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London Chamber of Commerce / Greater Philadelphia Regional Business Ecosystem Roundtable Discussion – Recap

On Friday, October 27, 2023, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia welcomed the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), and Woods International, LLC.

Nearly 20 BABCPHL members and area partners gathered around the table to welcome our guests. The discussion centered on an overview of the Greater Philadelphia business ecosystem with a focus on regional trade and commerce with the UK. Several prevalent industries were represented by professionals from both the public and private realms. The Department for Economic Development from the State of Pennsylvania and the Commerce Department from the City of Philadelphia started the discussion by setting the stage with a general overview of the regional economy, and a dynamic dialogue followed.

LCCI’s objective was to understand the market and how they can collaborate with us to expand their international reach across the Atlantic. The sectors of greatest interest to LCCI are life sciences, logistics/airports, energy, robotics/AI, fintech, higher ed, and media tech. They are eager to develop partnerships in these areas and we are poised to help them achieve their goals. We look forward to collaborating on several initiatives in 2024, including Temple University’s student trip to London in March and London Tech week in addition to activities around the Philadelphia Phillies London summer showdown in June.

The conversation around the table served as an excellent touchpoint, highlighting not only what regional businesses are focused on but how we can collaborate and grow our transatlantic relationships. Special thanks to Marta Kozlowska, Head of International, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Tom Woods, President, Woods International, LLC, for stopping in Philadelphia to meet with us.

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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 Brad.Collier@aeremgroup.co.uk


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. 

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

On Thursday, December 7, 2023, we hosted our Signature Annual Holiday Lunch. The theme of this year’s program was the business behind sports – an economic industry driver and a global unifier. Elevating the business of sport throughout the transatlantic corridor is a slam dunk, and the UK and US are prominent players. Our region is known throughout the globe for enthusiastically supporting sports teams and legends. Philadelphians welcome and rally around games; they are deeply committed to and invested in this booming industry. Our luncheon highlighted the play-by-plays, celebrated international business, and rang in the holiday season.

The BABCPHL is proud to drive, support and attract engagement for the great pastime – sport, a powerful vehicle for societal change. Industry professionals and stakeholders presented what is happening in this important business sector and how the UK and Greater Philadelphia are partnering to win! Special guests and keynote speakers from both the public and private sectors delivered remarks and informative presentations. The room was full of nearly two hundred guests who gathered for this annual signature program.

Special thanks and recognition to BABCPHL President, Howard Silverstone for running the show and ensuring everyone was engaged and entertained; David Briel, Deputy Secretary, Office of International Business Development, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Anne Nadol, Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia; and Emma Wade-Smith OBE, HM Trade Commissioner for North America & Consul General New York all spoke about the strong trade and commercial ties between the two nations. Lead sponsors, Gregg Caren, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau spotlighted Philadelphia as the premier destination for major industry conferences and sporting events, and Leon Dutkiewicz Jr., CPA, Partner, Citrin Cooperman introduced keynote speaker, Heather Mitts, President, Philly Women’s Pro Soccer, LLC. After lunch, lead sponsors Peter Rosenberg, Partner – Chairman of Stonehage Fleming Americas; Andrew Rocks, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Maria Grasso, SVP, Convention Division, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; Stephen Neuman, Vice President, Global Government Affairs, American Airlines; and Tim McDermott, President, Philadelphia Union and Union Sports & Entertainment, engaged in a dynamic industry panel discussion seamlessly led by Emma Wade-Smith. Panelists covered many topics, including advising private high net worth individuals and families, major league sports teams and sports industry players; the importance of global connectivity via reliable air transportation; and the rise, fame and success of Philly’s hometown soccer team, Philadelphia Union.

It’s an exciting time in sports history, and momentum is building! Philadelphia is hosting FIFA World Cup 2026™ matches, and the Philadelphia Phillies are heading to London for a two-game regular-season series this June when Major League Baseball returns for another summer showdown. It was an ideal time for the BABCPHL to highlight the business behind sports. Guests were attentive and enjoyed learning what was presented during the program. After the panel discussion, attendees had the opportunity to win nearly two dozen raffle prizes generously donated by regional retailers, restaurants, bars, arts institutions, and sports teams, and 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.

Each year during the holiday season the BABCPHL selects a regional charity to support. We are proud to donate a portion of proceeds from this event 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.

Special thanks to BABCPHL 2023 Holiday Lunch lead sponsors without whom this event would not have been possible: American Airlines; Citrin Cooperman; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; Philadelphia Union; and Stonehage Fleming, and premier sponsors: Forensic Resolutions and Penn Medicine. We are grateful to each of these members, along with all those who purchased corporate tables.

Best wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous holiday season. We are thankful for your support and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

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The Art of the Matter – Global Intrigue & International Auctions – Recap

On Thursday, September 14, 2023, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia members and friends gathered for The Art of the Matter – Global Intrigue & International Auctions. This post-summer networking reception took place at Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house. The evening underscored the US and the UK’s strong legacy of cultural, political, and economic ties dating back nearly 250 years. The program explored the unique relationship between the two countries, featuring three keynote speakers who each addressed a different theme – art, family governance and wealth succession planning, and bourbon. While these three things are quite different, they each contributed to an amazing event that could have been a mystery novel starring a bourbon called “Never Say Die,” a sponsor connected to James Bond, and a TV personality who values antiques… It was a perfect recipe for an intriguing event! 

Alasdair Nichol, Chairman, Head of Fine Art, Head of Department, Modern and Contemporary Art at Freeman’s addressed our group, and several of his colleagues joined us on the auction house floor to network with BABCPHL members and friends. Alasdair spoke about the current art and international auction market; the strong relationship between Freeman’s and Lyon & Turnbull; the longstanding cultural and artistic ties between the US and the UK; and the single owner fine art collection, comprised mostly of American artists with a focus on Pennsylvania impressionists. 

Peter Rosenberg, Partner – Chairman of Stonehage Fleming Americas, sponsored the event. Peter spoke about the Firm history; the different geographies and generations served throughout the globe; and the overall services the Firm offers including family governance and succession, looking after family assets and important art collections. Peter and his colleagues support many of the world’s leading families and wealth creators across generations and geographies. They work closely with clients to ensure wealth is properly cared for throughout generations.  

George Reilly, Owner, The Twisted Tail – Philadelphia’s bourbon and juke joint consulted with the BABCPHL on the bourbon. George spoke briefly about each brand featured. Macallan and Noble Oak were supplied by Guido Martelli from Breakthrough Beverage Pennsylvania, and the third brand, a new small batch bourbon of Kentucky provenance and English character, being offered for the first time on US soil– Never Say Die – was supplied by Brian Luftman, Co-Founder, Never Say Die Bourbon. Trevor Prichett, CEO, Yards Brewery provided a selection of Yards beer for the evening.  

Many thanks to Alasdair, Peter, and George for their educational and interesting remarks, and for collaborating with us to offer this unique and fun post summer networking event. The formal speaking portion of the program concluded with a business card raffle drawing for a bottle of each of the featured beverages: Macallan, Noble Oak, Never Say Die, and a gift basket from Yards Brewery. Guests remained onsite well past the program end, admiring the magnificent and extensive single owner fine art collection on display, networking and enjoying the delicious food and beverage. 

Many thanks again to all who contributed to the execution and success of this special program.  

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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.

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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.

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Fireside Chat with Joseph Kennedy III

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

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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.


The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau: Michelin Launch Press Conference

On Thursday, May 18, 2023, The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted a press conference aboard the Moshulu at Penn’s Landing to announce Philadelphia as one of eight destinations in the United States with its own Michelin Green Guide. The Michelin Green Guide explores the notable attractions, restaurants, hotels, and experiences in Philadelphia and The Countryside of Philadelphia.

Phillippe Orain, Editor-in-chief, Michelin Editions, traveled from France to introduce the book and explain why Michelin chose Philadelphia. During his speech, he awarded honors to local entities which received the book’s highest rating, including: Independence National Historical Park, the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Nemours Estate, and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Orain also presented special awards to Jane Golden, Mural Arts Philadelphia; Fareed Simpson, local musician; Michael Solomonov, restauranteur; and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra music director.

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The Big Help Out

Monday, May 8, 2023 was designated a UK bank holiday in honor of the King’s Coronation. The royal family suggested people volunteer as part of “The Big Help Out” on this day across the United Kingdom in tribute to the King’s lifetime of public service. The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and “The Big Help Out” highlight issues His Majesty has dedicated his life to, including: the importance of local communities, sustainability and environmental protection, and showcasing youth and diversity. The objective was to encourage volunteerism to bring communities together to create a legacy from the coronation weekend.

The BABCPHL contributed to “The Big Help Out” by collaborating with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the British Consulate New York on a UK-themed teacher appreciation lunch at Bodine High School for International Affairs. Bodine High School for International Affairs was co-founded by the Council in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. We were honored to work with the Council and the Consulate to highlight King Charles’ commitment and to recognize the important work of Bodine High School teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week here in the US.

A delicious offering of food carefully curated and created by Stargazy, an East London pie and mash shop in the heart of South Philadelphia was set-up in the teacher’s lounge at Bodine from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Teachers, staff and administration filtered in throughout the day to sample the British fare.

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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.
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Olympus
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government