Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

   
Dear Friends of the BABC,
 
We are coming to the end of my fourth and last year as President of the BABC of Northern California, so this will be my final monthly letter to you.

Over the last four years, our BABC has grown in membership and improved our programming quality and networking opportunities. Our members regularly benefit from business opportunities sourced through the BABC. We have continued to support our local community through superb charities like Rafael House and Play Rugby USA. And did I mention that we throw the best Christmas party in Northern California?
 
I am proud to have played a part in the ongoing success of our wonderful organization and extend my thanks to everyone who has been involved with the BABC during my tenure, especially our superb Executive Director Jo Healey, my fellow directors, and all of our staff and volunteers for their support of the BABC.
May has once again been a busy month for us.
 
On May 2nd the BABC, along with the FACC and GABA, again held our Spring European Networking evening in Palo Alto at the spectacular offices of BABC Patron Member Cooley LLP. More than 100 members and guests attended the event from a wide array of European and global nations. Many thanks to our Sponsors Cooley and Rugby World Cup Sevens. Check out the photos from the event here  
 
We have also been hard at work preparing for some big events coming up in June. On the 25th we have the hotly anticipated BABC Young Professionals Great British-American Pub Quiz. This year teams will once again compete for the coveted Pub Quiz trophy and some great prizes; keep an eye out for an announcement of the prizes shortly.  
 
We will host our 62nd Annual General Meeting on the 27th of June. All BABC members are invited to join us to vote in the 2018-2019 Board of Directors, reflect on the activities of the BABC Northern California over the past year and mix and mingle with your fellow members.
 
We will also of course be hosting our ever-popular Young Professionals Happy Hour at Cafe Americano. We will be making a big announcement at the event, so be sure to come along and join us for another fun evening.   
 
Finally yet importantly, as you will see from our new and renewing member sections further down in this newsletter, the BABC community remains as strong and vibrant as ever. I hope you will join me in welcoming the newest members of our growing and dynamic community - you will find information about them below. Please take a moment to visit their websites and contact Jo Healey if you would like to learn more.  
 
 
Best,
Nicholas Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California
 

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From The Consul General's Desk


Dear Friends and Members of the BABC,

While we are in the midst of a very busy period at the Consulate - including visits by the Chancellor , and a Royal Wedding - this month we had the pleasure of welcoming 15 incredibly talented women CEOs to Silicon Valley for our fourth Female Founders Mission.
 
The mission aims to build new opportunities for these established businesses and foster relationships, inspiring the next generation of female founders and promoting diversity in the work place. Our Female Founders and their businesses are competitively selected for their innovation, their business to date as well as their ability to scale. The success of the visit is a reflection of the hard work put in by the Mayor of London's International Business programme, the organisers behind Silicon Valley Comes to the UK, and our Department for International Trade team- an invaluable partnership.  
 
This incredible group featured businesses in a variety of areas from mental health and home care providers to AI and VR, among many others.
 
This mission gives women the chance to gain invaluable insights from some very successful companies, and in turn show just how influential woman are in any given field. While Silicon Valley is the center of innovation, it is not without its problems particularly as it relates to general equality. Many strides have been made in the past year. But I want to point out that gender equality is also a priority for the whole of the British government and is central to FCO's human rights work worldwide. We have contributed to the substantial progress which has been made in securing greater participation of women - particularly in conflict-affected areas - and in tackling sexual violence in conflict.  Nevertheless, womenremain underrepresented at most levels of government and in other formal decision making processes in very many parts of the world.
 
That's why we will continue to do what we can to support women in the tech sector, and promote the value of diversity in all its forms. Having the chance to welcome and host this group of Female Founders is always an incredible experience, I can't wait to see what they do.
 
 
Andrew Whittaker,
HM Consul General  

Previous BABC Events
Spring European Networking Evening  
(Hosted by Cooley LLP)

On May 2nd 2018 the BABC along with the FACC and GABA once again held the Spring European Net\working evening in Palo Alto at the spectacular offices of BABC Patron Member Cooley LLP. The event was attended my more than 100 professionals from a wide array of European and global nations.

With huge thanks to our Sponsors Cooley and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.

Check out the photos from the event here

  
We are already looking forward to our next Networking Event in July, for which registration is now open, check it out here: http://bit.ly/2HSLcOx
BABC Member News
Fitzgerald & Law New Partner Announcement

F&L is delighted to announce the appointment of Keeley Stock as Partner. Keeley's promotion from Director at the London headquarters is in response to her personal contribution to the unprecedented growth within the International Financial Outsourcing division.

Speaking on behalf of the existing six Partners, the Senior Partner Gabriel Parrish said, "We will always seek to recognise the dedication of our team members and promote from within wherever warranted. In the decade that Keeley has been part of the team, she has consistently excelled in terms of service excellence, her contribution to the firm's growth, investment in people and expert knowledge. We are very pleased to welcome her into the Partnership and look forward to the future."

BPM Advisory Partner Jenise Gaskin Named One of the 2018 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business

BPM LLP announced today that Jenise Gaskin, Advisory Partner, has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times. The " Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business" celebrates the top 130 women who demonstrate leadership, achievement, and influence in their industry and community.

Giants Enterprises on the Water: Yacht Charter now Available

Giants Enterprises, the entrepreneurial arm of the San Francisco Giants, invites you to sweep across The Bay in style on one of their luxury yachts.

The California Spirit & Yacht Lady are in a class of their own, designed specifically for sophisticated and up-scale entertaining. From team buildings to corporate receptions, dining to dancing, we feel confident that our yachts are the best on the Bay.



BABC Network News
British Consulate to Walk in San Francisco Pride Parade

The British Consulate -General team, San Francisco invites you to join its Pride Contingent as they celebrate inclusion and diversity at the San Francisco Pride Parade on the 24th June, beginning at 10:30am.  
 
More details to come, but we'd be delighted for yourself and friends and family to walk with us.   
 
Please RSVP to Andrea Koskey: andrea.koskey@fco.gov.uk  
 
 


BAB Publishes Statement on Heathrow Airport Expansion

On 5 June 2018, Heathrow Airport received approval from the UK Government for the construction of a third runway at its airport in Longford, England, outlined in the latest Airports National Policy statement tabled today by Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP. The proposed £14bn private investment is projected to create approximately 60,000 new jobs and double Heathrow's cargo capacity, generating up to £74bn in economic benefits.
 
BAB welcomes the UK Government's support of Heathrow's case for a third runway, through which it can maintain its position as the UK's only Hub airport and the largest port by value to markets outside the EU and Switzerland. The UK's airports are critical in maintaining our connection with the world, both for business and tourism.
 
BAB has long been a vocal supporter of Heathrow's case for expansion, outlining in its 2018 Policy Agenda its necessity as part of the UK Government's Industrial Strategy as a driver for growth. Heathrow plays an essential role in the success and future of the UK-US economic relationship, which is worth over a trillion dollars in Foreign Director Investment (FDI) and over £160 billion in trade annually. Every month thousands of travellers from North America land in Heathrow. 87% of American business visitors repeatedly travel to the UK bringing substantial business with them.

Duncan Edwards, CEO, BritishAmerican Business said:
 
"Heathrow's expansion comes at a critical juncture in Britain's future. As the UK negotiates its future relationship with the European Union, and begins to redefine its position on the world stage, the approval of these plans deliver the message that Britain is open for business. We are delighted to that the Government, too, sees the value in Heathrow's expansion and echo the Secretary of State for Transport's vision "to build a Britain that is fit for the future."
 
BAB hopes that the UK's MPs will look to these plans with the same ambition and optimism that we do, and approve the National Policy Statement in a timely manner to ensure Britain, and the world, isn't kept waiting."
 
Click here to download a PDF of this press release 
 
BABC Launches Finding Your Way: The Trade and Investment Guide to the US 2018/19
- Produced by BritishAmerican Business (BAB )

On 7 June 2018, BABC launched the latest publication in its Trade & Investment Guide series: 'Finding Your Way: The Trade and Investment Guide to the US 2018/19'. The publication was launched in Birmingham at the Annual BABC Transatlantic Conference, bringing together over 250 business leaders and government representatives from both sides of the Atlantic.
 
'Finding Your Way' was produced by BritishAmerican Business on behalf of BABC in order to provide UK companies looking to either trade with, or invest in the US with a comprehensive and straightforward guide to ensure they do so with the best knowledge possible. The publication offers expert advice from our partner companies, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to useful resources to help these companies on their transatlantic journey.
 
'Finding Your Way' contains features on the main issues UK companies may face when bringing their business overseas to the US including; Immigration, Finance, Insurance, Logistics and Tax - kindly provided by our expert member companies Gibney Anthony & Flaherty, Santander, Travelers, UPS and Deloitte. The guide also features showcases on select states in the US and the unique, business-friendly environments they have created.
 
BAB is delighted to have received the endorsement of both the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) and SelectUSA for this publication.
 
Duncan Edwards, CEO, BritishAmerican Business and CEO, British-American Business Council said:
 
"Britain's small and medium-sized enterprises are the lifeblood of the economy, accounting for 99.9% of all private sector businesses in the UK. Of these companies, approximately 25% export their goods and services across the globe, over half of whom export to the US market.
 
These numbers illustrate the value and importance so many of Britain's small and medium sized enterprises identify in the transatlantic trade and investment relationship as a source of growth and success for their business. Our chief goal at BABC is to nurture this relationship further, and help businesses of all sizes share their world-class products with our friends and colleagues in the US.
 
We hope this publication will act as a first port of call for any business looking to take their business overseas, and encourage them to play an active role in maintaining the transatlantic economic relationship as the most valuable on earth."

 
Click here to download a PDF of this press release 
Meet our New Members
New Business Level Members  
 
 
 
 
New Individual and Young Professional Members  
Alka Agrawal  

Young Professional Members
Kes Thygesen 
Our Thanks to these Renewing Members
Corporate Level Members 
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Individual and Young Professional Members  
 
Individual Members
Chris Richardson
Katie Weschler 
Sanjay Agarwal

Young Professional Members
Ruchika Julapalli 
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