The British American Business Council
of the Pacific Northwest

Welcome 

The organization in the Pacific Northwest for everyone with business, personal, cultural or other links to the UK. Join today.

Come to the BABC 2015 Transatlantic Conference: May 13-14 in New York.

"Fostering commerce, friendship and economic growth between the United States and the United Kingdom"

Welcome To The BABC-PNW

The BABC-PNW promotes trade and other links between the UK and the USA. It is one of 25 chapters of the British American Business Council in the UK and USA. Our active business and social programs provide an enjoyable and productive business atmosphere at seminars, after-hours networking events and social meetings.

 

BABC-PNW Membership: Keep Your Benefits Active

BABC-PNW membership renewals have been sent out via email. If you have not received your renewal invoice, please contact membership@babcpnw.org.

Renew online today to keep your benefits active through 2015.

Not a member? Now is a great time to join BABC-PNW. Business membership includes access to the BABC International Database with more than 2,500 business and professional contacts. Learn more about our member levels and benefits.

 

 

UK Expats Can Vote Online in the General Election says Electoral Commission

voteBrits living abroad can still have their vote count by registering as an overseas voter. Just five minutes is all it takes to complete the Overseas Registration and it will ensure your voice is heard. Read the full press release and access the Overseas Registration page.

Click here for our handy 10 point guide for British expats on how to register to vote in the UK general election. 

 

 

It’s a Rugby World Cup Year and Time to Celebrate! May 8

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Join BABC-PNW and Seattle Saracens Rugby on Friday, May 8 from 6:00-11:00pm at The Canal, in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, for a dinner and lively discussion on which mighty sport is truly the best – American Football or Rugby. The evening includes special international sporting guests from both sides of the scrum/scrimmage, opportunities to mix-n-mingle, a raffle and silent auction, and a chance to learn more from popular experts about what makes their game the only one to watch and play. It’s the discussion and party of the season that you won’t want to miss!

Get the details, learn about sponsor opportunities and register today!

 

 

USA Rugby Academy High Performance Training Camps

rugby-mnOpportunities for ages 14+ with activities that emphasize execution, decision making, attacking patters, defensive strategies and more.

 

Camps are held a locations across the U.S. Learn about the camps, where they will be held and participation requirements.

 

Also announced... a Seattle high school August camp at the University of Washington August 2-6. Get the details here.

 

 

Celebrate St George's Day April 23

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THURSDAY, APRIL 23 5:30-8:00 PM: The Whisky Bar

Come join in the fun and celebrate St. George, the well-known slayer of dragons and patron saint of England!!

 

We have reserved the Snug Bar at the back of the Brit-owned Whisky Bar in Seattle's trendy Belltown area at 2122 2nd Avenue. The menu features hard-to-find-in-Seattle UK treats like Scotch Eggs and Welsh Rarebit. Happy Hour lasts until 7pm.

 

Come early (and allow plenty of time for parking). No charge, no host, but please RSVP to Jerry Sparrow below:

 

RSVP | Directions | Whisky Bar website

 

 

ny BABC Transatlantic Conference: May 13-14

Don't miss the BABC Transatlantic Business Conference in New York City

Come explore "The Innovation Imperative - Strategy, Technology and Growth," network with national and international colleagues, and take advantage of many learning opportunities. Generous hotel and airfare discounts are provided. View the program, travel & accommodations and register today. 

This is one event you don't want to miss.

 

 

 

BABC-PNW is pleased to support SightLife

Last month, BABC-PNW was pleased to award $1,000 to SightLife, helping support the only non-profit global health organization whose sole focus is eliminating corneal blindness in the U.S. and around the world. SightLife works in partnership with surgeons and health organizations in more than 29 countries, and with global eye bank partners to provided corneas for transplant. In 2012 alone, the organization delivered nearly 14,000 corneas to those in need, and there are still many more individuals across the world, with corneal blindness, who continue to wait to have their sight restored. SightLife recently opened a foundation division in the UK, which will serve as a key hub for financial donations and connections to third world countries in the nearby regions.

 

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BABC-PNW Board, members and staff present check to Dan Johnson, Director of Principal and Planned Giving for SightLife.

SightLife beneficiary Arshi-15 yrs. (far r; dark shawl) and family celebrate her new sight. Arshi was blinded at the age of 10 when a bee stung her directly on the  right eye, resulting ina corneal scar that left her blind in the eye

 

 

Serevi Rugby Seeks Summer Interns

If you are a college or grad student looking for an summer 2015 internship, Serevi has open opportunities. They are currently seeking candidates who would be excited to support their vision. If you are passionate about the sport and the culture it offers, can work independently and on a team, and enthusiastic with a desire to success through hard work and fun, then Serevi wants to hear from you. .

 Find out more and apply.

 

 

 

The IT Summit May 12: A Special Invitation for BABC-PNW members & supporters

itIf you hold an IT professional title (CIO, CTO, CISO, VP of IT, etc.) you can take advantage of complimentary registration (a $499 value) to the upcoming IT Summit on Tues., May 12 from 9:00-3:00pm at the Meydenbauer Center – returning for its 4th year to the region. BABC-PNW is a proud supporter of The IT Summit and members and supporter can use registration code BABC2015 when signing up for the event. Don’t miss your opportunity to get educational and networking resources, learn about real world opportunities and challenges faced by today’s executives, and engage in face-to-face interaction and networking with technology peers.

Register | Directions & Parking.

 

Take Advantage of BABC Member Discounts!

Membership has its rewards. If you are a BABC member, log into the global BABC website with your member ID and Password and select “member benefits” to gain access to special discounts including ticket discounts from British Airways and rate discounts from Semiahmoo Resort.

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Trade and Investment Resource Portal

If you are actively involved in trade and investment, you will want to check out the British American Business Trade and Investment portal featuring three informative sites including Investing in the UK, Investing in the USA, and TTIP News & Views. You can request a hard copy of the 2014 Guide to Investing in the UK today by emailing your request (a nominal mailing fee applies).

 

 

American British Trade & Investment 2015 is now available

 

Access the lastest copy of ABTI (click on either “Investing in the UK” or “Investing in the US”), including the digital version.

 

For information on the 2015 Budget released by the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, click here.

 

Portland Escape Rooms offer live, interactive experience

60 minutes and the clock is ticking... will you find the clues, objects, and solve the puzzles to ensure your escape? It's interactive entertainment at its best at the new Portland Escape Rooms, opening Thurs., April 16. Participants are locked in a themed room and have 60 minutes to work together to find the keys that set them free. A real life adventure game that is perfect for a date night, small group of friends, family, or co-workers.

Learn more about the featured experiences and how to join in the fun and follow PER on Facebook.

 

 

Networking Nights

A great time to meetup with members, friends and new contacts

networkEach quarter the BABC organizes a Networking event where members, guests and friends of the BABC can meetup and network. Look for detalis online or sign up to get email updates about our future events.

Click here for pictures from our recent networking night at the Elephant & Castle in downtown Seattle.


 

BABC-PNW is a registered 501(c)(6) Not for profit organization. ID 911688885.

 

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About BABC-PNW Events

Our events are open to all and feature interesting speakers, topics and locations. More details are on our events page.

 

Month Events Calendar
April 23

St George's Day Celebration
The Whisky Bar in Belltown (2122 2nd Ave) - in the Snug Bar. 5.30 to 8:00 pm. No charge. No host.

RSVP

April 24

Seattle Saracens Golf Tournament
Jackson Park Golf Course, Seattle.

More details

May 6

PNAA Breakfast Showcase

Aerospace Executive of the Year: Mike Brown at Red Lion Hotel, Renton.

Register

May 8

American Football vs. Rugby Dinner & Discussion
Join BABC-PNW and Seattle Saracens Rugby.

Register.

May 9

Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary

Paine Field Airport

Learn more

May 12

IT Summit

Bellevue. Register

May 13-14

BABC 2015 Transatlantic Conference in New York

Details & Register

Nov 3

BABC-PNW Aerospace Conference

At the Museum of Flight

Dec 4

BABC-PNW Christmas Luncheon
At the Rainier Club.

Reserve your table now

 

SEE more Events...

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The British Consul in Seattle's News.

Updated for April, 2015 with details from the UK's 2015 Budget. [Click here]

 

Read more from Robin Twyman...

Robin Twyman The British Embassy in Washington DC has created an interactive trade map showing the wealth of trade and investment between the UK and the US, including at state level. Click on the map to see it in action.

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The map shows that Washington State exports to the UK are worth over $2bn, working out at $299.9 per capita. And UK investments here support 14,000 jobs.

New Website on EU-US Trade

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership agreement (TTIP) could be of huge benefit to our member companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

Visit the EU-US Trade Website

 

UK FCO

 

Robin Twyman
British Consul (Business & Government Affairs) Seattle.

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Contact Catherine Filippini at the BABC-PNW

By email:membership@babcpnw.org

By mail: PO Box 2677, Seattle, WA 98111-2677.

By phone: 206 769-7194