BAB Accelerate is a targeted business networking community offering insights and connections for middle market companies, growth businesses and startups looking to establish a transatlantic footprint.

With events held regularly in New York, London and also virtually, BAB Accelerate sessions feature inspirational guest speakers from our network such as CEOs, Founders, Entrepreneurs and Funders offering practical and personal insights to the entrepreneurial audience in attendance. Attendees can expect a comfortable, collaborative, and casual networking environment as they learn how to thrive in the transatlantic business community and beyond.

Accelerate Steering Committee

Chair
Roger Barton
Managing Partner
Barton LLP

Nick Barton
Founder & CEO
The Barton Partnership

Abigail Greystoke
Director
The British International School of New York

Allan Rooney
Founding Partner
Rooney Nimmo

MaryLee Sachs
US CEO
Brandpie

John Stillwaggon
CEO Americas
Tradewind International

Erick Valdes
President & CEO
BJSS Inc

Martin Wise
CEO
RelPro

Christy Woskobojnik
Tax Manager
Dyke Yaxley, LLC

London Events

Transatlantic Growth through Acquisition with HSBC

BAB were joined by HSBC to discuss the advantages and pitfalls of attempting to accelerate global growth via acquisition as we continue to navigate issues around Brexit, global trade disputes and geopolitical tensions and find a path for success in 2020.

Start up, Scale Up, Sale: Lessons Learned by founders for founders with CLA Global

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) brought their client’s experience, expertise and know how to have an honest and open discussion on a peer to peer basis to provide insightful, real life and relevant guidance of what to expect on US and UK expansion.

Investing in the US - How to Not Screw It Up

As negotiations on the UK/US FTA continued, BAB welcomes three experts in their respective fields for a discussion about the challenges and opportunities of expansion and investment in the US; Mark Sutherland, working in economic development in Missouri and representing British Government interests state wide; Dr Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-TechE and Nick Bowman, SVP of Global Manufacturing Engineering at GKN Aerospace in the US.

Adapting to The Pandemic, SME Business Expansion Plans to the USA

BAB were joined by XPLORA who produce smart devices aimed to connect families while allowing kids to explore and play uninterrupted. The discussion focused on the the real-time challenges currently facing XPLORA who are expanding into the US market during a global pandemic and how they adapted the business plan due to COVID-19.

Transatlantic Diets - Taking Ketogenic Food to the U.S.

In this case study we welcomed Hannah Sutter of Natural Ketosis, a manufaturer and distrubuter of specialist keto food. Natural Ketosis had been selling into the USA for just over a year and are expanding slowly. They shared their numerous issues with the US barriers as well as the many attractive features of the US market which the EU does not offer.

Revlifing to the U.S.

BAB was joined by RevLifter, the lader in AI deals personalisation, who are experienced rapid growth int othe US market. RevLifter has launched in seven global markets and plan to boost their presence in the US forecasting that the US will account for 70% of its businesses by 2022. RevLifter discussed the strategies and practicalities around this expansion, what challenges they faced and how COVID has affected their expansion plans.

New York Events

Financial Resilience in a Time of Crisis

In this session, the first in our Accelerate and Continuity Series, we were delighted to be joined by experts, including the SBA’s New York District representative, to talk through the options for support available to small businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including: How to apply for the Small Business Relief Program for businesses operating in NYC; How to access government subsidies, and an overview of state & federal resources to find the most up-to-date information and guidance; Sources of financing in times of economic uncertainty, and ways to preserve & raise cash and Strategies for meeting contractual obligations while contracting budgets.

New Strategies for Brand Resilience and Communications in Unprecedented Times

For the second session in our Accelerate and Continuity Series, BAB brought together experts in PR & Communications including MaryLee Sachs, US CEO, Brandpie Inc, Michael Gordon, Principal and Chief Executive, Group Gordon, and Michael Thomson, Chief Operating Officer, Theodo to discuss: The essential role that communications executives must play to stay at the forefront of these challenges; Ways to protect your brand and respond proactively both internally and externally; and Innovative & flexible strategies to communicate & engage with stakeholders during this unprecedented crisis.

Strength Through People: Engagement and Empowerment in the New Normal

BAB brought together leaders in Human Resources, recruitment, law & change management, to explore: Ways to pivot your HR & people strategy to keep your employees connected & engaged while prioritizing their safety and wellness; Adaptation & flexibility in benefits and people management to promote business resilience; Navigating employment issues as a smaller business; and Shifting your recruitment tactics, and leveraging the core talents of your people to adapt during this challenging time.

Accelerate with Giles Bremont, Co-Founder, Bremont Watches

In this session, Giles English, Co-founder, Bremont Watches, shared the remarkable story behind the brand, how his life-long passion for aviation and engineering grew into a business that’s a top 10 chronometer producer in the world today, and Bremont’s unique approach to product and marketing to stand out in a crowded, global market.

Accelerate with Nicholas Wheeler, Founder and Chairman, Charles Tyrwhitt

We were joined by Nicholas Wheeler, Founder and Chairman, Charles Tyrwhitt who shared the remarkable story behind the brand and his endeavour to produce the finest menswear, with timeless style and no compromise on quality.