Babc Team

Business support and guidance:

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented moment for the transatlantic business community that we are proud to represent. This is a crisis that is impacting almost every aspect of our live, a time for decisive and impactful action. Businesses and governments must work hand in hand to help limit and control the impact of this crisis, help manage it, and help overcome it. It is a time where we need to stand together, more than ever before, in the interest of our economies, businesses, workers, and citizens.

Both the United Kingdom and United States Governments have made resources available to businesses and households during this time to enable them to keep operating. Below you will find more information on these resources and how you or your business can access them.


United Kingdom

The UK Government announced a package of temporary measures to support business, households, and self-employed workers. This includes:

      • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
      • deferring VAT and Self-Assessment payments
      • a Self-employment Income Support Scheme
      • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses
      • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
      • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
      • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
      • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
      • a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
      • the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

Below you can find information on what these packages contain, eligibility, and how to apply, for more detailed information visit our COVID19 Portal: 


The United States

The US Government introduced sweeping legislation to combat the economic damage from the pandemic and support citizens, businesses, hospitals, and more. The CARES Act authorised more than $2 trillion to this effect.

Below you can find information on how to access these funds, as well as further guidance.


Transatlantic Travel Restrictions

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people travelling abroad to return to the UK now, if commercial flights are still available. This advice was published on 23 March and takes effect immediately.

International travel is becoming very limited as air routes close, land borders close and new restrictions are put in place that prevent flights from leaving.

If you are already abroad, or are planning essential travel – make sure you read the US Department of State’s Foreign Travel Advisories

  • Travel to the United States from the United Kingdom is currently not possible for most British citizens, due to a restriction imposed by the US Government. You can check the entry requirements for the US here.
  • US citizens and permanent resident of the USA, their close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt and will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements. They are advised to self-quarantine for 2 weeks.
  • the US Government will not permit entry to the USA of any non-US nationals, including British nationals, who have visited (or are resident in) the Schengen Areacountries 14 days or less prior to their travel to the USA.

If you are a US Citizen currently in the UK: 

The U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information at



BritishAmerican Business Signs Coalition Letter Calling for the Exclusion of J-1 Visas from Future Restrictions on Employment-Based Immigration

6 May 2020

Contact: Dominic Parker, Communications Manager | 020 7290 9882 | +44 7500 115 352


London/New York – Today, BritishAmerican Business co-signed a letter to Secretary Pompeo alongside other 105 organisations from a range of sponsors, businesses and industries that recruit, host and support the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. The letter urges the United States government to exclude the Exchange Visitor Program from any future executive actions suspending employment-based immigration, reflecting concerns that Section 6 of the April 22 Presidential proclamation suspending immigration may include the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

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BritishAmerican Business (BAB) Launches Policy Agenda for 2019/20 – ‘Time To Act’

4 May 2019

Contact: Dominic Parker, Communications Manager | 020 7290 9882 | +44 7500 115 352

Download ‘Time To Act: The BritishAmerican Business Policy Agenda 2019/20

London/New York – Today BritishAmerican Business launches its Policy Agenda for 2019/20.

The Policy Agenda is BAB’s annual flagship policy publication, outlining key issues of relevance to the transatlantic business community for the year to come, such as infrastructure investment, the future of the UK-EU relationship, and ensuring workers are trained in line with our changing societal needs.

This years’ BAB Policy Agenda outlines three overarching fields with nine specific areas where action from government and regulators can propel both the UK and US economies towards a stronger, closer and more prosperous future.

Duncan Edwards, CEO, BritishAmerican Business said:

“As the US President meets leaders in UK Government and transatlantic businesses today, there could not have been a better time to launch this agenda.

 The US and the UK economies each show tremendous strength and resilience, but political gridlock and polarization on both sides of the Atlantic are holding us back on key policy issues. ‘Time To Act’ serves as a call to action for governments and businesses to overcome these political quagmires and instead focus on progress.

 This publication presents our vision for the future of the special relationship. We look now to government to embrace these recommendations and take forward our mission towards a mutually prosperous relationship; one which works for our economies, our businesses and our workers.”

 Emanuel Adam, Director of Policy & Trade, BritishAmerican Business said:

“Whether it is concerns about lack of infrastructure investment, the need to re-think global trade, or the importance of a diverse and inclusive business environment; ‘Time To Act’ reflects the issues transatlantic businesses are turning their attention to, what they are concerned about, and most importantly, where they see opportunities and scope for progress.

 ‘Time to Act’ will serve as a key point of reference when setting out our programme and engagements on both sides of the Atlantic in 2019/20. We look forward to working on the agenda the document sets with our members and stakeholders in the year to come.”

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.

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BritishAmerica Business (BAB) Policy Agenda