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Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend of the BABC,

I hope that you are enjoying this spell of warm weather. We have been very busy at the BABC; here is a recap of recent activities and information on what you can expect to follow.

In April, the BABC held the annual Global Words of Wisdom event on the prevalent topic of Brexit. The hugely successful and informative event was sponsored by Patron Member Hogan Lovells and Premier Member Fitzgerald & Law . The program featured an excellent panel discussion with H.M Consul General Andrew Whittaker, Peter Watts (Hogan Lovells), Melissa Harkcom (Fitzgerald & Law), Sean Randolph ( Bay Area Economic Institute) and Alastair Paterson ( Digital Shadows). The discussion was led by BABC Chairman Colin Brown ( Venturexcel). You can read the full write-up of the evening here.

We have an exciting Personal Branding event coming up on May 17th aimed at helping you learn how to become more discoverable, shareable and memorable in the Digital Age. This event will consist of an interactive workshop led by Personal Branding expert Mel Carson ( Delightful Communications), followed with an opportunity for networking. Come along and be inspired!

On June 1 st, Squire Patton Boggs and NCC Group , in partnership with the Irish American Bar Association , German American Chamber of Commerce and the BABC invite you to attend a training program on Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This event will address the broad range of compliance obligations on organizations that collect or process EU residents' personal data, and will provide a roadmap on how to more efficiently prepare for GDPR and ePrivacy requirements.

I'd also like to draw your attention to our 7th Annual Golf Scramble , taking place on June 2nd at the Presidio Golf Course. This fun tournament offers companies an opportunity to entertain clients and employees, participate with the Bay Area international business community and support the efforts of the International Chambers of Commerce. Sponsorship opportunities are still available - please contact Jo Healey for more information.

Finally, I hope you will join me in welcoming the newest members of our growing and dynamic community - their information can be found below. Please take a moment to visit their website and learn more.
All the best,
Nicholas Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California
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From The Consul General's  Desk
There is a flurry of activity in the air. I don't just mean the sun that's finally shining after a long, wet winter, I'm talking about the actual air. The sky.
In the past few weeks, five new flights connecting the UK to the West Coast, have launched or been announced to start later this year. That's nearly 1,500 new seats transporting those of you based here in the Bay Area or other parts of the Western US to the UK and vice versa.
What's struck me while I've been learning and hearing about these new flights is just how interested the US is in visiting the UK. In fact, California is the number one state for inbound visitor arrivals into Britain, so it's no wonder why British Airways launched their new route connecting Oakland and London-Gatwick; and similarly Virgin Atlantic started a new route from San Francisco to Manchester.

While the Bay Area and the rest of California is an important market, I'm also excited that three of these new flights are in headed to (or from) Seattle and Portland, opening new markets and further connecting the important business we all do on the West Coast with the UK.  Last month Sir Richard Branson made a guest appearance on their new route to Seattle. Shortly after, Norwegian Airlines announced a Seattle to London flight, scheduled to begin later this year.
Later this week, I'll be in Portland to kick off the newest Delta flight with a direct route to London, which will start flying Memorial Day weekend.
So a lot of exciting things are happening and I hope are able to take advantage of these new flights both personally and for business opportunities.
Postscript - you will have seen that there will be a General Election in the UK on 8 June. As a result, as a diplomat and civil servant, I am restricted in what I can say about the election itself or issues surrounding it as we have entered a period known as purdah. I will be back once a new Government is in place.
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Previous BABC Events
BABC Young Professionals April Happy Hour

In April we hosted our increasingly popular Young Professionals Happy Hour in Cafe Americano at Hotel Vitale. The Young Professionals Committee were delighted to welcome new and returning attendees to this networking event. This month, guests represented a variety of industries including accounting, recruitment, marketing, design and tech.

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
Global Words of Wisdom... Life After Brexit

On April 19th 2017, Patron Member Hogan Lovells and Premier Member Fitzgerald & Law once again joined forces for the 3rd annual Global Words of Wisdom event.

Peter Watts ( Hogan Lovells) and Melissa Harkcom ( Fitzgerald & Law) were joined by H.M Consul General Andrew Whittaker, Sean Randolph ( Bay Area Economic Institute) and Alastair Paterson ( Digital Shadows) for an esteemed panel discussion on life after Brexit. The discussion was moderated by BABC Chairman and CEO of Venturexcel, Colin Brown.

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European Networking Evening - May 3rd, 2017

The Spring European Networking Evening was co-organized by the German American Business Association and French American Chamber of Commerce.

The evening was hosted in wonderful weather at International Law Firm Cooley LLP in Palo Alto and welcomed over 70 attendees from a diverse range of businesses. The event was also sponsored by translation and interpretation service provider CyraCom and it's subsidiary Voiance. It provided the attendees with the opportunity to connect and network with the European-American business community in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.

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BABC Member News
The Industrial Internet of Things - Making Factories "Smart" For The Next Industrial Revolution

The same disruptive "digitization" that swept through the music industry, fundamentally changed enterprise software with "cloud" based applications, and put unprecedented computing power in every pocket and purse with the advent of the "smartphone" is now transforming manufacturing.

The Industrial IoT ("IIoT") is the natural evolution of the marriage of Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT), creating a significant inflection point, and leading us to the fourth industrial revolution, or "Industry 4.0." Our new report takes a look at the strategic implications of this important trend.

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Customer Care Trends that Impact Your Call Center

Hi there,

ICMI's research found that 69% of contact center leaders believe non-English call volume will increase over the next five years.This is shown by current demographics in the US:
  • 20% of Americans prefer a language other than English - 1 in 5.
  • 30 million people in the US speak English "less than very well: and likely unable to complete a service call in English.
These changing demographics impact metrics like first call resolution and average handle time. Watch this video about trends that impact your call center
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You need talent. We've got the network!

We've got talent. Post a job to Girls in Tech Jobs Board to activate your gateway to the next-generation pipeline of talent. Girls in Tech offers a global talent pool of more than 60,000 members around the world, across more than 60 chapters, with a social media reach of more than 1 million.

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As Harlequins complete their sesquicentennial year the first team makes their way through a Harlequins museum, exploring the great on-pitch moments since 1866. 150 years of history. We're just getting started.

Vistra Expands Footprint in Germany with Acquisition of optegra

Vistra has announced the acquisition of optegra, a German based specialist in auditing, tax consultancy, legal advisory, and management consultancy services.

With offices in Cologne, Hamburg and Munich, optegra has a staff of 120 professionals serving clients from a range of industries, including automotive, information technology, telecommunications, health care, private equity, real estate, renewable energy, and engineering.

Their specialist knowledge enables optegra to provide expert solutions surrounding financial and regulatory services, transaction support, payroll accounting, tax consultancy and administration, as well as start-up support.

The Partners of optegra will all remain with the business post-completion and will strengthen the range of services provided by Vistra in Germany, including the provision of audit and fund administration services to alternative investment funds and to alternative investment managers.

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San & Sea Photography Exhibit by
Bobby Pin & Laura Wais

When: Friday June 2 Opening Party
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Where: Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco CA 94111
Raffle starts: 8pm - A Chance to win Artist Proof Prints by Bobby Pin & Laura Wais
*Proceeds go to Black Rock Arts Foundation &
Poetry by: Dorothee Pardys
Light Refreshments & Music
Are you looking to start a business in US? Are you struggling with your US Visa situation? Then look at the E- Visa

The E visa allows nationals of a treaty country (like United Kingdom) to enter the U.S. as a trader or an investor.As a trader, the treaty national must intend to carry on substantial trade principally between the United States and the treaty country.As a treaty investor, the treaty national must invest (or be in the process of investing) capital into an enterprise/business.Spouses of E-2 visa holders are eligible to obtain an unrestricted work permit for up to two years that is renewable for as long as the principal E visa holder maintains E status.

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Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens are coming to the United States for the first time in 2018, providing USA Rugby with a significant opportunity to support its growth goals in the US, and World Rugby with the opportunity to bring the tournament to a new market. The iconic AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, will provide the spectacular backdrop to the three-day tournament that features 24 men's and 16 women's international teams competing for the title of world champions.
Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal

The Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal is a US Immigration and Nationality law firm based in Santa Clara-the heart of Silicon Valley- serving individuals, families and business in California, across United States and overseas.

If you wish to work in the US, hire a foreign worker, invest in the US, or reunite with your family in the US, we shall partner with you to ensure the success of your Immigration objective. The cornerstone of our legal practice is the promise of customized, creative and complete solutions to our clients. 

Sweta has been practicing immigration law for more than 10 years and has represented clients across multiple nationalities. Sweta has been recognized by the American Society of Legal Advocates as amongst the "Top 40 under 40" Immigration Attorneys in CA.

Sweta is licensed by the State Bar of California. Sweta is also a Chartered Accountant- equivalent of a CPA. This makes her uniquely positioned to understand the immigration needs of her business clients in the broader context of their corporate objectives
New Individual and Young Professionals Members  
New Individual Members:

Giles Hamilton
Katie Wechsler 
N ew Young Professional Members:

Ragini McKenna 
Our Thanks to these Renewing Members
Premier Level Members 
NCC Group

NCC Group is a global information assurance specialist, passionate about making the Internet safer and revolutionizing the way in which organizations think about cyber security. Through an unrivalled and unique range of services, the company provides organizations across the world with freedom from doubt that their most important assets are protected and operational at all times.
NCC Group protects your business with our security experts offering security consulting services in the following areas:
  • Application Security
  • Infrastructure Security
  • Cryptography
  • Mobile Security
  • Incident Response & Forensic Analysis
  • Risk Management & Governance
  • Security Training
  • Bug Bounty Services
Listed on the London Stock Exchange, NCC Group is a trusted advisor to more than 15,000 clients worldwide. Headquartered in Manchester, UK, NCC Group has 32 offices across the world and employs over 1,700 specialists in information security, assurance and technology. NCC Group delivers security consulting, software escrow and verification, website performance, software testing and domain services.
Turner & Townsend Trestle

Turner & Townsend Trestle is a leading global management, cost management and program management construction consultancy.

With more than 70 years of experience, working in over 130 countries we help deliver transformational programs across the real estate, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. With our experience of major capital projects all over the world, we are experts at managing the many moving parts involved in complex programs, bringing clear thinking and rigorous processes.

At Turner & Townsend Trestle, we are passionate about making the difference. At the heart of our approach is a focus on better outcomes. With an independent view we do things smarter, we give clarity and rigor to help teams work better together, to make an investment case stronger, to raise the standards of delivery and to maintain schedules and budgets.

We relentlessly apply our tried and tested systems and processes for the analysis, planning and monitoring of projects, to deliver faster, cheaper, safer and more efficient working practices and better results overall. Making a difference to the results of projects is a commitment hardwired into our DNA.

Corporate Level Members 

Since its launch in 1998, OFX (previously US Forex) has grown to be one of the world's largest online foreign exchange companies.

As one of the world's leading online foreign exchange services, OFX offers seamless 24-hour access to corporate and private client dealers for all our customers. OFX employs a blend of cutting edge technology and superb customer service to bring a better deal to corporate and private customer alike.

The USA Sevens is a rugby sevens tournament held annually during the second weekend of February in Las Vegas in the United States. The USA Sevens is the largest annual rugby competition in North America, drawing over 60,000 fans, and is broadcast live in the United States by NBC and NBC Sports.
Purr, Pilger Mayer, Inc.

Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM) provides meaningful, comprehensive financial and business counsel. We are experts in accounting, tax, and finance, and our people are distinguished by their knowledge, discipline, and unremitting commitment to the success of clients.

As one of the largest California-based accounting and consulting firms, BPM has served the Bay Area's emerging and mid-cap businesses as well as high net worth individuals for the past 30 years. Our SEC practice is one of the largest in the U.S., serving public companies throughout Silicon Valley and across the nation, and over half of our shareholders have substantial Big Four experience. Our highly specialized consultants are accredited turnaround advisors, valuation analysts, forensic accountants, senior appraisers, and more.

BPM delivers the resources, expertise, and global capability of a Big Four accounting firm together with the responsiveness and accessibility of a local partner.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Imagine the power of 180,000 people with a common purpose - building relationships that create value for you and your business. This is PwC. Every day, our people work with you to build the value you are looking for.

We'll start by getting to know you. Our tailored solutions will help you meet the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the US market, and beyond.

We offer a global perspective and in-depth knowledge of local, state and US issues and focus on audit and assurance, tax, and consulting services . In the US, PwC concentrates on 16 key industries, providing targeted services including - but not limited to - human resources, deals, forensics, and consulting services . We help resolve complex issues and identify opportunities.

Our reputation lies in building lasting relationships with our clients and a focus on delivering value in all we do. Let us apply our world-class capabilities to your business goals.
Community Partner Members 

Individual and Young Professionals Members  

Individual Members: 

Peter Woodhouse
Young Professional Members:

Noah Buxton 
Young Professional Corner
Thank you to our 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

Aislin O'Connor

Alumni Liason
Lucy Feltham
Wilton & Bain

Membership Lead
Bharath Guruprasad

Pub Quiz Lead

Brittany Buxton

Career Workshop Lead

Jessie Vann

Marketing Lead
Will Turner

Pub Quiz Lead
Jason Kumpf

European Networking Lead & Pub Quiz support team

If you are interested in joining the Young Professionals committee, please contact for more information - must be a Member of the BABC
Intern Adventures
BABC Intern Adventures 

Since their arrival in San Francisco ten 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.
FREE CleanSpace Tag!

Did you know that California suffers 21,000 early deaths each year due to air pollution? That's 7 times the number of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes.*
Our members Drayson Technologies are offering fellow members a FREE CleanSpace Tag (worth $50) to pair to your smartphone so you can see the air you're breathing, avoid the worst of it and monitor your exposure in the longer term. It's part of a global initiative to better inform people on air pollution and help drive a change in behaviour and clean up the air we breathe faster. The BABC has a limited stock so it will be on a first come first served basis until our stock is gone.
To claim your free Tag... email Natalie Cowie with your shipping address
(contact details below) 
You can also talk to Drayson Technologies about how indoor air pollution and temperature monitoring for your buildings, assets and vehicle fleets can deliver operational and cost efficiencies and employee health and well-being benefits. 

As a member of the BABC your company will get 25% off your first-year subscription to indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring services.

Contact, Natalie Cowie,
VP Business Development on +1 (415) 949-8257 /
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

$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
BABC News & Publications
Imports & Exports Update - February 2017

UK Exports to the US
$3.9 billion in February 2017 - down 9.4% from November 2016. For more trade information click here.
US Exports to the UK
$4.4 billion in February 2017 - up 17.29% from January 2017. For more trade information click here.
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