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  • 07 Oct 2021 9:03 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    Exciting news for one of our newest BABC-Georgia members...we wish you the best of luck in this new location! 

    If you haven't yet tried the delicious chippy in Cumming, you must do so ASAP! 

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  • 05 Oct 2021 6:43 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)
    MICHIGAN

    A2TECH360 

    October 1 - 8, 2021

    Ann Arbor SPARK’s a2Tech360 is a week of events celebrating Ann Arbor’s spirit of innovation through experiences, conversations, and connections that strengthen and expand the region’s vibrant ecosystem. The events are tailored to a variety of interests and audiences, including entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, businesses, academic institutions, non-profits, job seekers, and the general public.

    PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    Future of Work & Hybrid working: navigating legal risks to fast track business growth - Hosted by Osborne Clarke 
    Wednesday, October 6, 2021
    9:00 - 10:00 AM EST
    In this webinar, the panel will be discussing some of the key legal risks and challenges posed by the transition to a hybrid working model and looking at how best to navigate these risks to fast track future growth.

    BIRMINGHAM

    Progressing to a Net Zero Business through Energy 

    October 6, 2021

    10:00 - 11:30 AM GMT  /  6:00 - 7:30 AM EST

    This webinar will discuss the how-to and best practice for decarbonising and reducing business energy use. From simple steps to technological investments, through to strategic insight, join to improve your wherewithal to achieve practical, cost-saving and carbon-cutting energy measures.

    Build a Brand to Get you Noticed 

    October 7, 2021

    10:00 - 11:30 AM GMT  /  6:00 - 7:30 AM EST

    This Innovate UK EDGE webinar will highlight elements to bear in mind as you consider how to build your business’s brand identity. It will feature insights from an established brand as well as a marketing expert who specialises in working with innovative SMEs to make their branding more effective.


    BRITISH AMERICAN BUSINESS

    The Future of Work Part II: Uncovering New Talent & Re-skilling for a New World 

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST / 4:00 – 5:00 PM BSTBAB brings together a panel of business leaders to explore the oncoming changes to the talent landscape, the evolving in-demand skills for your company to succeed in the future of work, and innovative approaches to stay ahead in the race for the best talent.


    ORANGE COUNTY

    First Thursday Networking - Beers, Business and Banter 

    October 7, 2021

    5:00 - 7:00 PM PST

    Partner Event: Emerging Powers and the World Trading System with Professor Gregory Shaffer 

    October 7, 2021

    5:30 - 8:00 PM PST


  • 21 Sep 2021 4:07 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)


    BritishAmerican Business Welcomes Decision to Remove Travel Ban on UK Travellers to the US

    20 September 2021

    Contact: Dominic Parker, Senior Communications & Media Manager dparker@babinc.org020 7290 9882 | +44 7500 115352

    London - Today, the US announced it will remove travel restrictions for vaccinated EU and UK citizens. BritishAmerican Business (BAB) welcomes this decision, which will help both economies bounce back from the disruption felt throughout the pandemic. 

    Commenting on the decision, BAB CEO Duncan Edwards said: “Over the past 18 months, BritishAmerican Business has worked with our partners in the transatlantic business community, as well as with government officials both in the UK and the US, to find ways to safely resume transatlantic travel. We welcomed the UK’s decision this summer to remove restrictions for US travellers and have since been encouraging the US government to reciprocate. 

    “Throughout this 18-month period, we have spoken to hundreds of companies on both sides of the Atlantic about the negative impact that the US travel ban has had on them. Small and medium-sized businesses were particularly affected, in many cases unable to send people across the Atlantic to close business deals or expand operations. Today’s announcement brings much needed relief and support for the US-UK economic partnership.” 

    ENDS

     

    About BritishAmerican Business

    BritishAmerican Business is the leading transatlantic trade association incorporating the British-American Chamber of Commerce in the US and the American Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

    We are committed to strengthening the economic corridor between the United States and the United Kingdom by supporting policies and action that protect and enhance the environment for transatlantic trade and investment. 

    We convene and serve a growing network of companies and business leaders through networking opportunities, bespoke programming and marketing platforms.

    We actively promote trade and investment and support those who make the transatlantic corridor part of their business growth ambition.

    For more information, please visit www.babinc.org

  • 25 Aug 2021 4:34 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    TO: BABA Members & Colleagues

    FROM: UK Department for International Trade

    August 24, 2021

    As you may be aware, the U.S. have proposed changes to their federal government procurement regulations to strengthen Buy American purchasing preferences. It is not expected that this will significantly impact UK businesses bidding for U.S. federal government contracts. UK businesses continue to have access to a waiver from Buy American preferences that the U.S. applies for end-products from designated countries (including the UK) covered by the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). 

    However, if you have concerns, we encourage you to contact the Department for International Trade (DIT) and recommend that you comment on the U.S. public consultation, open until September 28th. Instructions for doing so are at the end of this email. 

    The White House has provided a factsheet detailing the policy rationale for the amendments. Supplementary information and annexes detailing the amendments in full can be found here

    Summary 

    U.S. federal government departments and agencies are required by Part 25 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) to purchase goods and construction materials that are ‘domestic end-products.’ These are known as Buy American rules. For manufactured end products, the Buy American rules currently use a two-part test to define a domestic end-product – (i) the article must be manufactured in the U.S.; and (ii) the cost of domestic components must exceed 55 percent of the total cost of all components (the domestic content threshold). Certain exceptions or waivers to applying Buy American preferences are available to federal government agencies, for criterion such as unreasonable cost (domestic price preferences must be applied first) or unavailability of supplies on the U.S. market.

    The U.S. government is consulting on changes to Part 25 of the FAR to strengthen Buy American purchasing preferences. The proposed changes are:

    • A phased increase to the domestic content threshold for most goods from 55%, to 75% over 7 years.
    • An enhanced domestic price preference for certain products that are considered critical for security of supply chains (e.g. essential medical products). The federal government will be drawing up a list of critical products over the coming months. 
    • New post contract award reporting requirements for use of domestic content for those critical products.

    However, the U.S. waives the application of Buy American purchasing requirements for end-products that are from designated countries, for procurements covered by the U.S.’ international trade obligations in the WTO GPA. The UK is a member of the GPA and is considered a designated country by the U.S. for federal procurement purposes. The coverage of the GPA includes all U.S. federal departments and their subordinate agencies, as well as most goods with a couple of exceptions, for contracts valued above the threshold of $182,000. 

    As a result, we do not expect these new measures to significantly impact UK businesses bidding for U.S. federal government contracts covered by the GPA. However, please do let us know if you have concerns or if this is not your experience. We are particularly interested in understanding:

    • What is your experience when attempting to access the U.S. federal government procurement market, including documentation concerning the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act?
    • Have you observed any recent changes concerning the procurement process for U.S. federal government contracts?

    Separately, DIT is also interested in improving the UK’s trade environment at a U.S. State level, including state-level and sub-central government procurement. We would be interested in hearing your experiences of U.S. state-level procurement. 

    Written concerns regarding the proposed rule change and these questions can be sent to: Joelle Jefferis (joelle.jefferis@trade.gov.uk) and Peter Abbosh (peter.abbosh@trade.gov.uk).

    U.S. Public Consultation

    The U.S. General Services Administration is holding a virtual public meeting, August 26th9:00 – 15:00 EST (14:00 – 20:00 BST). You can request attendance and a speaking slot, and/or submit written comment by contacting mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov, citing FAR Case 2021-008. 

  • 27 Jul 2021 5:06 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    Please take a look at events from our friends at other BAB Chapters:

    BABA WASHINGTON, DC

    UK and US Insolvency Issues  
    Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
    The event is focused on the status of insolvency in the US and UK.  Covid has greatly impacted certain industries and insolvency has been a topic of focus since the beginning of the pandemic.  However, actual insolvency issues have developed quite differently than expected in many markets.  This panel will be a combined group of US and UK insolvency practitioners sharing experiences and expectations for the near future.

    Summer Senses Series 2021 - With Golf Coach Hank Haney  
    July 28, 2021
    3:00 PM 
    Golf coach to the stars Hank Haney will share his tips on how to better utilize touch in your short game. Hank has taught over 200 PGA Tour professionals, including Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara so get ready to ask him your golf questions!

     TEXAS

    "Survive & Thrive": A conversation with Stuart R. Broadley, FEI & CEO EIC, and Kirsty McCormack, SVP Market Insights bp 

    Tuesday, July 28, 2021
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST /  12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

    In a wide-ranging discussion with the executive author of the report and interviewer of all 61 participant companies, Stuart Broadley will highlight the top growth strategies currently deployed in the sector, including collaboration, culture, digital, diversification, energy transition, export, innovation, optimisation, service & solutions, technology, transformation, sustainability, scale up and resilience.

    BIRMINGHAM

    Funded Support to Tackle Recruitment Challenges 

    July 29, 2021

    12:00 - 1:00 PM UTC  /  7:00 - 8:00 AM EST
    Are you trying to recruit but struggling to find candidates with the right training and experience? Would you like the opportunity to build a bespoke recruitment programme but don’t have the time or resources? Is your business facing retention challenges? Answer yes to one or more of these and a Sector Based Academy Programme could help. Join BMet College, West Midlands Combined Authority and Sigma Financial to find out more about how this government funded recruitment model could help your business.
  • 22 Jul 2021 4:06 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    Today, BritishAmerican Business is proud to announce the launch of the latest edition of its bi-annual Trade and Investment Guide to the U.S.

    Updated for 2021/22, BAB's Trade and Investment Guide for the U.S. is a key resource for ambitious companies to find practical advice, guidance and insight when expanding and growing within the transatlantic corridor.

    Whether it be on the taxes you can expect and how you can file them, to the types of visas you may need to move workers across the Atlantic, or great places to do business, this Guide features insights, advice, sources, case studies, initiatives, and relevant contacts from government, business bodies, service providers, and economic development agencies; all of which can be useful in helping you hit the ground running as your business grows internationally.

    This year's Guide is a must-read for any business looking across the Atlantic to expand The U.S. offers fantastic opportunities for growth for businesses of all sizes, whether you wish to export your goods or services, or set up a physical base, this Guide can serve as your one-stop-shop for advice to help get you started.

    We hope you enjoy reading it, and look forward to hearing your transatlantic story soon! #GoTransatlantic

    Use the links below to read the publication online.

    Click Here to Read Finding Your Way - The Trade and Investment Guide to the U.S.

    Printable Version

  • 13 Jul 2021 9:39 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)


    PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    PNAA 1st Annual Aerospace Technical Conference 

    Tuesday July 13, 2021
    8:00AM - 5:00 PM PST

    As aerospace begins to rebound, we have created this one-day in-person conference to dive deeply into the technical aspects of aerospace manufacturing and the upcoming technologies that can transform your production system to meet the needs and demands of the future, keeping you relevant and competitive.  


    MICHIGAN

    CUSBA & AmCham Toronto Present: USMCA/CUSMA/T-MEC at One Year 
    Tuesday, July 13, 2021
    1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

    BIRMINGHAM

    Trading with EU Partners - Ireland 

    July 14, 2021

    10:00 - 11:00 AM BST  /  5:00 - 6:00 AM EST

    TEXAS

    Webinar from EY - What are the challenges and opportunities of eDiscovery automation 
    July 14, 2021
    10:00 - 11:00 AM CST  /  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST  

    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

    Fintech Trends of the Future 

    July 14, 2021

    8:00 - 9:30 AM PST  /  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST


  • 12 Jul 2021 9:34 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    US INVESTORS ARE CONFIDENT IN THE UK, BUT CONCERNS OVER FUTURE UK-EU RELATIONS PERSIST

    A new survey published today by BritishAmerican Business and Bain & Company finds that business confidence is high for US companies in the UK, but future confidence may largely depend on the UK’s relationship with the EU.

    LONDON – July,12, 2021 – Today, BritishAmerican Business and Bain & Company launched the inaugural Transatlantic Confidence Index. The Index measures the confidence of US companies active in the UK, including their views on investing in UK operations over the next two to three years and in the overall health of the UK’s relationship with both the US and the EU.

    BritishAmerican Business and Bain & Company surveyed 68 large cap American companies representing a combined 3,500 years of business experience and employing more than 275,000 individuals across every region of the UK.

    READ MORE HERE

  • 09 Jul 2021 9:00 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    BAB Statement on Reports of Global Tax Plan to Allow UK to De-Apply Digital Services Tax

    9 July 2021
    Contact: Dominic Parker, Communications & Media Manager dparker@babinc.org | 020 7290 9882 | +44 7500 115352

    London/New York – In response to today’s report that G20 finance ministers are preparing to approve a global tax plan that would allow for the UK to de-apply the Digital Services Tax (DST), BAB’s Director for Policy & Trade, Emanuel Adam, said:

    “If what the reporting suggests is true, we would very much welcome that. Since the UK first discussed the introduction of a Digital Services Tax, BAB has argued that the issue would be best addressed through a multilateral solution that guarantees a high level of consistency across markets (see BAB’s White Paper here).

    It would be timely to have a solution to be found at this time given the threat of U.S. punitive tariffs on UK products, whose introduction is currently paused. As we always said and continue to say, punitive tariffs don’t make good trade policy. Agreements between governments to solve a global issue does.”

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