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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.

Covid-19 and Tourism: Assessing the Economic Consequences

What does the future look like for the tourism industry? BABC Director Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan, PhD shares a recently released report he published with colleagues, and under the guidance of UNCTAD, on COVID-19 impacts on the tourism industry. Depending on the duration of the global lockdown, the paper estimates the direct and indirect costs of the shutdown for 65 individual countries and regions and 65 sectors, covering the global economy.

Global Markets & The U.S Commercial Service - Highlights 2017-2019

This report is from the U.S. Department of Commerce / International Trade Administration. It highlights their achievements during the fiscal year 2017-2019.

Growing Us: British Innovation & Growth in America

Highlighting 20 of the most innovative and exciting British companies that are investing and growing in the United States, Growing US tells the stories of British champions for transatlantic growth and innovation.

How to Prepare for Brexit

Useful information to help your business prepare for Brexit.

Innovate Finance: 2019 FinTech Investment Landscape

A report from Innovate Finance highlighting the United States lead in the world for global FinTech investment in 2019 with $16.3 billion invested across 1,095 deals in 2019, nearly a quarter increase (23%) from 2018. The United Kingdom ranked second in 2019 with $4.9 billion of investment (up 38% on 2018) across 359 deals (down 9%).

KPMG 2020 Healthcare and Life Sciences Investment Outlook

The 2020 KPMG Healthcare and Life Sciences Investment Outlook survey sheds light on how the investment landscape will be impacted by influential disruptors, evolving market trends, and policy/regulatory developments.

Moving My Workers Post-Brexit: A short guide for international companies doing business in the UK

Courtesy of BABC sister chapter, BritishAmerican Business, in partnership with Fragomen, this guide for international companies with operations in the UK sets out the key considerations companies need to be making during the transition period and beyond in regards to their workers, and how their ability to work in the UK could be affected by Brexit.

The guide also provides a helpful summary of the UK Government’s proposed new immigration system, and how your business should be preparing for these proposed changes, as well as a timeline throughout the year and into 2021 to help you plan for what comes next.

Moving the Bar: How the US and UK Can Help Create a New Level Playing Field for Digital Trade

This white paper, published by BABC's sister chapter, BritishAmerican Business, lays out several key recommendations from the transatlantic business community on the future of the US-UK digital trade relationship. 

Open for Business; Open for People!? A Way Forward for UK-US Labour Mobility - 3-2020

A white paper with recommendations from the transatlantic business community on the future of transatlantic labour mobility. The availability of workers, regardless of their country of origin, is a crucial factor in successful, internationally competitive economies that lead to trade and investment. While there are many US and UK citizens working temporarily or permanently in each other’s market, there is further potential for improvement. Against a backdrop of domestic debates on immigration, this paper sets out a vision for the UK-US governments to use the current political momentum to improve labour mobility between their two countries.

Prioritizing health: A prescription for prosperity

In Prioritizing health: A prescription for prosperity the McKinsey Global Institute measures the potential to reduce the burden of disease globally through the application of proven interventions across the human lifespan over two decades. 

Report a Trade Barrier

Is your company adversely affected by a trade barrier or unfair business practice? File a complaint with the International Trade Administration's Trade Agreements Negotiations and Compliance Office.

Reshoring Initative: 2018 Data Report

This report contains data on trends in U.S. reshoring announcements by U.S. headquartered companies and FDI by foreign companies that have shifted production or sourcing from offshore to the U.S. The data is cumulative 2010 through 2018 and is for the U.S. only, unless otherwise noted.

Tahmina Talks Immigration Radio Show

Tahmina Talks Immigration is a talk show, hosted on Spotify, all about U.S. immigration laws hosted by BABC member Tahmina Watson, Founder of Watson Immigration Law.

The Future of Work—the good, the challenging & the unknown

In the last four months, work has changed drastically. But will these changes persist into the future? Microsoft's Work Trend Index report explores this idea by combining insights from three sources: trends behind how our customers use our tools; findings from a Harris Poll survey of over 2,000 remote workers in six countries; and conclusions from over 30 research projects from across Microsoft that seek to understand the experience for remote workers today via surveys, interviews, diary studies, focus groups, and studies of the human brain.

Read the key findings.

Trade Association Linked (TALinked)

TA Linked uniquely supports and connects business to trade associations, economic development agencies, and Chambers of Commerce. It is the only online location that provides your company with access to expert resources that are vetted by industry associations. Registration is by invitation of an industry association. Connect, share and receive focused help and industry leads by joining

UW Foster School of Business Consulting Projects

Looking for helpful business consultant teams? Consider the UW Foster School of Business' Consulting Projects, which engage students to serve as consultants on real-world business issues. The teams work in partnership with businesses to understand their needs and clarify the scope of work. They conduct in-depth analysis and research over the course of a 10-week quarter. At the conclusion, a formal written report and a final presentation is provided to the company. Projects range on topics from foreign market entry strategy to comprehensive marketing plans.

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General Policy

Time To Act: Policy Agenda 2019/2020

This publication outlines key issues of relevance to the transatlantic business community for 2019/2020, whether it be US infrastructure reform, trade and tariffs, the prospect of a future US-UK FTA, Brexit, digital taxation, US-UK immigration, education or diversity in the workforce.

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Washington State


A searchable database for the global aerospace supply chain.


Collateral Damage: How Global Disputes are Disrupting Trade in Washington State

Courtesy of our partners the WA Council on International Trade. The last two years have been tumultuous for trade. Friction between the U.S. and its trading partners has soared, from the contentious negotiations with Canada and Mexico on the USMCA to the ongoing disputes with China. The consequences of these tensions are far-reaching, including for the many workers, companies, and communities in Washington state that rely on robust global trade. Stories in this study will shine a light on what’s at stake from prolonged trade disputes both statewide and in specific communities.

Export Voucher Program

Boost your export sales with an Export Voucher of up to $5k. Offered through the WA State Dept. of Commerce through the U.S. Small Business STEP, vouchers can be used to offset expenses such as trade show fees, registration and airfare, website translation and international certifications.


Innovation Triangle

The Innovation Triangle is a place where innovation is the norm, creativity is the goal, and building the future is the destination.

International Trade and the Global Pandemic: Impacts of COVID-19 on Washington’s Trade Economy

Courtesy of our partners at the WA Council on International Trade. In their newest research, released May 2020, WCIT examines the economic slowdown on Washington state’s top trade partners and its implications for the state’s economy.

Seattle Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development (OED) works to maximize Seattle's potential as a thriving hub for businesses, jobs, robust neighborhoods and economic opportunity for everyone in our city. 

Seattle Premium Application Centre: UK Visa Applicants

The UK Premium Application Centre will process work, travel or study visas for the UK, as quickly as 24 hours. The Premium Application Centre is located at 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200, Seattle, Washington 98104.

The New USMCA: Implications for Washington State

Courtesy of our partners at the WA Council on International Trade. USMCA was agreed to by the U.S., Mexico, and Canada on October 1, 2018 and signed by representatives at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 30. The deal must now be ratified by legislative bodies in each country including the U.S. Congress. The schedule
for ratification in each country is uncertain at this time.

WA Council on International Trade: 2020 Trade Policy Agenda

The WA Council on Internation Trade's updated policy agenda covering the top eight issues facing trade-active Washingtonians shaping our state's economy. The 2020 Trade Policy Agenda summarizes the issues, shares specifics on WCIT's policy positions, and provides links to related research.

UK Government Office Seattle

The UK Government Office in Seattle works to promote Britain’s business, economic and political ties with Washington state, including the key industry sectors of aerospace and advanced manufacturing, information and communication technologies, life sciences, clean technology and the low carbon economy, financial and professional business services, and retail. 

U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Agreement: Opportunities and Challenges for Washington State

Negotiations between the United States and the United Kingdom on a free trade agreement offer great economic growth opportunities in Washington state. This report from BABC partner, WCIT, outlines the trade and investment relationship between both nations, and what a new deal may mean for trade-reliant Washingtonians. opportunity for the northwest regional economy.

Washington and the UK Trade and Investment Highlight

The US and UK have a strong trade relationship worth more than $200 billion a year and a total of $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies. The relationship plays a pivotal role in Washington's economy and supports thousands of jobs in the State.

Washington Council on International Trade Policy Agenda

On behalf of trade active Washingtonians – farmers, fishermen, ranchers, inventors, software and services suppliers, professionals, workers, and small and large business owners, BABC partner, the WA Council on International Trade, advocates for policies and investments to address international trade opportunities and concerns. Learn about their policy agenda for Washington state.

Washington State Digital Trade: Barriers and Opportunities

Courtesy of our partners at the WA Council on International Trade. The digital economy is reshaping how Washington State companies connect across borders, creating new ways for businesses of all sizes to reach new markets and customers through trade. Business and society often struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of economic and social change. This is especially true with international trade, as our institutions and accords must catch up with a new era in trade and business. Nowhere is this more important than how we modernize trade agreements in order to harness the opportunities digital trade presents.

Washington State Department of Commerce

The Washington State Department of Commerce works with local governments, businesses and civic leaders to strengthen communities across the state.


Washington State Digital Trade: Barriers and Opportunities

Washington state innovation jobs have increased by 64% over the past decade. The Washington Council on International Trade explains how to can foster digital trade through modernized agreements.

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Greater Portland Inc.

Greater Portland Inc. provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland.


Healthcare Technology HTIS Feasibility Study Executive Summary

A secondary landscape report of the healthcare technology ecosystem in Oregon. Executive Summary only.

Oregon and the UK Trade and Investment Highlights

The US and UK have a strong trade relationship worth more than $200 billion a year and a total of $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies. The relationship plays a pivotal role in Oregon's economy and supports thousands of jobs in the State.

Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency. 


Portland Business Alliance

The Portland Business Alliance promotes and fosters an environment in the Portland region that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region’s residents. 


Prosper Portland

Prosper Portland is the economic and urban development agency for the city of Portland. They focus on building an equitable economy by carrying out a comprehensive range of economic development programs that support small business, improve access to workforce training, and create jobs for Portland residents. 

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Idaho and the UK Trade and Investment Highlights

The US and UK have a strong trade relationship worth more than $200 billion a year and a total of $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies. The relationship plays a pivotal role in Idaho's economy and supports thousands of jobs in the State.

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United Kingdom

Across the Pond – British Trade and Investment Success Stories

The second edition of Across the Pond - British Trade and Investment Success Stories shines the spotlight on UK companies of all sectors and sizes who have 'crossed the pond' to the US and grown their business.

Coming to America: What You Need to Know to Get Your Financial House in Order

BABC member HSBC shares insight and advice on how you can prepare financially when you are landing in the U.S.

Department for International Trade North America Export Portal

The Department for International Trade has shared its North America Export Portal, an interactive online portal to connect UK companies looking to export with an advisor depending on the specifics of their business project.

Doing Business in the U.S.

This informative video from BABC member, HSBC, shares more on why establishing a presence in the US can be good for business. 

Duties and Customs Procedures for Exporting Goods

Find information about how to move goods from the UK to the rest of the world. Your business needs to be based in the UK to use this service.

Expanding Your Business into the United States: A Legal Guide

This guide serves as a starting point and a road map through the areas of law and decisions that most businesses will likely want to consider for their organization as they expand to the U.S.

Finding Your Way: The Trade and Investment Guide to the US 2018/19

Provides UK companies looking to either trade with, or invest in, the US with a comprehensive and straightforward guide to ensure the best knowledge possible. The publication offers expert advice from partner companies, answers to frequently asked questions, and includes links to useful resources to help companies on their transatlantic journey.

Geographical Pattern of UK Trade

The House of Commons Library's briefing paper illustrating the geographical patterns of trade for the UK between 1999 - 2018.


The best place to find UK government services and information. Simpler, clearer, faster.


London & Partners EU Exit Help Desk

Need help for your company during the EU exit? London & Partners is operating a help desk from the point the UK leaves the European Union, which will include weekend hours for as long as needed. Email or call +44 (0)20 3666 5680. 


London & Partners will also provide travel information through its social media channels and websites and


Access the online Talent Toolkit for advice about visas, immigration and skills.

Online Harms Whitepaper

Published on April 8, 2019, The Online Harms White Paper sets out the UK government’s plans for a world-leading package of measures to keep UK users safe online.

Trade and Investment Core Statistics Book

The Department for International Trade latest findings (published Oct. 2019) on the UK economy in October detailing its performance for the year ending Q2 2019.

United Kingdom - Market Overview

Discusses key economic indicators and trade statistics, which countries are dominant in the market, the U.S. market share, the political situation if relevant, the top reasons why U.S. companies should consider exporting to this country, and other issues that affect trade, e.g., terrorism, currency devaluations, trade agreements.

UK-US Free Trade Agreement 3-2020

The UK Government just-published its policy paper on the UK's approach to trade negotiations with the US. This summary includes the UK government’s approach to trade negotiations, negotiating objectives for a UK-US free trade agreement, response to the public consultation on a UK-US trade agreement, and the preliminary assessment of the long-term impacts of a bilateral trade agreement between the UK and the US. It also explains how input from the public consultation has informed the UK’s negotiating objectives.

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UK Investment Support Directory

The UK Investment Support Directory is a collection of companies that have skills and experience in helping overseas businesses establish or expand in the UK. The service allows you to search the directory to find the right specialist to meet your needs. For example, find businesses with experience in different UK regions, UK tax and employment law, visas and immigration, or fluency in other languages.

UK Department of International Trade

The UK Department of International Trade drives the government’s policy of increasing the number of exporters and inward investors to the UK.


US Government Guide for UK SMEs

This toolkit was developed to inform U.K. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) about protecting their intellectual property (IP) within the United States (U.S.) and the tools available to help them. As IP rights are territorial, there may be differences in how your IP rights are protected in the U.S. as compared to the U.K.

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United States

Across the Pond: American Trade & Investment Success Stories in the UK

The second edition of Across the Pond - British Trade and Investment Success Stories shines the spotlight on UK companies of all sectors and sizes who have 'crossed the pond' to the US and grown their business.

Apply for a UK visa in the USA

Details for applying for a UK visa in the USA.

Automotive Industry Resource Guide: A Reference for U.S. Exporters

The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration report highlighting forward looking trends and export information for the America's $154.08 billion automotive sector. This in-depth report provides detailed analysis on dozens of markets across the globe for automotive businesses interested in selling overseas and offers critical market intelligence. 

Doing Business in the UK: Resources for Small Business

American small and medium-sized businesses can take advantage of a range of U.S.government services to help you export to the United Kingdom. Exporting can help your business reach new customers, expand sales, and improve its competitiveness. This guide provides you an overview of exporting to the UK in eight steps. 

Finding Your Way: The Trade and Investment Guide to the UK 2019/20

Endorsed by both the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) and the U.S. Commercial Service, this guide offers expert advice on what to consider when expanding across the pond, as well as information on leading sectors and regions of growth throughout the country.

FinTech Guide for Firms Entering the US Market

This comprehensive guide to entering the US market for FinTech firms was developed in association with the UK Department for International Trade and HM Treasury. it features nearly 50 pages of expert advice, includes an overview of the US FinTech landscape, regional FinTech hubs, US FinTech regulation, Data Privacy, Investment Management and many other considerations necessary for any FinTech firm looking to go stateside.

How to Export

Each year, U.S. companies export well over 2 trillion dollars of goods and services. If you want your business to get in on the action, it’s important to figure out the best way to expand to new markets. The U.S. Commercial Service has developed this comprehensive video collection to help your small business become better equipped to enter the exciting exporting world.

Select USA: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Aerospace

The fact sheet from Select USA highlighting FDI into the U.S. aerospace sector. Figures as of November 2019.

Tariffs, Taxes & Rules to Trade with the UK

You can export your goods to the UK if you’re an overseas business. Find out the UK rules and taxes that apply to your goods.

Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters

Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters is designed to help U.S. companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, learn the basics of trade finance so that they can turn their export opportunities into actual sales and achieve the ultimate goal of getting paid—especially on time—for those sales. Concise, two-page chapters offer the basics of numerous financing techniques, from open accounts, to forfaiting, to government assisted foreign-buyer financing. The current edition of the Trade Finance Guide was published in November 2012.

UK IPO guide for US SMEs

This toolkit has been produced for United States small and medium-sized enterprises, to help protect their intellectual property, within the United Kingdom.

U.S. SME Exports: Trade-Related Barriers Affecting Exports of U.S. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to the United Kingdom

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) published its final report on U.S. SME Exports: Trade-Related Barriers Affecting Exports of U.S. SMEs to the United Kingdom, a detailed analysis that catalogs trade-related barriers that US SMEs perceive as disproportionately affecting their exports to the UK, compared to larger US exporters to the UK. The report follows a comprehensive investigation conducted with Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in 2018 and 2019, including a series of ‘listening sessions’ on both sides of the Atlantic. Published Sept. 2019.

U.S. Commercial Services

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.


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Travel, Culture & Expat Resources

Britevents Northwest

British American Business Connections is pleased to partner with Britevents Northwest and Meetup groups across the region. These groups are for Brits, family, friends, anglophiles, brit-curious and generally anyone who might occasionally get the urge to have a natter with some friendly sorts, maybe over a cuppa, who knows. 

British Benevolent Society

The British Benevolent Society of California provides aid and relief to British Citizens in need. Support comes from generous donations, legacies and fundraising by members, and the community. Download the BBS Brochure.

Dynamic Neighborhoods Await

Even if you know which city in the Pacific Northwest is destined to be your new home, you’ll still need to choose a place to live from the many dynamic neighborhoods available.

Exploring the Pacific Northwest

So you want to discover all there is to know about your new hometown, not to mention put together a world-class tour for when the first guests inevitably arrive. Here’s a handful of the many great things to see and do in the greater Seattle region. 

Fun and Local Pub Crawl in Bellevue

According to Wikipedia’s definition, a pub crawl is the act of one or more people drinking in multiple pubs or bars in a single night, normally travelling by foot. Thanks to our good friend David Slight for giving us ROUTE A - a fantastic pub crawl east of Seattle in Bellevue.

Getting A Driver License

Your driver license is likely to become your primary form of ID and unless you want to carry your passport around with you or get asked a lot of questions about your foreign license, it’s worth applying for one sooner rather than later.

Obtaining A Bank Account

To open an account with a domestic US bank, you will need to go to the bank in person with your passport as proof of identity.

Transferring Cash from Abroad

Some banks such as Santander or HSBC will offer preferential rates if you hold both a UK and US bank account with them.

You've landed in Washington - What to do, see and where to visit!

You've landed in Washington and whether it's for business, pleasure or a big move across the pond, consider all there is to do and see in the wonderous state of Washington and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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