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Welcome to BAB's Policy Update for October 2019. Not put off by the colder weather, we've been hard at work putting on some excellent engagements on both sides of the pond. Check out the 'Upcoming' section at the bottom of this email for a peek at what we've got coming up in the next few weeks, or check out our Events page online.

We kicked off October with an exciting meeting in London, where BAB and 15 of its members were invited to sit down with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to discuss how their businesses were adapting to changing economic landscape in the context of Brexit.

October also saw us launch our latest whitepaper - Moving the Bar: How the US and UK Can Help Create a New Level Playing Field for Digital Trade, setting out comprehensive recommendations for how the UK and US can lead on global digital trade and grow the transatlantic digital economy.

In London, we also raised a glass to the transatlantic relationship at our Annual Gala Dinner, where we welcomed friends and members from across our network to meet, network and celebrate those that keep the special relationship growing.

We also released a number of statements in October, welcoming the new Brexit Deal, and highlighted the negative impacts of US tariffs on imports from the EU, following a state aid dispute involving Airbus - check them out in the 'Statements, Press Releases & Media' section below

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BAB Meets With Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to Discuss the Future of Transatlantic Trade & Investment
On 1 October, BAB London and select companies from our membership visited the US Embassy in London to attend a roundtable discussion with US Secretary of State for Commerce Wilbur Ross.

The meeting provided the opportunity for 15 of BritishAmerican Business' transatlantic members to share with Secretary Ross how their organisations embrace and accommodate the changing landscape for businesses with ambitions for growth in the United Kingdom in the context of Brexit.

We were also joined at the meeting by The Deputy Chief of Mission, Yael Lempert, and Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, Rosemary Gallant.
BAB Launches Digital Trade White Paper - Moving the Bar: How the US and UK Can Help Create a New Level Playing Field for Digital Trade

On 30 October, BAB launched its latest White Paper on digital trade - Moving the Bar: How the US and UK Can Help Create a New Level Playing Field for Digital Trade.

The publication, produced with input from BAB's member companies sets out several key recommendations from the transatlantic business community on how the UK and US can take the global lead on digital trade and grow the transatlantic digital economy.

For more information click here.
BAB London Celebrates the Transatlantic Relationship at Annual Gala Dinner

On 8 October t he London team welcomed friends and colleagues from across BAB's membership and beyond to the beautiful One Great George Street in Westminster to raise a glass to the transatlantic trade and investment relationship - and those that work every day to grow and strengthen it.

Among our guests we were privileged to be joined by Christopher Pincher MP, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Greg Burton, Economic Minister Counselor, US Embassy London, Dame Vivian Hunt , Managing Partner, UK&I, McKinsey & Company , and Chair of BAB's Board of Directors , Bob Garrett , NY Office Managing Partner, KPMG US and Vice-Chair of BAB's Board, Anna Marrs , President, Global Commercial Services, American Express & Co-Chair of BAB's International Advisory Board , and guests enjoyed some brilliant speeches from Christopher, Greg, Dame Vivian, Anna, and BAB CEO Duncan Edwards .

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our table partners: AIG , American Express , BP , Cleveland Clinic , Delta Air Lines & Virgin Atlantic Airways , Diageo , KPMG , LetterOne , and McKinsey & Company

Check out the photos from this fantastic evening here.
BAB Welcomes Swati Mylavarapu to Board-Led Dinner

On 22 October we were delighted to be joined by Swati Mylavarapu at our Board-led dinner in London, hosted by Nicholas Barton, Founder & CEO, The Barton Partnership , and held at members Smith & Wollensky.

Swati is a Silicon Valley veteran and tech entrepreneur, and more recently, National Investment Chair for Pete Buttigieg's 2020 presidential campaign: Pete for America .
CEO Roundtable Discusses 'Tech for Good and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI)'

On 10 October, BAB held the latest in its CEO Roundtable series in London, focussed this time on the subject of tech for good and ethical AI. The discussion was led by Dame Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, UK & Ireland, McKinsey & Company , and Chair of BAB's Board of Directors.

The meeting brought together experts in Data Analytics from McKinsey & Co, alongside senior representatives from a diverse range of organisations within BAB's membership.
BAB London Welcomes Students from The University of Louisiana

On 21 October, the London team welcomed students from the University of Louisiana E.J Ourso College of Business on the Flores MBA Program to our offices to discuss all things transatlantic trade and investment, and of course, Brexit. Thanks to the students for taking the time out of their trip to meet and chat with us!
BAB Welcomes New 'Brexit Deal'
17 October 2019

In response to the news that a new Brexit deal has been reached by the UK Government and the European Commission, BritishAmerican Business released a statement welcoming the progress that has been made:

" The prospect of a ‘no-deal’ exit was not in the interest of business, particularly the transatlantic community of major British firms and leading US investors that we represent. Every day that passes with the real prospect of a ‘no-deal’ makes it harder for businesses to make investment decisions which would benefit the UK economy, UK workers, and the transatlantic corridor."

You can read the statement in full here.
BAB Joins Leading Business Groups to Support WTO E-Commerce Initiative
7 October 2019
BAB joined 26 business groups , including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Global Innovation Forum, techUK and Information Technology Industry Council in co-signing a position paper in support of efforts to secure a World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on E-Commerce that is “inclusive, high-standard, and commercially meaningful.”

More information on the paper here.
BAB Releases Statement on the US Imposition of Tariffs for Imports from the European Union
3 October 2019
BAB published a statement acknowledging the WTO ruling on the state aid dispute between the EU and US regarding Airbus, but warned that the tariffs proposed by the US on EU goods would be unhelpful, and risk retaliation from the EU.

Click here to read.
BAB Welcomes Publication of New Report Detailing Trade Barriers for US SMEs
4 October 2019
BAB welcomed the publication of a new report by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC):  U.S. SME Exports: Trade-Related Barriers Affecting Exports of U.S. SMEs to the United Kingdom , a detailed analysis that catalogs trade-related barriers that US SMEs perceive as disproportionately affecting their exports to the UK, compared to larger US exporters to the UK.

BAB was a proud partner to the USITC in helping to facilitate the investigation efforts made in the UK.

Click here to read.
Manager, Member Relations (New York) - BritishAmerican Business

We're hiring! BAB's New York office is looking for a Member Relations Manager to join their fantastic team.

The Manager will be responsible for membership recruitment, engagement and retention efforts for a portfolio of companies both large and small across various industries, with a specific focus on growing the cohort of larger transatlantic companies.

Applications close 13 November 2019

Click here for more info, or submit a CV, cover letter and writing sample to
Comms/Policy Junior Contractor - MSD

MSD are recruiting for a comms/policy junior contractor role in their Policy, Communications and Government Relations team. The contract is open until the end of 2020 and is perfect for someone looking for public affairs experience.

If you’re interested, please contact Matthew Rourke
Business Briefing: 2020 Election
Off to the Races: Battle for the US 2020 Election 
5 November, London
8:00 – 10:00 AM
EY | 1 More London Place | London SE1 2AF
BritishAmerican Business invites you to a dynamic and interactive panel discussion of political and business experts for a breakdown of the policies and campaign strategies that will shape the 2020 campaign and their economic and political impact within the US and across the Atlantic. 

The panellists will review footage from recent debates, provide reaction and comment on the candidates’ policies that will impact business. Our focus is on tax, trade and the economy, with insights from our expert panel:

The Future of Intelligent Mobility
12 November, New York
8:30 – 10:00 AM
AT Kearney | 7 Times Square
Join us for breakfast as BritishAmerican Business together with industry leaders from ARUP and A.T. Kearney discuss how new sustainable innovations can enable us to address the challenges of rapid urbanization & mobility while minimizing adverse economic, social and environmental impacts.
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