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Brexit Decision

On June 23, 2016, the British voted for the UK to leave the European Union.  Other than the immediate shock and ensuing market reaction, it is going to take some time for the real effects of the British exit from the European Union to be felt. Business contracts will be honored and things will evolve slowly. This is unchartered territory for the EU, and plans will be carefully developed. Tourism and commerce are likely to increase as the US dollar will be stronger against the British pound and the euro. The UK is one of our region’s most significant trading partners, and BABC of Greater Philadelphia, serving Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware will do everything we can to maintain and build that relationship not only with the UK but with all of Europe.

Read more  for the BritishAmerican Business CEO’s statement on the matter.

For local press clippings please click here.


Brexit Press Links

BritishAmerican Business

“Why Brexit May or May Not Matter for Philadelphia,” Phillymag.com

“Chill Out Everybody”, Philly.com

“Italy’s Man in Philly Defies UK Vote: ‘Europe is our home,'” Philly.com

“What Philly Law Firms are Advising Clients About Brexit,” Philly.com

Honorary British Consul, Oliver Franklin’s statement on Brexit

“How would Brexit Affect US Economy?” csmonitor.com

Howard Silverstone’s Statement on Brexit’s Effect on US

Howard Silverstone’s Interview on NewsWorks

 


President’s Letter

Dear BABC Members,

We hope you had an enjoyable summer. As we all return to the routines of Fall, we want to alert you to a series of exciting programs the BABC has planned for the upcoming months. First, we hope you will join us for an exclusive business meeting and networking reception in Wilmington, Delaware on September 18th with Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States, and Alan B. Levin, Secretary, Delaware Economic Development Office. On October 3rd the BABC will host a business panel discussion about corporate sustainability and responsible strategies for global growth at GlaxoSmithKline’s new Double LEED Platinum Certified facility at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. From November 4-6, 2013, Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, will be leading a trade mission to the UK and we will host (in conjunction with UK Trade & Investment and Philadelphia government) the official launch reception for the trade mission on October 7th. Companies joining the Mayor’s delegation for this important trade mission will include those actively looking to expand to Europe in key sectors such as life sciences, clean-tech, tech, and financial and professional services.

Toward the end of the calendar year, the BABC is pleased to invite members and friends to celebrate the season at our signature annual holiday luncheon. This year the program will focus on British arts and culture in the region, and we will offer a celebration of Scotland (including a special whiskey tasting), as well as a comedic skit produced by The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. There will of course be the traditional “Christmas Crackers” and the opportunity to network and win exciting raffle prizes. Keynote speeches include remarks from Mayor Nutter and Derek Gillman, CEO and President of the Barnes Foundation.

We look forward to welcoming you to our programs, and to hearing from you in between. Please visit the BABC website for all details about current events, and connect with us virtually via social media – Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Don’t forget to visit Flickr. We hope you find your photo from a BABC event, and enjoy browsing through BABC pictures. As always, thank you for your support and interest.

Sincerely,

Hope P. Krebs, Esq. President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

To view the rest of the BABC Fall 2013 newsletter, click here.


Upcoming Programs

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Exclusive Business Meeting & Networking Reception with Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States and Alan B. Levin, Secretary, Delaware Economic Development Office

Pre-registration by email required to babc@greaterphilachamber.com

5:00-7:00 pm
Hercules Plaza
Lower Atrium
Wilmington, DE

Sponsored by McConnell Johnson Real Estate LLC

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Corporate Sustainability: Responsible Strategies for Global Growth

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Join the international business community for a dynamic, timely and educational panel discussion about corporate sustainability, and a tour of GlaxoSmithKline’s new Double LEED Platinum Certified facility at The Navy Yard.

Seminar topics will include:
 Critical and material sustainability issues;
 Corporate responses and initiatives;
 How to drive change within organizations and engage and influence the community;
 Financial and accounting aspects; and
 Legal issues and potential risks.

Moderator:
James Margolis, Partner and Leader, Global Sustainability Reporting Practice, ERM

Panelists:
Ray Milora, Project Executive, Navy Yard, GlaxoSmithKline PLC
Rhett D. Workman, Managing Director, Airport Affairs, US Airways
Katherine Neal Blue, ‎Managing Director, Energy & Sustainability, KPMG LLP
Christopher W. Boyle, P.E., Partner and Vice Chair, Environment and Energy Practice Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Sponsored by: Drinker Biddle & Reath, Environmental Resources Management, GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, and US Airways

In partnership with the: Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, French American Chamber of Commerce, Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Italian American Chamber of Commerce, Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, and Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce

4:30-7:30 pm
GlaxoSmithKline
Philadelphia, PA

Monday, October 7, 2013
The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia’s International Trade Delegation to the United Kingdom Launch Event

By Invitation Only

This official reception will launch Philadelphia’s business and trade delegation to the UK. Mayor Nutter will recognize the delegates, and welcome Her Majesty’s Consul General Danny Lopez who will discuss how UK-based businesses ensure their success in international markets, and why the best overseas companies select the UK as their global partner of choice.

5:00-7:00 pm
Independence Visitors Center
Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Meet the CEO featuring John Buckley, Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide USA LLC

Network, dine and meet the CEO of Air Liquide, the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment. Air Liquide has a presence in 80 countries, including the UK, with close to 50,000 employees.

SAVE THE DATE

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Sheraton Society Hill Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Annual Holiday Luncheon – Celebrating British Arts & Culture and the Season to be Jolly!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Join us for this very special holiday event. Enjoy networking, a Scottish whiskey tasting, sharing “Christmas Crackers,” a special theatrical presentation by The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and the chance to win exciting raffle prizes.

11:00 am-2:00 pm
The Ritz Carlton
Philadelphia, PA

Presenting Sponsors:
Aberdeen Asset Management and HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

Airline Sponsor:
United Airlines

Corporate Sponsors:
UK Trade & Investment and PricewaterhouseCoopers

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Third Annual New Jersey Networking Event

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Join the British American Business Council for a very special dinner event including networking, traditional British pub food and specialty beer provided at The British Chip Shop in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

The British Chip Shop celebrates the culinary traditions of the British Isles, serving authentic fish and chips, soups, stews, healthy salads, pastries, and seasonal favorites.

5:00 pm-7:00 pm
The British Chip Shop
Haddonfield, NJ


Event Recap

BABC Young Professionals Group – Mind the Gap Panel Discussion and Networking Event

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted Mind the Gap, a panel discussion and networking event at The Twisted Tail. More than 25 people gathered for a dynamic discussion about cultural differences, stories and nuances between the US and the UK.

Enthusiastic panelists shared inspiring anecdotes about their experiences on both sides of the Pond, and how this exposure influenced important aspects of both their personal and professional lives. Toby Wallace, BABC YPG Co-Leader from Aberdeen Asset Management welcomed everyone and introduced Howard Silverstone, prior BABC President and active board member from Forensic Resolutions who moderated the panel. Howard, a Brit having moved to the US as a young professional in the mid-1980s, kept the audience laughing at his side splitting humor and at the same time, seamlessly navigated the speakers through the informal discussion about the importance of professional development and the consequences of living and working abroad.

Mind the Gap panelists represented a cross-section of BABC member companies. Richard Bartlett, President of Bartlett & Company, Inc. was asked to visit Philadelphia for one week to learn more about the US subsidiary of the Bartlett Group, a global insurance broking and risk management family business, and four years later he is still here! Luke Butler, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for the City of Philadelphia left London, and came to Philadelphia to pursue a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied as a Thouron Fellow. During the time of his studies Luke volunteered for Michael A. Nutter’s campaign for Mayor. Luke was recognized for his outstanding work and became Special Assistant to the Mayor of Philadelphia and Deputy Press Secretary for the City of Philadelphia, in both roles serving as a speechwriter for Mayor Michael Nutter for many years.

The British panelists joked about how much easier it is to meet people here – “all you need to do is start speaking and people take an instant liking to you because of your accent.” Ian Cross, BABC Marketing & Communications Chairman and entrepreneur and owner of –I-SITE, an internet marketing company and The Trestle Inn, Whiskey & Go Go bar, came to the US in his early 20s and has lived here ever since. Ian lightheartedly commented, “if I were to return to England now to live and work, I probably would not even know how to tie my own shoes!” All panelists unanimously agreed, once you have lived outside of your country for long enough, you almost reach the point of no return because you have been so molded by where you have lived and worked as a young professional, that returning home would be a great challenge.
James Hennessey, Executive Chef for Lincoln Financial Field, and Representative Chef, 2012 London Olympics, ARAMARK, spoke about being an American and his experience moving to the UK for a short period of time. James and several of his fellow panelists moved countries at an important turning point in their lives. For example, James left Philadelphia in the middle of planning his wedding, and Rich left England just weeks after he and his girlfriend moved into the same apartment. The story for both James and Rich ends well – James’ wedding went off without a hitch, and Rich’s girlfriend (now wife) moved to Philadelphia to be with him.

When asked, everyone agreed they would do it all again. Obviously, being young, unencumbered by family, property and other more complicated life circumstances contribute to a smoother transition in a new homeland. However, there will always be stumbling blocks to overcome, many with much greater implications than merely uttering the word “soccer” when you meant to say “football.” No doubt, as all of the panelists confided, it takes a strong person to move to a different continent, settle and feel personally and professionally satisfied. Howard lamented that when he moved to the US, it cost a $1.50 a minute to call his family and friends back home in the UK. Things have certainly changed for today’s young professionals venturing abroad. Nowadays, handheld devices easily guide foreigners through complicated city streets and subway systems, or help convert English to metric system. Chef James made the audience erupt in laughter when he exclaimed “Thank goodness there’s an app for that!”

Kara Bergman, BABC YPG Co-Leader closed the program by thanking panelists and drawing raffle donations. Many thanks to Rob Williamson for Philly Fair Trade Roasters for the generous coffee and chocolate basket raffle donation and to Alan Avidar from Philadelphia Union for donating a voucher for two tickets to any Philadelphia Union game this season.

The BABC encourages those who were unable to attend the program to visit The Twisted Tail, a Southern inspired Bourbon House & Juke Joint serving delicious food and drinks. George Reilly, proprietor, is another example of a young Brit who left England, married, settled in Philadelphia, and launched his successful restaurant business. Please support BABC member, The Twisted Tail. http://www.thetwistedtail.com/home.html

Click here to view photos from the event.

Summer 2013 International Networking Reception

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia collaborated with the Chilean, French, German, Hispanic, Israeli, Japanese and Swedish Chambers of Commerce for an exclusive networking event with the Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia. More than 300 guests filled the room to capacity at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Center City Philadelphia, enjoying endless networking, delicious food, and wine.

In its third year, the reception celebrated Philadelphia as an international city on the cutting edge of economic and business development. Mayor Nutter spoke about the region’s focus and interest in encouraging new investment and commercial trade interaction between Philadelphia and the rest of the world. Of notable mention was the City’s strong ties to the United Kingdom. Mayor Nutter and his team are tremendous supporters of the BABC.

Click here for photos from the event.

Click here to see the event feature on Philly Chit Chat.

From Britain with Love – Vintage Movie Night & Whiskey Tasting at The Trestle Inn

On Thursday, August 1, 2013 the British American Business Council, in partnership with International House Philadelphia http://ihousephilly.org/, hosted its final event in the second annual British Invasion series, From Britain with Love –Vintage Movie Night & Whiskey Tasting at The Trestle Inn. The night was a huge success with more than 50 attendees, filling the venue to capacity for a fabulous night of drinks, food, networking and fun while viewing “Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London,” the 1967 semi-documentary film made by Peter Whitehead about the swinging London scene of the sixties.

The film, provided by International House Philadelphia, is an iconic pop concerto and a visual patchwork of 60′s culture, seen through the eyes of the people leading it — Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger, Michael Caine, Vanessa Redgrave, Allen Ginsberg, and Julie Christie, alongside counter-culture artists and other musicians who helped shape their generation and future ones to come. The film was presented in the background, allowing guests to fully engage in networking while savoring the delicious food and drinks, and enjoying the retro venue.

BABC guests received a complimentary whiskey flight from The Edrington Group that included Highland Park 12, The Black Grouse, Macallans 12 and The Famous Grouse. Hope Krebs, BABC Board President welcomed guests and provided a brief discussion about the organization and upcoming activities. Following Hope’s remarks two winning business cards were drawn for a set of two tickets to a Philadelphia Union game during the 2014 season and a bottle of The Macallan 12. After the drawing, guests returned to mingling and enjoying drinks and food from The Trestle Inn. The program continued into the night, well after the scheduled end time.

The BABC encourages those who were unable to attend the event to visit The Trestle Inn, owned by BABC Marketing & Communications Chairman, Ian Cross.

To view photos from the event, click here.

Brit Invasion 2013
During the Spring and Summer months, the BABC presented several entertaining opportunities to foster connections, expand business and enjoy British themed events throughout the region.

A Complete Summary of British Inspired Programs and Events Offered Throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region

British Business in Bloom: A Brilliant! Opportunity to Network, Learn, Dine and Visit the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show
The BABC hosted British Business in Bloom featuring Drew Becher, President of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), and Chris Woods, Director, PHS Meadowbrook Farm at the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show.

Brit Invasion Week at the Wilma Theater – Under the Whaleback
BABC members received an exclusive $10 discount to the Wilma’s North American premiere of Under the Whaleback by critically-acclaimed British playwright Richard Bean, directed by Blanka Zizka for evening performances on April 2-4, 2013.

British Invasion at PPL Park – Philadelphia Union vs. LA Galaxy Soccer Match

BABC members were invited to watch as world famous soccer stars from LA Galaxy including Landon Donovan of the US National team, Robbie Keane of the Irish National team, and Juninho from Brazil, took on the Philadelphia Union including players Zac MacMath and Sebastien Le Toux, on May 15, 2013. BABC members received $5 off face value of corner, sideline, and midfield tickets for this game.

The Global Rugby Forum: A Conference on the Business of Rugby
BABC members received 20% off registration for the first-ever annual sports industry conference to bring together leaders from the US sports sector with decision makers from the global rugby business. The event was held at the Sofitel Hotel in Philadelphia on Friday, May 31, 2013.

USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships
BABC members were invited to watch as 20 college rugby teams competed for the national title on June 1-2, 2013 at PPL Park in Chester, PA.

Opera Philadelphia: Powder Her Face
BABC members received an exclusive discount, 25% off ticket price, for the Philadelphia premiere of British composer Thomas Adès’s opera Powder Her Face. The opera is based on the scandalous life and sexual exploits of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll. It ran from June 7-16, 2013 at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Award Winning Comedian Dylan Moran’s New Show, “Yeah, Yeah”
BABC members were given the opportunity to win two free tickets to see award-winning Irish comedian, Dylan Moran, and his critically-acclaimed new show, Yeah, Yeah, at the Trocadero Theatre on June 22, 2013.

English Premier Team
BABC members received $5 off face value of tickets for the Philadelphia Union versus Barclays Premier League Side Stoke City FC friendly match.


Human Interest Feature – What We Can Learn from Expanding Our Borders

Neil Boyden Tanner, Esq. – Chief Counsel, Cigna Global Employer Segment
What We Can Learn from Expanding Our Borders

By Kira Greenlee, BABC Coordinator, Temple University

The BABC is proud to acknowledge its members who have achieved high-rankings, awards and recognitions throughout the US and UK. Most recently, Neil Boyden Tanner, past BABC President (2007-2011) and current BABC Board Member, was selected as one of nine USA fellows by the Eisenhower Fellowship. Every year, the blue ribbon steering committees in Philadelphia, Research Triangle area, North Carolina, New England region (Boston), and St. Louis select eight to ten high-achieving US citizens or legal permanent residents for the Eisenhower Fellowship to travel abroad for an intensive, individually designed program in the country of their choice, along with a much larger number of international fellows who come to the United States to complete their programs. Neil is currently Chief Counsel of Cigna Global Health Benefits, the business unit within Cigna dedicated to the needs of the globally mobile workforce.

Eisenhower Fellowships is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization created in 1953 by a group of prominent American citizens to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower for his contribution to humanity as a soldier, statesman, and world leader. The organization engages mid-career (ages 32-45) professionals from around the world to enhance their leadership skills, broaden their network of contacts, deepen their global perspectives, and unite them in a diverse, global community where dialogue, understanding, and collaboration lead to a more prosperous, just, and peaceful world.

As part of his fellowship, Neil traveled abroad this year on an intensive, individualized professional program to Singapore, Vietnam and Brazil. While abroad, he met with in-country experts in business, government, and non-profit institutions to study methods that encourage foreign direct investment (FDI). Neil will use this unique opportunity to identify tangible ways to attract more international investment to the Greater Philadelphia region. To keep his colleagues abreast of his Eisenhower Fellowship investigations and publicize his learnings, he maintained a detailed blog while traveling abroad. Today that blog has over 2,200 unique visitors.

Neil’s first stop was Singapore in April 2013. While there, he had the opportunity to meet with executives from Blackstone, Fortis, GlaxoSmithKline, ISOS, MasterCard, MHC Asia and others to discuss the approach of the Singaporean government and its notable pervasive attitude. Neil learned that the government of Singapore often does not make the first approach to a potential multinational company and instead, they go to a major multinational company in a related field already in the country and ask the lead executive in that company to consult their peers to consider Singapore. “This is not to say that the government doesn’t also make the approach. They do in many cases as well. For example, the government will target specific big names that they believe they need to have in Singapore for prestige or to round out an industry etc. and make the approach themselves or in addition to another local CEO. This too is where attitude matters,” Neil stated in his blog. Neil also was told that Singaporean government employees are highly paid compared to those in other countries, making them competitive with private sector salaries in Singapore and as a result, the government can attract the best and the brightest, even those educated internationally. Lastly, Neil mentioned that “Singapore’s attitude in treating these companies as being in a long term relationship was one that resonated with all of the businesses as well. Each company talked about the regular follow-up they would have with the government,” noting the importance of a positive relationship between public and private sectors.

The next stop on Neil’s itinerary was Vietnam. While spending time in the chaotic city of Hanoi, Neil met with government officials, business leaders and company advisors to investigate Foreign Direct Investment in Vietnam. Many meetings included an un-introduced person whose sole purpose seemed to be to take “copious notes”. In one meeting in particular, Neil was asked a series of questions not dis-similar to an interrogation! This conversation was confusing as the people who Neil met were trying to comprehend such things as who funded the Eisenhower Fellowship and explain to Neil why Singapore’s success was not sustainable. Eventually, Neil was asked what he thought was not working in business in Vietnam. Most government officials who spoke to Neil asked that his or her comments not be recorded and their names not be revealed; attributing to Neil’s note that Hanoi was such a “confidential and secretive” city with their high walls and hushed conversations.

The final stop on Neil’s fellowship travels was to Brazil. In the last ten years Brazil has experienced enormous amounts of change; it is estimated that 39 million people have joined the middle class in this period alone. During this change in the economy, Brazilians noticed that although they had nicer things, they were paying higher taxes while the roads, healthcare and schools were still in distress. Brazilians began to demand more out of their government thus insisting on less corruption including bribery. With this change in attitude from the people of Brazil, they worked together to make these improvements and when they could not, they searched abroad for help. Neil mentions in his blog that he was “surprised to learn that not only is there no public outcry over the use of foreign companies on … major infrastructure projects, it’s welcome. Perhaps our preference for made in America actually stifles our growth since ultimately the better the infrastructure project the better able it is to propel the local economy forward – regardless of the nationality of the provider.” Neil noted that like Singapore, this change in the attitude of Brazil caused a major upheaval in the country’s government, infrastructure and launched, in Neil’s words, a “huge movement out of poverty.”

Being an Eisenhower Fellow is an incredible honor, but it is a greater achievement to be able to take what one learns as a Fellow and be able to bring home the knowledge to one’s own country. By traveling abroad to Singapore, Vietnam and Brazil, Neil was able to experience business in a different culture, to see what works and what does not. We encourage BABC members and friends who want to learn more from Neil’s travels to visit his blog or follow his twitter handle @intllawguy.


Feature Article: UK Trade Mission Notice

The BABC is pleased to announce Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s business delegation to the United Kingdom from November 4-6, 2013. UK Trade & Investment and Philadelphia government are working closely to create a program designed to generate meaningful opportunities to make valuable connections and help grow UK-Philadelphia business relationships. See below for more information:

Mayor of Philadelphia Launches International Delegation to UK

4 – 6 November 2013

Calling Philadelphia’s innovators in tech, cleantech, life sciences, infrastructure investment, financial, professional and business services!

Are you looking at setting up a European presence, or interested in learning more about opportunities for business in the UK?

Join the Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, as he leads a delegation of US business ambassadors to the UK, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). The delegates will embark on a journey to share in the economic, cultural and political highlights of the UK. Join this mission to learn more about launching your global adventures and shaping your international expansion strategies.

Delegates will take part in a specially tailored program designed to give you a broad understanding of the UK sector landscapes, funding streams, R&D platforms and procurement processes around market opportunities; as well as to explore business collaboration opportunities, potential partners and clients. You’ll also gain access to top industry experts and influencers, in addition to senior government officials and decision makers, which will help you to position your company for success in the UK!

Spending three days in London, UKTI will host UK economic briefings, corporate roundtables on leading industrial issues and sector propositions, visits to entrepreneurial hotspots in the community, and share the UK’s innovation story.

You will attend a welcome networking reception with a spectrum of UK companies looking to do business with the US. In addition, you will experience the UK’s cultural scene strengthening the historic ties between nations – and, of course, a visit to London isn’t complete without a Tour of Parliament and the London 2012 Olympic Park!

Armed with local insight you’ll complete the mission better prepared to take on the UK market, Europe, and international collaborations. After visiting the UK, the Mayor will go on to Israel, 7 – 11 November. For information about the Israel trip, please contact John Churchill, Director of Economic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia at economic@philadelphia.mfa.gov.il.

Are you ready to be part of the Global Growth story?

To book your place on this Market Visit,
please register on-line here.

Application Deadline:
27 September 2013

Delegation Launch Reception:
7 October 2013
International Visitors Centre, Philadelphia

Join the UK and Israel at this invitation-only reception to launch Mayor Nutter’s international delegation 2013.
Request an invite today

Travel:
Flight: British Airways will be offering a 15% discount to all delegates, to access the deal please contact UKTI.

Hotel: block reservations will be made at a central hotel for the group – please check back with us shortly for details. Please note delegates will be expected to cover the cost of accommodation, the block booking is a reservation only.

Please note: Confirmation of your place on the delegation is required before making travel arrangements.

Costs:
There is no cost to apply or to participate in the mission program.
However, delegates will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

For more information, please contact:
Jane Betchley
E-mail: Jane.betchley@fco.gov.uk
Tel: 212 745 0401

Supported by: Aberdeen Asset Management, British Airways, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, City of Philadelphia, The Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, London & Partners, and the Welsh Government.


BABC New Members

Corporate:

Environmental Resources Management

Joseph M. Tarsavage, PE
Partner

P: 267-408-3427
E: joe.tarsavage@erm.com

James Archer, PE, CHMM, CPSA
Senior Project Manager

P: 484-437-0128
E: james.archer@erm.com

75 Valley Stream Parkway
Suite 200
Malvern, PA 19355

www.erm.com

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. We have over 140 offices in 39 countries and territories employing more than 5,000 people. ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for our clients. Over the past five years we have worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.

The company was founded in the UK in 1971 trading as ERL and in the US in 1977 as ERM. By 1987 ERL had operations in the UK, Hong Kong, Italy and Bahrain and gross revenues of US$5million. ERL merged with ERM in 1987. ERM’s 500 strong staff operated from 25 locations across the US with gross revenues of US$50million.

For over 40 years we have been working with clients around the world and in diverse industry sectors to help them to understand and manage their environmental, health, safety, risk and social impacts. The key sectors we serve include Oil & Gas, Mining, Power, and Manufacturing, Chemical and Pharmaceutical. All face critical sustainability challenges and our clients in these and many other areas rely on our ability to assist them operate more sustainably which has a positive impact on our planet.

MediaCopy

Richard Lee
Owner

P: 215-717-5151
E: rich@mediacopyonline.com

1310 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
P: 215-717-5151
F: 215-717-7400

11 East State Street
Media, PA 19063
P: 610-566-8499
F: 610-566-4513

www.mediaccopyonline.com

Your vision is our mission. MediaCopy is a full service digital printing company with offices in Center City Philadelphia, and the suburbs. Our organization has a rich history that spans over forty years across two continents. Originally founded in 1965 as North London Offset Services, Ltd., we expanded to sixteen locations in England under the names Immediaprint, Multi-Copy and Copy-Run. In 1979 the company expanded into the United States and began offering retail printing, type-setting and copying services from two New York City locations in midtown Manhattan. State of the art technology, extraordinary customer service and attention to detail place us apart from the competition. From conception to completion, the basic to the complex, we are on the job with the personal attention you should expect.

Smart Devine

Douglas W. Nakajima
Managing Director

P: 267-670-7307
E: dnakajima@smartdevine.com

1600 Market Street
32nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

www.smartdevine.com

In a complex and ever changing business world, the competition is fierce and organizations must work hard to stay ahead. Businesses expect a better class of accounting and business advisor.
Companies have relied on Smart Devine for very high profile engagements, with zero margin for error while reputations hang in the balance. We bring this experience, and attention to detail, to every engagement through a full range of services in accounting, tax, business advisory, forensic and litigation support across a broad range of industries.
At Smart Devine, they distinguish themselves by offering an organization’s leadership the peace of mind that everyday accounting and finance needs are met with the intuition to help move the business ahead. By delivering results and offering insight to lead the business, they earn the respect and trust of business leaders.

Non-Profit & Government:

Inis Nua Theatre Company

Tom Reing
Artistic Director

P: 267-474-8077
E: tomreing@inisnuatheatre.org

The Off-Broad Street Theater at First Baptist Church
1636 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

www.inisnuatheatre.org

Translated from the Irish language, Inis Nua means “New Island.” Our mission is to produce contemporary, provocative plays from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales which reflect those cultures’ new identities in today’s world. Inis Nua also seeks to cultivate and produce contemporary, provocative work from American playwrights who deal with the Irish-American, Welsh-American, Scottish-American and Anglo-American experience.

Welsh Government

Efe Izilein Sokol
Senior Representative

P: 212-745-0415
E: efe.izilein@wales-uk.com

British Consulate-General
845 Third Avenue
9th Floor
New York, NY 10022

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales. We are constantly working to create the right environment for business – to equip the private sector in Wales with the tools to compete as a high-value player in the global economy.

We have a thriving knowledge economy, linked to key UK business hubs with a first class transport infrastructure, but some of the least costly and best property around. We have industry-focused research and development (R&D) in our universities and a skilled, loyal workforce too.

When businesses come to Wales, they don’t just get a workforce – they get a nation on their side.


British firms in Pennsylvania employ more than 50,000 people, making Britain the largest foreign investor and job supporter in the state.

By Danny Lopez

In his State of the Union address this year, President Obama announced that he would request formal negotiations toward a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the United States. He noted that trade between the two great economic powers supports millions of American jobs. The same is true for the United Kingdom: As a proud and integral member of the European Union, it would benefit greatly from the free-trade agreement.

During the G8 summit in Northern Ireland this week, the president and British Prime Minister David Cameron, along with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, announced that formal negotiations on the trade agreement would begin next month in Washington. We hope the negotiations will conclude in 18 to 24 months.

As the British consul general in New York, I count Pennsylvania as a major part of my consular region. Fifty thousand Pennsylvanians work for British firms, making Britain the largest foreign investor and job supporter in the state. British companies have $7.5 billion invested in the state’s economy. Only New York, Texas, and California have more U.K.-supported jobs.

Philadelphia serves as the U.S. base of numerous British firms, and the trade agreement will no doubt hugely benefit the economy of greater Philadelphia. Aberdeen Asset Management has an office on Market Street; GlaxoSmithKline, long established in Philadelphia, just opened an impressive new building at the Navy Yard, playing a part in the revitalization of a historic part of the city. Other British companies, including the Mark Group, HSBC, British Airways, and Shire, are also thriving in Philadelphia.

And it is a truly bilateral relationship, with Philadelphia-based companies also achieving success in Britain. Consider Aramark, which catered to the Olympic Village last year in London, serving 45,000 meals a day to more than 10,000 athletes. Philly-based companies Cardone Industries and EnerSys have expanded to the United Kingdom in the last few years, too.

As Cameron said ahead of the G8, trade deals such as the transatlantic partnership mean more jobs, more consumer choice, and lower prices. We hope the agreement will eliminate tariffs, liberalize the service sector (especially legal, engineering, Internet, transportation, and financial services, all of which have sizable presences in greater Philadelphia), open up public procurement, enforce intellectual property rights (particularly in pharmaceuticals), harmonize regulations, and achieve mutual recognition of professional qualifications.

Huge gains can be made by coordinating regulatory standards for industries like information technology and biotechnology, sectors in which Philadelphia is a leader, as well as finance. Unified standards can help firms streamline operations and sell to more markets, enhancing competition and benefiting consumers.

The United States and the European Union are the two biggest economies in the world. Together, they account for around a third of global economic output and 40 percent of trade. That means the transatlantic agreement will be unprecedented in its scale, scope, and ambition. Our estimates suggest the net economic gain on both sides of the Atlantic could be in the hundreds of billions of dollars. This would have a very positive impact on the Philadelphia region and beyond.

My colleagues and I are always looking for ways to build on the strength of our ties by encouraging British firms to invest and trade in greater Philadelphia, and I believe transatlantic free trade will make this easier. It will not only boost the U.S. and U.K. economies. It will modernize and revitalize the transatlantic relationship and raise the bar for future trade deals. And the regulatory standards it sets will become the standard to which the rest of the world aspires. These are goals we can all get behind.

The United States and the United Kingdom are firmly connected by our shared history, culture, and values. We’ve enjoyed much economic success in recent decades, but also many challenges. One of our foremost priorities is revitalizing the global economy to brighten our collective future. E.U.-U.S. free trade is vital to our nations’ economic success, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will play an integral role in charting our economic recovery and growth.

Danny Lopez is the British consul general in New York.

To read the original article that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on June 20, 2013, click here.


Human Interest Feature

All Things Brilliant and British Right Here in the Greater Philadelphia Region

By: Kira Greenlee, BABC Intern

Ever wish you were able to take a quick trip to the United Kingdom instead of sitting at your desk buried under loads of work? Good news for everyone in the Philadelphia region – enjoying and indulging in British lifestyle right here at home has become much easier. British retailers, hotels, restaurants and plays are popping-up all over the City of Brotherly Love, and are a constant reminder of why the English are so fabulous! The BABC is pleased to feature several British-related entities in this article. Please read on to learn more about some of the most stylish British brands; where to find the best fish & chips; tickets to the region’s hottest new shows; where you can test drive British cars; and where you can lay your weary head down for a good night’s sleep on either side if the Atlantic. Information included in this article focuses on: AKA, Barbour, Burberry, The British Chip Shop, English Gardener Gift Shop, Victoria Freehouse, essensuals London, The Dandelion, Dr. Martens, Jack Wills, Land Rover, Lush, People’s Light & Theatre, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and The Wilma Theater.

AKA provides a luxurious environment for an extended stay. Located on the corner of 18th and Walnut Streets, it is right at the head of Rittenhouse Square. Since its opening in 2007, the hotel has offered only the best to its residents, including complimentary access to the Sporting Club at the Bellevue. The majestic twelve-story building also is home to a.kitchen, AKA’s highly acclaimed restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a wonderful wine menu. AKA West End in London has always been an elegant and favorite stay when visiting the UK, nestled between Hyde Park and Regents Park in the Marylebone neighborhood. The residences are in a historic 1920’s property that has recently been modernized to a contemporary style while embracing the original architecture. For more information, and to reserve your room visit: http://www.stayaka.com/default.aspx.

It has been almost two years since Barbour first opened its doors in Rittenhouse Square and we couldn’t be more grateful. Given its notability for creating classic wax jackets by hand, their style and products are most certainly one of a kind. Whether you’re looking for an outfit for an upcoming sporting season or just a jacket that everyone will envy, Barbour has it all. To learn more about Barbour lifestyle visit: www.barbour.com/us.

Burberry is considered by many to be the most-iconic of the luxury brands. Founded in 1856, Burberry has a rich history in the UK, including their famous trench coat which derived from their signature designs for military officer’s coats in World War l. In Philadelphia, Burberry is located on 17th and Walnut Streets as well as in the King of Prussia Mall. Hurry in to purchase the world famous Burberry tartan scarf before the weather warms up and a trench coat to keep you dry before the spring rains begin! For more information visit: http://us.burberry.com/store/.

The British Chip Shop, located in the quaint town of Haddonfield, NJ, offers a full range of menu items from fish & chips and bangers & mash to a beet salad and Welsh rarebit. There is something for everyone at this pub where there’s always a football game playing on the television. Once you’re finished eating you can walk right across the street to the same family-owned English Gardener Gift Shop, offering an assortment of British foods, pub decor and gifts for the home and garden. They also carry Barbarian rugby jerseys and licensed Guinness apparel along with teas, sweets and biscuits from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. If you don’t have time for a short drive to New Jersey, you can always head over to Old City, Philadelphia and visit the newly opened Victoria Freehouse on Front Street. Owned by the same family, you can expect all the traditional British pub food and drink, including Chicken Tikka Masala, Tikka Pizza, Shepherd’s Pie and an array of British cheese. The Victoria Freehouse boasts a large draught menu as well. So whether you want to stop by for happy hour and catch a football game or make this a date night, the Victoria Freehouse is sure to please. For menu and directions, visit: www.thebritishchipshop.com/, http://www.shophaddonfieldnj.com/retailers/englishgardener.php http://www.victoriafreehouse.com/

How can you stay up to date with the latest in British hairstyle? essensuals London is a new and innovative salon concept from TONI&GUY London. The state of the art salon is located in the Cherry Hill Mall and offers the latest in quality hairdressing and the ultimate salon experience. Inspired by leading British designers in fashion, they promise to bring the best of British hair design and education to the Philadelphia area. To make an appointment or for more information visit, http://toniandguy.com/salon/information/614.

Stephen Starr, a name worth knowing in Philadelphia, is the owner and creator of some of the City’s top restaurants. The Dandelion, located on 18th and Sansom Streets, is known for its unique interior and authentic décor. When dining here, it is easy to forget that you’re in Center City Philadelphia and not at a gastropub in London. It’s imperative for anyone who enjoys luxurious British fare to try their beetroot cured salmon or their duck foie gras, and pistachio terrine. Whether you are meeting a colleague for lunch or are out for the night, stopping by the Dandelion allows you to relax and dine in a simply British atmosphere. For other menu options visit: http://thedandelionpub.com/.

Dr. Martens are in style and taking over Philadelphia one step at a time! The Rittenhouse Row, Walnut Street store, is the second location to open on the east coast. Everyone, kids and adults alike are wearing “Doc Martens.” These shoes have come a long way since Dr. Klause Martens first designed the air filled cushions to comfort his injured ankle during World War ll. As one of the top growing British companies world-wide, these shoes have found their way onto the feet of the traditional punk teen to the C-Suite executive. For more information visit: http://www.drmartens.com/page.asp?navid=75.

Looking for something “Fabulously British” for your son or daughter, or maybe an outfit for a casual day in the office? Jack Wills offers a range of outfits geared towards university students and young adults alike. From women’s dresses to men’s rugby shirts, Jack Wills offers high end clothing for the young, hip professional. It’s modern and preppy style is most notable in the City as well as across the Atlantic. Luckily for us, they have a store in the Center of town, on 17th and Walnut Streets. For more information or to view their full catalogue, visit: http://www.jackwills.com/en-us/home.

Searching for a new way to commute to work each morning a bit more exciting, why not look into a new Land Rover or Jaguar? Land Rover Main Line, Willow Grove and Cherry Hill offers new Jaguars and Land Rovers as well as pre-owned vehicles including the classic 90’s Land Rover and Jaguar convertibles. For more information and to schedule a test drive visit: http://www.lrjagmainline.com/, http://www.landroverwillowgrove.com/index.htm, http://www.landrovercherryhill.com/index.htm.

Don’t worry Philadelphians, Lush didn’t close – they just moved! Now located on 16th and Walnut Streets, Lush Cosmetics is a world-wide brand most known for their anti-animal testing campaign. Refusing to buy or use products from any company that tests on animals, their products are all hand-made and most are considered organic. Currently they are offering a free face mask to anyone who returns five or more of their empty Lush containers in an effort to be 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable. Originally from the UK, Lush is growing in the States with three locations in the Philadelphia area, including Center City, King of Prussia, and Cherry Hill. If you want to check out this modern and ethically responsible store, visit them in person or online at: http://www.lush.com/.

Philadelphia is known for its plethora of art and culture. We are lucky to be surrounded by such a large theater scene, featuring everything from Broadway plays to small one-person shows including some of the hottest stars. There is a significant British presence in regional theater, and the BABC is pleased to work with these local groups to promote their productions. Now in its 38th season, People’s Light & Theatre is one of Pennsylvania’s largest professional non-profit theatres. Known for its resident company of artists, eclectic mix of productions, and for innovative work with young people, they produce approximately eight plays a season. Located in Malvern, PA, only a few stops from Philadelphia on SEPTA, People’s Light just completed a production of William Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale.” The production brought together the expertise of forty-three artists from People’s Light, Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, the National Theatre of Scotland, and New York’s Epic Theatre Ensemble to investigate and collaborate to produce the show. For more information on upcoming productions and to purchase tickets visit: http://peopleslight.org/.

For more than two decades The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre has featured the best of Shakespeare’s works in their theater. They also offer several programs for adults and students including: a lecture series featuring world-renowned Shakespeare Scholars; Shakespeare School Tour; and a Classical Acting Academy providing early career actors with intense classical training culminating in a free summer Shakespeare play for the public. In the upcoming months the theatre will be showing “Othello” and “Much Ado About Nothing” in their 21st and Sansom Street home. They will also be honoring the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birthday in a year-long celebration. For more information visit: http://www.phillyshakespeare.org/default.aspx.

The Wilma Theater has been an active player in the Philadelphia Theater scene since 1973, opening its doors on the prestigious Avenue of the Arts between Spruce and Locust Streets in 1996. The Wilma prides themselves on their bold and original shows that display the “complexities of contemporary life.” Each production represents a wide range of voices, viewpoints and styles. This year The Wilma hosted playwright Richard Bean as he premiered his play, Under the Whaleback, in North America. BABC members were offered an exclusive discount to this show during the first week of April as part of our British Invasion 2013 program series. For more information about The Wilma, and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.wilmatheater.org/.

The BABC is pleased to promote all things brilliant and British right here in the Greater Philadelphia region. We encourage you to take a break from your busy day to dine, enjoy a great show, and immerse yourself in everything Great Britain has to offer in your very own backyard.

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