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Second Round of UK-U.S. FTA Negotiations Concludes; Round Three Expected this July

The second round of the UK-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations continued by video conference from 15-26 June 2020, building on the positive and constructive talks to date and covering a range of chapters. During the round, talks advanced across a number of these chapters and there was good progress on a dedicated SME chapter. This included agreement that the next formal UK-U.S. SME Dialogue will be held in Boston in October 2020. Unleashing the potential of small businesses to thrive through trade is a crucial part of the U.S. and UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The UK is committed to signing an FTA that benefits all types of business, big and small. Both countries recognize th

BABC member Delta engages Mayo Clinic experts to advise on making travel even safer

Delta Air Lines and Mayo Clinic, a global leader in serious and complex medical care, are deepening their relationship to provide additional safety and COVID-19 infection control measures for customers and employees. The collaboration is another significant step in Delta’s efforts to build upon its foundation of care and cleanliness, known as the Delta CareStandard, to mitigate the risk of transmitting COVID-19 during travel. Read the full article.

BABC Partner, the British Benevolent Society, Hosts Conversation on Coronavirus

BABC partner, the British Benevolent Society (BBS), recently hosted a conversation on Coronavirus. BBS President Charles Cockerton, Director Arif Damji, and Executive Director Jenn Baker sat down for a frank conversation with Los Angeles based British doctor, Dr. David Warburton, OBE, DSc, MD, MMM, FRCP, FRCS, FRCPCH. Dr. Warburton shared these top tips to follow: Covid-19 is spread by respiratory droplets so stopping these tiny droplets from getting in your nose, eyes or mouth is paramount. Droplets can only jump or be carried in the air and, because of this, everyone needs to practice social distancing. Wash your hands and sanitize surfaces to stop the droplets from spreading. Wear a clean

Statement from British-American Business Connections on U.S. Visa Suspensions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2020 Contact: Catherine Filippini 425-761-5717 Statement from British-American Business Connections on U.S. Visa Suspensions (SEATTLE) In response to the United States extending a freeze on a range of immigration visas including H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J-1, and L-1 visas, British-American Business Connections Chair, Richard Biggs said: “As the representative Pacific Northwest chapter of U.S. and UK member companies committed to transatlantic trade and investment, we firmly believe that the ability to deliver prosperity for our nations and Pacific Northwest region is tied to the ability to attract the best, and most skilled workers from across th

Trump signs a proclamation halting H-1B work visas and other temporary visas

Courtesy of The Business Insider President Donald Trump extended a freeze on immigration visas through the end of 2020 in a proclamation he signed on Monday, The proclamation extends the 60-day freeze on work visas put in place in April. A wide swath of professions will be affected, including those in the tech industry and at universities, as well as au pairs. H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J-1, and L-1 visas will be halted under the order. Read the full article. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

BABC Member Amazon Announces $2 Billion Climate Pledge Fund to Invest in Companies Building Products

On June 23, BABC member Amazon announced The Climate Pledge Fund to support the development of sustainable technologies and services that will enable Amazon and other companies to meet The Climate Pledge—a commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040. This dedicated venture investment program—with an initial $2 billion in funding—will back visionary companies whose products and services will facilitate the transition to a zero carbon economy. Read the full press release. Photo: Paul Morigi | Getty Images | Amazon

BABC Member Teagues Shares How Insights from Outside Aviation Will Shape A New Passenger Experience

For many of the world’s airlines, Covid-19 has been nothing short of a devastating blow; however, for some, it also presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to level the playing field, step up to the mark and lead the industry into uncharted territory. As the tide is turning on Covid-19 and most countries are getting a handle on the pandemic, there has been time for reflection for personal wellbeing both physically and psychologically. Many people have shifted their values towards brands that put their health and wellbeing first. They are searching for signs of reassurance, safety, and personal security within the industry. Read the full article.

New US-UK agreement boosts UK’s spaceport plans

The UK and US governments have signed a new agreement paving the way for US companies to operate from UK spaceports and export space launch technology. UK Ambassador Dame Karen Pierce and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-proliferation, Christopher Ford, signed the US-UK Technology Safeguards Agreement, which will enable U.S. companies to participate in space launches from the United Kingdom, on Tuesday 16 June 2020. The Agreement means US space and technology companies throughout the supply chain can contribute to and benefit from the commercial opportunities offered by the UK space sector which already employs 42,000 people and generates an income of £14.

BABC member Moore Kingston Smith releases new article - "Media agencies: thriving beyond the cr

As businesses are starting to look at returning to work, it’s important to consider how that will work in practice. Everyone is talking about the new normal. This article – the second in BABC member Moore Kingston Smith's series on how the media sector can thrive beyond the crisis – looks at how the new normal will affect your employees and what you can do to smooth their transition. Read the full article.

BABC-PNW sister chapter, BritishAmerican Business, Publishes ‘Building on a Solid Foundation – The B

Contact: Dominic Parker Communications Manager | 020 7290 9882 | +44 7500 115 352 Download "Building on a Solid Foundation - The Business Case for a UK-U.S. Free Trade Agreement ‘Building on a Solid Foundation’ argues that a comprehensive agreement will allow an already world–leading trade and investment relationship to grow further. The paper uses real examples of British and American companies to show how business leads innovation, provides new jobs, creates consumer choice and contributes to the prosperity of both countries. Commenting on the paper, Duncan Edwards, Chief Executive of BritishAmerican Business said: “As the trade negotiations between the US and UK enter t

Liz Truss launches future trade strategy for UK tech industry

On June 9, the UK Government announced a range of measures to help boost digital trade and establish the UK tech industry as a global player. The new measures will help create and support jobs by increasing exports and attracting international investment. They will also ensure the industry can take advantage of new Free Trade Agreements. Read the press release.

BABC member British Airways donates over 200,000 essentials to charities and communities across the

BABC member British Airways has donated more than 200,000 items including washbags, socks, snacks and blankets to more than 90 community projects, NHS hospitals, care homes and food banks across the UK to support the Covid-19 response. Lydia Lowe, Senior Staff Nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust who received some of the donations, said: “The toiletries that British Airways provided have brought much joy to the nursing teams here. They have also enabled us to create toiletry packs for children and their carers who arrive into the hospital as an emergency admission; often unprepared for an overnight stay. Our families have been incredibly grateful to be give

BABC member Tahmina Watson recognized by Today's Honoree for her published work on immigration

BABC member Tahmina Watson has been recognized by Today's Honoree, a partnership between L.J. Holloway and Derrick “Headlines” Hayes that gives both a chance to give back to others, for her authored book The Startup Visa: Key to Job Growth and Prosperity in America. Today's Honoree noted that Tahmina's "insightful book reaches back through the generations to acknowledge immigrants’ contribution to the American economy and offers lively analysis of how, like fitting a square peg into a round hole, existing visa options are not working for the modern entrepreneur." View the full blog post. Order the book from BABC member Amazon.

BABC member Palo Alto Networks shares Cloud Security & Compliance For Dummies®

In the rush to the cloud – whether SaaS, public, private or hybrid – it can be hard to know if you’re doing enough to secure your data and apps there. BABC member Palo Alto Networks is sharing an e-book to help. The publication provides a step-by-step guide to properly managing cloud risk without slowing deployment. It’s designed to help you: Build security directly into your company’s processes Understand the cloud and its impact on security and compliance Adopt a scalable cloud security strategy Get Cloud Security & Compliance For Dummies® and move to the cloud with confidence.

BABC partner, the UK Department of International Trade presents 'Playing by new rules: supply ch

COVID-19 has caused widespread disruption to international supply chains across many key markets. As businesses look to adapt for the future, where should they invest for growth? CNBC presents two informative webcasts - 2020: The supply chain’s digital frontier & Reimagining advanced manufacturing - with the UK Government’s Department for International Trade, examining how the UK is a destination of choice for businesses looking to build resilience into their supply chains across critical sectors. Access the webcasts.

BABC member BAE Systems Donates Tablets and Face Shields to the NHS

BABC member BAE Systems have made a donation of 40 tablet devices to support patients and staff at NHS Hospitals in Glasgow. This follows donations of over 9,000 face shields to NHS hospitals and trusts, hospices and care homes across Scotland. Read the full story.

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