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BABC Annual Conference



» April 28
BABCNE Environment &
Energy Committee presents
"Smart Grid—How it effects your business"

» April 29-May 1
BABC Conference
Washington DC
This is a great opportunity to expand your networking base across the US and UK. The conference also provides a rich program of influential speakers both from the government and private sectors. This year’s focus is on Clean Technology.

Some of the speakers include:

  • Sir Nigel Sheinwald, HM Ambassador to the US,
  • Richard LeBaron, Chargé D'Affaires, US Embassy, London
  • Sir Michael Rake, Chairman, BT plc,
  • Denise Bode, CEO, American Wind Energy Association
  • David Manning, Executive Vice President & Chief Environmental Officer, National Grid

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» May 7
Financial Breakfast Series presents
"Global Credit:
Extraordinary Window of Opportunity"



Save the Dates

» May 20
EU Food Festival
In collaboration with the French, German and Swedish Chambers of Commerce

» June 9
16th Golf Tournament
In collaboration with New England Canada Business Council. Please let us know if you are interested in playing

» July 8-13
Cruise to view the Tall Ships which are taking part in the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009.
We invite members who may be interested in attending this cruise, to contact us asap, so we can decide if these is enough interest to proceed with the planning.

» July 23
Financial Series
Breakfast forum at the British Consulate-General with Bill Knapp, Chief Investment Officer, New York Life

» September 5
US/UK Polo match
BABCNE Members are invited to view the match from the Members’ Enclosure. Newport Polo Club, RI, for directions please visit

» September 22
CEO Series
Evening forum at the British Consulate-General to meet Steve Holliday, Chief Executive, National Grid

» November 10
Boston Cleantech Venture Day
EU Chambers of Commerce in NE are organizing the 2nd Venture Day to assist European Cleantech companies to explore and take advantage of opportunities in the US. European firms have much to offer their American counterparts in many key Cleantech areas and NE is a focal point for much of this activity.

» December 1
CEO Series
In collaboration with New England Canada Business Council. Evening forum to meet Tony Zook, President, MedImmune, CEO, North America, AstraZeneca

» December 4
23rd Annual Christmas Extravaganza,
Lunch at the Harvard Club of Boston. Marketing/sponsorship opportunities available


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From the desk of the Executive Director

Spring is finally upon us and the President, Dr Peter Hirst and the Board of the BABCNE would like to take a minute to thank all our members for their support and commitment to the Council. We are particularly grateful to our sponsor companies, National Grid, Lloyds and the Kraematon Group, to our Chairman, Professor John Quelch, Senior Associate Dean, Harvard Business School and to Dr Phil Budden, HM Consul General and his team for their ongoing support.

With the new season, we would like to announce a number of initiatives, namely:

  • The formation of the Environment & Energy Committee, under the Chairmanship of Sandy Taft, Director, US Climate Change Policy, National Grid
  • The introduction of this e-newsletter
  • The formation of the BABCNE LinkIn and Facebook groups

Last October we launched the CEO and Financial Services series to enable members to meet leaders of industry and keep up to date with the latest financial developments. I would also like to draw your attention to our member companies listed on: Their full details can be viewed on the BABC on-line Membership Directory, accessible through the password allocated to members on joining.

This first edition of the e-newsletter will concentrate on Clean Technology which is a growing source of business between the US and UK and a focus of the British Government. This month’s breakfast at the British Consulate will focus address “Smart Grid – what it means to you and your business”. A modernized electricity network is being promoted by a number of governments, including the US and UK, as a way of addressing energy independence and global warming issues. This program will be followed by a Financial Briefing on May 7 by Alliance Bernstein which will address the positive side of our business environment “Global Credit: Extraordinary Window of Opportunity”.

Our thanks to Tim Foley of Tim Foley Studios, for the design of this newsletter and for taking on the Editorial role.

We look forward to welcoming you!


Focus Articles

President Obama’s Role in Smart Grid
The energy sector could spark the rejuvenation of America. It's all about the production of alternative energy and green jobs and it is being spearheaded by the President of the United States.

National Grid Receives National Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in Energy Efficiency
For the 10th consecutive year, National Grid has received national recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for leadership in mitigating the effects of climate change by promoting energy efficiency.
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US/UK Efforts to Stimulate Low Carbon
We invite you to view the BABC, Washington Chapter's, telecom presentation to BABC network, on March 17th. This presentation focused on Global action and business opportunities for US and UK companies in this emerging field.
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The Energy and Environment Priorities of the Obama Administration
On March 29, The Washington Chapter presented an in-depth look at what is happening “on the hill” and what it means to business.
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Recent News

Earth Day Is Not Doomsday
What would Earth Day be without handwringing over the seemingly dire state of the planet? Concern over climate change seems to have reached a fever pitch. And the American economy has been fingered as the culprit.
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British Consulate-General Boston partners with Harvard students and professors to share advice for the G-20 summit
The British Consulate-General in Boston has collaborated with Harvard students and professors to advise world leaders in advance of the G-20 summit 
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Boston conference on 'Cities in Transition': reception at the British Consulate
Boston was once again at the centre of international discussions about resolving conflict and making peace, but focused on the cities at the heart of the issues.
...Interestingly, the two Northern Ireland cities - blighted for so long by that conflict, but now with their communities united in common purpose - are now beacons for these other 'cities in transition'.
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Immigration Update

Long time immigration law attorney and BABCNE member, Steve Clark, debuts this new  column, the Flynn & Clark Immigration Update, offering information and tips on immigration issues of interest to our members. This issue’s Q&A focuses on the BABC Exchange Visitor Program – J1Visa.

This column will be a regular feature and you are welcome to send in your questions to the editor. We regret, however, that we cannot deal with individual cases, but will strive to update you on issues of concern to BABCNE companies involved in international trade.


Meet the Members

K and L Gates Logo The comprises 1,900 lawyers who practice in 32 offices located on three continents. It represents capital markets participants and leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions and philanthropic organizations.

K&L Gates launched its Climate Change Task Force in 2006 to bring clients the multidisciplinary approach necessary to understand and address the complex challenges and emerging opportunities presented by global climate change and sustainable development.
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Contact: Harry Grill, Partner, 617-555-1111,


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Mabbett LogoThe Mabbett Group provides integrated environmental health and safety consulting and engineering design services to industry, commercial enterprise, and public agencies.

The combined resources of Mabbett & Associates, Inc. in Bedford (Boston), Massachusetts, USA, and Mabbett & Associates Ltd, headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, form The Mabbett Group, supporting clients' needs around the globe. M&A delivers practical solutions to complex environmental, health and safety issues, which helps clients to be more sustainable, profitable and competitive.

This award winning firm, recently signed a multi-year contract with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to provide technical support services for Health & Safety program implementation.
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Contact: Arthur Mabbett, President
, 617-555-1111,


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National Grid LogoThe core of the business is the transmission and distribution of electricity and natural gas to customers in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

National Grid USA's five utility subsidiaries deliver electricity to 3.4 million customers in a 29,000-sq.-mi. service area listed above. The company also provides telecommunications infrastructure services through its National Grid Wireless subsidiary. National Grid USA is a subsidiary of UK-based electricity and gas transmission company National Grid (formerly National Grid Transco).  

The company has filed a proposal to build and operate a smart grid pilot project in Worcester, Mass. The pilot, which will involve approximately 15,000 customers, is believed to be the largest and most comprehensive in New England.
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Contact: Marcy Reed, Senior Vice President, External Affairs ,
, 508 389 3940 ,


How can we help you?

Making the most of your membership
Members join the BABCNE for a variety of reasons. The primary reason, in most cases, is for business development. Before attending an event, we suggest that members:.

  • Become familiar with the companies in the Chamber membership
  • Set realistic targets (companies)
  • Plan a marketing/sales strategy
  • Become familiar with the services of the BABCNE & its affiliate BABC network

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BABCNE Membership benefits
We offer a variety of services for member companies to build and manage their business. Suggestions for additional benefits are always welcome
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Trade Services
Some of the trade related services provided to help members enhance their competitiveness in the global marketplace, include:

  • Helping to "open doors" through our extensive network of business and community contacts in this area and in the BABC network in the US and UK
  • Introduce you to your target contacts at events
  • Referring your company whenever an opportunity presents itself to both members and non-members

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Members are invited to submit articles for this monthly newsletter. The next issue will focus on financial matters.

Questions or suggestions, contact Tim Foley, editor, at