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.
As we approach football season in the US, we take a look at the possibility of an NFL team in London. Read on to learn why a franchise across the pond could be in our future. This week, we discover why trade is a top priority for the new British Consul General in Atlanta and why mortgages for first time buyers have hit a five-year high in London. We learn how Britain’s success in summer sports has led to higher consumer confidence this season and why manufacturers plan to increase their research and development investment.
As a University of Georgia (UGA) graduate and a member of the UGA Oxford Development Board, I am proud to feature a story about one of the greatest assets to the global Bulldog study abroad program, UGA at Oxford. We cannot mention this unique gem without paying tribute to UGA President Mike Adams who made this dream a reality under his watch. Whenever I'm feeling homesick, I take the train to the UGA House to see the friendly faces of students and our Director Jamie McClung. This week, we learn the Atlanta Hawks will play a regular season game against the Brooklyn Nets at The 02 Arena in London next January and we discover why Delta supports Heathrow in the UK airport debates. The young Prince George may be making a trip down under next year and we learn why microbrews are invading London’s top restaurants.
This week, we take a look inside the first copper-pot distillery to open within London's city limits in nearly two centuries. Established in 2009, learn why Sipsmith’s gin is topping the charts. The birth of Prince George may offer a “boost” to UK’s economy and the Queen honors 150 companies for their outstanding contributions in areas such as exporting and innovation. A UGA graduate becomes the curator of golf collections at the University of St. Andrews and Expedia UK sees an increase in bookings to top beach destinations.
As we enjoy the excitement of this week's Open Championship (often referred to as the "British Open"), we are reminded of the championship's most heart-breaking moments for some of golf's greatest players. This week, we take a look at Britain’s relationship with the EU and discover why UK’s optimism with future trading is at a 14-month high. A 168-year-old British paper company will open the world’s first plant capable of completely recycling disposable coffee cups and why UK’s economy can thank “heritage tourism” for a big boost. Read on to learn why the Amsterdam-based stroller manufacturer, Bugaboo, is perhaps the most anxious to greet the Royal baby!
On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed decades of patent precedent by holding that isolated DNA having a nucleotide sequence as it exists in the chromosome is not patent eligible subject matter. Prior to this decision, isolated DNA, free of the chromosome and chromosomal structure, has been patentable and many genes have been patented.
On Friday, June 14th the two tax-writing committee chairmen, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Ill) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), are scheduled to have another public session with the press to discuss prospects and plans for addressing tax reform in 2013.
This week, we meet Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, the heroic British woman who confronted attackers while several others looked on in terror. We discover why this mother and cub scout leader bravely stepped up during the tragic street attack that left a British soldier dead. The NFL plans to play more regular season games in London in 2014 and Georgians may see a new British beer offered in bars and restaurants as Ilkley Brewery is sending a large shipment across the pond this week. UK's inbound tourism saw a boost in 2012 and shale gas could lead to a large economic increase for Great Britain.
The Georgia Composite Medical Board (the "Board") recently promulgated proposed regulations designed to clarify the circumstances in which telemedicine may be practiced in Georgia. Comments on the proposed regulations may be submitted by May 30, 2013 and the Board will hold a public hearing on the regulations June 6, 2013.
This week we say goodbye to Manchester United’s beloved manager, Alex Ferguson, after 26 years with the club. Keep reading to revisit the career highlights of English soccer’s most successful manager. Capitol Hill was buzzing yesterday with the arrival of Prince Harry to the District. To the disappointment of Washington women, the schedule for the infamous party boy has been kept strictly to official royal duties. Atlanta will become one of 12 cities to host a rotating EU consulate and we learn over 30,000 UK jobs were created due to the London Olympics. Read on to learn how Georgia was added to the list of global production outposts for Pinewood, the studio operator for 21 of the 23 James Bond movies!
This week, we bid farewell to one of the most notable world leaders of the 20th century, Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Read on to revisit some of the “Iron Lady’s” greatest accomplishments. With the Masters Tournament underway in Augusta, Georgia, we take a look back at some of the greatest shots in Masters history. Also in Masters news, Britain hopes to end the country's 17-year drought at the tournament this weekend. We learn Delta Airlines is looking to Virgin Atlantic for a proposed joint venture on flights between North America and the United Kingdom. Read on to discover how waste from thousands of London restaurants may fuel the world’s largest fat-fuelled power station!
On April 10, 2013, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) released further changes to the proposed Safer Consumer Products (“SCP”) Regulations, with a 15-Day comment period ending at 5:00 p.m. April 25, 2013.
Britain’s Royal Ascot Horse Races has upped its prize money to $7.5 million this year. Generous as it may seem, the winnings still lag behind other prestigious horse races around the world. This week, we learn why Georgia has a real opportunity as a U.K. investment destination and how Atlanta plans to increase international exporting. The Bank of England became one of the world's most powerful central banks on Monday and KFC’s U.K./Ireland expansion is expected to create 1,600 new jobs. Read on to learn why Vogue’s “Fashion Night Out” is leaving London for Manchester Square for the first time!
This week the world met Nick D’Aloisio, UK's teenage genius that sold his iPhone app to Yahoo! for a rumored $30 million. Keep reading to get to know the boy behind the mega-deal and learn why he’s been the object of tech investors for years. We discover why lobbying the European Union could be the next step for K-Streeters and UPS expands their expedited ocean freight service to Western Europe. A Texas company will begin providing UK's search and rescue helicopter service in 2016 and google hosts a UK competition for innovative not-for-profit organizations.
This week, we discover why some campaigners are hoping to expose the City of London Corporation, the entity that has run the British capital’s financial hub for almost a thousand years. Investors believe Britain has a future in high technology manufacturing and Britain’s aerospace industry has been granted a £2bn research investment for the next seven years. We learn why Atlanta is a great location for Irish companies looking to expand in the US and why UK business travel is expected to increase this year. Read on to learn how to cast your vote for the greatest British scientific innovation of the last century!
Want to lose weight fast? According to the latest diet craze in Britain, that’s all you have to do – fast! Read on to learn the details and why Americans could start this fast-diet soon. This week we learn Georgia’s international reps will be in Atlanta on March 26 and discover how the city plans to leverage Hartsfield-Jackson’s new international terminal. Aston Martin announces production of its Rapide S model will be in UK and the Ministry of Defense will invest more than £300m for a new military transport aircraft. Keep reading to learn why UK payday lenders must change their current business practices within the next 12 weeks!
Craving a taste of the deep south? Be sure to make a visit to the Big Easy restaurant where you can dine on authentic Gulf Coast fare while you're across the pond. This week, we learn international trade in Georgia hit a record high in 2012 and the number of people working in Britain reached a new record at the end of 2012. British Airways will start offering passengers a discount on certain flights for not checking baggage and we get a taste of England with a delicious “Banoffee” pie recipe. Keep reading to learn why travel agents voted Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson the best airport in the US!
One lesson of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 – the last time we had major tax reform in the U.S. – was that those businesses and individuals who were prepared early and got actively involved in the fray tended to fare relatively better than those who stayed on the sidelines. In this respect, not all that much has changed, except that the time for pondering whether or not to participate may be much shorter this time around.
Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), the co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, sent letters out to 300 leading U.S. companies and non-profit organizations soliciting views on climate change. Representative Waxman and Senator Whitehouse sent the letter to a broad cross-section of the business community, including large U.S. companies in the defense, oil and gas, retail, insurance, and manufacturing industries.
We are excited to launch this quarterly newsletter to coincide with National School Choice Week, an annual effort to highlight the importance and availability of quality educational options and innovative school choice programs across the country.
Attention Downton Abbey fans: this week we discover how you can get inside the actual estate. Highclere Castle, the setting for PBS's hit show, and Viking River Cruises have partnered to provide mega-fans and history buffs a unique tour throughout the remarkable castle. Prime Minster Cameron announced he will offer a vote to British citizens on whether to leave the European Union and UK's unemployment rate hit a three month low. Gatwick offers to relieve stress on Heathrow during inclement weather and millions of hamburger meat was pulled from shelves after horsemeat was found in the mix. Live Nation makes an exclusive deal to host gigs at London's Olympic Stadium and UK's first hand transplant was successfully completed.
During his inaugural address, President Obama made clear that responding to climate change will play a central role in his administration’s second term. He vowed to respond to “the threat of climate change,” noting that “the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”
This week we discover why London is the perfect landscape for a literary thriller. Read on to get a new city perspective from an old Londoner. The QE2 has been saved from the scrap yard by Asian investors with hopes of revitalizing the ship as a landmark cultural and tourist attraction. Leaked documents reveal the UK government may seek to prevent deepsea drilling operations and the energy and climate secretary announced most UK companies support decarbonising the electricity sector. The City of Atlanta is looking for a new International Affairs Director and Georgia Tech continues its graphene research in France.
The National Labor Relations Board eliminated two long-standing, bright-line rules favorable to employers relating to their duty to bargain: 1) the ability to discipline represented employees without first bargaining with the union; and 2) the right to refuse to produce confidential witness statements to the union in response to information requests.
Afraid of heights? If you're in the market to overcome the fear, be sure to plan your visit to The Shard, opening in London on February 1. Daring visitors will get a magnificent view from the top of the tallest building in Western Europe. This week, we learned 2012 UK car sales saw the highest jump since 2001 and British service and manufacturing firms expressed increased confidence in the later months of last year. We discover how Atlanta could benefit from a high-speed rail line and why manufacturers continue to look at Georgia. Did you have a Coca-Cola today? Read on to find out the benefits our favorite soft drink can provide to your stomach!
Happy New Year! As we begin this new year we take a look at London’s new restaurants and learn where we can sustain our new healthy resolutions with detox lunches. Keep reading to discover why Prime Minister Cameron is heading into 2013 with realism and optimism for Britain. This economic optimism is shared by the country’s businesses and retailers as manufacturing saw a 15-month high in December. Renewable energy continues to increase in the UK and electric cars are expected to double with the introduction of cheaper models and more charging locations. Read on and enjoy!
Friends, With Christmas just around the corner, we take an inside look at the royal family and the traditions passed down over the years. Should you find yourself across the pond for the holiday, keep reading to learn about the top ten Christmas-y things to do in London. For those of us in America, be sure to tune in to the Emmy Award-winning film of the Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting on December 23 and read on to learn how you can "British-up" your Christmas! In observance of the holiday, we will send out our next newsletter on January 4, 2013. Wishing you and your family a bright holiday and happy new year! Cheers! Mark
Music royalty including the Rolling Stones, the Who and Paul McCartney gathered at NYC’s Madison Square Garden on Wednesday for a concert to benefit Superstorm Sandy victims. Our firm, McKenna Long & Aldridge, is representing UK-based LINPAC Group in its sale of Ropak Packaging to BWAY Corporation, the latest in a string of transactions our Corporate Department has completed for LINPAC. Delta continues to expand with a third daily flight to London’s Heathrow Airport beginning on March 31 and UK sees more private sector jobs than ever before. London’s successful 2012 Olympics provide a blueprint of energy sustainability for future games and Coca-Cola hands over its UK corporate and public affairs to a new agency.