BCC – Virtual Events

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Global Trade Month 2020 – September is USA Month

Join us in September for a month long programme featuring one of our closest trading nations – USA. We are proud to deliver this month in association with our newest Global Business Network member, British American Business, a leading transatlantic trade organisation.

Part 1 – Global Leader Insights: a strategic overview

  • Thursday 10 September
  • 13:30 – 14:30 (UK Time)
  • Open to all (Chamber Members and non-members)
  • Register here

Join Dr Adam Marshall as he virtually ‘sits down’ with US Ambassador to the UK Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson IV for a strategic overview of the UK – US trading relationship.

On the agenda:

  • US/UK bilateral trade and investment;
  • priorities for future trade relations;
  • the current challenges including EU transition and the global economic crisis; and
  • how to help industry to recover and grow beyond Coronavirus.

Ambassador Johnson will share his experiences and insights into the general business developments between the two countries as we work to Restart, Rebuild and Renew.

Part 2 – Global Panel Insights: The impact of world events on key industry sectors and emerging opportunities in a new technology-driven world

  • Tuesday 15 September
  • 16:00 – 17:00 (UK Time)
  • Open to all (Chamber Members and non-members)
  • Register here

This joint event organised with British American Business (BAB) and delivered with the support of BlueStone will look at the future industry sector opportunities in our technology-driven world.

Delegates will gain a thorough understanding of the bilateral trade and business opportunities that exist between the UK and the USA.

Panel speakers include:

  • Duncan Edwards, CEO, BritishAmerican Business
  • Antony Phillipson, British Consul General in New York and HM Trade Commissioner for North America
  • Mark Rapson, Director at BlueStone Services
  • Robin Toth, Director of Economic Development for the Aerospace Sector, Department of Commerce
  • Lee Robson, Executive Director, Local Market Access and Policy, Merck
  • Zia Yusuf, Managing Director and Senior Partner – Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice, Boston Consulting Group

Read more about our panel speakers

Duncan Edwards, CEO, BritishAmerican Business

Duncan Edwards is the Chief Executive of BritishAmerican Business, the leading transatlantic trade organization of some 450 companies, which has an ongoing mission to support policies which protect and enhance the environment for trade and investment in, and between, the USA and the UK. He is a regular contributor to policy debates and is a frequent media commentator on US UK relations.

Prior to this, Duncan Edwards spent over 30 years as a media executive in London and New York of which 27 years were spent at the Hearst Corporation. His most recent role at Hearst was president and CEO of the international magazine and digital media company, a business with activities in more than 60 countries which he led to record levels through acquisition and organic growth.

A British citizen, he currently lives in New York and Connecticut where he can often be found on long runs in the hills.


Antony Phillipson, British Consul General in New York and HM Trade Commissioner for North America

Antony Phillipson was announced as Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for North America in February 2018. He became Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York in November 2017. Antony joined the Civil Service in 1993. He has held a number of posts in Her Majesty’s Government.

Previous roles include:

  • Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
  • Counsellor at the Embassy in Washington
  • Prime Minister’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs
  • Head of the FCO Iran Coordination Group
  • High Commissioner to Singapore
  • Director (EU External), European and Global Issues Secretariat, Cabinet Office
  • Director of Trade and Partnerships in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU)

Antony has a degree in modern history from the University of Oxford.


Mark RapsonDirector at BlueStone Services

Mark Rapson is a Director at BlueStone Services and its parent company KatzAbosch. He has nearly 20 years of experience helping clients deliver world-class compliance in their organizations. Mark works with a range of US subsidiaries of international organizations from assisting them in establishing a US presence to support for back-office accounting, tax and human resource functions.

Thanks to Mark and his colleagues at BlueStone for sponsoring the Global Panel Insights event.


Robin Toth, Director of Economic Development for the Aerospace Sector

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce in 2018 as the Director of Economic Development for the Aerospace Sector, Robin was the Vice President, Business Development, for Greater Spokane Inc., Spokane County’s Associate Development Organization. During her thirteen plus years with GSI, Robin worked with more than 100 companies that selected the Spokane region for their corporate relocation or expansion projects. These projects created an economic impact of more than $1 billion to the area, and the companies created almost 10,000 jobs. She also served the City of Spokane as a project manager, working on the Spokane University District formation and an award-winning EPA brownfields cleanup of a former railroad site. Robin’s experience also included positions as the marketing and communications director for information technology companies like Ciena, Alcatel and Itron.



Zia Yusuf, Managing Director and Senior Partner – Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice, Boston Consulting Group

Zia Yusuf is a core member of Boston Consulting Group’s Technology Advantage, and Technology, Media & Telecommunications practices. Since joining BCG in 2015, Zia has worked with a wide range of technology and telecom clients on issues related to software, technology strategy, and the resulting go-to-market approach, including pricing, ecosystem strategy, and digital transformation to drive growth. He is also BCG’s global lead for its Internet of Things (IoT) business which continues to expand as more companies “connect to the real world” and leverage sensor-enabled data. Zia also helped drive the creation of BCG’s Silicon Valley office, and is BCG’s Lead for Silicon Valley to help drive the connection between the innovation ecosystem of startups and VC firms to global clients.

Zia was also an associate consulting professor at Stanford University’s Design School, where he taught classes on user-centered design for software companies and approaches to scaling design thinking for large organizations to accelerate innovation.

Before joining BCG, Zia was CEO of Streetline Inc., a leading IoT startup providing sensor-enabled smart city solutions. Prior to that he was an executive vice president and member of the leadership team at SAP, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures and Norwest Ventures. He also worked at Goldman Sachs and the World Bank Group.


GLOBAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

In conversation with….Andrew Bailey

  • Tuesday 22 September
  • 08:30 – 09:30 (UK Time)
  • Open to all
  • Please note that registration closes 1 hour before the start time
  • Register here

The ongoing impact of the global pandemic means that global economic conditions are likely to remain challenging in the short-term and the end of the transition period approaching on 31 December brings further uncertainty for UK business.

In this virtual event, Dr Adam Marshall, BCC Director General will be joined by Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England as part of our Global Insights Leaders Programme.

Topics on the agenda include:

  • the Bank of England’s decision to significantly expand quantitative easing;
  • how the Bank works with financial institutions to provide on the ground support for businesses; and
  • what further steps are needed to help kickstart economic recovery.

Andrew Bailey – Governor of the Bank of England

Andrew Bailey began his term as Governor of the Bank of England on 16 March 2020. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) from 1 July 2016 until taking up the role of Governor. As CEO of the FCA, Andrew Bailey was also a member of the Prudential Regulation Committee, the Financial Policy Committee, and the Board of the Financial Conduct Authority.

While retaining his role as Executive Director of the Bank, Andrew joined the Financial Services Authority in April 2011 as Deputy Head of the Prudential Business Unit and Director of UK Banks and Building Societies.

Andrew worked at the Bank in a number of areas, most recently as Executive Director for Banking Services and Chief Cashier, as well as Head of the Bank’s Special Resolution Unit (SRU). Previous roles include Governor’s Private Secretary, and Head of the International Economic Analysis Division in Monetary Analysis.


GLOBAL MARKET UPDATES

Coronavirus: an update from France

  • Thursday 10 September
  • 9.00am – 9.45am (UK Time)
  • Open to Chambers and Chamber Members from across the network
  • Please note that registration closes 1 hour before the start time
  • Register here

Following on from our Restart, Rebuild and Renew outlook for business, the BCC jointly with the British Chambers of Commerce in France will look at the impact Coronavirus has had on business and trade in their country. We’ll also look to the future and how we will adapt our ways of working and hear what opportunities there are available in France in this new business environment.


Coronavirus: an update from Chile

  • Thursday 24 September
  • 12noon – 12.45pm (UK Time)
  • Open to Chambers and Chamber Members from across the network
  • Please note that registration closes 1 hour before the start time
  • Register here

Greg Holland and Chris Lyon from the British Chambers of Commerce in Chile will join the call moderated by BCC’s Anne-Marie Martin.

Following on from our Restart, Rebuild and Renew outlook for business, the BCC jointly with the British Chamber of Commerce in Chile will look at the impact Coronavirus has had on business and trade in their country. We’ll also look to the future and how we will adapt our ways of working and hear what opportunities there are available in Chile in this new business environment.

Coronavirus: an update from Poland

  • Thursday 22 October
  • 12:00 – 12:45 (UK Time)
  • Open to Chamber employees only
  • Register here

In this market update event, BCC joins with the British Chamber of Commerce in Poland to look at the impact Coronavirus has had on business and trade in Poland. We’ll also look to the future, the changing ways of working and hear about the opportunities available in Poland in this new business environment.


‘COUNTDOWN TO CHANGE’ ChamberCustoms Series

Don’t miss these brand new events – four topical and interactive webinarsdesigned to count down to the end of the EU Transition period.

They will be full of practical information and advice owhat businesses need to do now in order to be prepared for the changes on 1 January 2021. They will also guide businesses through the jargon and complexities of Customs processes to ensure they understand what change is required.

Hosted by Customs expert Liam Smyth, these highly relevant and engaging webinars will guide businesses through the complexity of change in our import and export processes, systems and controls from 1st January 2020.

Dates:

Webinar 1: 100 days to go

  • Tuesday 22 September15:30 – 16:30

Webinar 2: 75 days to go

  • Friday 16 October10:00 – 11:00

Webinar 3: 50 days  to go

  • Wednesday 11 November10:00 – 11:00

Webinar 4: 30 days  to go 

  • Tuesday 1 December10:00 – 11:00