BABC 2018 Transatlantic Business Conference - Birmingham UK

Date: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 5:30 pm - Thursday, June 07, 2018 10:30 pm
Duration: 1 Day, 5 Hours

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2018 BABC Transatlantic Conference - in Birmingham, UK

"The Future of Transatlantic Trade"

June 6th – June 7th, 2018

Do join us in the UK as senior business executives, government officials and academics come together for the 2018 Transatlantic Conference of the British-American Business Council.

In these times of changing US and UK trade policies, this Conference will be a gathering of global thought leaders across North America and the United Kingdom, who will be there to discover, discuss and understand new opportunities and to build strong relevant business relationships. 

The Conference will feature some of the most relevant stakeholders in the transatlantic community, including the Ambassador of the Unites States to the Court of St. James, Robert Wood Johnson, the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, John Simmons, Minister Counselor, Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Emma McClarkin, Member of European Parliament, East Midlands, and Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands.

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 New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Washington and San Francisco, amongst other cities.

This conference will welcome many Senior Executives from across the BABC network of over 2000 members including Chairmen, CEOs, FDs, MDs, GMs and Directors from chapter member firms which include many of the US & UK’s largest corporations, 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

Speakers will include:

  • The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade
  • John Simmons, Minister Counselor, Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy 
  • Emma McClarkin, Member of European Parliament, East Midlands
  • Steven Bridges, Managing Director Business Development, Grant Thornton Chicago (Previously UK Consul-General Chicago)
  • Mark Proctor, Managing Director, EU Automation
  • Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor, BCU
  • Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
  • Sir John Peace, Chairman, Midlands Engine
  • Priya Guha, Ecosystem General Manager, RocketSpace
  • Julian David, CEO, techUK
  • Steven Bridges, Managing Director Business Development, Grant Thornton Chicago (Previously UK Consul-General Chicago)
  • Professor Alex De Ruyter, Centre for Brexit Studies, Birmingham City University

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Wednesday 6th June 
Cocktail Party & Opening Reception, Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Venue: Birmingham Cathedral

Thursday 7th June
Full day Conference, Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm, Venue: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Annual Gala Dinner Drinks Reception, Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Annual Gala Dinner, Time: 7:00pm - 10:30pm, Venue: Birmingham Town Hall

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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 also 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 program 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;
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.