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Transformational Energy Solutions for the Built Environment Webinar

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
12:00pm – 1:15pm

Brought to you in part by the Department of Business and Trade of the British Embassy and the Building Innovation Hub

DBT would like to cordially invite BABA members to a webinar on the 23rd August 2023 at 12.00 PM, sponsored by the Department of Business and Trade at the British Embassy, and the Building Innovation Hub.

This invitation builds upon a successful Green Buildings event held at the British Embassy on May 24th of this year. That event clearly demonstrated the power of collaboration between the USA and the UK in meeting the challenges of NetZero.

You will leave the webinar with a clear, concise understanding of three global best-of-class technologies which have potential cumulative energy savings in the Built Environment of up to 80%. Each of these solutions have the following characteristics:

·      Fully tested and extensively commercially deployed

·      Transformational environmental impact

·      Huge wellness and productivity benefits

·      Priced for ubiquitous, scalable installation

·      Easy fitting, low maintenance

·      Simple, elegant solutions

·      Fast ROI

The adoption of these exciting technologies, will significantly accelerate your progress to your built environment becoming/including high performance buildings, and will further establish your ESG credentials with the public and your stakeholders.

Please RSVP to Brad Collier at

Power of Purpose with Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines

Thursday, September 28, 2023
11:00am – 12:00pm EDT
4:00pm – 5:00pm BST


BritishAmerican Business, in partnership with Brandpie, is delighted to welcome you back to our Power of Purpose Series exploring the crosscutting idea of purpose in business. Join us for an exclusive chat with Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines, where Scott will share his philosophy on purpose and how in plays a key role in driving United Airlines’ sustainability goals and business strategies.

Squire Patton Boggs Webinar: UK Business Immigration – Ten Tricky Sponsor Compliance Issues

Thursday, September 14, 2023
12:30pm – 1:30pm BST


Join our webinar on 14 September 2023 at 12:30 p.m. when Squire Patton Boggs‘ Partners Annabel Mace and May Cheung will use their wealth of experience to address a range of scenarios, including:

  • A sponsored employee occasionally works longer hours than those stated on their certificate of sponsorship. Is that an issue?
  • A line manager has asked to second a sponsored employee to help out a client at its own offices. Is that allowed?
  • You are carrying out an internal audit and notice that changes to the job titles, salaries and work location for sponsored employees have not been reported to the Home Office. Does this put the business at risk?
  • The business needs to make redundancies, which may affect your sponsored employees. What should you think about?
  • You find out that the entity that holds your sponsor licence has had a change in ownership, but it was more than 10 years ago. What are your obligations?
  • You have been asked to find a role for the son of a board director who requires sponsorship. Can that be done?

There will also be time for an audience Q&A.

This webinar is aimed at anyone with responsibility for sponsored employees, including HR, global mobility and talent acquisition professionals (particularly from a compliance perspective), and in-house counsel, as well anyone holding authorising officer, key contact or Level 1 user responsibilities for their organisation’s worker sponsor licence.

If you are not able to attend live, there will be a recording of the event following but you will still need to register to receive the recording.

STIR: Unleashing Potential: Overcoming Disability & Empowering Others

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

11:00am – 12:00pm EST / 4:00pm – 5:00pm BST


Diversity and inclusion are core values for every significant business across industries. However, people with disabilities are frequently overlooked or inadequately supported at the organizations where they work. Not enough businesses actively prioritize initiatives aimed at hiring individuals with disabilities. At the same time, many fail to assess how their existing policies and practices inadvertently hinder the full participation of people with disabilities.

Join us for a conversation about dismantling barriers to fostering a culture of empathy and understanding. Our panelists will share actionable insights, best practices, and success stories that lead to greater workforce diversity, productivity, and overall organizational growth.

Scaling Diverse and Inclusive Tech Businesses

Wednesday, September 13, 2023
11:00am – 12:00pm 

In partnership with B2BeeMatch, Tech Canada Advocates and London & Partners.

Details to be announced soon.


Ties Between Two Great Nations – American & British Architecture & Design – Recap

Ties Between Two Great Nations – American & British Architecture & Design – Recap  

On Tuesday, October 17, 2023, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia presented Ties Between Two Great Nations – American & British Architecture & Design. The event was held at Carpenters’ Hall, an iconic building and treasure in historic Philadelphia. Special thanks to our sponsor, UK Business & Trade/British Consul-General New York, and program partners, the Carpenters’ Company, and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for collaborating with us.  

The historic relationship between the UK and Greater Philadelphia carries over to present-day aspects of society, including city planning, building, construction, engineering, design, and architecture. Post-Brexit, the UK has an opportunity to launch new export markets, and UK architects are one example. This year, the US and the UK signed a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) of qualifications in architecture which further enhances trade ties between the two nations.  

Emma Wade-Smith OBE, HM Trade Commissioner for North America and Consul General New York, and UK Government was our special guest. Emma introduced the content portion of our program. She talked about how the MRA will strengthen trade ties between the US and the UK, streamlining processes and reducing costs and examinations without compromising safety standards. She explained how the MRA enables world-class architects to export their expertise across the Atlantic, facilitating domestic and international mobility for US and UK licensed practitioners. Emma mentioned how sustainable design capability and the drive to NetZero are significantly impacting the global built environment. And US and UK engineers, architects, designers, and urban and regional planners are at the forefront. Also, Emma explained how the MRA allows American and British parties involved in the construction and lifecycle management of built assets to more effectively collaborate and share data.  

Following Emma’s remarks there was an hour-long panel discussion facilitated by Alan Greenberger, FAIA, Drexel University, Vice President for Real Estate and Facilities, Drexel University. Alan is a longtime friend and supporter of Greater Philadelphia’s connections to the UK. He served in former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce, as well as executive director and then chair of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. He traveled with the Nutter Administration to London on a commercial trade mission with several area companies, and throughout his tenure with the City of Philadelphia he welcomed countless UK businesses to the region. Alan expertly led an exceptional group of industry leaders through a dynamic discussion about American and British architecture and design, legacy projects, and future collaborations. 

Each speaker had the opportunity to present their projects and experiences on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Catherine Clark, RIBA ARB Dip Arch BSc, President, Royal Institute of British Architects – USA talked about her role in delivering the MRA, and how its impacting the built environment. Scott Compton, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal Architect, AIA Strategic Council Convener discussed advocating for sustainability with AIA Pennsylvania and other peer organizations; provided examples where he integrated sustainability efforts into iconic historic properties, and mentioned his Amtrak projects, and the regional transit approach to sustainability. Georgina Robledo, Associate Partner at RSHP spoke about the similar and different approaches to the implementation of sustainable design regulations between the UK and US; how will the merger of current thought processes and best practices in both the UK and US will benefit and advance regulatory changes on both sides of the Atlantic; and what we can learn from the UK planning and design focus on the “public realm. Richard Maimon, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, KieranTimberlake spoke about his lead work on the highprofile project the US Embassy in London. He talked about the differences between the municipal planning and approval processes in the UK and the US, and what we can learn from the UK planning and design focus on the “public realm.Danielle DiLeo Kim, AIA, President & CEO, PHILADELPHIA250, talked about Philadelphia 250, and how the group’s strategy and plans are informed by her community design and planning background. Danielle outlined why legacy projects are important to PHILADELPHIA250; what citywide transformative opportunities Philadelphia 250 is developing; how they are identifying the projects; and who they are collaborating with to execute these activities. 

Many thanks to our distinguished speakers and to everyone enables this timely presentation. We look forward to tracking the progress and development of many discussion items presented during the event. 

Click here to view photos. 

2023 Signature Annual Holiday Lunch – Goal! Transatlantic Commerce & The Business Behind Sports

Thursday, December 7, 2023
11:00am – 2:00pm EST

The Ritz-Carlton
10 Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Celebrate transatlantic commerce and experience holiday cheer at the British American Business Council Signature Annual Luncheon. Enjoy a formal midday meal; “Christmas Crackers;” informative presentations; and exciting raffle prizes. The theme of this year’s program is – the business behind sports – an industry that is driving local economies and bringing people together from all over the world.

Elevating the business of sport throughout the transatlantic business community is a slam dunk, and the UK and Philadelphia are prominent players. Come one come all to learn the play-by-play, celebrate international business, and ring in the holiday season at our Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon.

Excitement and momentum are building! Philadelphia, home to winning star-studded teams, was selected as a FIFA World Cup 2026™ host city in the US, and the Philadelphia Phillies are heading to London for a two-game regular-season series this June when the MLB returns for another summer showdown. The Greater Philadelphia region is known throughout the globe for enthusiastically supporting sports teams and legends. Not only do Philadelphians welcome and rally around games, but they are also deeply invested in this booming industry.

The BABCPHL is proud to drive, support and attract engagement for the great pastime – sport, a powerful vehicle for societal change. “Sport for good”/grassroots community involvement; diversity, equity, and inclusion; tourism and business development; and the role of media and technology are key factors.

Sport is a great unifier, and it is an exciting time in history. Industry professionals and stakeholders will present what is happening in this important business sector and how the UK and Greater Philadelphia are partnering to win!

Attendees will have the opportunity to win American Airlines AAdvantage miles for a pair of roundtrip, Business Class tickets on American Airlines’ award winning, non-stop service from Philadelphia International Airport to London.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to Youth Mentoring Partnership, an organization dedicated to helping kids who reside in under-resourced communities develop the skills needed for personal growth and success.

Exclusive Airline Sponsor:

Lead Sponsors:

Premier Sponsors:

Corporate Table Supporters:
Almac Group
Baker Tilly US, LLP
Cigna Global Health Benefits
Cross Border Financial Planning USA LLC / Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
Department for Business and Trade
Duane Morris LLP
Eisner Advisory Group LLC
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Welsh Government

Raffle Donors:
AEG Rugby
American Airlines
Carpenters’ Hall
Citrin Cooperman
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association
The Good Food & Wine Company
Inis Nua Theatre
Major League Baseball
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Museum of the American Revolution
Never Say Die Bourbon
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Union
Premier League
Richard Sandoval Hospitality – Aqimero
The Ritz Carlton
The Rosenbach
The Savoy Company
STARR Restaurants – The Dandelion
STAVRA Fine Art Portraits
The Trestle Inn
Wells Fargo Center – The Philadelphia Flyers
Yards Brewing Company

ISTELive – UK Education Technology Providers Exhibition & Reception

From June 26 – 28, 2023 UK Education Technology providers exhibited at ISTELive in Philadelphia at the UK pavilion. On Monday evening, June 26th the Department for International Trade, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and Bett Global sponsored a reception for the UK providers and a select group of BABCPHL Executive Committee Members. Oliver Franklin, Honorary British Consul provided welcome and introductory remarks.

BESA members represent over 80% of UK suppliers, including EdTech, publishing, assessment, furniture and equipment companies of all sizes. Bett, the global community for education technology, sparks ideas, creates connection and accelerates trade, driving impact and improving outcomes for teachers and learners.

Education transforms lives. It’s one of the most important investments a country can make for its people and its future. The UK is a leader in the field. Many foreign governments and institutions look toward the UK for their innovative work in this area. EdTech is one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors with more than 1,000 companies accounting for 4% of all digital companies. Schools in the UK were spending more than £900 million per year on education technology pre-pandemic and market demand is growing in the post-pandemic world. The UK ranks as No 1 in EdTech venture capital and angel funding in Europe.

The BABCPHL was honored to have been included in the reception. Special thanks to the Department for Business and Trade for inviting us.

Click here to see photos.

Recap Annual Transatlantic Conference – London June 12-13, 2023

Every year the British American Business Network (BABN) brings together members of all 22 chapters from the US, UK, and Canada for a multi-day conference. This year, more than 200 senior level business executives and government representatives aligned to more than 100 organizations actively involved in trade, investment and business participated in the BABN Annual Transatlantic Conference. Ministers from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, the Department for Business and Trade, regional government from the City of London and the Greater Manchester area, and executives across a broad range of commercial sectors delivered timely remarks about matters related to business and trade throughout the transatlantic corridor. The six sessions covered many subjects including the current state of the US/UK trade relationship today; people the “crucial commodity”; sustainability; the digital economy; and the “transatlantic investment case – fact vs. fiction,” to name some of the major themes.

Matthew Palmer, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy, London declared the UK/US relationship the strongest in the world. He referenced the recent meetings Joe Biden, President of the United States had with Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and the newly signed agreement, The Atlantic Declaration, that speaks to the strength and future of the partnership between the two countries. Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester, spoke about the region’s focus on leveling up, a green future, city to city relationships, infrastructure, and higher education.

As the world continues to recover from the economic turbulence created by COVID, and the UK also grapples with the effects of BREXIT, workforce development is an area of concern for the UK. “Human-centric skills” are most important; businesses are seeking team player employees with resilience, compassion, and adaptability. Wage inflation, up-skilling and re-skilling, and generation AI (ChatGPT) are all top of mind. Infrastructure, supply chains, energy, waste and data were also discussion focal points as industry and government on both sides of the Atlantic, and across the globe develop regulations and policies.

Duncan Edwards, CEO, BritishAmerican Business reported that despite confidence in the UK slipping again, trade numbers remain strong and growing. The overall message delivered during the conference was that the US and UK need to continue to work together to maintain easier more fluid trade routes not only between the two nations, but throughout the world.

Special thanks and recognition to Bank of America for partnering with BABN on this event, and to session sponsors: Bain & Company, Schneider Electric, S&P Global and Pearson.

Click here and here for photos. Click here for the BABN Conference Highlight Video.

Fireside Chat with Joseph Kennedy III

Monday, July 10, 2023
11:00am – 12:00pm EDT
4:00pm – 5:00pm BST


Join us for an exclusive Fireside Chat with Joseph Kennedy III, Special Envoy to Northern Ireland for Economic Affairs, moderated by Lucinda Creighton, CEO, Vulcan Consulting.

Joseph Kennedy III will share his mission and personal interest in the US relationship with Northern Ireland. He will explore what achieving the Windsor Framework Agreement means to stability and peace in the Region and what the future holds, with a particular view to the Northern Ireland investment conference held in September.

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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.
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government