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Scottish North American Business Council Trade Mission to Greater Philadelphia

Sunday – Thursday, May 14 – 18

The Scottish North American Business Council is leading a trade mission to Pennsylvania and surrounding areas for businesses interested in exploring opportunities to expand their international trade activities. Delegates will meet with public and private sector stakeholders across the City of Philadelphia, the State of Pennsylvania, and potentially neighboring States as well.

The goal of this in-person mission is to create mutually beneficial opportunities for companies in both Scotland and our region by:

  • Connecting businesses to potential partners;
  • Supporting delegates with their international ambitions; and
  • Representing Scottish businesses.

As part of the trade mission, delegates will receive market briefings on key opportunities in Greater Philadelphia, networking events with business organizations in Greater Philadelphia and a series of one-to-one business meetings with potential clients or trade partners, based on individual requirements.

Philadelphia Delegate Profile Trade Mission May 2023 (1)

More information on specific events BABCPHL members are invited to participate in will be forthcoming. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the delegate companies or be involved in a specific activity welcoming this group, please contact

Mod Madness: UK-US Trivia & Networking with BABCPHL’s Emerging Leaders

Thursday, April 13, 2023
5:00 – 7:00 pm

The Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

You’re invited to the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia signature annual emerging leaders’ event at the Trestle Inn, Philadelphia’s famous whiskey and go go bar. The evening will include a spirited competition of UK-US trivia, networking, light bar snacks, libations, and the chance to win exciting gifts.


Our upwardly mobile, creative, and enthusiastic group of emerging leaders are making waves. They are actively forging their path and are destined for leadership positions within the transatlantic business community operating in our region. Join them for this annual dynamic, engaging and fun program that includes networking and an entertaining game of UK-US pop culture trivia.

For more than a decade the BABCPHL has been invested in fostering emerging leaders, the next generation of BABCPHL board members and members at large. This important group drives future growth and development. Do not miss Mod Madness 2023!

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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.

Policy Agenda Launch

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

11:00 – 11:45 am EST


Join us for the release of BAB’s 2022-2023 Policy Agenda, an annual publication outlining the transatlantic business community’s policy priorities for the coming year.

The agenda reflects the top issues for leading transatlantic businesses, celebrates successes of the past year, and sets the direction of BAB’s policy work.

The virtual event will feature keynote remarks from US and UK Government leaders and a panel discussion, moderated by CEO Duncan Edwards, on the current state of the transatlantic trade and economic corridor.

WTC Delaware Gala

Thursday, November 3, 2022

6:00 – 9:00 pm EST

Hotel Du Pont / Gold Ballroom
42 W. 11th St.
Wilmington, DE 19801


World Trade Center Delaware Gala returns on November 3 in the Gold Ballroom of the Hotel DuPont for the first time since 2019. We are all very excited to celebrate the achievements of the region’s international business community and meet with our colleagues and friends in an intimate setting during the cocktail hour and dinner.

Deputy US Trade Representative Ambassador Sarah Bianchi will attend and speak, and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester will offer greetings. Delegations will come from overseas and Emissaries travel from Washington to attend the Gala.

We are honoring Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock as our Champion of Trade. GT USA Wilmington, (Gulftainer), the operator of the Port of Wilmington is our Large Company International Innovator and Batta Environmental Associates is our Small Company International Innovator. Donate Delaware is being named as International Humanitarian for its tireless efforts during the COVID pandemic and its work in Ukraine and Africa to meet medical equipment needs.

As in previous years, we will feature and up and coming local performer. Danielle Alura, A. I. DuPont High School and University of Delaware graduate who was recently named Miss Global USA will join us to sing the national anthems of the United States and those of the foreign delegations attending the Gala.

YPG on the Go Go!

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia emerging leader/next-gen program at the Trestle Inn on Thursday, October 20th was a success! We were thrilled to welcome regionally based young professionals to attend this fun, low stakes, social introductory evening, the first of its kind since before the pandemic. The objective of the event was to introduce regional professionals from both the public and private sectors who work within the transatlantic business corridor. Attendees learned more about the Organization and how they can help create and influence meaningful activities geared toward future success.

Jane Rosenberg, Executive Director, BABCPHL; Ian Cross, Marketing & Communications Chairman, BABCPHL and Proprietor, The Trestle Inn; and Jason Walker, Treasurer, BABCPHL and Managing Partner, Cross Border Financial Planning USA spoke briefly about the Organization and invited attendees to go around the room and introduce themselves. Each person had the opportunity to talk about who they are, what they do, and their interest in being a part of the BABCPHL.

This gathering offered a great chance to network with like-minded professionals looking to develop new contacts and become involved in the regional international business scene. It also served as an introduction to everything the BABCPHL has to offer the next generation of business leaders operating in the transatlantic market.

It was wonderful to greet many enthusiastic, eager to network rising star professionals for a lively evening of in-person introductions and mingling. The consensus was that just being together, networking face-to-face was exactly what is most desired!

Comp cover, drink tickets and snacks were included, along with a business card raffle draw for prizes at the end of the evening.

Special thanks to Ian Cross for hosting our group.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Fisher Phillips
  • Forensic Resolutions
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government