As an international organization working to promote strong business and cultural ties between the UK and Washington state, BABC-PNW believes it is important to continue investing in tourism, particularly international tourism, helping to support our Pacific Northwest region and its communities. We recently submitted our letter of support for SB 5251 / HB 1123, which would effectively create a Washington State Tourism Marketing Program.
On Wednesday, August 17th , Paul Drechsler CBE, President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), addressed members of the Puget Sound business community representing a variety of industry sectors, including aerospace, consulting, government, technology, financial, services and the not-for-profit community. Hosted by the British-American Business Council (BABC-PNW), the event was co-presented in partnership with the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, the Confederation of British Industry and the United Kingdom Government Office in Seattle.
BABC-PNW member Rosemary Brester, President & CEO of Hobart Machined Products, tells Washington lawmakers that finanancial enticements from other states are growing as Washington's space industry grows and support for bit and small companies is important.
Photo: Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, second from right, examines a door assembly that was made for Sea Launch in the 1990s by Hobart Machined Products in Washington state. Officials at the hearing included, from left, Mike Hewitt, Karen Fraser, Curtis King, Randi Becker, Owen and Bob Hasegawa. (GeekWire photo by Alan Boyle)
International trade directly supports 68,500 union jobs in Washington state, according to a new study released by the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT).