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Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner


Dear Friend of the BABC,
 
Over the past couple of months, we have hosted a number of compelling and relevant events for our Members.

May's Spring European Networking Evening was hosted by Patron member Cooley and in partnership with the German American Business Association and the French American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco. The Transatlantic Conference took place in London this year and the theme was 'Future Cities - Smart, Sustainable, Social and was attended by several BABC members including our Chairman, Colin Brown, Executive Director, Jo Healey, Board Directors Stuart Keirle and Kathleen Kimura and Members Laura Guzman (Microdesk) and Chris Tholstrup (Venturexcel).   The ever important topic of Britain and its membership in the EU was discussed at the Brexit event where the theme was, "What Happens if the UK leaves the European Union?".  As you know the EU Referendum in the UK takes place on June 23rd. 

Our 60th Annual General Meeting was held on June 1st where attendees were updated on last year's business milestones and given a sense of what is to come for the 2016 / 2017 fiscal year. A few days later, we joined with the Australian American and Swedish American Chambers of Commerce to present the 6th Annual Summer Golf Scramble at the Presidio Golf Course where 88 players competed for prizes and bid on auction items. Our thanks to all the sponsors, donors and BABC Players who helped make the day a roaring success! 

Our Top Tier members enjoyed a private reception at the Residence of HM Consul General, Priya Guha - our thanks to Priya for hosting and opening up your home for our special guests.  As you may know, Priya returns to the UK at the end of July and we shall miss her in San Francisco.

We celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday at a Ball at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.  Over 260 guests attended the black tie dinner dance with music supplied by The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band.  It was a terrific event that also honored two wounded warriors from The Invictus Foundation who said a few words about their experiences as veterans and athletes at the Invictus Games.

Our Young Professionals Committee hosted another successful Happy Hour at the Americano Restaurant at Hotel Vitale. Their events now take place on the second Tuesday of each month and continue to grow in attendance.

Finally, thank you to all the new members who have joined the BABC over the last month and to all of our members showing their continued support of our growing organization by renewing and upgrading your memberships. Please take a moment to visit their websites and learn more - they may be able to help you!  
 
Best,
Nick Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California
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USA Eagles vs Italy

Our thanks to Emirates who have kindly donated 2 VIP Tickets and 17 General Admission Tickets to this Saturday's International Rugby Test Match between USA Eagles and Italy.  If you would like to go, please email Jo Healey.  Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Go Eagles!

From The Consul General's  Desk


H.M. Consul General to San Francisco 
Ms. Priya Guha

By now you may have heard that British Airways (finally) found its way to San Jose in May!  It was the first of three new non-stop flights connecting the Bay Area with home. Just one week after British Airways started its new flight, Norwegian Airlines began offering affordable and direct connections from Oakland to London's Gatwick Airport. And next year, Virgin Atlantic will begin a new route from San Francisco International Airport to Manchester.
 
I was lucky enough to be on the inaugural BA flight, which coincided with British American Business' Annual Meeting. It was lovely to see some of you there. I enjoyed representing us by speaking about the Bay Area on a panel and at the new Chase Entrepreneurship Awards.  
 
The new BA flight allows me additional options to get to the UK - indeed it took my parents home this week! And now all of you can take advantage of the convenient connection from Silicon Valley directly to London for important meetings without the stress of filtering through one airport many miles away. You may well have been one of the 92 businesses in and around Silicon Valley who signed up to support bringing such a flight to San Jose. Our friends at Mineta San Jose International Airport tell us Britain was the number one destination requested by their travellers.
 
That doesn't come as a surprise. Alongside the US, the UK was one of the two fastest growing major advanced economies in 2015. The preliminary estimate of UK GDP growth in 2015 was 2.2%, and UK GDP is projected to grow to 4.2% in 2016. To attract investment, we have lowered corporation tax to 20% today and 17% by 2020. Investments being made in the market show how great the UK is as a place to do business: VCs have invested $1.3 billion in the UK in the first three months of the year. That's right up there with Silicon Valley, which saw $5.7 million in VC investment in the same period.
 
So the business opportunity's there - and now the flight connectivity to facilitate it. The perfect combination!
 
 
 
Priya Guha is HM Consul General to San Francisco. Her column will appear monthly.
   
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BABC News
The Queen's 90th Birthday Ball

Over 260 guests gathered at The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, to celebrate the 90 thbirthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday the 11 th
June 2016. It was a fabulous evening of incredible food, wine and dancing to The Sun Kings, a Beatles revival band.
 
The evening's formal proceedings began with a march in by the Stewart Pipe Band. HM Consul General Priya Guha gave the loyal toast to HM Queen Elizabeth before emcee Stuart Bagshaw welcomed all present and introduced members of the SF Consular Corps present (Australia, Norway, Singapore, Ukraine, Romania and Latvia), Mark Chandler from the San Francisco Mayor's Office, and representatives from the Invictus Games Foundation Rose Hall, Operations Director, and British Veterans Nathan Cumberland and Louisa Walker, and Mark Chandler from SF Mayor's Office.  Read more

Young Professionals Happy Hour

Thank you to Hotel Vitale for providing our Young Professionals Committee with  avenue in which to host their monthly Happy Hour in the Americano Restaurant and Bar. 

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

Learn more about the Young Professionals here 
Top Tier Member Reception

Our thanks to HM Consul General Ms. Priya Guha for hosting our Top Tier (Patron, Premier and Corporate) Members at a special reception at The Residence to thank the members for their high level of commitment and involvement in the BABC and for making it the thriving occasion that it has become. 

The occasion also provided BABC President Nick Unkovic the opportunity to present a farewell gift to Priya to thank her for her service on the BABC Board of Directors.

Click here to see the photos.


Our thanks also to Adrienne Keene and Ramona Pedersen for coordinating a wonderful event for our guests.


6th Annual Summer Golf Scramble

On behalf of the Australian American Chamber of Commerce the British American Business Council and the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce  
we would like to thank all the sponsors, donors, players and volunteers for your commitment, time and support of the 6th Annual Summer Golf Scramble.  Thanks also to Whitney Stevenson and the Presidio Golf Club for providing us with a beautiful venue for the day. To read more and view the photos, click here.

Check out the Video too! 

BABC Golf Scramble 2016
BABC Golf Scramble 2016
BABC 60th Annual General Meeting

We were pleased to welcome over 50 BABC Members and their guests to the 2016 BABC Northern California Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday,  
June 1 st 2016 graciously hosted by BABC Patron Member Squire Patton Boggs, the meeting provided the opportunity to report on the activities of the BABC for the fiscal year 2015/2016, present an overview of what is anticipated for 2016/2017 and conduct the Election of the 2016/2017 Board of Directors.
To read more, click here
Spring European Networking Evening at Cooley LLP

The Spring European Networking Evening
was generously hosted by BABC Patron  Member Cooley LLP, and welcomed over 140 attendees from a diverse range of businesses. It provided the attendees with the opportunity to connect and network with the European-American business community in a relaxed and professional atmosphere. Click here to see the photos!

These hugely popular Networking events are a great way to develop strong business relationships and new contacts. If you would like to be added to the BABC mailing list to find out more about the different networking events that are being held please follow this link and subscribe to our mailing list.
Welcome to our New Team Member,
Kristina Anderson Patton

We are pleased to welcome Kristina 'KP' Patton to our team here at BABC Northern California as our Membership, Marketing and Events Manager.  Kristina, whose background is in marketing, branding and business development for global brands, will be an integral part of helping the BABC and our Board of Directors to deliver value to our membership and helping to grow the organization.

Learn more about Kristina here.
BABC Member News

 
W orld Champion Tom Sykes to Meet Fans at D-Store San Francisco, July 5th, 2016 

Ahead of the U.S. round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at BABC Corporate member Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca, 2013 World Champion Tom Sykes will make an appearance at the Dainese D-Store San Francisco Tuesday, July 5. The British rider, who races with the Kawasaki Racing Team, will meet and mingle with fans from 4 to 7 p.m.
 
Sykes, 30, has won 30 World Superbike races during his career and currently sits second in the championship points standings. He made a similar appearance at D-Store Orange County in Costa Mesa last December during that shop's grand reopening party. The D-Store San Francisco event is free and open to the public and will include a question-and-answer period, an autograph session and a few surprises. Food and drink will be served.  Read More.... 


New Confirmation Statement will Replace the Company Annual Return

A new Confirmation Statement will replace the Company Annual Return which has to be filed each year with Companies House. Unlike the previous arrangements in respect of the Company Annual Return, there will be no predefined filing date for the new Confirmation Statement; however there must be no more than 12 months between confirmation statements and the filing deadline is 14 days, reduced from 28 days for the annual return. Read more

Check out the Route Map for our Corporate Member Norwegian Air!






Norwegian operates over 400 routes to more than 130 destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Thailand, the Caribbean and the US. We have been listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange since 2003. We're a young airline that has experienced significant growth over the past few years by introducing brand new aircraft to our fleet, as well as launching many new routes and establishing new bases in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Today, we have more than 100 aircraft and are proud to have one of the world's youngest and greenest fleets with an average age of just 3.6 years. The many awards and accolades prove that our passengers appreciate our new aircraft, friendly service, low fares and exciting destinations.

Check us out on Norwegian.com!

Meet Our Members
New Premier Level Members
Liza Evans Interior  Design

Liza Evans Interiors is a Residential &Commercial Interior Design FirmServing Clients in San Francisco & London. Named as a ''Top 20 Interior Designer'' by The Telegraph, every aspect of the design process is handled personally by Liza Evans: from colour palette, fabric choices, artwork and flooring, through to furniture and accessories. Working closely with trusted architects, contractors and suppliers we ensure projects run smoothly, professionally on time and within budget.

Whether you are wanting to decorate a single room, remodel a whole house or ensure that the look and feel of your corporate interior is integrated as part of your brands identity, strategy and marketing mix, we provide a personalised service to clients who demand bespoke design and the finest workmanship, finishes and materials.


iPresent

iPresent is an online platform that enables your marketing team to upload and distribute marketing collateral to your sales team via a beautifully customisable app. With iPresent you not only ensure your sales team have the right collateral at all times but you also give them the added bonus of being able to wow their customers with a professional fully interactive app experience on their tablet device. iPresent's many in app features leave your sales team focused on selling instead of fumbling over printed collateral and paper based forms.

More than that, iPresent's powerful analytics give Marketers an insight into how their content really performs out in the field. This invaluable information gives you the insight you need to create more effective collateral in the future which can be easily distributed to your sales team.

iPresent provides the most technically advanced and feature-rich sales enablement platform on the market today.

iPresent has offices in Hampshire, UK and Los Gatos, California.


New Corporate Level Members
Jamae Law Group

Jamae Law Group LLP is a U.S. immigration law firm supporting investors, entrepreneurs, and corporations across the globe. We are known for our out-of-the-box thinking, quality work and great communication.
Our experienced team of tech-focused U.S. immigration lawyers specializes in business and startup immigration and understands the needs and challenges of global innovation.
Not only do we have immigration lawyers in San Francisco and Houston, but we also have partnerships with immigration lawyers in Australia and immigration solicitors in the U.K. Because of this global presence, we are able to serve clients in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North & South America.
But we're not just U.S. immigration lawyers, we're also expert connectors. Because of our broad network in the technology, startup, and investment communities around the world, we can often give our clients great introductions that help their business scale.



Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile jewel of a road course on California?s beautiful central coast. It is widely hailed as one of the top ten traditional road courses in the world

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a non-profit organization run by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP).

Each year SCRAMP donates approximately $250,000 to charities and groups in the area. Along with these donations it is estimated that Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca brings in about $120 million dollars to the local economy as a result of its major annual events. 


Shirlaws Group

Shirlaws is a portfolio of companies that advise private enterprise how to grow, fund or exit their business in order to enjoy their life's work.
 
Shirlaws is industry agnostic and works across all sectors of business as their methodology that is a blend of operating experience, fund management and M&A that applies whether the client is a manufacturing company, Professional Services firm or a Janitorial business.
 
The consulting arm of the business is now in 10 countries and Assay Advisory, the Investment Banking side has hubs in London, San Francisco and Vancouver that serve its clients globally.
 
The team comprises of ex operators and founders that have built, grown, funded and exited their business either through sale or to the next generation.


New Business and Community Partner Members
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Individual and Young Professionals Members
New Individual Members:

Nic Meredith
Richard Pitt

New Young Professional Members:

Nicholas Blanck
Houston Garcia
Laura Guzman
Bridie Telford


 

Our Thanks to These Renewing Members

Patron
 
 
Premier 
  
 
Business
  
 
Individual 
Withbert Payne
 
Job Board

Oakstone International


Join our team in San Francisco and work with a small yet globally focused and experienced team of Executive Recruiters. Click here to learn more.

 

RocketSpace



RocketSpace is looking for a strategic and innovative Chief Technology Officer to bring the future to market on a global scale.  The ideal CTO is a visionary who is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company and will work with the  Executive team to grow the company on an international level.

Click here to see all job opportunities at RocketSpace.

BABC Community Corner
RAPHAEL HOUSE TO CELEBRATE 45TH YEAR HELPING FAMILIES WHO ARE HOMELESS BUILD BRIGHTER FUTURES-June 2016 to June 2017

Raphael House, San Francisco's oldest and only privately funded shelter and services program for families experiencing or at risk of homelessness, announced today the kick-off of a year-long celebration as it begins its 45th year of helping Bay Area families in need achieve long-term stability and financial independence. Raphael House will host a series of fundraising, community, and educational events to increase awareness of family homelessness and grow its community of donors, volunteers, and advocates as it continues to increase services provided by its Bridge Program following the successful expansion of its Residential Shelter Program in 2015. The culminating event for the year-long celebration will be the 20th Annual One Home, Many Hearts Gala: Celebrating 45 Years of Building Brighter Futures for Families in Need, to take place in late spring of 2017.  Read More...

Update from BABC Sporting Ambassador, Laura Siddall

Laura Siddall, the BABC Sporting Ambassador (note the BABC logo on her gear!) recently raced in St. George, Utah at the beginning of May, in the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships and on June 19th will head to Europe to race Challenge Galway in Ireland and then Challenge Roth in Germany. 

 

Laura, we wish you all the very best in these grueling triathlons and look forward to hearing how you got on when you get back!

To read more about Laura's most recent adventures in Run, Bike and Swim, visit her blog!  If you have an interest in sponsoring or support Laura in any way, please contact Laura directly at lmsid@yahoo.com 
 
 
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