Trailblazing Businesses to be Celebrated at 2019 Transatlantic Growth (TAG) Awards

Contact: Dominic Parker, Communications Manager | 020 7290 9882

For a PDF copy of this press release, please click here

19 March 2019

London – Start-ups forging new international trade ties have joined household names as BritishAmerican Business (BAB) today announced the winners of its Transatlantic Growth Awards (TAG) 2019.

The TAG Awards seek to celebrate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment relationship, the world’s strongest and most valuable bi-lateral economic relationship, and reward the companies from SMEs to MNCs that invest in the transatlantic economy, creating growth, prosperity and jobs on both sides of the pond.

Among the winners are BP, whose long term investments in the US include the recent purchase of BHP Billiton’s US shale oil and gas assets for £10.5bn. Other industry giants celebrated at these awards include IBM, the longest serving IT company in the UK, investing £170m in 4 new cloud data centres to provide innovative solutions to the UK market.

Supported by HSBC, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, the TAG Awards take place on 8th May 2019 at St Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster, and will be attended by senior UK and US Government representatives, BAB members and senior representatives of the winning organisations.

Corneel Koster, Delta’s Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa & India, and BAB Board Director, said:

“The UK and United States have enjoyed close trading ties for many years. On behalf of my Delta colleagues, I congratulate the winners of the TAG Awards for their exciting contribution to the vibrant transatlantic industry and wish them many years of success ahead.”

Juha Jarvinen, Executive Vice President, Commercial at Virgin Atlantic, said:

“Virgin Atlantic has a long history and strong ties to BAB, and our transatlantic partnerships are more valuable today than ever before. On behalf of my colleagues at Virgin Atlantic I’d like to thank those winning companies for their incredible contribution.”

Commenting on the success of the deserving winners, Jonathan Graham Managing Director, Head of Large Corporates, HSBC UK said:

We at HSBC UK are delighted to back the Transatlantic Growth Awards 2019.  All the winners should be extremely proud of their achievements in driving trade and building successful business relationships on both sides of the Atlantic. They are the kinds of enterprises we are thrilled to support and that provide the backbone of both economies, today and tomorrow”

Commenting on this year’s awards, BAB CEO Duncan Edwards said:

“The incredible strength of the US UK relationship is underpinned by the scale of the economic relationship between these two countries which is the largest in the world.  And this is built on the decisions of companies large and small to make investments in the other market as they grow their business.  These companies identified in these awards are a terrific reflection of this vibrant marketplace.”


The award winners in full:


UK SME in the US


Circus Street



Quotient Sciences


US SME in the UK


Idahoan Foods

Nectar Sleep


ULC Robotics


US Investor of the Year

Boston Scientific

The Coca-Cola Company


Marsh & McLennan Companies

Vantiv (Worldpay)


UK Launch or Expansion in the US

Comma Group

IG Design Group plc



Johnson Matthey


US Launch or Expansion in the UK

Gulfstream Aerospace

HCA Healthcare


Viavi Solutions


UK Investor of the Year

BAE Systems


Lightsource BP


TP Icap


Long Term UK Investor in the US



Long Term US investor in the UK




About BritishAmerican Business

BritishAmerican Business (BAB) is an exclusive members’ organization; we create networking opportunities for our members, which often lead to business opportunities, through the events and programming that we run. As a policy and advocacy organization we are the voice of transatlantic business; we support policies and action that will protect and enhance the environment for trade and investment between the US and UK.

For more information, please visit


About Delta

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is the U.S. global airline leader in products, services, innovation, reliability and customer experience. Powered by its 80,000 people around the world, Delta continues to invest billions in its people, improving the air travel experience and generating industry-leading shareholder returns. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta offers more than 5,000 daily departures and as many as 15,000 affiliated departures including the premier SkyTeam alliance, of which Delta is a founding member. The airline serves nearly 200 million people every year, taking customers to more than 300 destinations in over 50 countries. Delta operates significant hubs and key markets at airports in the United States and worldwide in conjunction with its alliance partners. More about Delta can be found on the Delta News Hub as well as, via @DeltaNewsHub on Twitter and