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BritishAmerican Business Statement on the Agreement of New Open Skies Arrangements Between the UK an

London/New York – In response to yesterday’s announcement that the UK and US Governments have agreed on a new ‘open skies’ air services arrangement, BritishAmerican Business’ (BAB) Director of Policy and Trade, Emanuel Adam said: “This announcement is certainly good news to the transatlantic business community. With the March 2019 Brexit deadline nearing, it came just in time. Since the referendum in June 2016, as part of BAB’s Brexit priorities, we have actively advocated for and worked with both Governments and relevant stakeholders to ensure that we reach an agreement that offers thousands of businesses a guarantee of the continuation of the air travel between the UK and the US, includin

Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives for a U.S.-United Kingdom Trade

On October 16, 2018, the United States Trade Representative notified Congress of the Administration's intention to enter into negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement after the UK has exited the European Union on March 29, 2019. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments on a proposed U.S.-UK Trade Agreement, including U.S. interests and priorities, in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions. You can provide comments in writing and orally at a public hearing. The Administration's aim in negotiations with the UK is to address both tariff and non-tariff barriers and to achieve free, fair, and reciprocal trade. Janua

BABC Director Mark Drechsler Selected as Director of Business Development for the Controls & Avi

On October 31, BAE Sytems announced the selection of Mark Drechsler as Director of Business Development (BD) for the Controls & Avionics Solutions (CAS) Business Area. Mark has held several key manufacturing, procurement, and program management roles during his career at BAE Systems. Most recently, Mark was responsible for the Boeing Commercial Aircraft relationship, front line support to Boeing development & production programs, new business development & strategy, as well as the local facilities and BAE Systems personnel in Seattle. Prior to his Boeing assignment, Mark was a Program Manager based in Rochester, UK, where he led the development of the flight controls for Bombardier CSeries a

Tool Gauge Manufacturing Facility Expansion - Fall 2018 Update

BABC Member Tool Gauge has been in the midst of expanding their Tacoma aerospace manufacturing facility. Read more about how the work is progressing as planned from General Manager Jim Lee including the completed demolition phase in September, new groundbreaking in October, what the facility will include and the key expansion objectives.

Seattle Saracens vs Seattle Seawolves Charity Match: The Ultimate Hometown Showdown!

The best kick off to Seattle’s 2019 rugby season includes not one, not two, but three Seattle rugby teams. Don’t miss out on the action as our local rugby club, the Saracens, take on Major League Champions, the Seawolves. Starfire Stadium will host the Seawolves vs Saracens Supporter Match on Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 pm to benefit the Seattle Saracens and Seattle Slam Wheelchair Rugby. Seawolves season ticket holders will have first access to tickets for the epic event. All game day proceeds will support the Seattle Saracens, a 501(c) 3, and Seattle Slam Wheelchair Rugby Association, one of the only International Paralympic Committee recognized full-contact wheelchair sports, and the o

In a Changing World, an Anglo-American Free Trade Relationship Can Be an Example to All

The following op-ed piece was originally published by “The Hill” here. To say the world is changing might strike one as a banality, but it’s nonetheless true. Few can fail to notice or appreciate the ways in which recent developments in the field of technology have disrupted the business landscape and changed the ways in which we live, work and interact. Political shifts, meanwhile, and tougher economic conditions, have spurred and stimulated debate over the best way to grapple with new challenges and seize opportunities—for those ready and willing to do so. Through it all, the British-American “special relationship” endures. It’s a well-worn phrase, but one that denotes more than 200 years

Cyber Security: Let’s Stop the Blame Game and Tackle the Challenge Together

To combat cyber crime fatigue, we need to take the first steps in making good cyber practice easier and more rewarding rather than solely focusing on the aftermath of an attack and assigning blame. For too long, protecting organisations from cyber crime has been a daily marathon. A never-ending but necessary process that every business must endure. But what if we put the fun back into cyber security? What if we make it simpler and more engaging, and therefore easier to implement, with businesses even encouraging good practice with incentives. To truly engage people, we should be forming security processes that complement our natural human behaviours, instead of trying to transform them compl

BABC Member Delta Awarded Airline of the Year 2018

The Pacific Northwest chapter of British-American Business Connections extends its congratulations to member Delta Air Lines on being named Airline of the Year for the first time at the annual TTG Awards in the U.K. The awards are one of the highlights of the travel industry calendar and honour the best in aviation, travel agencies and tour operators. The prestigious awards are voted for by a panel of industry experts. In addition to its commitment to the travel trade, Delta’s investment in innovation was one of the winning factors, including free mobile messaging and the rollout of RFID-enabled bag tracking. The judges said: “This finalist impressed us with a raft of product and marketing i

SEA Visitor Pass Pilot Program Launches

Remember the days when you could greet a loved one at the airport the minute they landed? Or you could catch up over a meal during their layover? It’s been 17 years since passengers who were not flying could meet their loved ones at the gate. Sea-Tac International Airport is studying the feasibility of bringing those days back with the SEA Visitor Pass pilot program. For the next few weeks, you can enter the post-security side of the terminal, even if you're not flying that day. Clear the security checkpoint and take advantage of the events, amenities, restaurants, and boutiques at the airport. Program signups start today and run through December 14. The program allows Sea-Tac visitors to: M

BritishAmerican Business’ Annual General Meeting 2018 Welcomes New Chair, Dame Vivian Hunt, DBE

On Thursday 1 November, BritishAmerican Business held its 2018 Annual General Meeting, at the offices of McKinsey & Company in London. At the meeting, Dame Vivian Hunt DBE, Managing Partner, UK & Ireland, McKinsey & Company was formally appointed to the role of Chair, succeeding Christopher J. Perry, President, Global Sales, Marketing & Client Solutions, Broadridge Financial Solutions. Dame Vivian has been an active member of BAB’s Board of Directors for many years and brings with her to the role over 20 years of experience in the private sector, previously leading McKinsey & Company’s Pharmaceutical & Medical Products practice in EMEA. Attendees were also joined by Baroness Fairhead CBE, Mi

Principles for a New Chapter for the UK-US Economic Relationship

On November 1, BritishAmerican Business (BAB) released its 'Principles for a New Chapter in the UK-US Economic Relationship.' This paper serves as a precursor to BAB's submission on the UK Department for International Trade's consultation on trade negotiations with the United States on behalf of our wider membership and network. It lays out the key principles for our engagement around the consultation and the work of the UK-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Working Group over the coming months. 1. A strong trading relationship between the UK and EU is a crucial condition for the success of the future UK-US economic relationship. 2. Trade and investment needs to be part of an inclusive an

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