Welcome to the February Trade and Investment Update 

As you may want to look how to expand and grow your business, you definitely do not want to miss attending three major business conferences in June.

We have listed three highlights:

  • BABC Transatlantic Conference (Birmingham, UK)
  • International Business Festival (Liverpool, UK)
  • US Department of Commerce SelectUSA Investment Summit (Washington D.C.)

Please see the info below. For further information please contact srizzo@babinc.org

Don't forget you can also follow @BABCTrade on twitter for the latest information. Our transatlantic network grows every day. Join us and get in touch at trade@babinc.org  

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BABC Transatlantic Conference 2018
The BABC Transatlantic Conference 2018 will be held in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on 6th – 8th June and will bring together over 250 global thought leaders and members of the BABC chapters located across North America and the United Kingdom.

The conference presents a great opportunity to connect with the many leading companies based in the city of Birmingham and business executives actively involved in transatlantic business. Join us to discover the opportunities the BABC Conference can provide.

Titled “The Future of Transatlantic Trade”, the two-day event promises fascinating debates as well as a platform for making crucial connections in our growing transatlantic community. Join us, discover and expand your transatlantic business network. Get 20% off if you book through this link .

To learn more about the BABC Conference, please visit: www.greaterbirminghamchambers.com or email events@birmingham-chamber.com
International Business Festival 2018
The International Business Festival will take place right after the BABC Transatlantic Conference. Hosted in the city of Liverpool, from June 12th to the 28th, the Festival is a great opportunity for ambitious businesses to connect with investors, innovators and industry leaders from around the world.

Hosting more than 40 major global events across 9 high growth sector themed days, the Festival will provide you with the knowledge, market insights and vital connections you need to take your business forward. BABC is proud to be one of the International Delivery Partners to the International Business Festival 2018.

The Festival launched a Fly to Buy Grant Scheme which aims to support overseas buyers and investors attend the event by offering a select number of eligible delegates a contribution towards travel, accommodation and other Festival related costs.

For more information, please click  here  or contact srizzo@babinc.org
SelectUSA Investment Summit 2018
The United States welcomes investors of all sizes, including established multinationals, small or medium-sized enterprises, and high-growth startups to its SelectUSA Investment Summit 2018. The SelectUSA Investment Summit brings the diversity of the United States together under one roof – enabling any business to find the people, the resources, and the market it needs to be successful.

This signature event provides an unparalleled opportunity to bring together companies from all over the world, economic development organizations from every corner of the nation, and other parties working to facilitate business investment in the United States. Featuring senior government officials, C-Suite business executives, and other thought leaders, each summit focuses on a timely theme related to the US investment environment, industry trends, and new opportunities. 

SelectUSA's next Investment Summit is set for June 20th to the 22nd at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, D.C. area.

Join SelectUSA to make the connections your business needs to achieve! BABC is proud to support this important initiative and to count SelectUSA as one of its strongest partners.

For more information please click here


Events and Initiatives
The UK Embassy launched Across the Pond at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in partnership with BritishAmerican Business.

Across The Pond, British Trade and Investment Success Stories in the US , celebrates UK-based organisations of all sizes that trade to, and invest in, the United States, putting the spotlight on the actors who make the transatlantic trade and investment relationship the most valuable on Earth.
The event brought important political figures and business leaders to the Capitol Building. BAB was delighted to be joined by CEO Duncan Edwards, and Antony Phillipson, Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for North America, as well as representatives from some of the companies featured in the publication such as BT , Northern Star and Brompton Bikes .

If you would like to find out more about Across The Pond, please click here .
Imports and Exports Update
Source: HM Revenue & Customs Trade Statistics, accessed February 2018
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Upcoming Events
Doing Business with Europe? Ready for the Fine in May? GDPR, Data and your new cost of doing business with the EU

Organised by BABC Ohio
2nd March, 7.30 am - 10.30 am EST
Location: Holiday Inn Cleveland South 
6001 Rockside Road
Independence, OH 44131   

2018 BABC Economic Breakfast

Organised by BABC Pacific North West
15th March, 8.00 am - 9.30 am PDT
Location: S eattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500, Seattle, WA 98101

7th Annual New Jersey Networking Event & Dinner

Organised by BABC Philadelphia
15th March, 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Location: The The British Chip Shop
146 Kings Highway East
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

CEO Speaker Series with Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin

Organised by BABA Washington
22nd March 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Location: Washington D.C.

What will Artificial Intelligence Mean for You & Your Business?

Organised by BABC Boston
28th March, 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Location: Stata Center, 8th floor, Gates Tower, Room 882
The Ray & Maria Stata Center, Building 32, 32 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA 02139

Business Opportunities
Santander Trade Missions in March and July 2018

Santander have a long history of supporting UK SME’s gain access to the USA market. This trade mission represents our commitment to helping the UK do this. We are delighted to assist Seafood Scotland on this mission in March, hopefully we will see plenty more Scottish fish in American restaurants and fridges. This trade mission is one of many opportunities we will be running to the USA in 2018, we would be delighted to hear from any BAB members who could benefit from our programs.

BABC and BAB are delighted to recognise Santander as one of our lead partners in the Trade and Investment Guide into the US 2018 to provide practical guidance to UK SMEs trading with the US.

Santander is leading two trade missions to the US in March and July to support UK SME delegations gain access to the US market. BABC strongly encourages the attendance to the trade missions and benefit from Santander program.

Please contact Alvaro Alamillo, Head of International Partnerships alvaro.alamillo@santander.co.uk

Please click the link below for more information.

Join our Partners who support the Trade and Investment Guide into the US 2018 

Learn more about BAB and BABC
If you are  interested in joining BAB or any chapter of the BABC network spanning the UK and North America, please get in touch at www.babc.org.

To stay up to date on relevant policy issues concerning the transatlantic business community contact Theo Bachrach at tbachrach@babinc.org to sign up for the BAB/BABC Policy Update.