The BABC holds a range of high quality networking events throughout the year. These include breakfast forums, networking events, seminars, workshops and the annual BABC Conference. An example of some of the events that BABC Midlands have held is as follows:

                

 

      

John Simmons, Minister Counselor, Commercial Affairs held a round table discussion and lunch.

           
                

 

      

The BABC Midlands celebrated their 30th Anniversary at Hotel Du Vin with guest speakers: The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Alan Kessel, Deputy High Commissioner for Canada. 

           
               
        

Ms Ryland Potter, Managing Director Europe for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) hosted a USA workshop with the BABC in Birmingham. HSBC hosted the event and also opened the round table discussion. Ryland explaind opportunities and pitfalls of doing business in the USA, focusing on Virginia.

               
           
                   
                   

An overview from a range of speakers about why you should do Business in Canada. Delegates found out about the market as a whole, advantages of Canada as a place to do business and also the support and help available from organisations such as the BABC, UKTI and the Canadian High Commission. The event bought together 50 delegates to network and find out why Canada is the place to do business. (Thank you to UKTI Toronto, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, High Commission of Canada, Delcam, Moore Stephens & UKTI West Midlands

               
                   
                       

This event in collaboration with BritishAmerican Business covered the upcoming free trade agreement - The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and how this will effect the Automotive industry. The event was sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover and included speakers from the US Embassy, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Jaguar Land Rover. The event was very useful for all attendees on the upcoming trade deal with a live open discussion session at the end.

                   
               
                   
                       

Meet the Experts bought together six companies providing advice on entering the US. These one-to-one consultation meetings covered law, visas, tax, logistics, relocation and support. The day compromised of individual meetings, networking and a light lunch served. We found all of the attendees found all the advice very useful and they now feel prepared to enter the US! -Dyke Yaxley, Embassy Freight Services, Miles Pierce, True Course, Avitus and UKTI Intatrade. If you would like more information about our experts please visit their websites from our members page.  

"I thought it was all in all a most productive day. ….well worth the time- thank you." – Frank Levene- Avitus

"It was good use of time for me and I’d recommend it to a friend or colleague." – Michael Oswell - RSHydro.

"It was a great benefit to meet them in person, and as a result of our previous discussions we had some really directed questions to ask. We now feel confident in our strategy and our US subsidiary as a result of the discussions with the ‘experts’ where just a few weeks ago it seemed such an impossibly daunting task. We will also continue to employ some of the services offered by the representatives on the day. Great to get everyone together in one room as it allowed us to address all of the various challenges at one go, many of which are interlinked" – Exactaform

"I found it to be very worthwhile and would recommend to others looking to improve business relations with America.I gained a number of good contacts, several of which I am still in contact with via email and one I am meeting again next week for further discussions" – Ben Strange - The Benjamin Group Ltd

"It was extremely valuable and really useful- thank you so much for organising" – Rosie Kay – Rosie Kay Dance Company

                   
               
                   
                                       
                       

On Monday 14th September Paul Krepps from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) came and held a small workshop at the Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. The workshop highlighted reasons why you should invest in the US, and particularly Michigan and how the MEDC can support you.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. I thought it was very interesting to see how different states are encouraging investment by foreign companies. I think there is a high interest for foreign direct investments in the US and would be keen to attend more events that revolve around this topic." – Desire Lance, ASG Immigration

                   
               
                   
                                       
                       

On Wednesday 4th July the British American Business Council (BABC) Midlands held an American Independence Day event at the Hotel du Vin in Birmingham. The informal event of networking was held to celebrate the 4th July, which provided an occasion for delegates to meet and make new connections as well as to develop existing relationships.

                   
               
                   
                                       
                       

The BABC in partnership with HSBC, provided an opportunity to attend a breakfast briefing with HSBC’s Head of Economics, Mark Berrisford-Smith. Mark spoke about his view on the UK and Global economic position and the event was very well attended.

                   
               
                   
                                       
                       

Hosted by Mills and Reeve LLP, the BABC  and BAB (BritishAmerican Business) held an event  that focussed on the future prospects and opportunities for the US-EU Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP).  The seminar included a range of expert speakers including Edward Barker, Head, Transatlantic & International Unit, Department of Business, Innovation & Skills and Richard Stanbridge, Head of the Technical Industries Team at the US Embassy.

                   
               
                   
                                       
                       

BABC Midlands were proud to host the 2013 BABC Annual Transatlantic Conference in Birmingham, between May 15th and 17th. The conference brought together 23 chapters for a 2 day programme of high level business discussions and networking. The BABC used well known venues such as the Symphony Hall, Birmingham Council House and the International Convention Centre (ICC).

                   
               
                   
                                       
                       

This informative breakfast forum allowed companies to engage with fellow business professionals interested in doing business with the US.  Presentations focussed on providing advice on building USA connections, how to market a business in the USA and also how to overcome financial and legal challenges.

                   
               
           
       

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