The Network  Spring 2011 
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In this Issue


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State Visit

Trade Mission/UK

PM in Egypt

Ambassador's Speech

17th Int'l Business Forum

Golf Tournament

Immigration Update

E2 Visa Reform Campaign

Meet The Members

Spring Event Details

How can we help you?

BABCNE Social Networking


    Royal Wedding

royal couple

Friday, April 29, 2011



>>March 16


Environment & Energy Breakfast series:

Panel discussion focusing on Energy Management & Storage




>>April 13


Financial Breakfast series:

Asset Management with David Joy

Chief Market Strategist, Columbia





>>April 27


CEO series: with

Scott Griffith, CEO


Networking reception after program




>>May 4


Environment & Energy Breakfast series: Panel discussion focusing on Renewable

Gas & Innovative Technologies




>>May 11-13


BABC Conference San Francisco 




>> May  tbd


Collaborative event: EU Food Festival




>>June 28


Golf Tournament

Pine Hills Golf Club, Plymouth, MA




>>August tbd 


US/UK Polo Match




>>December 2:

25th Christmas lunch


Harvard Club of Boston




Other details and events may be added as the season progresses. We invite you to view the BABCNE website.


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Recent News


President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation from The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom from 24 May to 26 May 2011.   

Press Release


BABCNE President to join UK trade mission being led by Governor Patrick                                      

 rsotell and gov    

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced his upcoming trade mission to the UK following a meeting with Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald in Boston.


The Governor will lead a coalition of the state's leading business executives and senior state officials to develop further links between UK and Massachusetts industries including technology, life sciences and clean energy.



PM visits Egypt

David Cameron meet Egypt's leaders - after becoming the first world leader to visit the country since President Moubarak was forced out of office. more  



British Foreign and Security Policy in an age of austerity

Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald delivered a speech on Britain's foreign and defence policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government on 8 February 2011. full speech



 17th International Business Forum a sold out success

Our thanks to BABCNE members who sponsored this annual event, namely American Airlines, Furnished Quarters and the Kraematon Group. The event was generously hosted by Bingham McCutchen LLP in their officesmore


L-R   Dr Phil Budden, HM Consul-General, Richard Sotell, President of BABCNE, Matthew Cushing, Partner, Bingham McCutchen & host of the event




Ready for the challenge?......Save the date for the 19th Golf Tournament, June 28


 View the fun had last year!


The President of the BABCNE, Richard Sotell, invites you to join a distinguished group of NE executives to enjoy a day of golf, networking and fun.


The picturesque setting of The Pinehills golf club in Plymouth, MA  provides a perfect platform for business interaction, and an ideal occasion to combine work and play in an economic period when business relationships have become even more important. 

This four ball friendly competition will be topped off with dinner and prizes generously donated by our sponsors for a range of golfing achievements including longest putt, longest drive, and winner of the best ball.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or participating, please contact the BABCNE office asap. Foursome $1,250, individual $350. This includes: Lunch & Dinner, Golf Clinic, Green Fees, Cart, Valet Bag Service, Practice Facility and Welcome Bag.


Directions:  - just 45 miles south of Boston and 8 miles from Cape Cod, and is easily reached by car from major transportation routes.



London 2012 Olympics - tickets on sale March 15-April 26

As the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games approach, the eyes of the world are turning to the UK. The Games offer a unique chance to invite people everywhere to take a fresh look at modern Britain. A Britain that we think is open, connected, dynamic and creative. 

Ticket information



2011 BABC Conference 

The BABC Chapter in Northern California is proud to host the BABC Transatlantic Conference in San Francisco from May 11-13, 2011. The conference theme for 2011 is the Impact of Innovation.   

For a list of Guest Speakers, Click Here



Immigration Update

By Steve Clark, Flynn & Clark, P.C. (Cambridge MA) interviewing Nicolas Rollason, Kingsley Napley (London)


Work Visas for the UK and US: What You Need to Know About When and How to Obtain an Employment Visa

This column features an interview with my colleague from the UK, Nicolas Rollason, of Kinglsey Napley LLP in London who, along with me is a member of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers.


Part I of this article will discuss when and how a business visa may be used for travel to the UK and the US, and Part II will discuss employment visas used when a visitor's visa will not suffice. We hope this will be of interest to our members sending non-UK personnel to the UK as well as receiving UK personnel in the U.S. 

What business activities can be performed on a business visitor visa, and when is an employment visa required?  more


E2 Visa reform campaign

We have been approached by a group who is trying to bring legislative reform to the E2 Treaty Investor Visa, so that it will be possible to apply for a Green Card, after reaching certain criteria. They are trying to reach as many E2 Visa Holders as possible, all over the US, to show Congress how much the E2 community does for their country and how making our futures more secure would only be a good thing - more investment and more job creation. They are inviting those who have a E2 Visa, to please contact them at:

For more information please contact Zoe Adams tel: 863 709 9555 or


Meet the Members 


Furnished Quarters provides fully furnished and serviced studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments in Boston, Cambridge, New York City and nationwide. Companies utilize the apartments as a more comfortable and affordable alternative to a hotel.

Contact: Annette Clement, General  Manager  tel: 617 236 4908


Greenberg Traurig provides integrated, business-focused legal services for clients worldwide. An international law firm with 1,800 attorneys and governmental affairs professionals in more than 30 commercial and government centers, GT offers local knowledge and experience, supported by global resources and reach.

Contact: Barbara Jones, Shareholder  tel:  617 310 6000




Spring event details

Pre-registration is a must for all BABCNE events at:



March 16 - 4th event in the BABCNE Environment & Energy Committee Breakfast Series

The series aims to be a forum for thoughtful and engaging discussions on the state of the renewable in the US and UK, throughout the BABCNE year.


The forum will focus on "Batteries are Included - Energy Storage Issues in the US & UK". Effective and Efficient Energy Storage has the potential to radically alter the Energy Industry. With an impact spanning Electric Vehicles to Wind Energy and other renewables, there  is a global race underway to discover and unlock new technologies in Energy Storage. The US and UK are key players on this global stage. 


Join our group of experts on March 16th as we discuss some of the key developments in this critically important area: Christopher M. Campbell, VP, Marketing & Business Development, A123 Systems and Dr. David Hodgson, UKTI R&D Specialist, Director, Vallontia. Moderator Stan Blazewicz, Vice President, Global Head of Technology, National Grid


Location: The British Consulate-General. This event is complimentary, but pre-registration is required by March 11.



April 13 - BABCNE Financial Breakfast series

Please join us for an overview of Asset Management Strategies. David Joy, Chief Market Strategist at Columbia Management will be our speaker at another of our lively breakfast discussions and provides a look at current economic trends and the relationship to asset management planning.


"Asset Management - considering the long term view .......evaluating events & trends for investment solutions".


A look at the recent Q1 results and Columbia Management's take on where the markets are heading in 2011. Going forward, how should an investor take advantage of these markets and anticipate their best options? What are the investment opportunities out there for this year and beyond?


Mr. Joy explains how Columbia Management focuses on a disciplined investment process and reminds investors not to be distracted by passing fads. Columbia Management was founded over 100 years ago and is one of the nation's largest dedicated asset managers.


Location: The British Consulate-General. This event is complimentary, but pre-registration, is requested by April 9.



 April 27 - BABCNE CEO series

"Road Trip -- How Zipcar has turned a niche idea into a global industry" with Scott Griffith, CEO, Zipcar. Car sharing is a mainstream amenity in more than 50 cities. A networking reception will follow the program.


Event sponsor:



Early registrations are advised. The previous CEO forums sold out very quickly.


Location: Offices of Bingham McCutchen LLP, One Federal Street, Boston, This event is complimentary but pre-registration is a must by April 22.  



May 4 - 5th event in the Environment & Energy Committee Breakfast Series

This is the 5th event in the Environment & Energy Committee Breakfast Series which aims to be a forum for thoughtful and engaging disucssions on the state of the renewable in the US and UK.


This panel discussion will focus on "Renewable gas & other innovative technologies". 


Location: The British Consulate-General. This event is complimentary, but pre-registration is requested by April 26.



June 28 - 19th Annual BABCNE Golf Tournament

Our annual executive outing at Pinehills Golf Club, Plymouth, MA


12:30-1:00p.m. - registration and lunch

1:00p.m. - call to carts for shotgun start

6:00p.m. - reception and buffet dinner with awards


 Pre-registration is a must before June 15. This event sells out early so early reservations are recommended.


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BABCNE, Lewis Wharf, Suite 523, Boston, MA 02110 


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BABCNE Social Networking 

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