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September 2015

To advertise here, contact Jo Healey.  Members $250 per issue; Non-members $500 per issue.
In This Issue
Members Upgrading to Patron

New Premier Level Member
Members Upgrading to Premier

New Corporate Level  


New Business Level  

New Individual & Young Professional Members
Anthony Phillips
Audrianna Sibiski
Brittany Buxton
Bjorn Oswald
Chloe Ashcroft
Chris O'Brien
Colm Tully
Folashade Naku 
James Brandon 
Joe Partida
Pip Baker 
Rory Gammell
Rosana Ralya
Simon Kelly
Stacey Archbell
William Smengo-Turner
Our Thanks to These Renewing Members

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British Airways:
$300 discount on Business Class 
$150 discount on World Traveller Plus 
$75 discount on World Traveller
(Offer good thru' December 31, 2015)
Crown Worldwide: 
A US$100.00 Visa Card! 
Let us help you get settled into your new home. (Offer good on all moves booked on or before December 31, 2015 and valid only for shipments of 3,500 lbs or more)

Dunkirk Spirit Gin:
Save $8.00 on a bottle of Dunkirk Spirit Premium Gin. $31.99 per bottle instead of $39.99!.
Deeper discounts are available for the purchase of cases of Gin.

Free Foreign Currency Transfers and a preferred rate of exchange. 

The InterContinental San Francisco  and the InterContinental Mark Hopkins: A 10% discount on best flex room rates and a 10% discount on Food and Beverages in Luce Restaurant and Bar 888 at the InterContinental San Francisco. 
The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco: A 10% discount on room rates.

Liza Evans Interior Design:
Offering a FREE, no obligation initial consultation to fully understand your interior design needs and a discount on hourly design fees.      
Suite America: A $250 discount on your first 30 day stay with Suite America.  
Commune Hotels & Resorts and Joie de Vivre. BABC Members receive a 15% discount off Best Advertised Rates the following Commune Hotels in downtown San Francisco. 
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Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend of the BABC,
First of all, I hope that you have all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

As we head into the fall, I'd like to do a recap of our activities over recent months as despite being typically slow during the vacation period, the BABC remained very busy, particularly planning and hosting the recent  The Rise of Rugby... A Giant Awakens at the Fairmont Hotel on August 26th. It was a magnificent, major event that brought together not only the rugby-loving members among our community but also introduced us to many new members and potential members. For those that missed the event, I'm pleased to share the videos of our past and present, male and female international rugby legends who looked into the future of rugby in the United States as the world awaits the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup on September 18th.  Panel Session 1 and Panel Session 2.
Huge thanks to all of you who supported the BABC and its Member sponsors by attending our most recent events.  Beginning in April, we supported the Oxford Alumni Network's Boat Race Ball celebration held at Timothy Oulton as well as Raphael House's annual fundraiser, A Grand Special Night of Magic .  We held the "British Expats: Tax and Financial & Immigration Solutions You Need to Know" sponsored by Florin Pensions, E & M Visa and Bank of the West and promoted HSBCS's event hosted by The San Francisco Business Times, "The Strengthening of the US Dollar's Impact on Business and Global Trade". 
May brought on a slew of events starting with European Networking Evening kindly hosted by our  Patron Member Cooley.  In conjunction with the British Consulate, we celebrated the UK Elections with a viewing Party at the offices of LoopUp and supported BABC Pacific Northwest in promoting their own rugby-focused event event up in Seattle, "American Football v. Rugby". Jo, Kathleen Kimura, Stuart Bagshaw, Simon Elliot and yours truly from our Board attended the BABC Transatlanti c Conference in New York which was a great success.  The BABC and Squire Patton Boggs presented A Fireside Chat with British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott . June began with the Young Professional Wine & Cheese Networking Event (our thanks to business member The Wine Club), followed by the Annual AACC, BABC, SACC - 5th Annual Golf Scramble, and ended with the Annual General Meeting. In preparation for the Rise of Rugby, July events slowed down a little but with GABA, we held "Trends in Content Monetization" and of course, the monthly Young Professionals Happy Hour which has a new home at Americano  Bar & Retaurant in Hotel Vitale.  Our thanks to corporate member Commune Hotels & Resorts. 
Over the next couple of months, we continue to have a very full calendar of events and opportunities to connect with other members, all of which are highlighted in our Events Calendar.  I'd like to thank all who have been actively involved in creating these events and indeed a huge thanks to the event sponsors. 
A very warm welcome to Megan Dudley from the University of Birmingham who will be joined us on August 20 th to start her 9-month internship with BABC and to Oliver Corrigan who is joining Patron Member BAB LEAP also for 9-months.
Finally, thank you to all the new members who have joined the BABC over the recent months and to all of our members showing their continued support of our growing organization by upgrading your memberships.  Please take a moment to visit their websites and learn more! They may be able to help you!  
Nick Unkovic
President of BABC Northern California

Announcing the 2015/2016 BABC Board of Directors

Our thanks to all of our members and guests who joined us for the 59th Annual General Meeting of the BABC Northern California and for all who sent in their votes for the Election of the Board of Directors.  Our thanks also to Nicholas Unkovic and his firm Squire Patton Boggs for hosting this annual event once again.

The BABC is a growing, thriving community thanks to you all.  [Read More... ]

Celebrates 25 Years with New Dubai Office

In addition to celebrating our 25th year in business in 2015, BABC Corporate Member 20/20 Productions is delighted to announce the opening of our latest office in Dubai, UAE.

The launch of our new office strengthens our global presence, allowing us to offer our multi-award winning creative production services in three locations; USA, Europe and now the Middle East.

Having already produced successful creative communications for some of the major players in the oil and gas industry in Dubai, we are excited to be establishing a physical presence in the business hub of the Middle East and South Asia. [Read more...] 




2015 Shaping up to be a momentous Year for
Tech M&A
James Klein, Penningtons Manches  corporate partner and head of the firm's San Francisco office, was once again invited to share his views on the 2015 outlook for M&A in the tech sector in the July issue of Financier Worldwide. Entitled Tech sector M&A on the rise, the article looks at the key trends in the considerable resurgence of M&A activity which has reached pre-crisis levels over the last 18 months, particularly in the US. According to James Klein, 2015 is shaping up to be a momentous year for tech M&A. "Continued economic and consumer confidence is feeding into M&A tech deals, with companies keen to put to work large built up cash reserves." [Read more...]  




Social Media and the Taxman: the Unlikely Dangers 
With many companies encouraging their employees to make positive use of social media such as Twitter or LinkedIn to generate interest and growth in their business, it's increasingly important to ensure that employees remain "on message" when engaging with outside through these platforms.
A trend has emerged amongst local tax authorities to demonstrate that an overseas business has a taxable presence in their territory. 
Tax authorities such as UK's HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are far more likely to carry out simple research (such as Googling an employee's social media profile) to establish whether an employee's stated positions and duties reflect those portrayed by the Company in its dialogue with the tax authorities.



Cooley LLP: Top ranked US law firm to technology, life sciences and other innovation based industries, and the VC's and financial advisers who support them. Cooley's attorneys solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, financings and IPO's, complex IP and regulatory matters, and bet-the-company litigation, often where innovation meets the law. Cooley has more than 750 lawyers across 11 offices in key business centers in the United States and China. 


RBS is a UK-based banking and financial services company, headquartered in Edinburgh. RBS provides a wide range of products and services to personal, commercial and large corporate and institutional customers through its two main subsidiaries, The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest, as well as through a number of other well-known brands including Ulster Bank and Coutts.


Our Personal & Business Banking and Commercial & Private Banking franchises provide services to over 17 million personal and business customers in the UK and to over 1 million personal and business customers in the Republic of Ireland. Our Corporate & Institutional Banking business serves our corporate and institutional clients primarily in the UK and Western Europe.


RBS is committed to identifying and delivering innovative solutions for its customers and has established a Silicon Valley Innovation office based in San Francisco as an integral part of its global innovation team.

Florin Pensions is a US based investment advisory firm specializing in providing UK pension transfer and investment advice to people in the US with UK pensions. With only British expatriate advisers working at Florin, we are well placed to help our clients make sense of their UK pensions and provide local advice on how to manage them before and during retirement. As part of our service, Florin provides a complimentary review of a person's existing UK pension(s) to provide a better understanding of it and determine whether a pension transfer could be of benefit. Florin is headquartered in San Francisco, but has advisers also located in New York and Florida. For further information on Florin's services, please contact Charles Cockerton,  

For more than 30 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovative companies and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB provides targeted financial services and expertise through its offices in innovation centers around the world. With commercial, international and private banking services, SVB helps address the unique needs of innovators. Forbes named SVB one of America's best banks (2015) and one of America's best-managed companies (2014).


At SVB Financial Group, satisfying the complex needs of our clients is what our business is all about. We work hard to be the premier provider of innovative financial services to entrepreneurial companies of all sizes worldwide.


But that's only part of our story. Behind every client of SVB Financial Group is a system dedicated to earning their trust. Whether it's called "corporate citizenship" or "social responsibility," SVB Financial Group takes seriously its commitment to conducting business in an ethical and responsible manner. We live up to that commitment in the way we work, in our accountability to shareholders and our engagement with our employees, customers, the communities we are chartered to serve and the environment in which we operate.  

Who are we? Well, we call ourselves a marketing communications firm. We've also been referred to as an ad shop, a PR firm, a branding agency, or an outsourced marketing department. And sometimes we're just counselors, helping clients think through how to respond and react to issues and trends. Regardless of where the descriptor falls, clients rely on us for our communications expertise.


For 30 years, MacKenzie has created and implemented marketing, communications and outreach programs that enable our clients to start and drive compelling and meaningful conversations with those who matter most to their success - customers, employees, influencers, community leaders, the media.

We are deeply connected to a wide influencer network throughout California and the nation. The "MacKenzie Network" is a key asset and differentiator for the firm, and one that our clients frequently call upon to open doors, start conversations with potential partners or to establish a presence in the thriving, vibrant Bay Area market and beyond.


Launching a new product or initiative? Looking to expand or strengthen your brand or raise public awareness? Need to motivate or educate your employees? All of our efforts are customized so our clients can start those conversations with their stakeholders and tell them their stories.  


Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including 70% of the Fortune 500. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors with one purpose: to deliver measurable, lasting results. We help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. As a member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a network of member firms, we are proud to be part of the largest global professional services network, serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them.


Deloitte's dedication to leadership extends beyond our clients and the commercial marketplace to our own organization and the communities where we work and live. Our success depends on cultivating and celebrating diverse skill sets, backgrounds, and values. And we enable leadership throughout our communities through pro-bono and volunteer work that leverages our skills and experience to help others achieve their goals.

Integral Group is an interactive global network of design professionals collaborating under a single deep green engineering umbrella. Wee provide a full range of building system design and energy analysis services, with a staff widely regarded as innovative leaders in their fields. Located in twelve offices across North America and the U.K., along with an international network of affiliates our passion for sustainable design runs deep.


Our organization is designed to specifically meet the challenge of acceleration critical change in sustainable building practices. Our integrated approach to building systems design allows us to enhance opportunities that nature provides, working in harmony with a building's environment to reduce its reliance on outside energy sources. We specialize in the design of simple, elegant, cost-effective systems for high performance building environments and provide a comprehensive analyses that help prioritize their energy saving potential and carbon reduction effect.

Neurenics, a dynamic organization utilizes applied brain neuroplasticity and enhanced performance that combines Professional Neurofeedback, behavioral medicine, and psychology.The process is based on rigorous scientific research.The founder of Neurenics is Thomas Browne, PHD. a licensed psychologist, who is internationally certified in Neurofeedback.He enhances the performance of sports professionals, company executives, and seekers by improving one's ability to deeply relax and make better decisions.Powerful focus and concentration result in ease of achievement with internal solidity.Emotional calmness, reduced stress, strain, and anxiety facilitate efficient and smooth success with less investment of resources.Dr. Browne has treated thousands of individuals, carried out extensive published scientific research examining the benefits for Type A personalities who show improved daily fulfillment in professional and personal life.He has addressed professionals in major universities and hospitals in Europe and the US and now practices in the Financial District of San Francisco.

Edwardian Group, founded in 1977, is the largest privately owned and most dynamic hotel company in London. The ownership includes 12 Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels ; a collection of luxury hotels in prime locations in the heart of London, Heathrow, Guildford and Manchester, and a fast-growing range of distinctive restaurants, bar brands and spas. Also included is The May Fair, a legendary luxury hotel with a glamorous past, first opened in 1927 by King George V.It is an icon of expressive contemporary design, bringing together boutique attention to detail with grand hotel service. Located on Stratton Street, in the heart of Mayfair, London's most exclusive neighborhood, and home to some of the world's best art galleries, retail therapy and fine restaurants.

We offer vacations by train in Europe and beyond, based on your individual travel plans. With offices in London, Sydney, Los Angeles and Auckland, we are specialists in creating tailor made vacations by rail, serving guests around the world since 2003. Our website gives you and idea of the destinations we offer and inspirational vacation ideas. Decide where, when and for how long you want to go and then simply call one of our experienced travel consultants on 1-888-829-5515 to discuss your travel plans and we'll put together the perfect tailor made itinerary - just for you.

Litmos is the world's easiest to use Learning Management System (LMS). Find out why over 1,000,000 users have used Litmos LMS and over 1,000 companies switched from their old LMS to Litmos in 2013 alone! Litmos IS the Future of Learning. Give your employees a learning platform they love and can access from the cloud or mobile device. Give your customers on command access to courses and leverage your core brand in minutes not months. Deploy compliance training faster, automate re-certifications and get the reporting you need. Many of our customers use Litmos for multiple or all learning initiatives. Get your partners and contractors certified, roll out access with ease and professionalism.


LoopUp Proud to Support Raphael House  


LoopUp offers practical support, including free use of its conferencing and online meetings service, to Bay Area non-profit. LoopUp, the stress-free conferencing solution that puts users comfortable in control, today announced its support of Raphael House, a not-for-profit organization that helps homeless and low-income families in the San Francisco Bay Area achieve long-term housing and financial stability. [Read more...]


Task Force Update

This year, the British-American Business Council (BABC)-who for more than 10 years has donated a significant proceed from the BABC Annual Christmas Luncheon to support Raphael House programs-implemented the BABC Raphael House Task Force. Led by BABC Board Member Simon Elliot, the task force is made up of BABC staff, individuals from member companies, and Raphael House staff.  

[Read more...]


Aramark Volunteers to Build Rooftop Gardens at Raphael House!

On September 17th, thousands of Aramark employees from all around the world will enrich lifelong success in the workplace by inspiring families to lead healthier lives and help youth and adults achieve lifelong success in the workplace. For the Bay Area, Aramark volunteers will participate in the company's annual Aramark Building Community Day (ABC Day) by coming to Raphael House to build a new rooftop garden. Our thanks to BABC Members Aramark, LoopUp, PWC and 2020 Productions for your participation.[ Read more...]


Are you a big fan of films, especially those from the UK?


Do you wish more British films found their way to San Francisco? If so, you might consider joining the board of the Mostly British Film Festival in San Francisco. The festival takes place for a week mid-February at the Vogue Theater. It is going into its eighth year of bringing the best cinema from English-speaking countries. We've screened "An Education," "London River," "The Lunchbox," "Route Irish," "Jimmy's Hall" and "Le Weekend" just to name a few. We have also brought as guests Malcolm McDowell, Minnie Driver and Michael York.


We are looking to increase our board. Membership means helping to scout for films from the UK, watching films under consideration and helping through social media to market the festival. We do not require financial contributions from members.


If you are interested, call or e-mail Ruthe Stein: 415-776-9172;



BABC August 2015 Policy Focus

American British Trade & Investment 2015
(The Guide to Investing in the USA) 

British American Trade & Investment 2015
(The Guide to Investing in the UK)


How will TTIP actually help my business?

Local, Specific,Tangible:How a EU-US Trade and Investment Agreement can help business people and their companies in the UK

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