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In Conversation with Q5 (US): Rethinking flexibility – How to build & retain your best workforce in 2023

Thursday, June 8, 2023

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST


Join our member Q5 and Ceridian for a jointly hosted webinar that explores the biggest opportunities for employers in 2023 to develop and retain their best talent. In this session, we’ll delve into the latest findings from Ceridian’s 2023 Pulse of Talent report to find out what your top talent really wants. We’ll also look at how organisations can use this data to improve work-life balance, increase employee engagement and build organisational resilience.

We’ll be addressing four key questions:

    1. How can organisations use career flexibility and personalised career paths to unlock the full potential of their current and future workforce?
    2. What are some practical strategies for building an internal mobility framework that empowers your organisation’s people, as well as achieve business objectives?
    3. How can organisations supercharge their learning and development programs to help employees grow and thrive in their careers?
    4. What are the key benefits of fostering diversity in leadership, and what can organisations be doing now to create a culture of inclusion and belonging?

 Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain valuable insights into supercharging a more engaged and productive workforce in the year ahead.

Circular Transformation: Designing Business Models for Durability, Reuse, Remanufacturing and Recyling

Thursday, May 18, 2023

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST


Industries and businesses have set ambitious sustainability targets for the next 10-20 years compelling companies to reuse and recycle in more efficient and innovative ways, rather than using raw materials.

A circular economy retains the value of products or resources by putting them back into the product cycle after use and enhancing waste management. Yet, a recent Bain & Company Survey found that 60% of active circularity initiatives have not reached scale. Stakeholders need to come together to build the operating system for the circular economy, find new forms of collaboration and follow the footsteps of industry innovators.

Join BAB and our expert panel as we explore how the circular transition compels a shift in business models, investment patterns, and economic incentives. We will look at what infrastructure is available to support this and how these shifts and new technologies can better position organizations to prosper and unlock productivity while contributing to sustainable growth.

The discussion will explore;
  • Harnessing waste as a source of energy: what opportunities are available to recover valuable resources from waste, reducing the need for new raw materials and saving energy.
  • Circular economy development: Visualizing new business models and collaborations to expand opportunities in waste reduction, reuse and recycling
  • Increased efficiency and cost savings: what improvements can reduce the environmental impact of waste and help companies save costs by reducing their waste disposal feeds.
  • Economic & behavioural challenges: what impact does investment patterns and economic incentives have on companies, governments and the consumer and how do we change our mindset.

Trade & Investment Guide to the UK for US Companies – Launched April 26, 2023

The Trade & Investment Guide is a crucial resource for US companies looking to explore the exciting opportunities the UK has to offer. It provides practical advice on all the issues that companies must consider when expanding, from logistics and legal services to finance and immigration.

It offers insights on the diverse nations and regions across the UK and outlines the unique sector-based opportunities in every corner of the country.

Finding Your Way provides essential information on the services that both the UK and US governments, as well as leading associations and networks offer to help US companies be successful. It also includes details and practical advice from leading private sector firms whose services can help companies with their expansion endeavors.

Click here to access the document published by BritishAmerican Business for distribution to the 22-Chapter Network. The BABCPHL is proud to be a part of the largest transatlantic business network, including more than 2,000 member companies based in major cities throughout North America and the United Kingdom.

Recap: Inbound Scottish Trade Mission to Philadelphia

The BABCPHL welcomed a delegation of Scottish companies to the Greater Philadelphia region during the week of May 15, 2023. The Scottish North American Business Council (SNABC) brought the representatives to Philadelphia and the surrounding area to explore opportunities and expand their international trade activities. Delegates spent the week meeting with public and private sector stakeholders across the City and the State. The objective for this mission was to create mutually beneficial opportunities for companies in both Scotland and our region. We were honored to collaborate with SNABC to ensure the visitors received a warm welcome, learned about our area, and made valuable contacts.

Meetings launched Monday morning, May 15th with a market awareness session. Robert Jaffe, Director of Business Development, Baker Tilly US, LLP welcomed our group. Jane Rosenberg, Executive Director, BABCPHL provided introductory remarks for Michael O’Rourke, Manager, International Business Attraction & Retention, Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, State of Pennsylvania; Pierre-Olivier Lugez, Senior Director, International Business & Global Strategy, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia; and Hasna Achik, Manager, Economic Competitiveness and Energy Initiatives Leadership Councils, Select Greater Philadelphia, who presented industry and demographic data about our region. The BABCPHL invited a select group of members from various business sectors to join the roundtable discussion, offer their insight, and network with the Scottish delegates. After the market awareness session concluded, delegates met one-on-one with local public and private sector potential clients and trade partners, based on their individual interests.

On Monday evening the SNABC hosted a networking reception for BABCPHL members as well as many others involved in international trade throughout the region at Yards Brewery. Mayor Kenney was the special guest. There were several meetings and events through Thursday, May 18th to showcase the delegates businesses and facilitate connections.

Special thanks to Allan Hogarth, Executive Director, and Eilidh MacDonald, Executive Assistant, from the SNABC for organizing this mission and collaborating with us on the ground here in the US to ensure the delegates got the most out of their visit.

Click here to learn more about the Scottish companies who visited our region and click here to view photos taken throughout the week.

Mod Madness: UK-US Trivia & Networking Event Recap

On Thursday, April 13, 2023, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Emerging Leaders Group (BABCPHL ELG) Co-Chairs collaborated to offer Mod Madness: UK-US Trivia & Networking. The happy hour event was open to all BABCPHL members and friends at all stages of their career. The program took place at The Trestle Inn and was sponsored by Forensic Resolutions.

Four teams competed for first place in the trivia contest, created by Howard Silverstone, President, BABCPHL and in-house MC extraordinaire! Donning his Union Jack vest and hat, Howard’s humor and wit infused the evening with fun and entertainment. The three rounds of trivia included mod and pop culture questions mostly focused on music and film from the 1960s and 70s with some modern-day questions thrown into the mix. Before and after the contest, the bar was abuzz with networking. Each guest was treated to drinks and snacks and the opportunity to win some business card raffle prizes.

The BABCPHL ELG launched a decade ago and started meeting again as soon as we returned to in-person operations. This was the second gathering this fiscal year, and we were honored to formally introduce our new ELG Co-Chairs, Ben Hooson-Jones from The Mike McCann Team, and Melissa McClure from the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. The BABCPHL is lucky to have two dedicated and creative professionals at the helm of this important group.

Special thanks to our event host Ian Cross, Marketing & Communication Chairman of the BABCPHL and Co-Owner of the Trestle Inn; our sponsor, Howard Silverstone, President of the BABCPHL and Director, Forensic Resolutions; and our ELG Co-Chairs, Melissa and Ben for enabling everyone to come together for a spirited evening of networking, libations and fun. Congrats to Team #1 on their win and cheers to all for the good time!

Click here to view photos.

Raising the Bar on Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, December 1, 2022

8:30-10:00 am EST (in-person)
2:00-3:00 pm GMT (virtual panel)


BCG research suggests only about 10% of companies succeed with AI. Where should leaders invest energy around this capability – vision, ideas, processes, or context?”

Join BAB and BCG as we discuss what AI means to businesses and whether there is enough activity around AI explainability.

The expert panel will explore what the biggest contributor to AI investment success is – a grand vision, a foundry for new ideas, robust systems/processes, or the human context in which it is deployed – how robust the data is that AI relies on and where can how we identify and onboard AI talent.

The International Talent Conundrum: Understanding the Pitfalls of Expanding/Hiring Overseas and How to Avoid Them

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm EST


Operating as a global company is at the forefront of business now more than ever. With remote workforces spanning the globe, bespoke solutions requiring in-country support, and up-and-coming markets forming in previously neglected regions, companies need an international expansion plan as part of their playbook. Expanding for the first time can seem daunting and untangling a patchwork expansion plan gets costly and confusing. International workforce expansion can be an exciting time for your workforce, if you have the right tools in place to avoid potential legal liability.

Join Andrew Laing, our Moderator and Sales Director at Vistra with panelists, Charles Zamora, Global People Advisory Officer at Vistra, Ross Eberly, Partner, and Eileen Leman, Employment Law Associate at Cooley LLP, as we discuss the issues that companies face when hiring in a new jurisdiction.

After the event, you will:

  • Know how to leverage global hiring solutions to hire the best talent possible, and to manage compliance, employee satisfaction, and integration from afar
  • Better understand the signs that it’s time to expand and learn how to take advantage of these opportunities so you can keep ahead of the curve
  • Be equipped with the tools you need to engage your first employee in a new country, or to send your local employees overseas to establish a new presence
  • Better understand the potential legal pitfalls of hiring in a new jurisdiction without first considering the types of employment or engagement that best fit your needs
  • Recognize what permanent establishment is and how to navigate it efficiently across all of your international operations

Operating in Uncertainty – What Will the World Look Like in 2030?

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

10:00 – 11:00 am EST


Geopolitical tensions, disruptions to supply chains and global trade, as well as an energy crisis are shaping a new era of economic volatility and uncertainty. What does this mean for businesses and how should they respond? Join our BAB expert panel session, supported by Boston Consulting Group, to find out what the world might look like at the end of the decade, and discuss the steps businesses need to take to be prepared for an increasingly uncertain future.

Our panel will be led by Tim Figures, a senior expert on geopolitics and trade, and Associate Director, London, Boston Consulting Group along with representatives from the Airline industry, Aerospace, Manufacturing, and Pharmaceutical sectors.

Philly’s chief British delegate, honored by Queen Elizabeth days before her death, is a Lincoln University grad

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Board is proud to congratulate Oliver Franklin, Board Member on his appointment by Her Majesty the Queen as a Commander of the British Empire.

Oliver has served on the BABCPHL Board of Directors for more than two decades. We are honored to have helped him reach this noteworthy milestone through some of the work he has done with the BABCPHL.

Click here for the article published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday, October 12.

Heartfelt congratulations to Oliver for his dedication to enhancing the US-UK relationship and to his great contributions for the betterment of society on both sides of the Atlantic.

UK Energy & Climate Change Breakfast Forum

On Friday, September 30th the British American Business Council, Citizen Diplomacy International, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Commerce hosted an energy, climate and sustainability exchange between UK and Greater Philadelphia areas leaders. The groups collaborated to deliver dialogue about green technology, innovation and sustainability efforts, and partnerships between public and private sector entities operating in the transatlantic corridor.

Howard Silverstone of the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia opened the meeting, welcoming our visitors and guests. Attendees spoke about their expertise and how their work is growing momentum following the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland (COP26) in 2021.

Energy, climate and sustainability leaders from the UK and Greater Philadelphia enjoyed the exclusive breakfast forum where they engaged in meaningful conversation about Philadelphia’s efforts in supporting green energy businesses and initiatives that are creating jobs, reducing environmental impact, and strengthening the economy.

The UK delegates were invited by the US Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program. The exchange was sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the US Government. We are grateful to our regional partner, Citizen Diplomacy International, who managed the visit and invited us to collaborate on this important and meaningful visit.

Click here for photos. Photo credit: Gabriel Tomescu, International Consulting, Multilingual Communications, US Department of State, Language Division Contract.

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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.
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Olympus
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government