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A Return to the Skies with Simon Hawkins, Virgin Atlantic’s Head of the USA

Thursday, October 14, 2021

3:00 – 4:00 PM EST


As the US opens its skies to international travelers, the BABC Northern California has teamed up with BABC Los Angeles to learn from Simon Hawkins, Head of Virgin Atlantic for the USA and Denise Sheldon, Commercial Director, West Region USA, how the airlines are ramping up their services once again, what has changed for international travel and what you can expect specifically for travel between the US and the United Kingdom. We will also be joined by Christina Turrini at Frosch Travel who will share what the corporate travel landscape looks like. LA President James Langridge will be joining us to moderate the session.

Progressing to a Net Zero Business through the Circular Economy

October 14, 2021

6:00 am – 7:30 am EST


Accelerate growth, enhance competitiveness and mitigate risk for your business through circular economy principles.

The circular economy aims to remove waste and resource use by sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible.

Businesses we speak to say they are facing pressure from their customers, suppliers and new legislation to reduce their carbon emissions.

They also say they do not know how beneficial the circular economy can be for business, where to start or how to implement circular economy principles.

Learn how adapting to a circular economy business model can save costs and resources for your business whilst reducing carbon emissions.

Learn how redesigning and re-evaluating processes around raw materials, products, production systems and value chains, to encompass waste reductions, recycling and reuse, can improve supply chain and business resilience.

Join this webinar to learn how to reduce your environmental impact and gain a competitive edge through the circular economy, by:

  • Understanding how the circular economy can apply to your business.
  • Knowing what support (financial and non-financial) is available for moving towards a circular economy business model.
  • Increasing revenue, foster innovation and reduce operating costs
  • Enhancing customer and employee relationships and distinguish from competition
  • Mitigating the risks that come from the make-take-waste model and improve your business model and value chain relationships.

Progressing to a Net Zero Business through Energy

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

6:00 am – 7:30 am EST


Reduce operational costs, save energy and reduce your emissions.

Energy and heat are a high operational costs for businesses and are a key contributors to carbon emissions. Many business owners do not know where to start on improving their energy performance or know what support is available in the region.

This webinar will discuss the how-to and best practice for decarbonising and reducing business energy use. From simple steps to technological investments, through to strategic insight, join to improve your wherewithal to achieve practical, cost-saving and carbon-cutting energy measures.

This webinar will give insight into regional energy initiatives that businesses can get involved in, such as the Tyseley Energy Park.

Hear from experts, business leaders and about business support programmes in the region.

Join this webinar to learn how to reduce your environmental impact and gain a competitive edge through decarbonising and reducing your energy, by:

  • Using the knowledge and information in this webinar to progress energy reduction and progress to net zero.
  • Learning about the types of support and initiatives available within the region to decarbonise your energy use, and develop your energy efficiency and technology.
  • Finding out the best ways businesses have embraced energy reductions and the associated benefits.
  • Understanding what energy-related measures you should consider to advance your progress on energy reduction.

Future of Work & Hybrid Working

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

9:00 am – 10:00 am EST


In this webinar, the panel will be discussing some of the key legal risks and challenges posed by the transition to a hybrid working model and looking at how best to navigate these risks to fast track future growth.

Businesses, by necessity, had to adapt at speed to a re-modeling of the workplace. Many are now moving to embed these temporary and often new ways of working into their permanent practices, taking forwards the very best from both home and in-person working. In doing so, businesses must work through different considerations which our panel will consider in this session to enable they move forwards with a resilient and ‘people first’ business model.


What does Net Zero mean for SMEs?

Thursday, September 30, 2021

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST


SMEs could face significant business disruption and risks, but also opportunities from the net zero transition.

But what are they and what is net zero?

If you don’t know the details, you’re not alone. 96% of businesses (predominantly SMEs) only know some details, the name, or have never heard of the Government’s target to net zero by 2050 (British Chambers Study, 2020).

The same study found key barriers to businesses were lack of understanding, knowledge, information and access to finance for achieving progress to net zero. Businesses also agreed on the benefits of progressing net zero action, including competitive advantage, new business opportunities and meeting supplier and customer demands.

National, regional and local Governments have set net zero targets. Achieving a net zero UK economy by 2050 is bound by law. Therefore, business and industry will have to adapt to meet net zero targets through carbon reductions.

We know businesses (especially SMEs) are still recovering from the impacts of the pandemic, so we want to ensure your business is prepared for future changes. The need to reduce carbon to achieve the net zero target will mean changes in the way products and services are designed, manufactured and delivered. Therefore, it’s important to understand what the net zero transition means for you and your business.

Join this webinar to learn from experts, business leaders and their experiences on preparing, adapting and enhancing business resilience to the net zero transition, through:

  • Improving your knowledge of why net zero is important for your businesses, its implications, potential disruptions and risks.
  • Gaining insight into how SME businesses are responding to net zero by decarbonising and improving their competitiveness and reputation.
  • Learning how your business can start to capitalise on the opportunities the transition brings, including future-proofing your business.

All through expert-led presentations, case studies and business leader experience.

Welsh Government Virtual Trade Mission Networking Event

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

10:00 am EST


We cordially invite you to a networking event to conclude the Welsh Government Virtual Trade Mission. Meet 18 Welsh companies in advanced manufacturing, creative industries, energy and environment, financial and professional services, food and drink, life sciences, and technology.

United Kingdom, Ireland & Scandinavia: Business Opportunities for PA Exporters

Friday, September 17, 2021

10:00 am – 11:00 am EST


Overview of the current market conditions and emerging sales and partnership opportunities for PA exporters.

The STIR: Mind The Gender Gaps – Bridging Say, Pay & Stay Gaps

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST


While the transatlantic business community has made significant strides towards equalizing opportunities in the workplace, there is still much work to do to overcome the deeply entrenched gaps in opportunities for women. BritishAmerican Business brings together a panel of thought leaders to have an honest conversation on the gaps that still exist for women in the workplace today, and how we can bridge them. This includes:

  • The Pay Gap How effective has legislation aimed to equalize pay for women, a long-standing issue?
  • The Say Gap… There is a relative lack of opportunities for women to speak publicly and take authoritative roles as a representative of the institutions they work for, which has wide-ranging repercussions on women’s careers;
  • The Age Gap A candid look at the disparate experiences and varying challenges that women of different age groups have in the workplace— from millennials to seasoned executives in senior ranks.
  • The Stay Gap… What are effective policies for UK and USA employers to overcome the “Stay Gap” and encourage women to return to work after career breaks?

Meet the Speakers:

Megan Doberneck Headshot

Megan Doberneck,
General Counsel & Company Secretary, Vodafone Business
To learn more about Megan click here


Claire Mason

Claire Mason,
Founder & CEO, Man Bites Dog
To learn more about Claire click here


Bill Bradshaw, Withum

Bill Bradshaw,
Director of Inclusion and Diversity, Withum
To learn more about Bill click here



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Gill Whitty Collins
Keynote Speaker, Board Member, Consultant, Executive Coach & Mentor & author of “Why Men Win at Work”
To learn more about Gill click here

A Conversation with Admiral James Foggo, USN (Ret), Former Commander of Allied Joint Force Command

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 am EST


Admiral James Foggo is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He is also an Olmsted Scholar and Moreau Scholar, earning a Master of Public Administration at Harvard University and a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies in Defense and Strategic Studies from the University of Strasbourg, France.  He commanded the attack submarine, USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) in 1998, which was awarded the Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 8 Battle Efficiency award and the Commander Fleet Forces Command Admiral Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for being the most improved ship in the Atlantic Fleet. Foggo served as Commodore of SUBRON-6 in 2007.

Over the last decade in Naples, Italy, he served in multiple major commands as Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Africa; Commander Allied Joint Force Command, Naples; Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet; Commander, Submarine Group 8; and Commander, Submarines, Allied Naval Forces South. During this period, he also served as the Operations Officer (J-3) for Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn (Libya). Additionally, Foggo was a NATO Task Force commander in Joint Task Force Unified Protector (Libya). In 2018, he commanded Exercise Trident Juncture (Arctic Circle), the largest NATO exercise since the Cold War with over 50,000 personnel.

Ashore, he has served in a variety of assignments, most notably as Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion (NAVSEA 08); Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and Commander, European Command (EUCOM); and Director, Navy Staff.

Foggo’s awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and NATO Meritorious Service Medal. In addition, he was awarded the 1995 Adm. Charles A. Lockwood Award for Submarine Professional Excellence and the State of Oklahoma Distinguished Service award by the adjutant general. In 2006, he was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Merité and in 2017 he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government. In 2020, he was awarded the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, Commander of the Order of Merit of Italy, and Commander of the Cross of Saint George from Portugal.  Foggo is also a Director of the Naval Historical Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Explorer’s Club of New York, and has served on Advisory Boards to the Naval Submarine League, Olmsted Foundation Board, U. S. Naval Institute Board and is currently an active member of the Marine Corps University Editorial Board in Quantico, VA.

BAB Accelerate Workshop for US Inbound Companies

Thursday, September 30, 2021 – Friday, October 1, 2021

11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST


The BAB Accelerate Workshop for US inbound companies will offer a unique opportunity for attendees to gain hands on, practical knowledge for expanding and growing their business in the US. Formatted as a multipart workshop, there will be a variety of sessions across 2 days, each led by industry experts to allow attendees to take a deep dive into the granular details of what it takes to expand your business across the pond. Each session will offer concrete takeaways and actionable to do items.

Workshop Sessions:

  • Marketing/Branding/Communications
  • Legal Considerations for Doing Business in the US
  • Talent: Acquisition & Management
  • Personal Tax Planning
  • Growth and Finance

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Fisher Phillips
  • HSBC
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government