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BABC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: FLORIN PENSIONS

Founder Emma Cockerton of Florin Pensions

Founder Emma Cockerton of Florin Pensions

This month, we’re interviewing Emma Cockerton, founder of Florin Pensions. Interested in meeting Emma or any of our other members? Email us at info@babctexas.org.

1) Describe your company and its relationship to the UK.

Florin Pensions LLC is a US based investment advisory firm established by my husband and me, Charles Cockerton, in 2012 to address the unique needs of individuals living in the United States with British retirement assets. With only British expatriate advisers working at Florin, we are well placed to help our clients make sense of their UK pensions and provide US based advice on how to manage them before and during retirement.

Florin is based in San Francisco with wealth advisors located in New York and Florida. Together we work for clients throughout the United States leveraging strong relationships with leading UK pension providers and investment managers to help our clients meet their retirement goals.

2) What's been your biggest success at work, either personally or as a company/organization?

As a niche company focussing on peoples retirement assets, I feel it is particularly important to provide continuity of service to our clients both before and during retirement. For this reason, I feel our greatest success has been having a team of advisers working together since Florin’s inception over 7 years ago now. On a personal level, I am also very proud of the fact that my husband and I have established a successful business that serves the needs of our clients whilst at the same time enabling us to build a new life for our family in the US.

3) What does the BABC provide to you that you can't find anywhere else?

We are members of several BABC chapters across the US as the BABC provides a unique way for Florin to engage with companies and people with connections in both the UK and the US. The BABC was an immense support to us when we first established Florin by providing legal and accounting referrals who we continue to work with today. Aside from business networking opportunities, the BABC has enabled us to make life-long friends on a personal level.

4) What's the largest thing you want to accomplish in 2019, and how can the BABC or its member companies help?

In 2019 a key focus for Florin Pensions is to develop our coverage in other major centres on the West Coast and Texas. By connecting with the BABC in these centres, and getting our services known to more BABC members, we hope that this will assist in meeting one of our key goals.

5) Personally, what's your favorite UK export?

My thoughts immediately turned to food when I read this question which makes it quite hard to answer as I love so many British foods! However, as my job requires me to start work very early each morning to catch the UK before their close of business, my favourite export has to be the humble Yorkshire Tea bag. I cannot start my day without a strong cup of tea (preferably with a crumpet and lots of Marmite and butter).

 

 

BABC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: XE

The XE team in their new Austin offices.

The XE team in their new Austin offices.

July 16, 2019

This month, we're highlighting XE. Kevin West, Director of Channel Sales for XE in Austin, answers the hard hitting questions.

1) Describe your company and its relationship to the UK.

XE are the world’s trusted currency authority, helping businesses and individual consumers save money on their international payment requirements and foreign exchange risk. Although XE started in Canada, our largest office is based in Bracknell, UK. We have offices in 8 locations globally, including Austin, Los Angeles, Toronto, and London.

2) What's been your biggest success as a company/organization?

XE are proud to be part of the Euronet (NASDAQ:EEFT) family, and together we form the second largest money transfer business in the world. This success is a result of our culture, customer focus and the talented and dedicated team who exemplify our philosophy.

3) What are you most excited about as a BABC Texas member?

There are a number of reasons why we are very excited to have joined BABC Texas this year. The events and webinars that BABC have hosted have been fun and very informative. Fundamentally though, we are looking forward to building our network with likeminded companies and individuals that do business with the UK. We are also very excited for the infamous Christmas Curry!

4) What's the largest thing you want to accomplish in 2019/2020, and how can the BABC or its member companies help?

There are a number of political and economic factors (I won’t mention the B word) worldwide that impact everyone’s day to day business. Whether this is paying suppliers, overseas staff or selling internationally, currency movements have a significant effect on the costs of doing international business. Our mission is to ensure that businesses and individuals are in the best place to minimize the risk of market volatility with their currency needs. The BABC members will be aware of this already and are in the best position to help educate other businesses.

5) Personally, what's your favorite UK export?

Any and all IPA beers from our fine country!

 


BABC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: THE ENERGY INDUSTRIES COUNCIL

Amanda Duhon , Regional Director of North & South America for the Energies Industries Council (EIC).

Amanda Duhon , Regional Director of North & South America for the Energies Industries Council (EIC).

November 5, 2018

This month, we're highlighting the Energy Industries Council (EIC). Amanda Duhon, Regional Director for North & Central American answers our questions.

1) Describe your company and its relationship to the UK.

The Energy Industries Council (EIC) is the UK’s leading, not-for-profit, energy trade association, providing dedicated services to help its 600+ UK and global member companies to identify and win energy business globally. Established in 1943, we are currently celebrating 75 years of excellence in delivering high-value market intelligence to members who provide goods and services to the energy industry, through our online global CAPEX project and O&M databases EICDataStream and EICAssetMap, respectively, which cover the oil and gas, power, nuclear and renewables sectors. Along with this data, we publish various industry and regional market reports, business reports, a quarterly industry magazine - Energy Focus, and host events globally from our three offices in the UK, Houston, Rio Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. At many EIC events, we bring in project decision makers to provide a full, detailed picture to members around attainable business wins.

2) What's been your biggest success at work, either personally or as a company/organization?

We are a membership organization. We are funded by and overseen through our board of directors comprising of our membership. When I began working for the EIC, which had an office in Houston for almost twenty years, we had only engaged with about 20 percent of our members in the North & Central America region. To put this into numbers, we had about 400 member companies active in the region. About 80 percent of that number had operations in Texas, and 90 percent of that were based in Houston. Over the last few years, the team and I in Houston have undertaken engagement with almost 100 percent of our members in the region.  We’ve seen a significant uptake in the number of our members utilizing EICDataStream, attending our industry events such as EIC Connect Oil & Gas USA, and day-to-day engagement around various business needs. These efforts are sure to help many more UK companies and international companies with a UK interest, to identify and win business, to create local jobs and feed into the local economy.  This is our biggest success, and we need to do more of this as Brexit is around the corner, and exporting is a key business development strategy our CEO Stuart Broadley is promoting. On a personal note, international trade is a passion of mine, and I take great pride in playing a role, either directly or indirectly, to promote this through my work.

3) What does the BABC provide to you that you can't find anywhere else?

I have a long history of working with the BABC from my time at the British Consulate and over the last years working for the EIC.  The EIC is highly engaged with the BABC globally, serving on the regional boards and collaborating often. Here in Houston, the BABC provides an avenue for knowledge sharing across the three leading industries in the city: energy, medicine, and aerospace.  Identifying and optimizing synergies between industries are a key tool for the energy sector in ensuring we meet energy demand over the coming years. The BABC has taken the lead in Houston to facilitate discussions across industry on these topics through events such as the BABC Awards Dinner, and a membership comprised of leaders within Houston’s key markets.  Following last year’s BABC Business Awards, these synergies and innovations were clearly depicted through keynote speakers painting the links between cardiovascular surgery and pipeline engineering. Applying techniques and sharing knowledge around blockages, whether in an artery or a gas pipeline, a blockage may be resolved by some of the same methods. How fascinating is that!

4) What's the largest thing you want to accomplish in 2019, and how can the BABC or its member companies help?

We recently launched two new levels of membership, Overseas Global Membership and Primary Americas. We want to be the leading energy trade association across the UK borders and globally, and we already have a recognized international brand.  With this being said, our membership voted to allow non-UK registered companies to become members of the organization, to further our reach to project decision makers and potential partners for UK Plc.  In 2019, we will look to engage with the energy industry globally, and build our membership base. This is my goal for 2019, and partnering with organizations like the BABC provides the EIC further credibility, and the opportunity to collaborate through initiatives like the UK Collaborative, EIC Connect Oil & Gas USA. Both are a means to further promote trade between the region and the UK.  As the EIC is a UK Strategic Trade Partner, it just makes since for us to partner as much as we can around energy supply chain trade.

5) Personally, what's your favorite UK export?

Do I really have to pick? I love the UK supply chain across sectors, such as academia, R&D, energy, fashion, creative media, etc. However, my true love and passion is infrastructure, specifically, offshore wind! The UK offshore wind supply chain is exporting to more than 20 countries already and this is expected to quintuple over the next 10-12 years! The UK has a long history in this sector and is THE world leader with about 36 percent of installed capacity globally.  It is also strategically placed to assist in the burgeoning US offshore wind market, and I take great interest in ensuring we can fly the Union Jack in US offshore waters via the UK supply chain, providing the lessons learned and excellence from its experience in offshore wind in the UK.