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Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend of the BABC,
What a year-end it has been for your BABC! Our 53rd Annual Christmas Luncheon certainly lived up to its reputation - I would like to extend my thanks to all those who were involved: our VIP Sponsors, Live Auction Donors, Grand Raffle Donors, Table Prize Donors and of course the many volunteered and staff who helped ensure the day ran smoothly. I would also like to thank our guests all 950 of you! I hope the day was enjoyed by all. And, because of your generosity, we were able to raise $25,500 for Raphael House, our beneficiary for eleven years in a row. If you have not had a chance to do so, please take a look at the photos from the day here. Once again thank you all for your continued support and I hope you will join me in looking forward to next year's Luncheon, to be held on Friday 8 th December at the Fairmont Hotel. Save the date!

The BABC also held its Young Professionals Happy Hour, which took place at Hotel Vitale. Many thanks to Café Americano for hosting the event for our guests, whom of which represented a variety of industries including tech, fashion, law and product design. We look forward to many more Young Professionals events in the New Year.

Our next large event will be our 27th Annual Economic Luncheon, taking place January 25 th at the City Club in San Francisco. This event tends to sell out quickly so please don't delay in purchasing your tickets. I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Many thanks again to all of our Members and Friends for your support of the BABC in 2016 - here's to a successful 2017 for all of us!

All the best,
Nick Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California
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BABC Featured Events

Harlequins Rubgy Business Breakfast (Hosted by BABC Community Partner Harlequins)

Friday 20th January, 2017
08:30am - 10:00am

The British-American Business Council and Squire Patton Boggs cordially invite you to:

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From The Consul General's  Desk
Having the ability to live and work in San Francisco, I consider myself very lucky. Alongside the incredible working environment and the fascinating issues, one of the main reasons I wanted to work here is to be a part of the UK-US relationship. Since Winston Churchill first coined the term 'Special Relationship' in 1946 our partnership has expanded exponentially.

For example, did you know the US is Britain's largest single trading partner and the UK's top export destination? The US remains by far our largest inward investor. Our partnership - worth over $200 billion a year-- has created a million jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

Or that UK-US collaborations have resulted in 26 Nobel prizes for science and economics? Most recently, British and American researchers worked together to detect gravitational waves, a central tenant of Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

The strength and depth of our military and security is unmatched in the world and underpinned by a a strong set of shared values.

The commitment to the relationship only continues to grow. The UK announced we will open three new government offices throughout the United States this year, including San Diego. In the private sector, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are committed to expanding service between the UK and the US, including four new flights connecting the US's West Coast this year. That's thousands of more seats allowing opportunity for businesses to connect globally, tourists to explore the wonderful things the UK and the West Coast of the US has to offer.

But underpinning it all is the strength of the personal relationships. From what I've seen in my first five months here, I know that the special relationship will continue to evolve, grow and change, and I hope each of you are seeing the benefits and able to contribute to this incredible connection.
Previous BABC Events

The 53rd Annual BABC Christmas Luncheon

What a fantastic day had by all!

Many thanks to our Diamond Sponsor, CyraCom International and all of our VIP Sponsors, Live Auction Donors, Grand Raffle Donors and Winery, Beverage and Table Prize Donors for making the day possible.

With special thanks to Paul Tormey and all the staff at the Fairmont San Francisco - wonderful as always - and to Erin Kelleher at Hinman and Carmichael, the team at Raphael House, all of the volunteers and our BABC interns Beth Taggart and Finn Western.

Click here to see the photos from the day and in case you missed, the video is below.

The 53rd Annual BABC Christmas Luncheon - December 9th, 2016
The 53rd Annual BABC Christmas Luncheon - December 9th, 2016
A big thank you to Hotel Vitale and Americano Restaurant and Bar for hosting our December Young Professional Happy Hour.

The Young Professionals Committee were delighted to welcome new and returning attendees to this increasingly popular networking event.

Guests represented a variety of industries including tech, fashion, law and product design.

The event takes place every SECOND Tuesday of the month and affords Bay Area's young professional community the opportunity to connect and network.

Click here to see the photos from December.
BABC 2017 Transatlantic Conference Thought Leadership Platform: Submit Your Story

The 2017 BABC Transatlantic Conference, 'Navigating the New World,' has launched its Thought Leadership Platform (TLP), which will feature exceptional stories of business success and thought leadership insights on the event website.
We want your con tributions!
While BABC's touchstone rests upon commerce between the US and UK, Thought Leadership Platform stories area transcendent platform, and BABC seeks great moments from all corners of the globe. Senior business executives, academicians, government officials and other thought leaders are invited and encouraged to contribute content. 

Learn more about the BABC 2017 Transatlantic Conference

BABC mentioned in California Buildings News: 'Better Workplace Strategies Aired at BABC Event'

Speakers at "Workplace Innovations: Happiness, Productivity and Profitability," a program sponsored by the British American Business Council of Northern California and engineering giant Turner & Townsend Trestle, made clear to the audience that the quality of where we work and how we work depends greatly not just on how our buildings are run but on the environmental policies of our cities-and ultimately-our regions.

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Her Majesty The Queen honours entrepreneur Michael Hughes with MBE 

We are delighted to share that Michael Hughes, BABC Board Director and Co-CEO of Premier Member LoopUp has been awarded an MBE for his outstanding work in founding the Silicon Valley Internship Program (SVIP).

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Meet our Members
New Corporate Level Members 
Drayson Technologies

Founded in 2015, Drayson Technologies is an Internet of Things platform company using innovative wireless charging technology and machine learning software to create smart sensor networks that deliver tangible business value for customers.

We enable energy-efficient and cost-effective IoT data collection and analysis, which reduces the cost of deploying, owning and running IoT networks.

Drayson Technologies is a privately held UK limited company (Company Number 08618486) based upon 7 year research programme at Imperial College. The Company is based in London (HQ - EMEA), with sales hubs in Mexico City (LatAm) & San Francisco (United States).

Our Team Members have deep expertise in health, technology and data businesses and have built multiple £500m+ technology businesses over the past 15 years with successful exits through IPO and M&A. We also love and thrive working at speed, so much so that we have a few World Land Speed Records. 
Upgrading from Business to Corporate 
Wilton & Bain

Wilton & Bain has crafted a unique position within the Executive Search and Interim Management markets as the fastest growing and largest search firm dedicated to the technology and professional services market (Executive Grapevine 2016).

By bridging the gap between the large global search firms and the smaller boutiques, Wilton and Bain provide an exceptional level of service to all clients; offering both pace and coherence in delivery across a wide range of capabilities. Our Management Solutions division, voted the fastest rising interim management provider and only new entrant to the Top 10 (IIM survey 2016), work with an elite team of senior directors to provide resourcing and bespoke programmes for core leadership assignments.

Our strategy is to build entrenched and longstanding partner relationships with our clients, based on extraordinary content knowledge and exceptional delivery results. With completion rates in excess of 97%, 5 international offices and the highest Researcher to Partner ratio in the market, Wilton and Bain present a unique proposition. Our model is based on approachability, flexibility and dedication to delivery, enabling us to deliver where other search firms fail. 
New Business and Community Partner Members

To learn more about these Business Level Members, click on their logo or visit the
"Our Members" web page on the BABC Website.
New Individual and Young Professionals Members
New Individual Members:

Ruthe Stein
Kelly Ducourty
Bepsy Strasberg
Daniel Lang
Ian Powell

New Young Professional Members:

Adam Lorimer
Greg Tinker
Christopher Waldon
Eira Jones
BABC Community Corner
Community Event at San Francisco Zoo (Hosted by BABC Corporate Member Aboda)

San Francisco Zoo's very own polar bear, "Uulu", received a very special delivery to her habitat on Friday, November 11 - ten tons of snow! At 35 years young, "Uulu" is the oldest polar bear in North America, a testament to the excellent care she receives at SF Zoo. Providing the option to roll and relax in the snow is an opportunity to enrich the polar bear within her habitat.

ABODA, a leader in providing global housing solutions for some of the world's best-known brands, generously sponsored the snow to enhance "Uulu's" space. ABODA opened a regional office serving the Greater Bay Area in April 2016 and has been delivering its innovative corporate housing solutions and award-winning customer service ever since.

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Andy MacKay's Fundraiser: Alameda Hogmabay! Pipe-athon ACS Fundraiser - Dec 31, 2016 -

We did it yet again!  The 3rd Annual Alameda Hogmabay! Pipe-athon ACS Fundraiser, was a great success, with Andy MacKay playing Auld Lang Syne on the bagpipes in every bar (17 total) in Alameda, California, on New Year's Eve, raising funds for the American Cancer Society, and bringing a bit of traditional Scottish cheer to the Island City of Alameda.

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The Mostly British Film Festival heads into its 9 th year with 26 new and classic feature films and documentaries from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa. More than half of them, including opening and closing night features, are San Francisco premieres.

The festival opens February 16 with " Their Finest," the latest from "An Education" director Lone Scherfig. With a cast headed by Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton, this delightful romantic comedy tells the story of the British film industry during World War II, charged with buoying the spirits of people living in constant fear of the Blitz. The festival closes on February 23 with the Australian family drama "The Daughter" about a grown son who returns home for his father's wedding. Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto star.

A special series on February 18, The Beatles on Film, commemorates the Fab Four's final concert at Candlestick Park a half century ago. Consisting of a trio of movies starring or about The Beatles, the program culminates with the timeless magical documentary " A Hard Day's Night" presented in a new digital restoration. Read more

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Raphael House Annual Gala (Hosted by BABC Community Partner Raphael House)

Come celebrate Raphael House's 45th year of supporting homeless families in San Francisco, as we eat, drink, and dance in the beautiful ambiance of the Palace Hotel!

Enjoy specialty cocktails, delicious wines, exclusive auction packages, a fabulous 3-course meal, and dancing the night away under the emerald lights of our theme "There's No Place like Home." All funds raised support our family shelter and the comprehensive programs that help us transform the lives of parents and children in San Francisco!

For more information on Tickets and Tables, click here
Member Offers: Sign In & Save!
Please log in to the BABC Member Information Center to access these fantastic Member-Member Hot Deals and Discounts.

If you have forgotten your username and password, you can reset it here.
Goldschmidt Vineyards is pleased to offer BABC members significantly discounted pricing on the following wines:
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Forefathers, Alexander Valley
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Game Ranch, Oakville
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Yeoman Vineyard, Alexander Valley
2013 Chelsea Goldschmidt Merlot - Dry Creak Valley
2013 Gracepoint Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley
2015 Sauvignon Blank - Forefathers, Marlborough

BABC Network News & Publications
Trade & Investment Update (as of November 2016) 

Theresa May to Give Britain Lowest Corporation Tax of World's Top 20 Economies

PM Theresa May will offer British business an olive branch following a series of disputes by vowing to cut corporation tax to a record low. In a speech to business leaders ahead of the Autumn Statement, Mrs May will commit Britain to having the lowest corporation tax of the world's 20 largest economies.

It suggests that the Government will cut corporation tax further and faster than expected, potentially going lower than the 15% rate promised by Donald Trump ahead of the US Presidential election.

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UK Unemployment Falls to 1.6 Million in September, an 11-Year Low

On 16 November, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced that UK unemployment fell by 37,000 to 1.6 million in the three months to September, achieving an 11-year low. In the same period, the jobless rate fell to 4.8%, while the number of people in work went up by 49,000. Average weekly earnings grew by 2.3% in the year to October including bonuses and by 2.4% excluding bonuses. ONS statician David Freeman said: 'Unemployment is at its lowest for more than 10 years and the employment rate remains at a record high. Nonetheless there are sings that the labour market might be cooling, with employment growth slowing.'

To read the full article, click here

Imports & Exports Update - September 2016

UK Exports to the US
$4.3 billion in September 2016 down 2% from August 2016. For more trade information click here.

US Exports to the UK
$5.2 billion in September 2016 up 13% from August 2016. For more trade information click here.

New Department for International Trade Service Online
Launched this month in Beta, the Department for International Trade's new service, GREAT, was created to assist UK companies export abroad by finding overseas buyers, locating UK suppliers and locate foreign investment. The service is available to UK firms of all sizes and stages, from those that have never exported before, to experienced exporters looking to increase scope or efficiency. The service note only provides informative advice, but also allows companies to build a profile to advertise themselves, which is then used by DIT to locate companies overseas that may be interested in buying from, or investing in the company. To find out more please click here.
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