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April 2015

To advertise here, contact Jo Healey.  Members $250 per issue; Non-members $500 per issue.
In This Issue
Join the BABC Today! 
After no change in membership pricing since 2008, there will be an increase in dues on May 1st to help add resources to the office and better serve our growing community.  If you have been thinking about joining the  BABC, now is the time!
New Corporate Level

Members upgrading to
Corporate Level

New Business Level

New Individual & Young Professional Members
Ian Dunnington
Steve White

Audrey Sibiski
Our Thanks to These Renewing Members
2020 Productions
Adams Street Partners
Bank of the West
Blue Castle Developments, LLC
Burr Pilger Mayer
Carr McClellan
Commune Hotels & Resorts
Crown Worldwide Moving & Storage
E & M Mayock
First National Bank of Northern California
Hogan Lovells
MacKenzie Communications
Meyer Law Group
Montgomery Pacific Law Group
Packet Clearing House
Private Wealth Partners
Robert Walters California
Sos Rehydrate
Space Time Insight
Spott Lucey & Wall, Inc.
Suddath Relocation
Tokyo Express Co. Inc.
Silicon Valley Bank
Squire Patton Boggs
Woodside Capital Partners

Forrest Booth
Malcolm Booth
Mary Brumm
Ian Burditt
Richard Collier
Dennis Conaghan
Geoffrey Doyle
James Ferguson-McPherson
Kevin Hydes
Christian Kimball
Matthew Lambrinos
Cheryl Lincoln-Nelson
Louise Davidson
Mostyn Lloyd
Elizabeth Monnet
Ian Paget
Mark Pederson
Chris Richardson
Tony Sumpter
Karla Sward
Chris Tholstrup
Laura Wais
Brian Ward

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British Airways:
$300 discount on Business Class 
$150 discount on World Traveller Plus 
$75 discount on World Traveller
(Offer good thru' December 31, 2015)
Crown Worldwide: 
A US$100.00 Visa Card! 
Let us help you get settled into your new home. (Offer good on all moves booked on or before December 31, 2015 and valid only for shipments of 3,500 lbs or more)

Dunkirk Spirit Gin:
Save $8.00 on a bottle of Dunkirk Spirit Premium Gin. $31.99 per bottle instead of $39.99!.
Deeper discounts are available for the purchase of cases of Gin.

Free Foreign Currency Transfers and a preferred rate of exchange. 

The InterContinental San Francisco  and the InterContinental Mark Hopkins: A 10% discount on best flex room rates and a 10% discount on Food and Beverages in Luce Restaurant and Bar 888 at the InterContinental San Francisco. 
The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco: A 10% discount on room rates.

Liza Evans Interior Design:
Offering a FREE, no obligation initial consultation to fully understand your interior design needs and a discount on hourly design fees.
 Suite America: A $250 discount on your first 30 day stay with Suite America.

Commune Hotels & Resorts and Joie de Vivre. BABC Members receive a 15% discount off Best Advertised Rates the following Commune Hotels in downtown San Francisco. 

If your business would like to take advantage of the marketing opportunity offered by 'Hot Deals', please don't hestitate to get in touch with Jo Healey in the BABC Office,  

Use Code  BABC15

Friday, June 5th, 2015
Presidio Golf Course, San Francisco
Sponsorship Opportunities Available! 

Click here to download more information 

$2500 - Eagle Sponsor
(Foursome included)

$1000 - Birdie Sponsor
(2 Player Tickets included)

$  500 - Hole Sponsor

$  250 - Tee Sponsor

To advertise here, contact Jo Healey
$100 Members; $200 Non-Members


Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner


Dear Friend of the BABC,


I hope that the first quarter of the year is off to a flying start for all of you.  It has certainly been that way for the BABC Office with many events and other items to report on.


First of all, huge thanks to all of you who supported the BABC and its Member sponsors by attending our most recent events - You turned out in force for our Flagship Venture Capital Event on February 25th and on March 18th for the "Global Words of Wisdom on... International Expansion".  Special thanks to these event Sponsors:  British Airways, CCW Business Solutions, Osborne Clarke, HSBC, Carr McClellan, Dunkirk Spirit Gin, Hogan Lovells, Fitzgerald & Law, DTZ, Suddath Relocation, Michael Page and Aer Lingus.   We were also pleased to once again join our European Community in co-hosting the European Networking evening thanks to BABC Corporate Member Timothy Oulton. 


Our thanks also to Ms.Priya Guha, H.M. Consul General, for graciously hosting our Top Tier Members for a private reception on March 12th at the Residence.  At the reception, we were very pleased to present a check for $20,000 to Raphael House - thanks to your generous participation in our 2014 Christmas Lunch. 


Over the next couple of months, we continue to have a very full calendar of events and opportunities to connect with other members, all of which are highlighted in our Events Calendar.  I'd like to thank all who have been actively involved in creating these events and indeed a huge thanks to the event sponsors


Please also plan to attend the "BABC Transatlantic Conference - The Innovation Imperative" - May 13-14, 2015 in New York City - it is shaping up to be an incredible event carefully designed to deliver maximum value, high-level business networking opportunities and top notch panel discussions. Click here to register.  


Finally, a very warm welcome to all of our new members, highlighted here on the left and below!  It is wonderful to see so many great companies and individuals joining the BABC's growing community.  Please take a moment to visit their websites and learn more about our newest members.  They may be able to help you!  


Nick Unkovic
President of BABC Northern California


Did you know that if you've been registered in the UK in the last fifteen years, you could register as an overseas voter to take part in the UK general election on Thursday 7 May?
The deadline to register to vote as an overseas elector at the 2015 UK general election is fast approaching, with just days now left before the deadline to register on Monday 20 April. Click here to REGISTER TO VOTE!

Our thanks to H.M. Consul General Ms. Priya Guha for hosting the BABC Patron, Premier and Corporate Members' Private Reception on March 12th and the opportunity to present our $20,000 donation check to @raphaelhouse_SF. 
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The British American Business Council Northern California is pleased to announce the formation of the BABC Sporting Ambassadors Program. The Program is designed to honor and recognize world class performance and links the sporting disciplines of teamwork, respect, community spirit and the pursuit of excellence with our business community. We are proud to announce Professional Triathlete Laura Siddall as our first BABC Sporting Ambassador. [Read more...]  

Thanks to new Business Member,, we are pleased to announce the new BABC Wine Circle!  Each month, the BABC Wine Circle will feature a new premium wine offered to our members with a very generous discount of 15% and, in addition, for every bottle sold, we will donate $1 to a fund that will be shared among the charities that we support which again, in 2015, will be Raphael House, Play Rugby USA and the British Benevolent Society.  Our thanks to and Simon Elliot, BABC Board Director and Director Business Development, Aramark | LifeWorks Restaurant Group for developing this unique program which gives back to our members and to our community partners.  

This month, the BABC Wine Circle presents "Fidelity", a Bordeaux-styled red from Crazy Creek Vineyard in the Alexander Valley. Full-bodied and smooth, Fidelity shows strawberry and black cherry flavors and a soft, supple finish. The French oak adds extra dimension to this very pleasing wine.

Headover to the website today, sign up for your BABC Wine Circle Account and start saving and giving back today!  Members Discount Code is winecircle15


Aston Martin Walnut Creek will be conveniently located and easy to find in Walnut Creek. We will display a handpicked selection of New & Assured Pre-owned Aston Martin cars at our showroom. We have a dedicated Aston Martin workshop manned by Factory trained technicians to restore your Aston Martin to factory approved standards. Our Parts Department will stock genuine Aston Martin parts and items from the Aston Martin Collection. Aston Martin Walnut Creek are knowledgeable and passionate Aston Martin enthusiasts offering professional and personal service, commensurate with the marque we represent. 

NESPRESSO STORY for B2B - The Art of Coffee 


The guarantee of a perfect cup of coffee at any time. A simple yet revolutionary idea that Nespresso has always upheld, combining a selection of exceptional Grand Cru coffees, a range of advanced, innovatively designed machines and exclusive customized services.

The highest possible standards in terms of quality, expertise, performance, reliability and simplicity are what best defines Nespresso.

That's why Nespresso has developed a system that meets the specific needs of your business. 

Timothy Oulton is a premium British furniture and lifestyle brand named after its founder and creative director. Profoundly influenced by his love of antiques, Tim Oulton has created an authentic, energetic brand dedicated to traditional handcraftsmanship, rooted in British heritage and driven by innovation. Classic designs are reinvented with a daring, modern twist for a niche, storied collection inspired by the past but relevant for today. Timothy Oulton has over 30 retail galleries worldwide including New York, Hong Kong and in Harrods, London. The brand's portfolio includes furniture, lighting, home accessories, premium bedding, bags, kitchens and vintage one-off pieces.

All Timothy Oulton furniture is handcrafted using the best tested techniques and fabrications and reverberates with a delicate balance of tradition and innovation. Every piece is meticulously crafted with fine artistry and skilled craftsmanship, with the use of exquisite materials. Paying the utmost attention to detail, Timothy Oulton craftsmen ensure this by painstakingly hand-finishing every piece. 

Sweet & Baker is a full service San Francisco based insurance agency offering the sale and service of individual and commercial insurance products and group health benefits throughout the greater Bay Area. We were established in 1951 by Donald Sweet and Bruce Baker, both native San Franciscans.

Since 1951, we have grown to become one of the largest independent agencies in the Bay Area. Our growth has been based on our dedication to resourceful problem solving, quality insurance products, and superior client service.

When it comes to industry leadership and quality performance, Suddath consistently rises to the top of a short list of premier service providers.

Selecting Suddath affords you the ability to choose from one or multiple services such as residential moving and storage, office moving and workplace solutions, trade show and event management, specialized transportation, logistics, warehousing and global mobility. Our unique ability to provide all of these services as one organization creates inherent value as we leverage our experience, size and strength to focus on innovation and continual investment in the customer experience.

With locations across the country and international partners around the globe, Suddath has the resources and ability to provide moving, storage and logistics, any mode, anytime and anywhere. Explore our services and discover how we can serve you. 


Meyer Law Group serves both corporations and foreign national employees in a full range of advisory and employment-based immigration matters. Our team of professionals has accumulated numerous years of experience working with clients in the private and non-profit sectors, academic and research institutions, as well as large and mid-sized multinational corporations. Led by Brandon Meyer, our firm thoroughly understands your need to compete successfully in the market, as well as the regulatory obstacles one might face with the USCIS and other entities operating within the U.S. Department of State.

The corporate clients we serve on a daily basis represent a full range of industries as shown below. With each client, we maintain a constant awareness of how current political and economic changes may impact the industry and your immigration compliance needs.


We specialize in the laws related to the production, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages. We can address your needs in licensing and qualification, business and marketing practices, and represent you before federal and state agencies that regulate alcoholic beverages. We also act as special counsel in transactions involving licensees as well as in civil, administrative, and criminal proceedings that may affect alcoholic beverage license privileges.

We are well-versed in the statutes, rules and policies that apply to alcoholic beverage business operations in all fifty states. We keep our clients up to date with significant legal developments affecting the alcoholic beverage industry. We work with legislators and industry members to improve state and federal alcoholic beverage law - See more at:



Our thanks to all the volunteers from @LoopUp, @SVIP, @2020Productions, @NISGlobal & @Aramark for your amazing work! If you would like to volunteer to help the BABC Raphael House Task Force, please contact Simon Elliot at



Patron Member Fairmont San Francisco Donates Tableware to Raphael House


Will Leighton and Raphael House Chef Marica Gomez show off the tableware generously donated by Fairmont San Francisco


The BABC Raphael House Task Force 2015 would like to say a very big thank you to the Fairmont Hotel and Executive Chef, Andrew Court for arranging a generous donation of 80 piece tableware to our friends at Raphael House, San Francisco.


William Leighton, Development Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator of Raphael House, Stephanie Favaloro-Elliot and Andrew Dryhurst of the BABC were delighted to meet Andrew Court at the Fairmont and bring the donations over to Raphael House.


Another great example of The BABC Raphael House Task Force 2015 partnering together with Fairmont San Francisco for a worthy cause in our community.



BABC Patron Member CyraCom, an international language interpreting company, is donating interpretation services to the Raphael House of San Francisco through the British American Business Council (BABC) Raphael House Task Force. Raphael House is a 100% privately funded and community-supported organization that helps at-risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence.
Member Relations Associate - Full Time
British American Business Council

Candidates interested in applying should follow this link for more information and apply through Michael Page who are managing the screening process.  Only candidates considered a good match will be contacted.

Our thanks to Michael Page for assisting us.

March 2015 Investment News

American British Trade & Investment 2015
(The Guide to Investing in the USA) 

British American Trade & Investment 2015
(The Guide to Investing in the UK)


How will TTIP actually help my business?

Local, Specific,Tangible:How a EU-US Trade and Investment Agreement can help business people and their companies in the UK

To learn more about TTIP, click here: