• 12 Dec 2017 8:38 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    By Mahadev Desai
    (Original Article HERE)

    December 2017

    A close win for GIACC in the second annual Cricket Match against BABC

    Bruce Cotterman and Mark Pierson (not pictured) presented a commemorative plaque to Hon. Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford. (Photo: Mahadev Desai)

    The second annual India vs. U.K. Cricket Cup match between the British American Business Council (BABC) and the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) was played at Oglethorpe University’s soccer field on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

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    The two teams’ players donning official uniforms (BABC in orange color) and (GIACC in blue), flanked by two West Indian umpires, Oral Simpson and Conrad Rogers, posed for group photographs and introductions by their respective captains. Despite very cold and cloudy weather, the match began promptly at 12:30 pm when India’s opening pair of Rohan and Rishi walked to the crease. West Indian cricket commentator Enos Phillips (from Guyana) engaged the spectators with his fluent, crisp, and often amusing ball by ball commentary. India team made a slow start but later increased the pace with a flurry of shots by Rohan Dabir who scored 22 runs off 22 balls. But runs came slowly in just ones and twos. Due to drizzle, play stopped after six overs when India was 64/1. The players and spectators used the break to enjoy snacks and hot coffee/tea. Due to weather and time constraint, it was decided to play 14 instead of 20 overs match. Rishi retired after scoring 13. And Gautam stepped in. He hit a few crisp drives but got out for 19. Ketan, Tanmay, Sapan, Ashish, and Jinish batted but none could score against England team's bowlers Farrakh, Tom, Adeel, Andi, and Gordon. Three batsmen retired. England threw away 29 runs in extras! GIACC closed its innings at 109/3.

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    BABC opened their batting turn with Jagdish and Andy. The start was even slower than GIACC’s. Ramu got an early wicket of Jagdish. Rohan bowled Andy. Captain Carl got out for a naught. Wickets fell at brief intervals and BABC were 50/4 after 8 overs. But Guy walked in and blasted a flurry of shots all over the field. He hit three huge sixes and four fours! He was severe on Gautam taking 16 runs off his over! There was nail-biting suspense as BABC edged near century mark. But Guy fell in the final 14th over when he was 54. BABC could score only 96/7. But it was an exciting finish compared to last year's match. For GIACC, Rohan took two wickets for 13 runs, and Ramu got two wickets, including Guy's for 21 runs.

    After the match, all headed for the Hearst Hall for Reception and Awards Ceremony. GIACC President Mark Pierson declared it a fantastic match to watch, despite the weather. “We got it done! We had a great time and a great reception.” He thanked the sponsors. Title sponsor Atul Deshmukh (Captain, GIACC), of KNAV, an international assurance and accounting practice, thanked British Consul General in Atlanta, Hon. Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford for gracing the reception and BABC for being a great partner. The Consul General of India could not attend, but it was good to have Bikash Kumar from the Consulate on the team!

    Anita Ninan, international business attorney with Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP and a GIACC Board member, had arranged for the reception with Indian and British food and beverages. The Arnall Golden Gregory law firm partners with BABC in helping UK companies and Indian companies coming into the USA. “What better community camaraderie than cricket,” she said, “that unites both India and the United Kingdom."

    For the second year Future Tech sponsored the elegant uniforms for the BABC team. Its Director Anj Balusu said that Future Tech has been in Atlanta 20 years, and supporting cricket for more than a decade. Future Tech is an IT and outsourcing Company with $100 million in revenues and over 1,000 employees. It also supports other deserving causes.

    BABC Captain Carl Newton presented the quintessential cricket shirt for the BABC to British Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford. BABC President Bruce Cotterman commended the organizers of the match, which he said was phenomenal. “We brought the English weather with us,” he quipped. “It was a fabulous match, second year, and we will be looking forward to the third year. Both teams—great job. The food was delicious. Watch out next year! (Laughter) Thank you.” Bruce presented a plaque to British Consul General for his help and participation. Hon. Jeremy said that two years ago, he, Mark, and Nagesh Singh came up with the idea of a cricket match between BABC and GIACC. "I enjoyed the match and also to see that the British team is on an upward trajectory. We were only 13 runs away from victory. We will thrash you next year! (Laughter). Next year, maybe a match in spring."

    BABC Captain Carl said that there is lot of work involved in organizing the match and he commended everyone for their help. “Congratulations to GIACC. Well played." Mark thanked Amber Mehta, Practice Director of International Assurance and Accounting Advisory at KNAV International, and also the Treasurer of GIACC, for the proactive role he played in organizing the event, and also complimented Exec. Dir. of BABC, Lindsay McCabe, for helping with the logo on the BABC shirt.

    BritIndCricket_BatsmanGuy2031 420.JPGGIACC's Captain Atul praised the performance of BABC team, especially batsman Guy. "Great show. Fantastic bowling. Good fielding, too. We look forward to maybe two games—one in spring and one in fall."

    Pierson then recognized and thanked the two umpires, Oral Simpson and Conrad Rogers, and Commentator Enos Phillips. Tanmay helped out as a score-keeper. Media was represented by Mahadev Desai and Anjali Chhabria from TVAsia. 


    While Conrad announced the names of the awardees, British Consul General Jeremy presented the trophies:
    Best Batsman: Guy Goosen
    Best Bowler: Ramu

    Man of the Match: Rohan graciously invited Guy to join him on stage while receiving his award.
    Finally all cheered and clapped enthusiastically as GIACC Captain Atul was presented the Winning Team trophy.



    Both teams along with coaches and umpires posing with British Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford. (Photo: Arpit Padhiar)

  • 06 Nov 2017 3:20 PM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    The Future of UK-US Trade
    Updated Position – October 2017

    We support efforts that strengthen the vital UK-US economic relationship

    The UK-US economic relationship is one of the most comprehensive and successful in the world. It drives innovation, jobs and growth in both countries. We welcome efforts by UK and US Governments to strengthen that relationship. Having been a key promoter of transatlantic economic integration in the past; we will support initiatives that help to foster this vital relationship in the future.

    We welcome the creation of the UK-US Working Group on Trade and Investment and the exploration of a potential future UK-US Free Trade Agreement

    We welcome the creation of the UK-US Working Group on Trade and Investment (WGTI) and the sustained momentum it has received since it was first announced. We stand ready to provide a business stakeholder engagement platform into the dialogue, so government can hear directly the views of businesses in different sectors that trade and investment across the Atlantic every day on UK-US market access issues and the scope of a future US-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

    There is much scope to bring the UK-US economies closer together ahead of an FTA

    There is much scope to bring the UK-US economies closer together ahead of a FTA. The ‘Moving Forward’ Paper published in April 2017 by BritishAmerican Business, which includes the London and New York Chapters of the network, outlined ten areas that transatlantic businesses see as a starting point for further UK-US economic collaboration, which can be tackled ahead of FTA talks and which can help set the objectives for a future US-UK FTA. We welcome the US and UK Governments efforts to work on those and congratulate both Governments to the recent positive announcement of a US-UK collaboration agreement in science.

    The discussion on a future UK-US FTA must be held in context of ongoing Brexit talks and with view to create a strong and integrated transatlantic economy

    We strongly advocate for the UK-US FTA discussion to take place in the context of the Brexit talks and the aim to create and sustain a strong transatlantic economy; and with that the ongoing economic integration of the US and the EU. Our members value the transatlantic relationship as a source of innovation and growth. A future US-UK FTA must therefore be part of a triangular thinking that ensures that the UK, EU and the US are together part of an integrated transatlantic economy.

    October 2017

  • 06 Nov 2017 3:19 PM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    Updated Position – October 2017

    The transatlantic business community remains committed to a strong UK that provides the best possible access to the EU

    In a survey conducted by BritishAmerican Busienss, which incorporates the BABC chapters in London and New York, pre-referendum, 95% of transatlantic businesses who responded wished for the UK to remain part of the EU. It is with that mandate that we advocate for a for a negotiation outcome that best serves both the UK and the EU economies, its citizens and our members; many who operate daily across borders. We are committed to a strong UK that provides the best possible access to the EU.

    We welcome proactive UK Government stakeholder engagement

    We welcome the increase the proactive engagement UK Government shows at a senior level and opportunities to present our members’ concerns and priorities. As negotiations continue, it is important to keep lines of communications open and demonstrate that Government is taking business views into account.

    We have serious concern about a lack of progress on critical business issues

    Although the risk of a ‘cliff-edge’ scenario has decreased, and positive developments made on a transition period, we remain concerned about the lack of progress made in negotiations and continued lack of solutions in difficult areas that matter to business. As negotiations approach the March 2019 deadline, the largest areas of concern remain the decision over a transition period and its length, and the overall lack of clarity about the kind of economic integration the UK wants to build with the EU post-Brexit.

    Brexit is already impacting investment decisions

    The UK’s decision to leave the EU and the uncertainty around its future relationship with the EU has already used up substantial human and economic capital for businesses trying to mitigate its effects. The continuing uncertainty over the UK’s future attractiveness as a destination for business is already impacting our members decisions to invest in UK operations. The prospect of additional financial costs, administrative burdens, increase in supply chain times and restrictions on accessing foreign talent is causing companies to either move or hold back investment.

    Key concerns for transatlantic businesses

         Key concerns for businesses in the transatlantic community in the Brexit negotiations include:

    ·      The economic impact of a customs border between the UK and the EU

    ·      The economic impact of a growing regulatory divergence between the UK and the EU.

    ·      The economic impact of the reduced ability to attract talent, short-term and long-term.

    ·      The economic impact of potential divergence from the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK an unclear participation of the UK in transatlantic data flows frameworks (‘Privacy Shield’)

    October 2017

  • 13 Sep 2017 4:46 PM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    From the Mayor's office:

    Four years ago, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed reopened the city’s Office of International Affairs. Since then, it has been a pleasure working with all of you and supporting your activities throughout our city.

    During the last twelve months, our office welcomed more than 70 international delegations, supported seven missions to overseas markets and promoted trade and investment activities across the region. We couldn’t have been able to accomplish this work without you. Please accept our deepest gratitude for your help and support.

    Please find below our year-in-review report for the fiscal year 2016/2017.

    2016-17 Year in Review Compressed.pdf

  • 16 Aug 2017 11:28 AM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    BABC-Georgia welcomes the UK Government’s proposals for a future customs relationship with the EU as well as its aim to explore a model for an interim period that offers frictionless trade across the borders and helps avoid a “cliff edge scenario”.

    Minimizing any disruption to business through an agreed transition period and providing clarity on the future trading relationship with the EU as early as possible have been a key ask by the transatlantic business community, which includes major American investors and leading British firms.

    Both options presented, however, are still likely to increase the burden for businesses who trade between the UK and the EU. We therefore continue to advocate for a model that is as close as possible to existing arrangements. This will be essential in maintaining the United Kingdom’s status as a desired trade and investment partner.

    Our businesses are looking forward to continuing its strong engagement with the UK Government on achieving this aim.


  • 09 Jun 2017 4:27 PM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)
    Statement on UK Election Result

    The next UK Government is charged to deliver one of the greatest political and legislative challenges of our time: Defining a new relationship between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU).

    Our network represents 22 chapters in major cities throughout the US, UK and Canada, including major British and leading American firms, the latter accounting for the largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the UK. The majority of transatlantic businesses wished to see the UK remain a part of the EU – the world’s largest trading block. Transatlantic business therefore has a huge stake in the outcome of Brexit negotiations. In the light of the British people’s decision we are committed to help building a fair, competitive and global Britain, in partnership with the EU and other countries in the world. 

    Delivering clarity on Brexit negotiations

    To ensure that the UK remains an attractive place to live, work and invest in, it is imperative that the new UK Government delivers clarity as to when and how it wants to proceed with the Brexit negotiations. Any outcome of the negotiations needs to ensure that it supports British business' trade in goods, services and data flows, secures US investment and investment-related jobs in the UK and creates the conditions that promotes the UK as an attractive destination for investment going forward.

    The BABC appreciates the previous UK Government and Departments efforts in addressing our transatlantic business’ concerns and priorities. Now, with the first negotiation round in sight, we urge the new Government to show its promised openness to find practical, reasonable solutions to the complexity of issues that Brexit entails, and sufficient time for businesses to adjust. Our overall call for the new UK Government remains that the period of uncertainty needs to be as short as possible. 

    Ensuring a strong and sturdy UK economy now and post-Brexit

    A strong UK economy is important for business, workers and consumers; and it is a crucial factor in ensuring a strong role for the UK during the negotiations with the EU.

    The next Government’s objective needs to create an even more competitive business environment, particularly through a smart and encouraging tax system, investment in infrastructure, an immigration system that allows our companies to attract the skilled talent they need, and a focus on trade and investment and the delivery of a comprehensive Industrial Strategy, among others.

    US-UK Economic Relationship as a source of strength and opportunity

    The UK-US economic relationship stands for unparalleled business ties across the Atlantic. The US is the number one export destination for the majority of UK regions and nations. UK firms continue to grow and expand into the US. US firms employ more than one million workers in the UK.

    There has never been a better opportunity to relaunch and strengthen the UK-US economic relationship as a source of strength and opportunity. We are excited about the shared commitment expressed by the political leaders to explore future options of further economic integration.

    Even during the complex Brexit negotiations, much can be done to offer more opportunities for UK and US firms in each other’s markets. We encourage the next UK Government to continue efforts to open a formal dialogue on the future of the UK-US trade and investment relationship; meant to provide short- and mid-term options that can help to foster UK-US trade in goods and services, too deepen investment, and to explore options for formal trade arrangements in the future that can work in partnership with the EU and other countries.

  • 29 Mar 2017 4:37 PM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    BABC-Georgia will hold an Election Night Pub Night on June 8, and we will watch the results as they come in! 

    "Today, the UK Government officially notified the European Commission of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. While the majority of BritishAmerican Business members had not been in favor of leaving the EU, they remain fully committed and ambitious when it comes to their business in the UK and in the transatlantic economy.

    "Our members want the UK to remain an attractive place to live, work and invest in. For that to work, it is imperative that the UK makes its relationship with the EU work for business and that Government delivers on its promise to offer the business community a clear and realistic time frame and pathway for an ambitious future relationship with the EU, post-Brexit, right from the start of the negotiations.

    "We welcome the UK Government’s efforts to consult and work with the business community in this important time of change, and we look forward to increasing the level of exchange between all departments involved; particularly as the negotiations will need to address complex issues, such as talent mobility, data flows, customs and regulation/ standards. It will be critical to provide clarity on how these issues are addressed during the time of the negotiations and after in order to minimize business disruption and facilitate the transition to the post-Brexit state.

    "BritishAmerican Business brings together leading British firms and major US investors, who alone stand for 46% of Foreign Direct Investment in the UK. During these uncertain times, the UK-US economic relationship is, and remains, a significant source of strength and opportunity. To further build on this transatlantic relationship, it is important that the relationship between the UK and the EU delivers a healthy business environment for both the UK and the EU".


    For more information please contact: Tim Horan, Communications Manager
    Email:; Tel: +44(0)207 2909878

  • 24 Mar 2017 1:58 PM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)


    -Moving forward-

    Published on 24th March 2017

    BritishAmerican Business (BAB) and British-American Business Council (BABC) speak for over 2000 UK and US-based companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Our membership includes leading British and American companies, contributing significantly to jobs, growth and innovation on both sides of the Atlantic.

    We are committed to helping UK and US Governments with our expertise and transatlantic presence in their efforts to open a new chapter in the UK-US economic relationship; a relationship that is so crucial for the prosperity for our economies, companies and citizens. 

    1.      Investment

    The UK and the US share the world’s largest foreign direct investment partnership. We encourage the UK and the US Government to make a joint commitment on investment, reflecting the largest bilateral investment relationship of one trillion dollars between the UK and the US and offering joint leadership to sustain open, inclusive and competitive markets as a basis for prosperity. As part of this commitment, the UK and the US should develop new approaches for a state-of-the-art dispute resolution mechanism. Further, the UK and the US should explore incentive schemes for bilateral investment and capital flows, particularly around public-private partnerships and with respect to government procurement opportunities.

    2.      Regulation

    The UK and the US should continue exploring areas and sectors where the alignment of bilateral regulatory systems can lead to new business opportunities and reduce costs of unnecessary regulation. Future alignment should be around science based pursuit of norms that ensure balance and proportion between risk and precaution, while supporting innovation led approaches to deliver better outcomes in healthcare, consumer safety, environmental management and emerging technologies. 

    3.      Research and Innovation

    The UK and the US have world leading research and innovation systems, benefitting our economies and its citizens. We encourage leaders to develop of a joint agreement that builds on the existing Horizon 2020 EU-US Agreement and enables further collaboration in science and research between UK and US scientists and researchers. The UK and US Governments should also explore increasing collaboration in higher education, particularly between our world-leading universities, which will allow for our countries to build on their joint leadership role and to draw on the great economic potential linked to it.

    4.      Financial Services

    The UK and the US are home to the leading financial centres in the world. UK – US financial services offer deep pools of liquidity and agile product and service structures and share many common features including an overriding commitment to prudence over excessive risk taking. UK and US Governments should make a joint commitment to the UK-US financial services relationship that seeks to explore how UK and US markets can be integrated under one regulatory umbrella.

    5.      Talent Mobility

    Attracting and employing skilled workers by drawing on an international pool of talented professionals is imperative in yielding a successful economy, particularly to address shortages of high-skilled labour. Our history of immigration and the role played by immigrants has been closely tied to the economic success of our nations. The UK and the US should therefore explore new visa arrangements for UK and US citizens to foster the bilateral movement of talent, with enhanced abilities to live, study and work.

    6.      Data

    The free flow of data is more crucial than ever to companies operating across the Atlantic. Building on progress being made with the EU-US ‘Privacy Shield’ mechanism, the UK and the US should lead driving new pragmatic solutions that protect citizens’ privacy while allowing for the free flow of data. In any innovation economy, data is the heart and soul of growth. The pragmatism of the UK and the US can offer a path that is globally compelling for sustainable deployment of data driven technologies.

    7.      Services

    The UK and the US economies are characterized by large and growing services sectors. The UK and the US should explore ways of enhancing trade in services, particularly in business services, which are key input for global values chains. The UK and the US should also explore ways to further enhance competition and encourage growth in the market for ICT and services.

    8.      A Rules-based System for Trade

    The UK and the US have been leading in creating a global rules-based system for trade. The UK and the US should assess if and how both countries can help further develop global governance structures of trade, particularly through the World Trade organisation (WTO). With that, the UK and the US should commit their leadership role in the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations.

    9.      A new Trade Policy

    Both, the UK and the US benefit from trade, but trade also changes economic infrastructures. The UK and the US should be leading in developing a new trade policy that includes improved mechanisms, such as Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs, designed to help workers to adapt to global trade and protects public service obligations, while spurring innovation and growth for our economies.

    10.  Trade Outreach and Consultation

    In light of a future formal trade arrangements, the UK and the US should prepare trade education campaigns aimed to showcase the benefits of mutual trade and investment for our economies and its citizens. Governments should also use the opportunity to map out future stakeholder consultation process on trade. 


    BritishAmerican Business & British-American Business Council

    Policy Team:

  • 27 Feb 2017 7:45 PM | Lindsay McCabe (Administrator)

    Sure, we all love to get together and socialize over a frothy pint, but the British American Business Council of Georgia is more than just a social group.  It’s a great way to meet others and find ways to collaborate our businesses – it’s networking at its best!  A great recent example is how Robbie Maples with Cunningham Lindsey and Melinda Schmiedeknecht with Resonate Marketing were able to collaborate and educate a group of over 100 people at a recent educational seminar.

    A brief overview of each company is as follows:

    • Ø  Cunningham Lindsey is the largest privately-held loss adjusting company globally having a history that dates back over 125 years of industry service.  The Group’s global network comprises some 7,000 staff members with representatives in over 70 countries around the world.
    • Cunningham Lindsey offers highly experienced loss adjusters and 
      associated technical staff to provide a focused claim service across a range of specialist disciplines and business sectors.  They have proven expertise for handling major losses the world over, particularly where complex technical issues predominate.
    • Ø  Resonate Marketing assists small business professionals in creating and implementing digital marketing plans.  Resonate Marketing specializes in creating social business strategies that integrate with traditional marketing campaigns and educating business professionals on the most efficient methods for leveraging the power of social media.

    Robbie sits on the Board of the Southern Loss Association (SLA), which is supported by Cunningham Lindsey.  SLA is an insurance industry non-profit organization with the mission “to serve as a forum and medium for the discussion, study and consideration of loss adjustment problems, coverage questions, policy forms, laws and statutes common to all insurance companies.” 

    Melinda graciously accepted Robbie’s invitation as a guest speaker at the SLA’s 24th Annual Educational Seminar to talk about the do’s and do not’s in Social Media and was able to seamlessly tie it into the world of Insurance.  To quote Mr. Maples, “…she was great!  With an ever-changing business environment that seemingly revolves around social media trends, we must embrace how to responsibly use social media as a tool.  I can’t think of anyone more qualified to help teach these concepts – and in a fun, entertaining, and easy to understand presentation!  Thanks Mel!”

    As you gather around the next Breakfast Briefing or unwind at the next Pub Night after a long day at the office, be sure to take the time to get to know your fellow networkers.  You may be able to find a way to help each other with your own expertise!

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