Fairfax County EDA and BritishAmerican Business host London business networking reception on November 8

12th annual event to feature U.S. and U.K. perspectives on future of transatlantic business

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The future of transatlantic business will be discussed at a November 8 business networking event in central London hosted by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA).

“The Future of Transatlantic Business – U.K.-U.S. Perspectives,” to be held at One Whitehall Place, will be the 12th annual transatlantic business networking reception presented by the FCEDA in conjunction with BritishAmerican Business. Keynote speakers will be Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA, and Jeffries Briginshaw, managing director of BritishAmerican Business/London.

Gordon will speak from a U.S. perspective and Mr Briginshaw will offer his views from a U.K. and EU perspective. The event is expected to attract in excess of 100 business executives from around the U.K. as well as from the United States. Citi, ETS Advisory, Squire Sanders and U.K. Trade and Investment are sponsors of the event.

“The commercial relationship between our two countries is of keen interest to our target audience,” Gordon said. “As in previous years, this year’s event will be an occasion for top business people from both sides of the Atlantic to network and form new relationships.”

The U.S. is the U.K.’s biggest business partner, and there are more than 75 British companies with operations in Fairfax County.

Speakers at previous events include Sir Richard Lambert, former Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry; Business Secretary Vince Cable MP; former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine; former QinetiQ Chairman and CEO Sir John Chisholm; and former group chairman of HSBC, Sir Stephen Brown.

“Attendees will be able also to network widely with a broad spectrum of business representatives, many of whom are already engaging very successfully in transatlantic business,” Gordon said.

“The FCEDA has for more than a decade been building relations with businesses and industry organizations throughout Britain and I believe Fairfax County provides excellent opportunities for other U.K. companies who hope to enter the U.S. market in the coming years,” Gordon said.

Fairfax County's location – its proximity to the federal market in or near Washington, D.C., and Dulles International Airport – makes it ideal for British companies.

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Jeffries Briginshaw and Dr. Gerald Gordon at the podium.

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Jeffries Briginshaw, John Reid (Baron Reid of Cardowan, PC) and Dr. Gerald Gordon.

Event presenters and sponsors:

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Time magazine called Fairfax County, just outside Washington, D.C., “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth helps Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and library, park, public safety and human services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport and a well-educated workforce.

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as one of the world’s best business centers. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Seoul and Tel Aviv.

BritishAmerican Business

Access to the right connections, audiences, markets, influence and intelligence is key to business success. And high-quality access is at the heart of the business advantage we offer. Delivering high-caliber networking and targeted marketing platforms, as well as top-quality business intelligence and regulatory advice and influence, we provide our members with access to practical, measurable business expansion opportunities. BritishAmerican Business has grown to become the leading transatlantic business organization, dedicated to helping companies connect and build their business on both sides of the Atlantic.

Our long-term membership includes the world’s leading multi-nationals and middle-market companies, including most of the major American and European players in banking, pharmaceuticals, energy, aerospace/defense, insurance, accountancy, law, real estate, telecoms, management/business consultancies, airlines and the media. Key to our rapid growth is the quality of our membership and our services. We invite you to join us and become a valued member of “The Company to Keep.”


Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citigroup provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. Citibank also has a unique focus in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States of working with subsidiaries of multinational companies from the United Kingdom.

ETS Advisory

ETS Advisory is uniquely placed to offer business and organizational consultancy services to its clients both in the U.K. and the U.S. This combined with its extensive network of business contacts globally allow ETS Advisory to push the boundaries of professional practice and provide a streamlined and highly efficient business practice.

Squire Sanders

With approximately 1,300 lawyers in 37 offices located in 18 countries, Squire Sanders global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies and from individuals to local and national governments. In the private sector, we provide the full range of legal advice required to implement practical strategies and resolve disputes. In the public sector, we counsel governments on privatization of whole industries and on establishment of regulatory systems under which new private businesses can compete.

Our Aerospace & Defense Practice Group represents contractors at all tiers in aerospace, defense, homeland security, intelligence and government services. Our clients include more than one third of the top 100 contractors, as well as many smaller and lower tiered contractors.

Our team includes thought leaders on:

  • Complying with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and other export controls regimes
  • Global anti-bribery compliance
  • Data privacy compliance
  • Government contracts/public procurement
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States review


U.K. Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the Government Department that helps U.K.-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the U.K.’s economy acknowledged as Europe's best place from which to succeed in global business.

UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the U.K., and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage.