly brilliant! The BABC was honored to partner with PHS in lead-up to the 184th Philadelphia Flower Show. The keynote speakers provided excellent insight into the valuable work of PHS and the “inside story” behind this year’s Flower Show theme.

Drew’s report of the annual economic and community impact the Flower Show has on the City of Philadelphia was staggering. The revenue generated from a show of this magnitude brings millions of dollars and visitors to the City. Drew explained year-round PHS programs, benefit the City Harvest program, which creates green jobs and supports a network of community gardens that raise fresh produce for more than 1,000 families in need each week during the growing season. Chris, a native of England, began his career at the Royal Botanical Gardens where he was trained as a horticulturalist. His anecdotal stories and history behind the absolutely magnificent central feature of the Show and the British theme were both fascinating and entertaining.

All attendees were treated to excellent networking, informative presentations, wine, and a delicious meal in the private event space overlooking the crowded floor of the Flower Show. Two tickets to see Under the Whaleback during Brit Invasion 2013 week at the Wilma Theater were donated for the business card raffle and PHS graciously gave each guest a pack of flower seeds, a discount offer to see Cirque du Soleil, and a flash drive.

Special thanks to BABC Ambassador Member, PHS and all participating Board Members and their companies for their support of this special program. The BABC was proud to donate a portion of proceeds from this event to Teens 4 Good, a youth-led entrepreneurial farm and nutrition business that transforms vacant lots into urban gardens/farms, improving access to healthy food for communities, and creating meaningful jobs for at-risk youth.

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Brit Invasion Week at The Wilma Theater – Under the Whaleback

BABC members received an exclusive $10 discount to the Wilma’s North American premiere of Under the Whaleback by critically-acclaimed British playwright Richard Bean, directed by Blanka Zizka for evening performances on April 2nd, 3rd, or 4th.

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