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Welcome to BAB's Trade & Investment Update for November 2019.

In November, our London office held its latest Accelerate roundtable discussion with MD of Casual Films , Oliver Atkinson and Cliff Hawkins, Development Director, XTrac to discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of taking your small business stateside. In addition, BAB London took part in two panels this month, looking at how British businesses can expand operations to the US market, organised by our friends at CliftonLarsonAllen , and Menzies LLP respectively.

In the Trade & Investment space, we've featured a new guide from our friends at Shearman & Sterling for FinTech firms looking to enter the US market. Next year BAB will publish its latest Trade & Investment Guide to the US and we want YOU to be a part of it - more info below.

In the news, US investment in the UK reached an all time high this year with American investors have been involved in $4.4bn (£3.4bn) worth of deals into UK firms. Be sure to also check out the data from the House of Commons Library showing the changes in the UK's global trading relationships across the past decade.

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BAB London Holds Latest Accelerate Roundtable
11 November 2019

BAB London held its latest Accelerate Roundtable at the offices of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) where we heard insights from Oliver Atkinson, Managing Director of Casual Films and Cliff Hawkins, Development Director, XTrac about the difficulties and opportunities faced when growing your businesses in the US.

We'd like to thank all of our attendees, our fantastic speakers, our excellent hosts, our partners at the IEDC and our our good friend Alex Chisnall, host of the Screw It, Just Do It podcast for moderating.
BAB Takes Part in 'Doing Business in the US' Panel
21 November 2019

BAB Director of Policy & Trade, Emanuel Adam joined friends and colleagues at the offices of Saffrey Champness to speak about the opportunities and challenges involved in taking business stateside at a panel discussion event organised by CliftonLarsonAllen .
BAB Speaks on 'Trading Across New Borders' Panel
26 November 2019

Director of Policy & Trade Emanuel Adam spoke on the opportunities and challenges in expanding business to the United States as part of a panel discussion, hosted by BAB members Menzies LLP .

Alongside Emanuel on the 'Trading Across New Borders' panel were representatives from members HSBC and Irwin Mitchell LLP , as well as an introduction from long-time friend of BAB Andrew Staunton, HM HM Consul General in the Southeast United States.
Registration for the 2020 SelectUSA Summit is Now Open
1-3 June 2019 Washington Hilton, Washington D.C.

The annual SelectUSA Summit showcases the United States as the world's premier investment destination, connecting qualified foreign firms with US economic development organizations (EDOs) to facilitate business investment and job creation.

The Investment Summit will help you make connections and get started on business deals:

  • EDOs on site to share business location intelligence.
  • Pre-vetted potential investors actively seeking business opportunities in the United States.
  • Relevant service providers that can help investment possibilities become realities.
  • C-Suite executives and government officials who can discuss the latest policy and business trends.

For more information on the SelectUSA Summit, click here
Shearman & Sterling Release FinTech Guide for Firms Entering the US Market

Shearman & Sterling have released a comprehensive guide to entering the US market for FinTech firms, in association with the UK Department for International Trade and HM Treasury.

Featuring nearly 50 pages of expert advice from Sherman, it includes an overview of the US FinTech landscape, regional FinTech hubs, US FinTech regulation, Data Privacy, Investment Management and many other considerations necessary for any FinTech firm looking to go stateside.

You can read the publication in full online here
Be a Part of Finding Your Way: The Trade & Investment Guide to the US 2020/21

The United States is the Land of Opportunity, so it's no surprise that British businesses make up the largest source of Foreign Direct Investment in the US Market.

Despite this, many businesses, particularly smaller firms in the UK need help navigating the often vastly different and sometimes complex US business landscape.

Finding Your Way: The Trade and Investment Guide to the US serves as a first port of call for any business with transatlantic ambitions, providing comprehensive, expert advice from our partner companies on a range of issues such as Tax & Accountancy, Finance, Logistics, Insurance and Immigration. The guide also features regional spotlights on the best places to invest across the United States.

Get in touch with Rita Davids, Manager, Corporate Engagement and Trade today and find out how you can be a part of transatlantic success!
UK Government Publishes Data Showing UK Trade with Individual Countries Since 1999
The House of Commons Library, 1 November 2019

The House of Commons Library has released a briefing paper illustrating the geographical patterns of trade for the UK between 1999 - 2018.

The data shows that the EU remains the UK's largest trading partner, accounting for 45% of the UK's exports of goods and services, and 53% of the UK's imports - however this has fallen from its 1999 level of 55%.

The United States is the UK's largest individual trading partner. The UK exported £121bn of goods and services to the US in 2018 (19% of all exports) - double the value of exports to Germany, the UK's second-largest single country export market (£56bn annually)

Read the document in full here.
US Investment in the UK at All Time High
City A.M. 18 November 2019

US venture capital firms have pumped record amounts of money into London and UK companies this year as flourishing fintech firms continue to charm investors, new data has revealed.

American investors have been involved in $4.4bn (£3.4bn) worth of deals into UK firms so far in 2019, with London businesses accounting for more than three-quarters of the investment, according to research from Pitchbook and London & Partners.

Read the article in full here.
The Transatlantic Growth Awards 2020
30 March 2020

BAB's Transatlantic Growth Awards are back in 2020, celebrating stories of growth and success across the pond.

We are now in search of exciting US and UK capital investment activity during the calendar year 2019.

The 2020 Transatlantic Growth (TAG) Awards will take place in London, to recognise and reward companies from SMEs to MNCs that invest in the transatlantic economy, creating growth, prosperity and jobs in the US and UK.

We are looking for companies who have invested in jobs/ infrastructure etc in 2019 to be considered for a TAG award in one of the following categories:

  • UK SME in USA or US SME in the UK [less than 100 million turnover]
  • UK Launch or Expansion in the US or US Launch or Expansion in the UK [could include the creation of a new Subsidiary]
  • UK or US Investor of the Year [a single major investment of scale or value from a large UK firm in the USA or vice versa]
  • Long Term UK Investor in USA/ Long Term US Investor in the UK [a long-term commitment to transatlantic investment over decades]

Please contact if you are – or know of – a company that is making waves in the transatlantic corridor in 2019. They could be our 2020 TAG Award winners.

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