What are BAB’s Road Shows?
We have launched a nationwide series of roadshows across the UK in collaboration with a broad range of business groups, including our fellow chapters in the British American Business Council.
Our aim is to highlight to companies across the UK how they can benefit from a successful trade agreement between the US and EU. At the macro level, a deal is expected to lead to substantial economic growth for these major economies.
We have been able to test some of the high level policy rhetoric surrounding TTIP and find out what’s really happening at the grass roots: What will TTIP do to improve the SME experience of exporting to the US, for example? We have shone a torch on local, specific and tangible benefits that an agreement could have for everyday business – benefits often overlooked by other civil society stakeholders when opposing the negotiations.
Our expert panel of speakers includes senior executives from leading companies and SMEs, MPs and government including BIS, UKTI, FCO and the US Embassy (see below for a full list of speakers). They cover the impact on businesses of a proposed deal before opening the floor out to the audience through a Q&A session. They focus on issues such as:
- Current status of TTIP negotiations, what companies can gain from an agreement, timetable for negotiations and opportunities for business to influence outcomes;
- Current government trade promotion initiatives relevant for UK companies wanting to access UK markets;
- Success stories showcasing trade and investment between the UK and the US.
Previous speakers include:
- Jerry Blackett, CEO, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
- John Breidenstine, Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Commercial Service
- Christie Buck, Partner at Deloitte LLP
- Simon Crosby, Lead UKTI Adviser for Canada, USA & Mexico
- Nick Coppin, Head – Trade Policy Team, FCO
- David Coyne, Head of Economic Development, Glasgow City Council
- Bob Creighton, CEO, Mentorshop USA
- Richard Currie, Public Affairs Director, UPS
- Sietske de Groot, Senior Advisor on EU and International Affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses.
- David Gardner, Director of Public Policy, KPMG
- Rt Hon John Healey MP, Chairman, APPG on EU-US Trade & Investment
- David Henig, Assistant Director at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
- Alex Lau, Senior Policy Advisor, Transatlantic & International Unit, BIS
- Chris Loughran, Director, Marketing Birmingham/Regional Chairman and Senior Partner Deloitte
- Lesley Moody, Managing Director, AES Digital Solutions Ltd
- Jim Neel, 2nd Secretary, US Economic Section, US Embassy
- Gordon Matheson, Leader, Glasgow City Council
- Paul Noon OBE, Regional Director, UKTI, West Midlands
- Julie Nutter, Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, U.S. Commercial Service
- Larry Stone, President, Group Public & Government Affairs, BT
- Jonathan Webber, International Trade Director, UKTI West Midlands
- Greg Wingfield, President & CEO, The Greater Richmond Partnership.