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November 2017 BABC Trade & Investment Update

Welcome to the November 2017 BABC Trade & Investment Update
Looking back at November, we have seen progress during the second session of the
UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group on closer partnerships in intellectual property, advancement of SME business and further relevant topics for companies seeking to trade and invest across the Atlantic. Moreover, the UK Government has released up-to-date balance of payments data for the fiscal year 2016 (Learn more here).
With the festive season just around the corner, we encourage you to look at the wide range of events and receptions taking place across the BABC network. Check out the Upcoming Events section below or the BABC website for more information on ongoing events and activities.
Our transatlantic network grows every day. Join us and get in touch at trade@babinc.org

Highlights
BAB London releases statement on UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group progress
BritishAmerican Business (BAB) on behalf of the whole BABC network across the UK and the US, welcomed the joint release by the Secretary of State for International Trade, The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, and the US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, at the culmination of the second session of the UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group (WGTI) which took place in London.
The second meeting, the size of the delegations, and the progress in talks, are evidence of sustained momentum by both sides to explore a wide range of areas where the UK and US could have deeper economic integration, and to scope what could go into a potential trade agreement.
We are particularly pleased that the UK and US will be working closely to promote intellectual property, strengthen UK-US financial regulatory cooperation, advance small and medium sized businesses, and develop a UK/US Technology Safeguards Agreement. This builds on the announcement earlier this year that the UK and US have agreed on a Science and Technology Agreement, which BAB supports.
In preparation for the third meeting of the Group next year, BritishAmerican Business stands ready to provide a business stakeholder engagement platform into the dialogue on UK-US market access issues and the scope of a future UK-US Trade Agreement.

BritishAmerican Business Announces 'Finding Your Own Way: Trade & Investment Guide into the US' 2018
‘Finding your own way’ is the official BritishAmerican Business Trade and Investment Guide for UK-based companies seeking to expand into the US.
Endorsed by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Select USA, the 90-page guide offers practical advice in key areas as well as regional information on the US as a destination for investment as well as relevant contacts and partners who can help fulfil business ambitions.
The Guide is scheduled to be published both online and in print in Spring 2018
If you are interested in becoming a partner in the Trade and Investment Guide 2018 please contact Silvia Rizzo srizzo@babinc.org

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