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Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend of the BABC,
I hope that your 2017 is off to a flying start. Here is a recap of our BABC activities and upcoming events!

In February, we held our annual "Funding, Exits and IPO's" event which was once again a huge success.  Thanks to Stephen Wares for coordinating this event and of course to our excellent Panelists for a very engaging and informative discussion. Thanks also to our Sponsors HSBC , CCW Business Solutions , Carr McClellan and Osborne Clarke as well as Donors Emirates and Goldschmidt Vineyards .  The event would not be the same without this great support!  Click here to read about the event and here for the event photos.
Our Young Professionals held their monthly Happy Hour on February 14th. The Young Professionals Committee was delighted to welcome new and returning attendees to this increasingly popular networking event. Guest represented a variety of industries including tech, social media, banking, project management, corporate housing and law. Next month's Happy Hour will be held on April 11th, registration is available here .

We are looking forward to a few upcoming events:  British Expats: Tax, Financial, Retirement & Immigration Matters You Need To Know Global Words of Wisdom....... On Life After Brexit and Enterprise Software - Quo Vadis? We are once again joining forces with European Chambers the French American Chamber of Commerce and German American Business Association for Enterprise Software - Quo Vadis? which will involve a discussion with seasoned industry panelists who will share their insights and experience on our consumer driven market, followed by their predictions for upcoming years.

Finally, thank you to all of our 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!
All the best,
Nicholas Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California
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BABC Featured Events

Each year the BABC Transatlantic Conference works on promoting a robust dialogue between the United States and the United Kingdom, drawing upon the thought leadership of Senior Executives from over 2,000 member companies. Following on from successful conferences in New York and London, this year's Transatlantic Conference will take place in Chicago May 10-11

From The Consul General's  Desk
You may have spotted the massive RSA Cyber Security Conference that was in town last month. This is a subject close to my heart based on my last role.
The UK has a strong heritage in technology. From Charles Babbage and the first programmable computer to Sir Timothy Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web; and from Alan Turing and the team at Bletchley Park, to the important work of GCHQ today, we recognise that whilst the internet has brought many fantastic and very positive changes to our world, there are also those who wish to use it to do us harm. That's why we must be prepared.
The UK Government's 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review classified cyber as a Tier One threat to the country. Just last year, the UK Government announced $2.37 billion of investment in the country's cyber security programme. Last month, we saw the opening of the National Cyber Security Centre by Her Majesty The Queen, to be the authoritative voice on information security in the UK and to bring our cyber expertise together to transform how we tackle cyber security issues.
Additionally, the UK Government is supporting the creation of two new Cyber Security Innovation Centres and programmes to further develop our existing talent and drive growth. The UK is also providing for world leading education, training and skills development in cyber security through certified Masters degrees, the establishment of 13 Academic Centres of Excellence in Research, and three Centres for Doctoral training.
And at RSA we supported 8 companies who represent the next generation of cyber security expertise emanating from the UK.
The one key message is that cyber security is not an IT issue, but rather one that could affect any business and you need to take the necessary steps to secure yourselves and your business. Be sure to check out advice from
Job Board
Erickson Immigration Group
Seeking Experienced Immigration Attorney

Erickson Immigration Group (EIG) is a fast growing business immigration firm working with small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. With offices in San Francisco's Union Square as well as the Washington D.C. metro area, we connect with companies and individuals around the world to provide U.S. and global immigration services.

Apply here
Seeking Experienced Business Immigration Paralegal

Erickson Immigration Group (EIG), located in San Francisco's Union Square, is looking for some fun/smart people to join our immigrant and non-immigrant visa teams

Apply here
Seeking Office Manager

Full or part-time Office Manager role for an Exec Search firm in the San Francisco. You're the glue that holds everything together and your contributions will be critical to our culture.

Here are the types of things you will do:

*New starter on boarding and administration
*Managing benefits/rewards schemes
*Proactive oversight of cost and performance improvement
aging and scheduling annual and quarterly employee appraisals

*Creating and managing social and networking events for the company Legal
*Managing VISA application and processes
*Managing employment contracts for all existing and new hires
*Filing the annual tax return and managing potential audits
*Assistance in the creation of new entity in another state
*Manage all appropriate office insurance policies

Learn More
Previous BABC Events
BABC Young Professionals February Happy Hour

A big thank you to Hotel Vitale and Americano Restaurant and Bar for hosting our monthly Young Professional Happy Hour.

The Young Professionals Committee were delighted to welcome new and returning attendees to this increasingly popular networking event. Guests represented a variety of industries including banking, project management, corporate housing and law.

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.

Click here to see the photos
Funding, Exits and IPO's - Silicon Valley's Best Make Their Predictions for 2017

The BABC Northern California hosted its 6th Annual "Funding, Exits and IPOs" event in Menlo Park on February 22nd 2017. The panel, made up of esteemed Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists and leading fintech journalists, gave their predictions and insights to over 75 guests in attendance.

The panel consisted of Steve Goldberg, Managing Director of Venrock, Mitchell Kertzman, Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Bill Reichert, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, Hannah Kuchler, Tech Correspondent at the Financial Times, and was moderated by the West Coast Editor of the Financial Times, Richard Waters.

Read More
European Women's Networking Evening - March 7th, 2017
European Networking Women's Evening - March 7th 2017

A huge thank you to all who attended last night's European Networking Women's event in celebration of International Women's Day!

The event was made great by our 3 wonderful speakers:

During the discussion, the panel shared their stories, spoke about the challenges they have faced and still face as women in business. They then told us about the future they envision for women in business.

Read More & See the Photos
BABC J-1 Visa Program
Are you taking full advantage of the BABC J-1 (Exchange Visitor) Program?

The BABC's J-1 visa program can assist you in bringing employees and/or interns (in or out of full-time education), of any nationality and from anywhere in the world, into the United States, in a quick, cost-effective, reliable and user-friendly way.

Why use the J-1 Visa?
  • Provide US work experience/training to employees and interns (potential employees) based elsewhere;
  • Overcome cross-cultural difference and improve communication between U.S and overseas offices;
  • Enhance employee recruitment/retention by offering US assignments
For more information, click here
BABC Member News
What Does BEPS Mean for Middle-Market Companies?

During the past year, we've seen several significant developments in furtherance of the Base Erosion and Profit-Shifting (BEPS) agenda promulgated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the G20.

There's a common misconception that BEPS only applies to large multinational corporations; however, the reality is that middle market companies that operate internationally will feel the impacts of BEPS just as much as (and in some cases more than) large multinationals.

As we head into 2017, middle market companies need to be aware of these impacts, and, more importantly, they need to be proactive in evaluating their transfer pricing practices in order to establish compliance with these new rules

Read More
Apply for London Membership at RocketSpace's Newest Co-Working space 

  • Opening its doors in May 2017
  • Located steps from Angel Tube Station
  • Application form available here


"RocketSpace is efficient, flexible and central. It couldn't be easier to get setup and grow. And it has such an amazing location, which is fantastic as we build our team and community... The facilities and the team have really been amazing partners in our growth".
Cory Jones VP Marketing, Skyroam

Ezr Mobile a ppoints BABC Member Chris O'Brien as New Director of Sales!

We are pleased to announce that BABC Business Level Member, EZR Mobile, has appointed fellow Member Chris O'Brien as Director of Sales.  Our congratulations Chris and wishing you well in your new role. We know you will be a valuable asset to the EZR team. 
EZR Mobile is a unique and flexible consumer Way-Finding System and corporate advertising platform designed to help people locate their cars quickly and easily.  Current clients include airports, shopping centers, off-site parking garages, real estate brokers and Churches to name a few.  As an example, airports use this mobile, interactive and multi-lingual platform to provide their travelers with access to real-time travel information prior to their arrival and upon their return.

Learn more about Ezr Mobile 
Harlequins Golf Day at The Royal Wimbledon - Wednesday 26th April 2017

Hogan Lovells has collaborated with TheCityUK and The City of London Corporation's co-sponsored International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG), to launch a new report looking at the options for Financial Institutions in the EU's Third Country Regimes and Passporting.

Read More
Rugby World Cups Sevens announce 2018 dates!

Iconic AT&T Park will provide the spectacular backdrop to the four-day Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in July, 2018 that features 24 men's teams and 16 women's teams competing for the title of World Champions. San Francisco 2018 will be the seventh-edition of the global tournament and the third to feature both men's and women's competitions.

Learn More
New Hinnman & Carmichael Booze Rules Law Blog Post
New Hinman & Carmichael LLP Booze Rules Blog post

We've been hearing rumblings about possible legislation moving forward in Sacramento that will give the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control ("ABC") more oversight over companies that deliver alcohol products here in California. Last week, we got our first look at Senate Bill 254 , which had been a mere placeholder since its introduction on February 7 by Senator Portantino.  The proposed bill would add Business and Professions Code Section 25513 to the Tied-House Restrictions of the California ABC Act (as well as similar sections in the Code pertaining to tobacco, not covered by this blog post), which would for the first time define a "delivery network company," and would prohibit companies that deliver alcoholic beverages (and/or tobacco products) from delivering these regulated products until receiving ABC approval of their delivery systems and abiding by certain requirements intended to curb access by minors.  

Read the full blog post

Take Action. Support Global Entrepreneurship Through #StartHerSuccess!

Join the Girls in Tech #StartHerSuccess fundraising campaign. We are calling on you to create a fundraising page to raise money and send female entrepreneurs to a Girls in Tech three-day Startup Success Factors Bootcamp.

With your voice and your fundraising, more women will gain the critical self-awareness, startup skills, and leadership capabilities they need to succeed as entrepreneurs

Click here to learn more, share your story, and begin a fundraising journey.
Thanks for all you continue to do for Girls in Tech!

Meet our Members
Upgrading to Premier Level 
Giants Enterprises

Powered by a top-rated management team and roll-up-the-sleeves creative muscle, Giants Enterprises helps businesses and organizations throw one-of-a-kind experiences at AT&T Park and throughout San Francisco. From intimate to huge, formal to playful, jaw-dropping to heartwarming, we deliver everything you need to host events that are second to none.

Our roster of services includes campaign management, commercial development, catering, ticketing, marketing and public relations. As one of the top hospitality, event, entertainment and sports consultancy teams in the world, we've built a reputation for hitting it out of the park with an unbeatable roster of venues and services. We'd be happy to do the same for you.

Giants Enterprises and iconic AT&T Park will provide the spectacular backdrop to the four-day Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in July, 2018 that features 24 men's teams and 16 women's teams competing for the title of World Champions. San Francisco 2018 will be the seventh-edition of the global tournament and the third to feature both men's and women's competitions. Fans are encouraged to sign up to register their interest in tickets via the official tournament website.

New Corporate Level Members 
Williams Schone Limited

At Williams Schone we offer many ways to partner with our clients, helping them build teams and develop future business leaders that ensure their organisations thrive.

Many companies ask how they can recruit and retain the best executive talent that has the ability to deliver results. At Williams Schone, we are redefining leadership advisory and executive search and turning it on it's head.

In our endeavour to help clients thrive, we have developed a complete, holistic approach to talent. Not only how to secure those key people, but how to develop and keep them motivated and happy.

With offices in London and San Francisco, we have a unique perspective. Our search capability is broad, helping us to identify and secure outstanding and impactful leaders for our clients.
Upgrading from Business to Corporate 
Osborne Clarke

We're an international legal practice and our goal is simple: to help our clients and our people succeed in tomorrow's world.
In a business environment that's facing new digital, economic, political and environmental challenges, we help our clients to gain competitive advantage by providing commercially focused insights and legal services.Our structure and approach ensures we're experts in the sectors our clients work in and we understand the issues they face. We believe that the more we understand the big picture, the more we can provide positive and insightful solutions across the spectrum of advisory, litigation and transactional services.
But we don't stop at being experts. We believe in building diverse, enduring and rewarding relationships. Our clients and our people tell us that we have a strongly ingrained, genuinely differentiated approach that's unstuffy and easy to work with.

Spott, Lucey & Wall, Inc. CPAs

Spott Lucey & Wall is a local CPA firm providing a full range of taxation and attestation services.

We have over 30 years of experience assisting our domestic and international business and individual clients manage their demanding cross border transactions. We offer our clients extensive technical skills and resources to provide solutions to complex business issues. Our professional staff has been specially trained with the quality and depth of knowledge to help our clients succeed.

Spott, Lucey & Wall, Inc. offers our clients an extensive technical skill and resource base. We maintain audit and accounting service capabilities for attestation requirements (audits, reviews, compilations, or other agreed upon services). Our clients include middle market companies and membership organizations.

New Business and Community Partner Members

New Individual Members: 
New Individual Members:

Rebecca Chappell

Joanne Tan

N ew Young Professional Members:

Jennifer Maxon 
Young Professional Corner
Welcome to our Newest Young Professional Committee Members:

William Matthews
Co-Event Lead
Aislin O'Connor
Alumni Liason
Lucy Feltham
Wilton & Bain
Membership Lead
Bharath Guruprasad
Pub Quiz Lead 

Thank you to our Existing Young Professional Committee Members:

Barbara Taylor
Barbara Taylor
Sequioia Consulting Group
Becky Murphy

Co-Chair & Social Media
Charles Cockerton
Florin Pensions

Committee Party Lead & Pub Quiz support team
Gareth Davis
Fitzgerald & Law

Happy Hour Lead

Jessie Vann

Marketing Lead
Will Turner

Pub Quiz Lead
Jason Kumpf

European Networking Lead & Pub Quiz support team
Brittany Buxton

Career Workshop Lead
Troy Christiansen
Anderson Tax

Finance & Career Workshop Support

If you are interested in joining the Young Professionals committee, the following position is available:
  • Happy Hour support team


Please contact for more information
It's A #BABC Match
It's a Match!

Congratulations to BABC couple Lucy and Mattheo on their engagement! We are thrilled for you!

If you have met your other half through the BABC, get in touch and be featured in our next newsletter!
Intern Adventures
BABC Intern Adventures

Since their arrival in San Francisco eight months ago, the BABC interns have been documenting their time in our vibrant city.

Check out the intern album here
Member Offers & Discounts
Please log in to the BABC Member Information Center to access these fantastic Member-Member Hot Deals and Discounts.

If you have forgotten your username and password, you can reset it here.
Soccer Camps International

$50 off Youth Soccer Camp Fees
Soccer Camps International is pleased to offer fellow members of the British American Business Council Northern California a $50 discount on booking any Soccer Camps.

Please quote the online discount registration code: englandpromotion50

Soccer Camps International is the leader in specialized soccer training at the Official Elite Youth Soccer Camps and Soccer Schools of the most successful Professional European Soccer Clubs in England: Chelsea FC Foundation Soccer Schools, Manchester City Football Performance Program, Arsenal Soccer Schools, Liverpool FC International Academy Soccer Schools ; In Spain: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona; In Italy: AC Milan, Juventus, In Portugal: Benfica Lisbon and in France: Paris Saint Germain, Bordeaux.

Soccer Camps International offers Easter and Summer Soccer Camps sessions in Europe for boys and girls, 7 - 18 year olds. Thousands of players from all over the world have participated at these Official Clubs International Youth Soccer Camps and Soccer Schools over the years.

For more information: phone:  (650) 324-9899 
Valid: January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017   

Goldschmidt Vineyards is pleased to offer BABC Members significantly discounted pricing on the following wines:
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Forefathers, Alexander Valley
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Game Ranch, Oakville
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Yeoman Vineyard, Alexander Valley
2013 Chelsea Goldschmidt Merlot - Dry Creak Valley
2013 Gracepoint Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley
2015 Sauvignon Blank - Forefathers, Marlborough

BABC Network News & Publications
Imports & Exports Update - November 2016
UK Exports to the US
$4.7 billion in December 2016 up 2.1% from November 2016. For more trade information click here 
US Exports to the UK
$4.3 billion in December 2016 - no change from November 2016. For more trade information click here 
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