This week, we take a look at the "Original Jersey" and how this small country of only 100,000 people located off the coast of France became one of the world's largest financial centers. Virgin-Atlantic's Richard Branson literally "cut ties" with Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson while at the Atlanta airline's corporate leadership meeting. The British airline will come to Atlanta this October as part of a joint venture to take advantage of popular (and lucrative) flights between U.S. cities and London’s Heathrow Airport. Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum will showcase more than 30 original paintings by the late Winston Churchill later this year and we discover 10 beautiful Scottish castle stays that won’t break the bank.
While many were marveling at Rory McIlroy's performance in the Open Championship, one week earlier a most unlikely winner took home a most unlikely win at the Woman's Open Championship. Keep reading to learn what led the American, now known as "Mighty Mo" Martin, to the top of the leaderboards. After 10 years of planning, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games began yesterday and we take a look at some of Britain’s best family-friendly historical attractions to visit this summer. This weekend marks the start of summer vacation for many schools in England - keep reading to learn where the 2 million expected travelers are heading!
State focuses on workforce development as industry continues to have major economic impact
In honor of the Tour de France spinning across London this week, here are five things you probably didn't know about the British capital and why the cyclers were sure to get a warm welcome as they passed through. This week, we learn Britain could have the second largest economy in Europe by 2020 and why Goldman Sachs upgraded UK’s growth rate. The manufacturing of Holdsworth bikes could return to the company’s British roots and we discover why Wales could be your next holiday destination.
Hello from Wimbledon! It's that time of year again and I can't wait to watch all excitement unfold during the next few days. Read on to learn what you can count on seeing during this year's tennis. This week, we take a look inside the London Silver Vaults and history behind the world's largest collection of antique silver. Visit London has developed 10 short films showcasing top spots for visitors and the Queen has opened a revitalized Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport.
Coca-Cola plans to launch a new natural soft drink called "Coca-Cola Life" in Great Britain this September. Keep reading to learn what makes this drink special - besides the new green label. The World Cup began in Brazil this week and we discover which England player is key in their opening game tomorrow, and why English fans have been called the most doubtful this year! London’s taxi industry prepares for Uber’s entrance into the city and Nigel Farage pushes to make Britain an angling destination to rival Florida.
For the second consecutive year, it was a pleasure to host some of Georgia State University's brightest students for the "Panthers in the City - London" program. The week long study abroad experience gives career-focused business students an opportunity to meet with a variety of companies looking for interns and employees in their field of study. This week we learn why two of Obama's key campaign advisors are outsourcing their political expertise across the pond and how the recent Ukip election victory is making waves in Great Britain. Four Georgia universities have joined a national effort to double the number of U.S. participants in study abroad programs by 2019 and we reveal some of Britain's hidden beaches that are perfect for weekend trips. Read on to learn the best spots to catch World Cup fever in London!
Fancy a golf round with the next James Bond? One of the many upsides of working abroad is every now and then I get to meet some of the many celebrities that call London home. This past week I had the pleasure to meet and play golf with Scottish actor, Dougray Scott. Those who have followed his successful career have seen him in many movies and television shows including, "Ever After," "Mission Impossible," and "Desperate Housewives" to name a few. However, what many don't know is that Dougray was the leading candidate to replace Pierce Brosnan and may very well follow Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. Stories vary, but many say the job was his to take and that he was simply unable to make it to the casting due to filming "Mission Impossible II." Either way, having had the privilege of spending a day with him on the golf course I can say he not only looks the part but is also a great golfer. To all my fellow Georgians: Dougray is currently filming "Taken III" in Atlanta and can be seen around town with Liam Neeson!
It's Harry-mania in Memphis, TN this weekend! Prince Harry and Prince William arrived in the southern city last night to kick off the weekend for a friend of the royal family's wedding. We are saddened by the passing of one of Britain's most loved actors Bob Hoskins, best known for his roles in Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Hook. Companies in Georgia and other states look abroad to fill their need for highly skilled positions and London's Heathrow Airport plans to become the first airport to offer a personal shopper service. Andy Murray's month-old hotel has already been honored as Luxury Hotel of the Year by the Scottish Hotel Awards and we take a look at the top 10 craft beer pubs in Central London.
First, I would like to congratulate my fellow Georgia Bulldog Bubba Watson for another grand victory last Sunday at the 2014 Masters. On that note, we kick off this week's newsletter with five key takeaways from last weekend's tournament. This week, the royal family begins their 10-day royal tour of Australia with the adorable Prince George in tow and Northern Ireland showcases their involvement in 'Game of Thrones' to increase tourism to the region. British inflation fell to its lowest in four years last month and several UK's beaches have been recognized as having excellent water quality. Read on and enjoy!
Despite Prince Charles's efforts to encourage traditional mid-rise architecture in London, Mayor Boris Johnson plans to continue building towers to help accommodate the capital’s booming population. As fans around the world mourn the Gwyneth Paltrow/Chris Martin split last week, we learn that "conscious uncoupling" and "breakup moons" are more common than you may think. On my recent trip to London, Georgia State University Dean Larry Berman and Andrew Lee, Director of Taipei's UK Office, and I stopped for a break at The Orangery next door to Kensington Palace. As the only royal palace where you can have a traditional afternoon tea, I highly recommend making a visit the next time you find yourself in central London.
This week, we are reminded of the parliamentary expense scandal and revisit how Nick Clegg plans to reform the issue with members of the House of Lords. UK’s Wembley stadium signed a six-year sponsorship deal that will involve branding the arena’s iconic arches for the first time and we discover why Princess Diana may have leaked confidential royal directories to a press contact. UK taxpayers will be forced to make up the £1 billion shortfall in public sector pensions and distant relatives ask courts to allow a public consultation to decide where the remains of King Richard III will be reburied. Read on to learn why the EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States!
Ever wish you could turn back time and revisit the "good ole days?" Well, there's an app for that. The Museum of London recently released an app that allows tourists to view real-time street views with overlays of historic photographs at some of London’s most famous landmarks. This week we learn London continues to rank as the top location for the ultra-wealthy and last year's sunny weather drew record numbers to UK's outdoor attractions. House building hits a five-year high across the pond and transportation equipment tops the list of Georgia's exports.
UK football fans may soon get to stand up while cheering for their team! It has been almost 25 years since the installation of all-seater stadiums in Championship and Premier Leagues, but recently, most of the 72 teams have voted in favor of standing option plans. The annual inflation rate for the Bank of England dropped to below 2% this week and a new London Iced tea drink (with vodka) is the result of UK Trade & Investment’s Passport for Export program. A major clean up initiative is under way for parts of England and Wales affected by the recent horrific storms and Atlanta based UPS expands in the UK with a company that has a fleet to deliver temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals
With reports showing the Queen is down to "her last million," we learn how her advisers have failed her and the royal family’s fortune. The number of mortgages taken out has hit a six-year high in the UK and consumer sentiment also reaches its highest level in the same amount of time. Powa Technologies, the revolutionary new photo-based e-commerce platform, receives an additional $20.7 million making it the largest investment fund ever awarded to a technology start-up. Read on to learn why nutrient-rich drink companies are flourishing in the UK market.
This week, we learn that Britain will guarantee Scotland’s debts if the country becomes independent and that British economic recovery is here to stay. US food group Hain Celestial purchased Tilda rice, the brand credited with bringing Basmati rice to the Western World and we learn when the first aeroplane to be fully designed and built in the UK in over 40 years will go into production. In another effort to globalize American sports abroad, the NBA Global series brought the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets to the O2 Arena for an "away" regular season game. While my team, the Atlanta Hawks, lost to the hot hand of former Hawk Joe Johnson, it was a great occasion and I got to watch the game with my friend David Simmons of First Sports International.
Happy New Year! Despite the rain, London's New Year's Day Parade was successful at achieving its main purpose once again...to cheer up the city! Read on to learn what was featured in the 28th annual spectacle. British building activity continues to show strong growth and job confidence increases leading to more permanent jobs. The pound is headed for a third weekly gain versus the euro and Businesses raised £1.02bn through the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme last year.
If you've ever spent Thanksgiving in London, you understand it’s not so easy to find a place to celebrate such a uniquely American holiday. However, this past week I was introduced to the Mayflower, the oldest pub on the River Thames, where I was treated to a lovely Thanksgiving feast and warm environment that made me feel right at home. Read on to learn what makes this pub so historically special. Americans voted Chester, England as one of the top European destination spots and Scotland endures some of the strongest winds in 30 years this week. Goldman Sachs takes note of the UK’s recession rebound and rating agency, Standard & Poor's, also remarks on the strength of the British economy. And finally, mark your calendars, the official date has been set for the Atlanta Falcons game in London - October 26, 2014!
This week, an intimate group joined the royal family to witness Prince George’s christening at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace. A UK advertising firm choses Atlanta for its first North American office and retail sales across the pond hit a five-year high. The U.S. Department of Transportation gives the go-ahead for the Delta-Virgin joint venture and beginning in March, the combination will offer 32 nonstop daily flights between the UK and North America. Read on to learn why the Jacksonville Jaguars will be the closest thing to an NFL London "home" team for the next four years. Cheers!
This week, we learn UK's business confidence continues to rise for the eighth straight month and discover Britain's service sector may far outpace third quarter growth in other developed countries. My favorite NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons, will be one of three teams to play in London's Wembley Stadium during the 2014 season and despite his recent passing, Emory University will still honor Seamus Heaney in a 2014 exhibition, recast as a memorial to the late Irish poet.
With the Steelers and Vikings facing off this Sunday in the season's first NFL game played in London, we take a look at the benefits of an overseas franchise. We discover how a free trade agreement between the U.S. and EU could mean 25,000 Georgia jobs and why financing in the UK has never been easier. Downton Abbey fans will soon be able to purchase the popular lawn fabric used in the hit series and we learn 10 ways UK's universities can boost the economy.
Despite the British parliament voting against military action in Syria, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague suggests the U.S. has “no better partner” than the UK. He and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the two countries' "special relationship" would not be affected by the decision to reject military involvement. This week, we learn why aviation is key to UK’s growth and how security will be improved at Buckingham Palace. Coca-Cola announced its first “hot” soft drink to be available in China on October 21 and we discover why Cobra Beer founder, Lord Bilimoria, is working with the British government to attract new start-ups to the UK.