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October 3-21: Inis Nua Theatre Company Presents: The Monster in the Hall

Duck and her father are doing great. At least that’s what they’d like the social worker who’s visiting today to believe. She doesn’t need to know that Duck’s father just woke up blind, or who that random Norwegian woman in the closet is. With the help of her own backup band, Duck is sure to persuade anyone and everyone that she and her dad are absolutely, positively, certifiably fine. This play with songs is recommended for ages 14 and up. Music by Nigel Dunn and Stephen Wright.

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Location: The Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake
302 South Hicks Street (Near 15th and Spruce)

 

Reviews:

Theatre Review: Inis Nua Overcomes The Monster in the Hall

Inis Nua Theatre Company presents David Greig’s ‘The Monster in the Hall’

Review: In Monster in the Hall, Things Go Bump in the Light


Exporter & Financial Services Forum

Please join World Trade Center Delaware and the US Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank) on September 28, 2018 at a breakfast Exporter and Financial Services Forum to find out how you can reduce the cost of international business.

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018

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Brits, Beer & Bites Meetup

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The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) is proud to partner with the Pyramid Club to invite you for an evening meetup of Brits, Beer & Bites. Join us to learn more about the BABCPHL and to create valuable business connections with c-suite executives and young professional expats involved in UK/US business in the region. Drink tickets, door prizes and more will be offered to attendees.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: The Pyramid Club
1735 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Member Individual Ticket: $25

Non-Member Individual Ticket: $35

*Price includes food, drink and raffle items.

 

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Department for International Trade Advamed MedTech Conference- UK Reception

From September 24-26, Philadelphia hosted the 2018 Advamed MedTech Conference, welcoming 3,000 leading medtech executives from 30 different countries. The MedTech Conference is a must-attend event for the industry’s prominent and most promising companies.  The meetings feature world-class plenary speakers, a wide array of educational programming, valuable networking and business development opportunities.  The Advamed MedTech Conference UK delegation was led by the Department for International Trade (DIT), the commercial arm of the British government.  During the last 70 years, the UK government has invested significant resources into the National Health Service (NHS).  The Country’s biomedical ecosystem is rapidly expanding.  In its first year, the total NHS budget was approximately $500M.  Today, the UK government is spending $500M just to implement new technologies in hospitals.  The UK is also investing $400M in AI research and recently gave a $25 billion boost to the NHS budget.

On Tuesday evening, September 25, DIT offered Medtech conference attendees the opportunity to participate in an exclusive seminar – “’Deep Learning’ in the NHS.” The panel discussion focused on how technology is used to transform UK healthcare and provides inspiration for innovation.  Speakers were asked probing questions about their areas of expertise, cutting edge technologies, and the pioneering healthcare environment in the UK.  Dr. Mike Short CBE, Chief Scientific Advisor from the UK Department for International Trade, moderated the discussion.  Mike recently joined the UK government after working for more than 40 years in the electronics and telecommunications sectors, most recently as a VP at Telefonica. Mike’s role at DIT is to ensure that the department’s policies are supported by the best science, engineering and technical advice.

The following four panelists provided an informative overview about the role of cutting-edge and developing technology within the NHS:

  1. Tony Davis, Commercial Director, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network – The UK has 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), which aim to accelerate the adoption of innovation at scale across the UK. In addition to his role at the West Midlands AHSN, Tony leads the national network for digital health and AI.
  2. Professor Martin Gibson, CEO, NorthWest eHealth – NorthWest EHealth is revolutionizing the use of electronic health data to support the delivery of clinical trials. The company is renowned for supporting GSK’s Salford Lung Study – the world’s first real-world clinical trial. Martin is also NIHR Clinical Director for Greater Manchester and a consultant physician in diabetes and endocrinology.
  3. Dr. Jean Nehme, Co-founder and CEO, Digital Surgery – Jean trained as a plastic surgeon at Imperial College London and co-founded Touch Surgery five years ago. His new, expanded venture – Digital Surgery – aims to build a digital ecosystem that sits at the intersection of surgical expertise and technology.
  4. Neelam Patel, Chief Operating Office, MedCity – Neelam has 25 years of experience in the pharma industry, NHS and non-profit sector. She is currently leading work to help NHS England develop standards for digital health. She also leads the evidence workstream at DigitalHealth London, which aims to make it easier for small businesses to introduce their products into the NHS.

Attendees were encouraged to ask the speakers questions once the seminar ended. The final part of the evening included a cocktail reception offering delicious food, an open bar, and a Scotch whisky tasting. The reception was hosted by UK Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy, who was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and a Government Whip (Lord in Waiting) in December 2016. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords) is the ministerial lead for NHS Resolution, Property Services and Community Health Partnerships, Business Services Authority, Digital, and Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. In addition, he represents the government on all aspects of health in the House of Lords. Lord O’Shaughnessy focuses on the following policy areas:

  • making a success of Brexit;
  • life sciences policy and industry engagement, industrial strategy and NHS innovation;
  • medicines pricing and regulation;
  • data, digital and technology, including cyber security; and
  • NHS land and estates, NHS litigation, migrant cost recovery and income generation.

Approximately 75 Advamed MedTech conference attendees, executives from leading global healthcare sector companies and local and foreign universities and other institutions enjoyed learning how technology has been used to transform UK healthcare. Networking with some of the UK’s top innovators at the end of the night was enjoyed by all.  The BABCPHL was honored to partner with DIT, the Welsh Government, Health Innovation Manchester, Scottish Development International, MedCity, Academic Health Sciences Networks, and the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) to deliver this timely and informative program.

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How to Survive & Thrive in the Changing Times – Leap Hurdles & Grow Your Business

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This seminar will explore the current state of transatlantic business with a focus on several areas of importance to US/European commercial ties.  Panel experts will discuss pressing corporate and industry obstacles such as:

  • Trade sanctions & Tariffs,
  • Data & Cybersecurity,
  • Labor mobility & Immigration, and
  • Tax.

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Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Location: The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
200 South Broad Street
Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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2018 Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon – PHL International: Regional Economic Engine Connecting Philadelphia to the World

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Join us to celebrate global business and experience holiday cheer. The Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia will be our special guest and will introduce keynote speaker, Chellie Cameron, CEO, PHL International Airport.  Learn more about the region’s economic engine – PHL International Airport – connecting Philadelphia to the world.  This signature annual BABCPHL event offers networking; a formal midday meal; “Christmas Crackers;” special guest and keynote presentations; and exciting raffle prizes including American Airlines AAdvantage miles for a pair of round trip, Business Class tickets on American Airlines’ award winning, non-stop service from Philadelphia International Airport to London, England. Come one come all to celebrate international business and ring in the holiday season!

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
11:00am-12:00pm: Business Networking Reception
12:00-2:00pm: Luncheon Program

Location: The Ritz Carlton
Ten Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

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Exclusive Airline Sponsor:

Premium Sponsors (To Date):

   

Corporate Table Supporters (To Date):

Duane Morris LLP
TD Securities
Virgin Atlantic Airways


Great British-American Pub Night: QUIZZO! – Test Your Knowledge of UK & US Trivia

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted a truly GREAT British-American Pub Night Quizzo contest. Nearly 60 BABCPHL members and friends gathered for this entertaining and competitive trivia game at the Victoria Freehouse located on Front Street in Old City, Philadelphia.  The establishment was filled to capacity with 14 teams representing law, accounting and insurance firms, banks, sports teams, manufacturing companies, theater and government groups.  It was a diverse and enthusiastic crowd including people from the French American Chamber of Commerce who partnered with us on this program.  Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President, opened the evening with welcome remarks, introductions, and thank you to sponsors, Forensic Resolutions and The Welsh Government.

Efe Sokol, BABCPHL Board Member and Senior Representative from the Welsh Government, co-sponsored the evening. Efe has been an active member of our Board of Directors for the past two years and the Welsh Government has been a longtime supporter of BABCPHL activities.  Efe was joined by Kelly Taylor, Business Development Executive.  The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales.  They seek to constantly create the right environment for business – to equip the private sector in Wales with the tools to compete as the high-value player in the global economy.  Wales has a thriving knowledge economy, industry-focused R&D and a loyal workforce.  Wales is linked to key UK business hubs with a first class transport infrastructure, and some of the least costly and best property around.

Howard Silverstone, Director of Forensic Resolutions, was the Master of Ceremonies for Quizzo Night. He has served as BABCPHL President on two occasions and is currently the Programs & Events Chairman.  Howard has been actively involved in the BABCPHL for more than 25 years, and was recently appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his service promoting British business in the United States.  When Howard is not supporting BABCPHL activities he is managing Forensic Resolutions, a forensic and investigative accounting firm, providing solutions to complex business problems and insurance claims.  Howard is the quintessential BABCPHL Board Member and supporter – we could not ask for a more involved or dedicated individual!  Howard was the master of ceremonies for our dynamic and highly competitive game of QUIZZO.

Howard masterfully led Quizzo Night participants through three rounds of ten questions each focused on the following categories: UK/US history, geography, pop-culture, sports and music. Howard’s humor and wit infused the entire evening with good fun and loads of cheer.  The night included delicious British pub style food, drinks and coveted prizes including: four club box tickets to one of Philadelphia Union’s remaining games of the season; two tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra orchestra level seats at an upcoming concert; a BABCPHL branded umbrella, baseball cap and calendar; and a bottle of French wine and two tickets to an upcoming French Chamber event.

The BABCPHL extends special thanks to sponsors, Forensic Resolutions and The Welsh Government; event partners, the French American Chamber of Commerce and the Philadelphia Orchestra; and Quizzo Night prize winner donors the Philadelphia Union and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Congratulations to winning team, Duane Morris, BABCPHL Club Level Member! The team was led by Hope Krebs, past BABCPHL President and current board member.

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Young Professionals Group Seventh Annual Panel Discussion & Networking Event: The Future is Now, Where Are You?

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the BABCPHL Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted the seventh annual panel discussion and networking event: The Future is Now, Where Are You?  The workplace has changed dramatically during the past two decades.  Speakers talked about why companies – small, medium and large enterprises – are embracing open plan work spaces and collaborative working environments.  Panelists spoke about the current work milieu; the technology businesses are using; and best practices and operations.  Featured speakers included: Josh Dubin, Director of Programs & Strategy at Pipeline Workspaces who presented the evolution of the collaborative work environment; Laurence Hookway, Risk Information Consultant from Chubb Global Services who discussed the current movement toward remote work arrangements; Adam Jones, Vice President from Shout Digital who talked about the various technology and tools companies employ to successfully implement business operations; and Jay Jumper, Partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP who spoke about the legal aspects of conducting business in this manner.

Josh reported on the evolution of the shared workspace, and the dramatic transformation during the past few years. Shared workspaces are currently characterized by a more diverse ecosystem of companies, representing various sized enterprises and industry sectors.  What once began as an area most appealing to young, “hoodied,” tech entrepreneurs, the gig-economy, etc. has changed significantly.  During the past couple of years the profile of shared workspace members started to include lawyers, journalists, real estate entrepreneurs, etc.  Today, veteran entrepreneurs and national businesses are actively seeking and occupying this type of office as it provides financial flexibility and promotes a communal type of interaction, creating inspiration and innovation.  The community component is a big sell.  Shared workspace companies are in the business of building community and curating dialogue.  People can connect and grow relationships organically.  Some examples of big companies that have built campuses around collaboration spaces are: Google, Facebook, GSK, and Urban Outfitters.  Josh stated that during the next five years – middle market companies (such as 20, 50, and 100 person operations) will begin thinking creatively about how to transform their space into this type of cooperative working environment at a low cost.

Laurence spoke about his personal experience working in both modern and traditional office, on both sides of the Atlantic. He explained how work space is industry driven.  When young professionals enter the work force and start out at a big company, they often expect a modern area, a clean, tech driven, digital environment in which to operate.  Influencers include: a company’s corporate culture; economic factors; and social change.  The recent trend toward a mobile – work from home policy – while leading to greater flexibility, dissuades a community building, collaborative and interactive engagement.  Laurence also discussed the disadvantages of blurring the lines between work and home.  Furthermore, US and UK-based businesses utilize differing surveillance techniques to monitor their employees work and online habits.  The issue of data privacy and protection comes into play.  The one benefit of the advanced ability to work remotely is seamless disruption to work flow with globally mobile employees.  Lastly, the ability to work remotely can impede professional development because there is no face-to-face interaction with people at various levels within a company.  All in all, interpersonal interaction among employees of all levels and a collaborative working environment is a win/win.

Adam provided insight about the technological tools companies use to enable their employees to collaborate and successfully meet business goals. Examples he gave include Mixed Reality (MR) and Insight Heart, Microsoft’s blend of augmented and virtual reality.  These tools enable teams to share instantly.  College classrooms also benefit from this technology. Conversational Artificial Intelligence, such as the Chatbot is replacing traditional customer service representatives, call centers, etc. throughout the globe.  Currently and in the future there will be a tremendous impact on overall business operations and the bottom line as a result of rapidly developing technology. MR has the ability to blend both of what makes Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) valuable to businesses.  MR can take a snapshot of the real world environment, and allow the user to place virtual objects within that space.  VR is an entirely virtual world with no connection to the environment of the user, and AR doesn’t allow the same level of interaction.  MR has the potential to genuinely disrupt the workplace in a positive way by allowing for seamless collaboration. It allows for physical items to be shared within seconds with a team in an entirely different location.  Employing this type of technology can potentially save businesses a significant amount of money.

Jay delivered remarks about important strategic business planning and legal issues companies need to be aware of when operating in a shared work environment. For example, properly documenting all aspects of the business including: the physical space arrangement; ensuring the relationship between the building owner and the shared workspace operator is clearly defined; and carefully documenting the roles and responsibilities of all employees, is a must do.  Jay provided examples of why confidentiality and intellectual property – protecting proprietary information – is a big issue when operating in a diverse work space.  Insurance needs are also different than those of a business with a solely managed and operated office.  For example, people in a shared space arrangement still need to insure their property, and equipment.  Budgeting is another aspect that should be carefully evaluated.  Shared work space loans itself to an artificially low overhead cost.  Companies who operate in this type of environment need to balance their desire for a shared working environment that fosters creativity and collegiality with the need to protect proprietary information and carefully document business operations.  In addition, while expenses are reduced in the short term, companies need to think long term about how this can impact them both financially and from a risk profile.

In summary, shared workspace is a positive trend that can positively influence any sized business across industry sectors. However, one thing for sure, proper strategic development and business plans specific to this type of work environment must be implemented to ensure success.  To round out the presentations and close the discussion Jason took questions from the audience.  Attendees networked after the formal part of the program ended.  Everyone enjoyed their signature whiskey sours, while developing new and enhancing old business ties.

We would like to extend special thanks to sponsor company Pepper Hamilton LLP and to event partner, Select Greater Philadelphia.

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Britain Unites – Bridging Connections across the LGBT Community

On the third Thursday of every month from 6 – 8:00 pm the LGBT Committee of The Pyramid Club partners with LGBT-friendly groups and organizations to bridge opportunities and connect the community throughout the Philadelphia area. The Pyramid Club, a longtime supporter of the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, is hosting a British themed evening to unite several regional organizations for a networking happy hour. We hope you can join us.

                    
Welcomes Barclays, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, Resource Solutions, Pennsylvania Ballet, and PYHLA Philly. “Britain Unites” as we connect with fellow Brits.

Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, British fare and discounted drink prices.
Thursday, May 17th, 2018
6 PM to 8 PM

Business casual attire is required.
All are welcome.

                                                           

                                                    

RSVP to https://pyramid-club.ticketleap.com/Britainsunite

 


EU GDPR with the US Commercial Service – Recap

EU GDPR with the US Commercial Service

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BDP International

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, more than 50 international business executives gathered at BDP International for a panel discussion about Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR). The BABCPHL partnered with the French and German American Chambers of Commerce and the US Commercial Service to deliver this timely seminar.

Michael Ford, COO of BDP International welcomed guests and introduced the speakers. Jordan Fisher, Managing Partner at X-pan Law Group moderated the session. Alexandre Clovirola, Cybersecurity Data Analysis Expert, Security Analyst, I-TRACING, was the first to speak. Alexandre’s discussion focused on data protection and cybersecurity elements. He gave a brief presentation about EU GDPR goals, including the importance of securing data from hackers.

Michelle Sylvestor, Policy Advisor, Data Flows and Privacy Team, Office of Digital Services Industries, Industry and Analysis, International Trade Administration, US Department of Commerce, joined the conference by telephone to talk about the Privacy Shield. Her presentation included how businesses can use governmental resources to stay informed about the changing regulations. She mentioned that using the Privacy Shield will help businesses comply with the GDPR and will include an annual review.

Jordan Fisher and Rebecca Rakoski, also a Partner of X-pan Law Group, discussed the new EU GDPR in great detail, including processing, personal data, and data structure. Their presentation quickly turned into a dynamic discussion with attendees. They answered complicated questions regarding how it will affect US citizens along with a thorough explanation of the impact for both small and large businesses. They discussed how the new regulation could affect even the smallest things such as the use of a business card. Lastly, they touched upon the impact of Brexit and how the ambiguity of the UK separation from the EU makes the regulation difficult to interpret.

Aaron Gardner, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, KLDiscovery was the final speaker. He talked about data breach and proper response procedure. Aaron noted how the EU GDPR is extremely different from US data protection policy. For example, in the US, a company has 30 days to report a data breach. In the UK, they have 72 hours to report the problem.

All speakers were engaging, and provided important information about the new EU GDPR. It is clear this is a top priority for Europe.  The five guest speakers clearly informed attendees about how the EU GDPR will affect the everyday business operations.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Bartlett
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • HSBC
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • TD Bank
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic