Start Date: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 6:00 pm - Friday, June 08, 2018 5:00 pm
Duration: 1 Day, 23 Hours
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2018 BABC Transatlantic Conference - Birmingham
"The Future of Transatlantic Trade"

June 6th – June 8th, 2018

Join us in Birmingham UK as senior business executives, government officials and academics come together and create the 2018 Transatlantic Conference of the British-American Business Council. A robust gathering of global thought leaders across North America and the United Kingdom to discover and understand new opportunities and to build demonstrably relevant relationships.

Once a year the BABC brings together members of all its 22 chapters throughout the US and UK at its Annual Transatlantic Business Conferences, for a 2 -day program of high-level business discussions and networking with business executives actively involved in transatlantic business. The conference has previously been held in the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Washington and San Francisco.

This conference will welcome 300 Senior Executives from across the BABC network including Chairmen, CEs, CEOs, FDs and HR, GMs, MDs, and Directors from chapter member firms which include many of the US & UK’s largest manufacturers, exporters and professional services companies.

Themes & Topics

“The Future of Transatlantic Trade”

Sessions include:

Transatlantic Trade post-Brexit
The Economic Challenges Facing Business and Industries
Trade and Productivity in the Context of the Industrial Strategy
Digital Trade and Cross-border Data Flows
Cyber Crime
The Future of design-Driven Innovation
Realising the Opportunities from International Business
The Annual Interview: The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship

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Reasons for Attending

Grow your sales and profitability by connecting with over 150 different companies in at least 25 different industries, including: manufacturing, legal, education, financial, design, automotive, gaming, transport, media & communication, insurance, international trade, food & beverage, logistics, government relations, real estate and professional services companies.

The Conference presents a great opportunity to connect with the many leading companies based in the host city Birmingham. A major regional business centre, the city has attracted $2 billion of foreign direct investment which is more than any other UK city outside London. The city is currently investing in a massive redevelopment programme which aims to make it one of the top 20 cities to live in the world by 2026.

The Conference offers a one-off opportunity to achieve a number of complimentary business opportunities:

Connect and develop business with senior executives, who are actively engaged in transatlantic business and which are based in more than 20 other major industries throughout the US and UK;
Connect and develop business with senior executives from major companies based in and around Birmingham;
Network with key multipliers who can provide onward business referrals;
Promote awareness of your company and its brand;
Acquire intelligence and insights from business leaders and industry experts that will help you achieve your business goals.

Conference agenda 

Transatlantic Conference 2018 Agenda
Thursday 7th June, 8:00 – 16:30
The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Registration & Networking 8:00 – 9:00

Welcome Address



Professor Julian Beer, President, BABC Midlands

Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor, BCU

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

Sir John Peace, Chairman, Midlands Engine

Session 1

Inward Investment Opportunities in the Midlands Engine

  • Overview of the Midlands Engine opportunity
  • Sector opportunities – automotive, advanced manufacturing, financial and professional services, and food and drink. High growth sectors – creative and digital, life sciences, and renewables.

Session 2

Transatlantic Trade Post-Brexit

  • How would a post-Brexit deal with the EU shape transatlantic trade?
  • What are the opportunities posed by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
  • What are the global implications of tax reform, the outlook for free trade agreements?


The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade

Simon Hart, EU Specialist, RSM

Speaker to be announced

Session 3

KEY NOTE: The Economic Challenges Facing Business and Industries

  • What is the impact of new policies, including monetary, economic, spending policies, and immigration on U.S. manufacturing? What are key the trends?
  • What is the U.S. economic viewpoint on UK Brexit negotiations and likely impact on U.S. and UK economies?
  • How is post-Brexit Britain viewed outside of Europe?


Joe Brusuelas, Chief Economist, RSM US LLP

Coffee and Networking Break


Session 4

Trade and Productivity in the Context of the Industrial Strategy

  • What are the global trends that are shaping the future (artificial intelligence; clean growth; an ageing society; and future mobility from driverless cars to drones)?
  • What is the role of inward investment in aiding economic growth and productivity?


Professor Simon Collinson, University of Birmingham

Priya Guha, Ecosystem General Manager, RocketSpace

Speaker to be announced

Session 5

Digital Trade, Cross-border Data Flows, and Cyber Crime

  • What are the opportunities to facilitate cross-border data flows for business transactions, reducing barriers to digital trade.
  • What is the impact of digital technology on international trade, and how can businesses access new markets and develop economically efficient business models?
  • What are the key business risks from cybercrime, including the dark web, cyber risk and insurance, and data governance?
  • What are the challenges in transatlantic cooperation in cyber management; and key areas of cross-sector learning for cyber preparedness?


Julian David, CEO, techUK

Speaker to be announced

Speaker to be announced

Networking Lunch


Session 6

Transatlantic trade and investment – what are the opportunities for SMEs?

  • What are the key barriers to trade (such as regulatory issues, non-tariff barriers, and intellectual property rights) and how can these be overcome?
  • Understanding the potential for expansion and the opportunities presented through the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?
  • Inspiration: Cal Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder for business communications app Slack (BCU Alumni of the year, 2015).


John Simmons, Minister Counselor, Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy

Mark Proctor, Managing Director, EU Automation

Speaker to be announced


Speaker to be announced


Speaker to be announced

Session 7

The Future of design-Driven Innovation

  • Session Description TBC


Speakers to be announced


Coffee and Networking Break


Session 7

The Annual Interview: The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship

  • The Annual Interview provides an opportunity to assess the strengths of the US-UK transatlantic relationship and how it will continue to thrive in the future.
  • This will take place in an interview style format, with panel members responding to questions relating to the political, economic and cultural bonds that link the U.S. and the UK, the points of friction, and how both nations can continue to find common ground and work together in the future.


Steven Bridges, Managing Director Business Development, Grant Thornton Chicago (Previously UK Consul-General Chicago)

Emma McClarkin, Member of European Parliament, East Midlands

Professor Alex De Ruyter, Centre for Brexit Studies, Birmingham City University

Closing Remarks


  • Brief conference wrap-up


Professor Julian Beer, President, BABC Midlands