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Upcoming Programs

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

Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:00-8:00pm
The Victoria Freehouse, Philadelphia

Department for International Trade Advamed MedTech Conference- UK Reception

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 5:00-7:00pm
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Business Policy Agenda Update: Strength & Opportunity in a Time of Change

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:00-2:00pm
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Brits, Beer & Bites Meetup

Thursday, November 8, 2018 5:30-7:30pm
The Pyramid Club, Philadelphia

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018 11:00am-2:00pm
The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia


Event Recaps

Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception

Britain Unites- Bridging Connections Across the LGBTQ Community

The Future is Now, Where Are You?

 

 

 

 


Mind the Gap

Did you know that the term “pub” actually comes from the phrase “public house?” Public house was used in reference to “house open to the public.” The oldest pubs in the UK date back to the 18th century. Some even date back to the 1500s!

Trivia:

What is the most popular pub name in the UK?

a) The Prince of Wales
b) The Red Lion
c) The King’s Arms

The first person to submit the correct answer to babc@babcphl.com will receive one complimentary ticket to our Quizzo Pub Night event on September 20, 2018.


New Members

Club Level Members:
Almac Group
George Tiger
Vice President Global- Business Development
25 Fretz Road
Souderton, PA 18964
P: 215-660-8500 ext. 7092
E: George.Tiger@almacgroup.com

The Almac Group is an established contract development and manufacturing organisation that provides an extensive range of integrated services to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally. Having grown organically over almost 50 years and employing close to 5,000 highly skilled personnel worldwide, the Group is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland and has seventeen facilities, including in the UK, US, and Singapore.

The Group’s North American headquarters is in Souderton, Montgomery County, in addition to having operations in Lansdale and Audobon, PA.

EisnerAmper LLP
Ralph Estel
Senior Manager
One Logan Square
130 North 18th Street, Suite 3000
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 215-881-8857
E: ralph.estel@eisneramper.com

EisnerAmper LLP is a leading full-service accounting and advisory firm, with nearly 1,500 employees and 180 partners across the country. We provide audit, accounting, tax, corporate finance, internal audit and risk management, forensic accounting, and other professional advisory services to a broad range of clients. We work with start-ups, closely held businesses, public companies, not-for-profit organizations, and high net worth individuals.

EisnerAmper combines responsiveness with a long-range perspective; to help clients meet the pressing issues they face today, and position them for success tomorrow. For more information, visit www.eisneramper.com.

Corporate Member:
Tanager Wealth Management LLC
Kyle Pettigrove
Partner, Financial Advisor
325 Chestnut Street
Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19106
P: 215-298-9042
E: kyle@tanagerwealth.com

Tanager Wealth Management provides tax efficient wealth management services to US and UK households globally. Our firm is founded by Americans and British nationals living the same complexities as our clients, which provides Tanager with a unique understanding of how to help them achieve their goals.

US expats have specific and well documented challenges when saving and investing, and our experience helps US taxpayers and their advisors understand and manage these challenges (FATCA, US tax, investment constraints, regulatory requirements). We are also well versed in the needs of British expats living in the US, and are able to help them enjoy their life abroad and remove the stress of their US/UK obligations.

www.tanagerwealth.com


Human Interest Feature

HM Queen Elizabeth II Announces 2018 Birthday Honours List

The BABCPHL is pleased to congratulate Howard M. Silverstone on his appointment by Her Majesty The Queen as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). The MBE is an award under the category of “Orders of the British Empire.” The awards were created during World War I by King George V as a way to reward people, both civilians and those serving, for their efforts in the war. Today, there are three categories: Commander (CBE); Officer (OBE); and Member (MBE). Awards are not just given to people serving the military. People who receive the award are individuals who have made great efforts to contribute to their respective communities. Howard’s work with British business in the United States is an example of this.

Howard received this recognition because of his services to British business in the United States. Howard has been a member of the BABCPHL since its inception more than 25 years ago. He has served two terms as President and is currently Programs & Events Chairman. For more than a quarter century Howard has dedicated his time and resources to strengthening the relationship between the UK and the Greater Philadelphia region.

Howard actively promotes the relationship between the UK and the Greater Philadelphia region through his voluntary efforts with the BABCPHL. Howard is a highly committed BABCPHL Board Member. He has helped the BABCPHL overcome the biggest challenge it faces as an international organization: that of the transient nature of its members. BABCPHL has to continually service its existing members, as well as seek new ones. Howard’s work on the board and as President has continually addressed that challenge, through successful meetings, presentations, and speeches that have directly benefited BABCPHL’s constituents with business interests in the UK.

Throughout his tenure with the BABCPHL, Howard has helped the organization expand. Approximately once a month, Howard presides over or participates in a BABCPHL program about a current issue or event affecting the trade and commercial relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and the UK. Howard has also supported BABCPHL efforts to raise funds and awareness for underserved or disadvantaged groups through annual community service programing and other-related projects. While Howard is occupied day in and day out with his privately owned and managed forensic accounting firm – Forensic Resolutions, Inc. – he always finds time to dedicate several hours per week to the BABCPHL. His commitment has had immeasurable impact on the region’s relationship with the UK both financially and culturally. Howard’s support has enabled the BABCPHL to continue to facilitate the social and commercial interaction of individuals and corporations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Howard is an outstanding ambassador for the UK in the US. During his early years in America, upon learning about the BABCPHL, he immediately sought out and became affiliated with the Organization. The BABCPHL is the premier international business association and the only UK dedicated group of its kind in the area. This affiliation afforded Howard the opportunity to network with professionals who shared his interests and connections to the UK. Originally only planning to stay one year, Howard made the most of his experience and decided to remain in America. Then, today, and into the future, Howard is passionate about connecting with others. He is always eager to build bridges to enhance the strong economic and cultural ties between the Greater Philadelphia region and the UK.

In October, Howard and his family will be traveling to Buckingham Palace to accept the MBE. The BABCPHL wishes Howard heartfelt congratulations on receipt of this very well deserved recognition, and sincere thanks for the many years and hours of service he has dedicated to promoting our Organization’s mission.

Click here for a complete listing of the Diplomatic and Overseas Birthday Honours List.


Club Level Feature- Cigna

Cigna Global Health Benefits® Business-to-Government: Caring for Foreign Government Personnel around the World
In a rapidly changing world, foreign governments need an experienced partner to keep their citizens well.  

The Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama is the senior US Air Force professional military school. Its instructors educate American military and agency personnel, as well as thousands of non-US residents from 41 nations around the globe. It was at a global military college such as this that a young Afghanistan solider was studying when he took a motorcycle ride that would change his life – and demonstrate the value of having comprehensive health and well-being coverage provided by his home country’s government.

When medics arrived on the accident scene, it was clear that the young solider was paralyzed from the waist down and that there was a language barrier. Fortunately, when hospital staff contacted Cigna Global Health Benefits (GHB), the injured man’s insurance provider, they were able to quickly connect with Arabic-speaking team members who translated, explained the US healthcare system process to our client, coordinated his care and reassured him at a frightening time.

Foreign Government Responsibility for Citizenry

Foreign governments, embassies, and consulates regularly send their employees and citizens abroad for a variety of reasons, including regular employment and mission work, to receive medical care and to further their education. In these instances, the foreign government has a responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of its citizens abroad.

Assigning foreign government personnel and their families abroad is one of the most critical decisions a country has to make, and selecting appropriate healthcare coverage is an integral part of this decision.

Cigna GHB’s Business-to-Government Team

Cigna, a Fortune 100 global health insurance company providing superior quality healthcare, clinical management, and wellness solutions to more than 95 million customers across 200 countries around the globe, works with customers to help them lead a healthy life with personalized health and wellness services and solutions. Our global reach guarantees our clients with 24/7 customer support, multilingual call centers located in nine global locations, specialized clinical services, and access to 1.5 million medical and healthcare professionals and facilities worldwide.

With more than 25 years of experience in providing health care solutions to foreign governments, Cigna’s Business-to-Government segment includes customized, locally compliant health coverage solutions that cater to travelers and globally mobile assignees who require coverage for health issues ranging from routine care to life-threatening medical emergencies while outside of their country of residence. Trained to be culturally sensitive and to service the whole client, Cigna’s Business-to-Government team is the healthcare solution of choice for foreign governments around the world.

Dedicated Care – Anywhere

The Cigna Business-to-Government team is comprised of an integrated, multi-lingual, dedicated sales and service delivery model to interface with foreign government personnel and staff in person and virtually, ensuring that the right mix of healthcare solutions are implemented and aligned to meet their employees’ needs. Cigna Global Health Benefit’s expansive network of leading healthcare professionals around the globe, with direct provider payment arrangements, uniquely positions us to provide dedicated care from 30 global offices.

Specialized Solutions & Commitment to Service

Designed to meet the needs of clients on long- or short-term global assignments, Cigna’s Business-to-Government offering is unique in the industry. We offer the following benefits to qualified Business-to-Government clients and their family members:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Pharmacy coverage
  • Life/accidental death and dismemberment/long-term disability coverage
  • Global TeleHealth – A mobile app that provides 365/24/7 a week secure access to board-certified doctors with private online, and live appointments via video or phone.
  • Pre-assignment assistance – Early assessment, planning, ongoing support and expert coaching to keep globally mobile clients healthy and productive.
  • International Employee Assistance Program – Free 365/24/7 a week confidential assistance with any work, personal or family issues.
  • Medical evacuation (provided through a partnership with ISOS) – Emergency evacuation and transportation when there is an immediate threat to life or limb.
  • Medical Benefits Abroad (MBA) for International business travelersCoverage for injuries and illness incurred while traveling on government-sponsored trips away from home.

Real Life Care – for the Journey

Whether you’re looking for healthcare solutions in the United States or expanding your country’s interest around the world, the Business-to-Government team at Cigna GHB has the products, services and dedicated professionals to ensure your peace of mind.

To learn more, please visit CignaGlobalHealth.com or contact:

Amir Aziz

Senior Client Manager, Cigna Global Health Benefits

111 S. Calvert St.

Baltimore, MD  21202

Email:   amir.aziz@cigna.com
Mobile:  410-952-6409

Fax:     860-730-3929


President’s Letter

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

Welcome back! It’s been a long, hot summer, and we hope you are ready to jump into a busy season with the BABCPHL.  We have a superb series of educational and networking programs for you starting this month.  Please join us to enhance your knowledge of UK/US trade and commercial issues, and to connect with international business executives and government officials.

I hope you will read and click through this e-newsletter to learn what we have been doing the past few months, and what upcoming activities we are offering. We know you have a choice about which “extra-curricular” groups to support with your time and resources, and we hope you find the BABCPHL events are valuable and rewarding.  During the summer BABCPHL members received our annual membership directory, and our online password protected membership directory went live.  You can now access this information with a click of a button from anywhere in the world. Contact us at babc@babcphl.com for the password. Did you know the British-American Business Council publishes monthly trade and investment updates?  Click here to access the August report.

We look forward to seeing you often during the coming weeks and months. Join us for:

  1. Great British-American Pub Night: QUIZZO! Test Your Knowledge of UK & US Trivia;
  2. Department for International Trade Advamed Medtech Conference – UK Reception and Digital Health Leadership Panel;
  3. Business Policy Agenda Update: Strength & Opportunity in a Time of Change;
  4. Brits, Beer & Bites Meetup; and
  5. Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon – PHL International: Regional Economic Engine Connecting Philadelphia to the World.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Pedrick

President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


Club Level Feature – American Airlines

The Year of PHL for American Airlines

We started 2018 by sharing memorable moments with our partners at the airport and with our city leaders. As we sent fans to Minneapolis in style to cheer on our World Champion Eagles, we also engaged City Council in the fun with our rally towels that were waived in excitement while councilmembers sang “Fly Eagles Fly.”  Additionally, we experienced a humbling moment at the start of the year by reaching a milestone with our PHL cargo team.  By January, they had carried more than two million pounds of critical supplies to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief efforts – the most throughout our American network in the northeast corridor.

These early achievements and impactful benchmarks reinforce why 2018 is the year of PHL for American Airlines. We have so many exciting initiatives that will continue to reaffirm our status as both American’s transatlantic gateway and Philly’s Hometown Airline.

Starting this spring and summer, we will have 11 new routes—three international and eight domestic — that will connect people to the Philadelphia region and beyond. Our new international routes include: Budapest, Hungary; Prague, Czech Republic; and Mexico City, Mexico. Our new domestic routes include: San Antonio, TX; New York, NY; Des Moines, IA; Madison, WI; Omaha, NE; Fort Wayne, IN; Oklahoma City, OK; and Pensacola, FL.  Additionally, we resumed our service to Zürich, Switzerland on March 25.

As we continue to add more nonstop destinations to strengthen our position as American’s transatlantic gateway, we will broaden our regional economic impact and help make the Greater Philadelphia region an even more vibrant place to visit, live and work.

Whether it is above or below the wing, one of our top priorities is to identify ways to improve work environments for our 8,000-plus hardworking PHL team members. This year, we are making culture a competitive advantage. We are refreshing workspaces and meeting rooms and providing the tools and training our work groups require. More importantly, we are supporting team members on their initiatives that strengthen our diversity inclusion and cultural awareness.  In January, our newly formed Latin Diversity Network (LDN), one of American’s many Employee Resource Groups, flew to Puerto Rico to distribute over 200 toys which they collected from PHL team members.  The PHL LDN is also providing Spanish lessons to our team members to help them learn the airport lingo and better assist travelers.

We aim to give our team members everything they need to succeed, as they are our most important assets. As such, we look forward to continuing to work with our public and private partners to make PHL and the Greater Philadelphia Region an attractive place for residents and visitors alike.

We welcomed Folasade (Sade) A. Olanipekun-Lewis in February to our PHL team as the new Regional Director for Government and Airport Affairs. Sade joins us from the Philadelphia Division of Aviation, where she served as Chief Administrative Officer.  Before that, Sade worked as the Deputy Commerce Director for Finance and Administration for the City of Philadelphia, and as the Chief Financial Officer for City Council.

In her new role, Sade will help advance American Airlines’ regional legislative issues. She will also be responsible for real estate matters at the Hub and station levels that support operational activities.

We’re excited to have Sade with us, and her experience in aviation and the public sector will be paramount as we continue to forge the necessary relationships to position PHL as the premier airport in the northeast corridor.

Sincerely,

Olympia Colasante, Vice President – PHL

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Human Interest Feature

Trade, Investment, & Policy Thought Leadership
By Caroline Willems, BABCPHL Coordinator and Junior at Temple University, Fox School of Business

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) provides our members with the most current and useful information regarding US/UK trade, investment and policy matters. We are able to provide this information because of our dedicated parent organization, BritishAmerican Business (BAB). The BABCPHL is one of 22 chapters throughout the world based in major cities. One advantage of being a part of this group is UK/US trade and investment information we can share with our members. This keeps our regional members up to date with the latest data regarding US/UK business.

Every month, BAB releases a Trade & Investment Update. Each update contains different subjects about what is currently happening in the UK and often includes sections on US/UK import/export, news, and upcoming events. In addition to policy updates, BAB releases current information about Brexit. In fact, BAB maintains an updated timeline with more than 20 articles and news sources. The data includes fact sheets, press releases from government officials, and roundtable events to keep members up-to-date on what’s occurring during the year throughout the globe. BAB releases their largest publication, the BritishAmerican Business Policy Agenda each spring.

BAB produces their yearly Policy Agenda as a benchmark for transatlantic economic relations. On Thursday March 1, they released the 2018 Policy Update. This 2018 edition focuses on Strength and Opportunity in a Time of Change. The Policy Agenda includes topics regarding trade and investment, Brexit, tax, and data/cybersecurity. The Agenda can be requested in hardcopy, however for immediate access you can find it by clicking here.

BAB has their own in-house resources and analysts, however, they also consult outside sources as well to help provide accurate and widespread information. Recently, BAB consulted the United States Trade Representative to deliver Doing Business in the US and UK. The document was developed after the third meeting with the US/UK Trade and Investment Working Group Meeting, which is a “formal exchange between Governments meant to explore the future US/UK trade and investment relationship post-Brexit – and is meant to discuss ways to deepen trade and investment.” The resource gives advice to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) about how to succeed in US/UK trade. BAB partnered with the UK Embassy in Washington to deliver Across the Pond – a relatively new, two-part success-story series. Released in July 2018, part one discusses American trade and investment success stories in the UK. Part two, recently released in February 2018, discusses British trade and investment success stories in the US. Across the Pond spread rapidly on Instagram and Twitter using the #AcrossThePond tagline.

The BABCPHL relies on the dedication and efforts put forth by the parent organization. The Policy Agenda as well as the other research helps inform our members and guide event topics. Sharing the useful information with our members ensures their continued success in the transatlantic marketplace. All trade and investment, Brexit, policy updates, and the Policy Agenda are housed on our BABCPHL website under Trade, Investment & Policy News. Click here to access valuable information.


New Members

Corporate Member:

Reed & MacKay
Amanda McCarthy
One South Penn Square
Suite 701
Philadelphia, PA 19107
P: 215-845-5531
E: amandamccarthy@reedmackay.com

Established as a family business over 50 years ago, Reed & Mackay are today globally recognized as business travel experts. Born from close working relationships within the financial, legal and insurance industries, our commitment to our clients and a love of what we do inspire us to deliver extraordinary travel management.

Reed & Mackay delivers corporate travel management for professionals with exacting needs. We combine inspired service with state-of-the-art technology to create a level of travel management like no other and deliver value you might not believe possible.

www.reedmackay.com

Arts, Educational and Charitable Organization:

University of Delaware
Dean’s Office
102 Du Pont Hall
Newark, DE 19716
P: 302-831-2401
E: engr-contacts@udel.edu
www.engr.udel.edu

The University of Delaware (UD) has a tradition of excellence, from tracing its origins to the founding of Alison’s academy in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. UD offers a broad range of degree programs in its seven colleges.

The College of Engineering is home to seven academic departments and three degree programs devoted to building a community of problem-solvers focused on challenges associated with sustainability, energy, health care and the environment.

Our internationally recognized faculty includes 33 named professors, six National Academy of Engineering members, 51 NSF and DOD faculty career and young investigator award winners, and 17 University teaching award recipients. World-renowned initiatives led by college faculty include 13 college-based research centers and eight university-based research centers, all of which provide a fertile training ground for future engineers.

www.engr.udel.edu

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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