Dear BABC OC Members and Friends,

We hope you enjoyed a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. As we step into the summer months, when you're not off enjoying a holiday, we invite you to continue to connect at our summer mixers on the First Thursday of each month. Coming up on Thursday this week we will collaborate with the German American Business Association for a summer mixer at the fabulous Descanso Restaurant. Don't forget to register!

Looking back at these past few months, we hosted some wonderful events to help bring us all back together. In April we enjoyed an special evening showcasing business in the British Midlands. Thank you to Carlo Cavagna and the team at the British Consulate LA for co-hosting and thank you to new BABC OC member Paul Butler for his insight into his hometown region.
We were pleased to be a part of the 2nd annual U.S-UK Virtual Trade Expo in April hosted by BAB.
May was a busy month with a networking event co-hosted with our friends at the Iranian American Chamber and GABA. May 19th saw the return of the 32nd Annual BABC OC Golf Tournament, which raised funds to support our Scholarship Program (more information on the Scholarship recipients below) and First Tee Orange County. We are happy to report we had the most golfers ever at 120! Thanks to all our sponsors and players!
Most recently, we celebrated Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in the beautiful garden at the Ave of the Arts Hotel with an absolutely smashing "Great British Bake Off". Congrats to our Star Baker, Jennifer Timm who won over the judges with her summer pavlova. It was wonderful to have Emily Cloke and Carlo Cavagna from the British Consulate in LA make a special toast to The Queen. A huge thanks to our bake off judges, Pam and Sue from Pamela's Tea Room and to Kieron of The Macallan and Dean of Grassini Family Vineyards for an amazing whisky and wine tasting. Thanks also to Shop Cadeaux for donating the beautiful Star Baker prize basket. We are excited to make the Bake Off and fun annual event!

I was happy to participate in the BABN workshop on June 15th-17th perfectly hosted by Tamra Eker and the BABN staff in NYC. The executive directors from across the network enjoyed some very informative workshops to help us continue to deliver quality content to our members.
We wrapped up June with our AGM and Member Appreciation Reception on June 22nd where guests caught up and reflected on the activities of this past year in the beautiful setting of the Newport Beach Yacht Club.

We have much to look forward to in the months ahead. Whilst we research more B2B events such as panel breakfasts, lunch with leaders, and roundtable discussions, we already have a full calendar ahead. We're happy to announce the return of the 2nd Annual Best of British Brands Event on September 22nd. If you represent a British Brand or business and would like to participate in this wonderful promotional showcase of all things British, please contact

SAVE THE DATE! Friday, December 2nd, 2022 at the Westin South Coast Plaza - Annual BABC OC Christmas Luncheon. Tickets and tables will go on sale soon. To express your early interest in reserving a table, please contact We have a few major sponsorship opportunities available that all come with a premium location table of 10, specialty wine, and promotional opportunities before and during the event. Contact Jacquie to secure your sponsorship.

Lastly, many thanks to those of you that have renewed membership and a big welcome to our new members. We appreciate your continued support of the BABC Orange County.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any requests or suggestions for upcoming events.

Jacquie Blair
Executive Director
If you've ever attended a BABC OC fundraiser, you'll know how passionate we are about funding our scholarship program and it gives us great pleasure to introduce the 2022 BABC OC Scholarship Recipients, Mia Gonzalez and Cristal Osorio.
Cristal and Mia both attend Santa Ana High School. They are high achievers, and both maintain excellent GPA’s while staying very involved in their school and community.
On July 10th Mia and Cristal will travel to London where they will spend two very busy weeks learning all about the British culture, history, architecture and more…
Congratulations and Bon Voyage Cristal and Mia! We can't wait to see pictures and hear all about this amazing educational experience!
Cristal Osorio
Cristal is a musician in the high school band and plays the cello, double bass, and harp. She aspires to attend a 4-year university and wishes to continue to own her own business that involves her love of books, music and art.
Quote from Cristal: “I love my Mexican culture and how it has shaped me, but I’m excited to see beyond my city’s borders and experience opportunities that will enhance my education”.
Mia Gonzales
Mia is a member of the National Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and is VP of the Key Club. Mia would like to attend Stanford University and continue to pursue a career as a pediatrician.
Quote from Mia “Receiving this opportunity will continue to motivate me and allow me to see a glimpse of the endless possibilities that await me outside the bubble that is Santa Ana”.
July 7th | 5-7pm
"First Thursday" monthly networking
Join us for a joint Business Mixer with BABC OC and German American Business Assoc. at Descanso Restaurant.
Enjoy an evening of networking with the British American and German American communities. Connect with our broader OC network. 
We look forward to seeing you there!
No Host Bar
BABC and GABA Members free
Non-Members $10
August 4th| Time TBD
Special Invitation to Sawdust Festival
Save the date to a special invitation to enjoy a fabulous afternoon at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach followed by an art class, wine, and networking. More details to follow...

Be a part of the BABC OC Ambassador Program
The mission of the BABC OC Ambassadors Committee is to actively promote and represent the BABC OC in the business community.
As an ambassador, you’ll be part of a dynamic group that will take the lead in welcoming new members and help existing members stay connected.

Cherryl Brazier
Read Cherryl's full bio HERE
Paul Butler
Read Paul's full bio HERE
Benefits to serving as a BABC OC Ambassador:
  • Opportunity for high visibility networking
  • Recognition at various BABC OC events
  • Recognition on monthly newsletters
  • Link to your LinkedIn page on BABC OC website Ambassador page
  • Create business relationships while serving in the British-American community
  • Ambassador rewards program

Contact Sven, Stewart, or Jacquie to find out how you can become a BABC OC Ambassador

Get to know our BABC OC Members via the same fun and interesting 9 questions each month.

1.  What is your hometown and country? 
·      I was born in Sheldon in the West Midlands of England but my family moved to Lichfield in Staffordshire, England when I was just a baby and thankfully took me with them!
2.   What year did you move to the US and why?
·      Late 2001: I used to work for Hilton International in the UK as a Regional Finance Director and they asked me to come to the USA on a two-year secondment to work as the Director of Financial and Marketing Services for Hilton Honors, when their worldwide headquarters was in Beverly Hills.
3.   Where do you work and what’s your job title?
·      We moved back here in 2006 and launched Newleaf Training and Development—a staff training and development company based in Valencia. We have a second office in Orlando, Florida. I am a joint owner.
4.   What’s your favorite word?
·      Enthusiasm
5.   What’s your least favorite word?
·      Busy
6.   What’s your favorite sport or hobby?
·      Long-distance cycling
7.   What profession other that your own would you like to attempt and why?
·      Lawyer, as I like a good debate and to fight the good fight.
8.   If you could go back in time, knowing what you know now about living and working in OC what advice would you give YOU, arriving here on Day 1?
·      Buy real estate.
9.   What's the best advice anyone ever gave you in OC?
·      Make friends so you can use the car pool lanes.
Thank you to Paul for being out July Member Spotlight! If you have any questions for Paul you can reach him at
We'd love to highlight you! To be our next Monthly Member Spotlight email
Welcome to our New BABC OC members!
Thanks to our Renewing Members

Did you know Orange County is second largest county in California for Investment?
WTCLA has partnered with the British Consulate General Los Angeles and LAEDC's Institute for Applied Economics to better detail the economic ties between the UK and California. In total, foreign direct investment from the United Kingdom is responsible for 20,860 jobs across 209 firms in Orange County, making it the second-largest county in California for investment. Orange County joins Los Angeles County as the only two locations where FOE employment numbers in the tens of thousands, with all other counties falling far behind. UK firms are invested heavily in professional and business services here, with 56 percent of employment in this sector. Manufacturing and retail trade also command notable shares of employment and overall firm count, with all other industries combined only supporting 17 percent of FOE employment in Orange County.

Once a year, the British-American Business Network brings together members of all 22 chapters throughout the US and UK at its Annual Transatlantic Business Conferences, for a 3-day program of high-level business discussions and networking with business executives actively involved in transatlantic business.

The British American Chamber of Commerce for the State of Ohio is a chapter of the British-American Business Network, the leading transatlantic networking organization. The Network is committed to promoting transatlantic trade and investment among our international group of businesses.

The Network is the largest transatlantic networking organization, with 22 Chapters across the UK, US and Canada, including over 2,000 member companies and more than 10,000 business executives. The organization is committed to helping companies connect and build business on both sides of the Atlantic,

The conference will take place on Thursday September 8 and Friday September 9.
Click HERE to explore the agenda.
BABC OC is a proud member of the BABN Network
We're happy to let you know about a new partnership between the BritishAmerican Business Network of chapters and B2BeeMatch, the fast-growing Canadian-based business matchmaking platform.
As you know, the pandemic has fundamentally changed the way transatlantic businesses communicate and collaborate. The BABN has partnered with B2BeeMatch to help you navigate those changes, and further support your access to business development, networking, and marketing opportunities.
The BABN partnership with B2BeeMatch provides members of BABN chapters with complimentary access to their digital platform that matches businesses like yours and promotes networking within major business centers throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and the world. This technology promises to help you connect, collaborate, and support each other across the Atlantic and in 40+ countries around the globe.
I invite you to join the BABN network of 22 chapters and 2000 member companies in a new way of doing business. Simply follow this link to learn more about the benefits of business matchmaking and find out how to register your business today.
If you have any questions or concerns about the registration process, please contact our partners at B2BeeMatch—they will be happy to support you and help with anything you need. 
Welcome to the BABN’s June Policy and Trade Update.
The past month has seen continued momentum behind the transatlantic trade agenda, with the fifth US-UK SME Dialogue having taken place in Boston, MA, and legislative efforts to advance US-UK trade negotiations. June also marked the successful launch of the 2022 SelectUSA Summit, the largest Summit yet. 
See below for a recap of the policy and trade headlines of June 2022, as well as additional information on upcoming events in the Network.
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