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Lunch and Learn: How to Work with the UK Department of International Trade

Lunch and Learn: How to Work with the UK Department of International Trade

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

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Please join the BABC and UK’s Department for International Trade to learn more about working with their teams to engage UK companies arriving in North America.

UK companies need a variety of support including:

  • access to finance, legal and tax advice,
  • recruitment support, and
  • export assistance.

DIT, along with many partners, help UK companies plug into the US ecosystem in order to grow and thrive.

At this event, you will learn how DIT works with companies like yours to support UK businesses export to and land in North America and how you too can support British businesses and help them thrive


Accelerate with Brendan Drake, US CEO, Hotel Chocolat

Accelerate with Brendan Drake, US CEO, Hotel Chocolat

July 20, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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Brendan Drake, US CEO, Hotel Chocolat will share the impressive story behind the US expansion and how he helped to pivot the US business plans after the pandemic hit from a physical retail led strategy to a digital led strategy, the challenges he faced but also the lessons learned and how it provided clear direction for growth in the future.

An Australian native, Brendan spent 7 years in the UK and formerly had a career in banking prior to taking on the opportunity to lead Hotel Chocolat’s US expansion plans in 2018.

BAB’s Accelerate series is aimed at SME companies and founders of start-ups who are growing – or planning to grow – their transatlantic trade. This roundtable creates a unique peer-led conversation around relevant case study remarks, tailored for companies who are navigating their expansion plans, for a discussion about the challenges and opportunities of expansion and investment in the US.


STIR: Building Trust in the Long Fight for Racial Justice

STIR: Building Trust in the Long Fight for Racial Justice

June 17, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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It’s been more than a year since the killing of George Floyd. Companies have been called to action by the public in the fight against racial injustice, and studies show that since 2020 people have invested more trust in the power of corporations over other institutions to respond to systemic racism.

 

After a year of public commitments made by business leaders to address this pressing issue, where are we currently on this road? What do public perceptions of corporate responsiveness to race relations say about our progress so far? What are the gaps still, and how can business leaders respond at this juncture?

Panelists will delve into:

  • Edelman’s research findings on Public Trust & Racial Justice: What is the degree of public trust in organizations or companies to respond to systemic racism and racial injustice?
  • Actionable steps companies can take to actively dismantle unconscious bias, and for business leaders to authentically gain credibility to influence and make positive impact in this area and ensure that this progress resonates with consumers and the public
  • How corporate boards can leverage their influence to not only shape the workforce of the future, but directly address pressing social issues, placing diversity & inclusion at the heart of new strategies around the future of work

 

“The Stir” is BritishAmerican Business’ inclusion & diversity initiative. Launched in 2011, this critical program series has grown and evolved in response to the changing needs within the transatlantic business community. In short, we are creating a stir: an open, honest conversation on how diversity & inclusion are not just good for business, but vital.

Together with our partners, BAB continues to remain vigilant in addressing these issues via a series of content-rich and community-building programs featuring the latest research, best practices, and real-world examples to make our case.

 


Roundtable with Huw Walters, UK Ministry of Defence Director of Economic Security & Prosperity

Roundtable with Huw Walters, UK Ministry of Defence Director of Economic Security & Prosperity

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
10:00 AM EST

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The British-American Business Association’s Defense, Aerospace, Transportation & Security Comittee (DATS) invites BABA Members to join Huw Walters, UK Ministry of Defence Director of Economic Security & Prosperity for a roundtable presentation on the UK’s National Security and Investment Bill.

The bill will overhaul the UK’s investment security regime and will modernize the government’s powers to investigate and intervene in the case of hostile foreign direct investment. The regime strengthens the government’s ability to intervene in transactions that pose a national security risk, whilst also maintaining the UK’s overall openness to inward investment. It includes mandatory notification requirements of transactions across 17 key sectors of the economy, including “defence” and “dual use.”

As key defence industrial stakeholders working closely with the UK to strengthen our respective investment security regimes and work across an array of defence industrial topics, you may be interested in an in-depth exploration of what this bill entails. Mr. Walters will present on the NSI bill from a defence perspective and open the session for your questions and comments.


Virtual Roundtable: Rising Temperatures, Falling Ratings: The Effect of Climate Change on Sovereign Creditworthiness

Virtual Roundtable: Rising Temperatures, Falling Ratings: The Effect of Climate Change on Sovereign Creditworthiness

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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Global Trade Conference

Global Trade Conference

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Online Webinar

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Are you interested in International Trade? Looking at opportunities to grow your business? Start building business relationships and grow your network at the Global Trade Conference 2021!

2020 saw the annual event turn digital giving us the opportunity to involve a truly global audience.  The virtual event will continue as a digital half day conference and topics will include discussions around the recent effects on the world a year on, a global economic analysis, international travel, business resilience and resuming trade.

Attend for:

  • New international connections
  • Valuable trade information and insights
  • Hear success stories from real companies who have made their international footprint
  • Open your eyes to new opportunities and collaborations
  • Grow sales, customers and client base

BABCPHL Board Member Feature – Jason Walker Financial Advisor

As a British expatriate looking to build a network and establish business, the BABCPHL was one the of the first organizations Jason Walker contacted in 2015 when he moved from the UK to Philadelphia. After a couple of years as a general member, he moved into a the role of BABCPHL Young Professionals Group Co-Leader. Recently, Jason was invited to join the BABCPHL Board of Directors, and he is currently serving as Treasurer. Through Jason’s involvement with the BABCPHL, he has made many valuable business contacts and friends who have helped grow and develop his practice.

Jason works with private clients and small businesses as their trusted advisor, creating and maintaining investment plans to ensure they are on track to meet their financial goals. As a British expatriate in Philadelphia, Jason’s niche includes working with other expatriates regarding their unique circumstances. He helps clients reach their greatest objectives with a simple, transparent and disciplined process by designing and implementing an investment strategy based on each individual’s unique situation. Jason’s passion is knowing he makes a positive difference in the lives of the families and organizations he serves.

During the pandemic, Jason has really missed the social aspect of his work. To fill this void, he and his family adopted a dog, named Boris, who now keeps them busy and entertained. Once pandemic restrictions are lifted, Jason hopes to travel back to the UK to visit friends and family. Jason says, “this is the longest stretch of time I have ever been away, and I can’t wait to see everyone in Blighty. When back I will be eating a late-night curry, having fish and chips with my Mum, and buying a scotch egg or three from the supermarket!”

Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC
One Logan Square
130 N. 18th Street, Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-640-3161

Investing involves risk and you may incur a profit or loss regardless of strategy selected.


From Pandemic to Economic Recovery: a Conversation with Economist Ryotaro Tashiro

From Pandemic to Economic Recovery: a Conversation with Economist Ryotaro Tashiro

Thursday, June 3, 2021

7:00 pm EDT

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Mr. Tashiro will present the latest facts and figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He will also focus on international trade, particularly with Japan, our region’s third largest trading partner, and discuss the impact of the pandemic and how trade is moving forward nationally and internationally.

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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
  • HSBC
  • International Products Corporation
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government