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BABC


The British American Business Council is committed to promoting transatlantic trade and investment between the US and the UK


Contact: Lauren Hunt T: 0845 603 6650


BABC Patrons


BABC conference line-up announced


A stellar line-up of speakers will headline June’s British American Business Council (BABC) annual conference. The conference, which takes place at the


newly-opened Conservatoire on 7 July, will feature America’s UK ambassador, Robert ‘Woody’ Johnson as key speaker, but he will be joined on the podium by a host of other leading names from the world of politics and business. Many speakers will be addressing the issue of


Britain’s impending divorce from the European Union, and a major feature of the conference will be the opportunities available to do more trade with the US in the post-Brexit era. Taking up this theme at the BABC conference


will be Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, who is a leading Brexiteer. He is, not surprisingly, very bullish about the


UK’s prospects after leaving the EU. In a recent keynote speech he said: “From across the world, the keenness to deepen trade and investment ties with this country and once again hear us champion the case for free trade, is palpable. “The United Kingdom is one of the world’s largest and most successful economies.


‘In 2017 we saw the highest level of Foreign Direct Investment projects landing in the United Kingdom in our history’


“In 2017 we saw the highest level of Foreign


Direct Investment projects landing in the United Kingdom in our history – as the world’s leading companies offered a strong vote of confidence in the future of our economy. We also saw a continued explosion of interest in British tech and innovation. In the last year we had more than 58,000 tech start-ups in our country and more venture capital in tech was invested in London than in Germany, France, Spain and Ireland combined. “All of this adds up to an extremely positive


picture, one which should give us confidence in dealing with the global challenges that lie ahead and the opportunities that we must seize.” Among other speakers at the BABC


conference include Joe Brueselas, chief economist at RSM, who will also be adopting a post-Brexit theme. He will be speaking about the economic challenges facing business and


industry, focusing on the US economic viewpoint on UK Brexit negotiations. Local speakers at the event include BABC Midlands president Professor Julian Beer, West Midlands mayor Andy Street, and Sir John Peace, the chairman of Midlands Engine. The BABC conference follows the success of Birmingham’s high-profile presence at last year’s event in Chicago. The conference is a highly sought after


occasion for which many of the American states and British cities bid. The event has previously been held in London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC and Chicago. The BABC, which incorporates British American Business, is the largest transatlantic business network, with 22 chapters and 2,000 member companies, including many of the world’s largest multinationals, based in major business centres throughout the North America and the UK. The official conference hotel partner will be the Park Regis at Five Ways, Birmingham.


To book visit: www.bit.ly/BABC18 Or email: Info@babcmidlands.com


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