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President's Letter

Michael J. Pedrick

Michael J. Pedrick
British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

I am honored to officially communicate with you for the first time as President of the BABCPHL. While I have served in various Executive Committee roles and on the Board of Directors for more than a decade, I am pleased to assume this new leadership position.

BABCPHL closed the books on an excellent fiscal year at the end of June. Our second quarter century of operations and success in the region is well underway. But the key to that continuing success is making sure the BABCPHL is providing value to you, its members. We want to hear from you! Please tell us how we can best serve you and the interests of your company. Is there a pressing issue or topic related to UK-business you would like us to present? Are you a member and would like an opportunity to participate more fully? Are you are not currently a member and might like to join but don't know the next steps? Contact us with questions or comments:

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Fall 2017

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Club Level Feature

EY collaborates with Microsoft on a new analytics solution to help organizations enhance workforce productivity and well-being

London, 12 July 2017

EY collaborates with Microsoft on a new analytics solution to help organizations enhance workforce productivity and well-being

EY announced this summer that it is collaborating with Microsoft to provide a new analytics solution called Workplace Insights, which can help organizations enhance their productivity and the well-being of their work forces by uncovering data patterns in digital communication and employee collaboration in today's complex, digitally-driven business environment.

Workplace Insights combines the Microsoft Workplace Analytics platform with EY services consulting and data analytics experience to help organizations reach informed business decisions that can improve performance. The platform analyzes an organization's existing communication and collaboration patterns — such as email and calendar metadata — and incorporates data from other enterprise systems to show how teams spend their time, collaborate and engage, both internally and externally, such as with suppliers or clients. EY interprets the outputs to help develop actionable insights and recommendations that organizations can use to support the execution of their strategic and operational priorities. The capability can be applied across business scenarios that include organizational transformation, mergers and acquisitions and real estate planning. Workplace Insights helps organizations use data to make informed decisions in these example areas:

Organizational transformations: Helps targeted and efficient change management and transformation efforts by measuring and monitoring the real-time effectiveness of change programs and engagement.

Mergers and acquisitions: Supports integration, benefits realization and retention of critical talent by identifying degree of group collaboration and communication patterns across formerly disparate teams or organizations. This analysis can be used as forward-looking indicators of success or flag potential risks.

Organization design: Helps to provide organizations with a quantitative look at collaboration and communication habits, new activity patterns and make more informed decisions around changes in roles and responsibilities based on these new data sets.

Workspace and real estate planning: Allows planners to improve productivity and enhance employee engagement and collaboration by understanding where, when and how groups work. Work location and commute time information can be loaded into the platform, which supports EY in providing insights around capacity, design transformations and broader real estate planning activities.

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Cybersecurity — Protecting the Crown Jewels of Your Business »

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, 200 South Broad Street, 7th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Brexit & the New Geopolitical Order —  Moving Forward, Charting the Economic Relationship Between the EU and the UK »

Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Hercules Plaza, 1313 Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

A Royal Evening — UK Business, Culture, History & Networking »

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market Street, 52nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

2017 Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon »

Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia, PA 19102



July 26, 2017 | Summer International Business Networking Reception »

June 12, 2017 | Board Member Appreciation & Membership Development Dinner »

May 17, 2017 | International Soccer Night »

May 15, 2017 | Department for International Trade Briefing »

May 10, 2017 | The 2017 BABC Transatlantic Conference »

April 27, 2017 | Uber & Out — What Happens After Start Up? »



BABCPHL Transatlantic Network

By Caroline Willems, BABCPHL Coordinator
Fox School of Business, Temple University

Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital – the world's best talents and greatest ideas.
- Jack Welsh

Have you ever heard the saying, “it takes a village?” Well it most certainly does. The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) is an exceptional platform to facilitate opportunities within and beyond Philadelphia. BABCPHL provides strategic connections to understand, de-risk, and execute business relationships on both sides of the Atlantic. While the world is smaller than ever due to technology and other advancements used to more easily communicate, a myriad of entities are required to smoothly run a business or an organization, and the BABCPHL is no exception. Did you know the BABCPHL is one of many British-American Business Council (BABC) Chapters throughout North America and the UK, governed by a cross-chapter board with a Secretariat provided by the Council's London chapter, BritishAmerican Business (BAB)? While the BABCPHL maintains its own Board of Directors and members based within its geography — Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the State of Delaware — the organization works closely with the overall BABC network. BABCPHL also collaborates with the Department for International Trade (DIT), the economic development arm of the UK government. We work closely with all of these groups to ensure seamless delivery of our mission.

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The BABCPHL of Greater Philadelphia is pleased to formally announce and welcome our newest members.

Corporate Members:

Bender Electronics
Steve Mason
420 Eagleview Boulevard
Exton, PA 19341
P: 484-885-9553

Black Cipher Security
Larry Hershman
2 Coleman Avenue
Suite 202
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
O: 877-651-1835 ext 701
M: 609-841-2031

cApStAn LQC Inc.
Musab Hayatli
121 South Broad Street
Suite 1710
Philadelphia, PA 19107
P: 267-469-2611

Dryden Group
Anne Cutler
1425 Arch Street
3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
P: 215-444-6282

Friends of the British Council USA Inc.
Erin Sullivan
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
P: 917-847-7264

Shout Digital
Adam Jones
One Liberty Place
1650 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 267-207-2765

Educational, Arts, & Charitable Institutions:

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Geoffrey Cohen
One South Broad Street
14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
P: 215-875-7695

Tiny Dynamite
Emma Gibson
7 Scarlet Oak Drive
Haverford, PA 19014
P: 610-322-1985

Individual Members:

Vaishali Gadhok
Richard Hurst
Jeremy Midwinter
Rory Morrison-Smith

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Her Majesty, the Queen's Guards vs. the US Secret Service

Today, more than ever before businesses and people need to be on extra high alert. Cybersecurity and protective services to safeguard your company and yourself are on the rise. The e-newsletter instalment of “Mind the Gap” shares trivial information about the differences between the UK and the US. This article explores the protective measures and services employed by the UK and US to ensure the safety of Her Majesty the Queen and the President of the USA, respectively.

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