1. ITV Report

American Business Visit

Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham Photo: ITV Central

The British American Business Council (BABC) will be meeting in the city for two days. In the past, the conference has been held in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington.

The BABC has members throughout the US and UK. The UK Midlands group – known as a Chapter – is affiliated to the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

The Midlands chapter of the British American Business Council (BABC) led by deputy chairman and Mills & Reeve LLP partner Steve Allen, won the bid to host the event, which brings all international BABC chapters together for a two-day programme of high level business discussions and networking.

America is the largest single foreign investor in the West Midlands

Harry Reilly, BABC Midlands Chairman, said: “This conference will be a high profile platform to showcase the city’s potential and in return, contribute to the continuous growth of the BABC network while strengthening UK/North American relationships.

“The hosting of this event is an opportunity to provide BABC members with a vehicle from which they will be able to develop valuable transatlantic commercial links with senior business leaders from North America.”

BABC Midlands, part of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group (BCCG), will be holding events with BCCG during the two days to coincide with the Chamber’s 200 year anniversary in 2013.

Other highlights include the gala dinner on the evening of 16 May and an exclusive special performance for guests of the conference by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on the opening evening of 15 May.

The conference will be held at the International Conference Centre from 15 to 17 May.