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British-American Business Council Houston
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This Week at BABC
6-10 January 2014 


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NEW!"A Social Soiree" presented by BABC and HWCC
Day: Wednesday 22-Jan-14 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Eddie V's 2800 Kirby Dr. A100 Houston, TX 77098 
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BAFTx Wine Women and Song
Day: Saturday 8-Feb-14 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: The Omni Houston Hotel 
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NEW!BABC Royal Ascot Day
Sponsor: Wood Group PSN
Day: Saturday 29-Mar-14 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Sam Houston Race Park 7575 N Sam Houston Parkway W Houston, TX 77064 
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Oilfield Cook-Off - SOLD OUT
Sponsor: British-American Business Council Houston
Day: Thursday 1-May-14 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Sam Houston Race Park 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W Houston, TX 77064 
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2014 BABC Annual Conference
Day: Tuesday 20-May-14 8:30 AM to Thursday 22-May-14 5:30 PM
Location: Atlanta, GA 
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2014 Strategic Alliance Roundtable Kickoff

Hello [firstname], 

Welcome to the BABC - Houston newsletter of upcoming events, articles, and more from our membership.

A BIG thank you goes to all of you who participated in our early renewal programme for membership. I'm delighted to announce that the recipient of our drawing for United Airlines vouchers is Bill Howell of Offshore Paragon Petroleum, Inc.  Bill joined BABC in 2010 and is a fixture at most of events. Congratulations, Bill!


If you haven't paid your dues, be sure to get them in so you can enjoy all your BABC benefits. Just login to your profile and follow these directions:


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  2. If you need to update your membership information, such as address or phone, choose I still need to make changes to my application. Otherwise, choose I am done, mark my application complete.
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Too much trouble or you just can't seem to login? Just go to and make a generic payment. Please note 2014 membership in the comment box. Any checks go to P O Box 421234, Houston TX 77242-1234


Please note on the Events Calendar that registration is open for BABC's Royal Ascot Day on 29 March at the Sam Houston Parkway. This event is very popular and sells out quickly. Join us for the Queen's Champagne Reception generously sponsored by Wood Group PSN, a scrumptious buffet dinner, and live horse racing. We even start you off with a complimentary betting voucher. We have fabulous prizes for the Best Ladies Hat and Best Dressed Gent. The event committee members this year are Vivian Yeh from Josephine's Day Spay, Posey Parker from H Grove PR and Chance from Storyteller Promotions; all BABC members and all highly skilled in producing great events. 

Also, remember to register for our joint networking event with the Houston West Chamber of Commerce on 22 January at Eddie V's on Kirby. Let's have a great turnout to meet our friends at HWCC. 


Centralisation of overseas birth and death registration service
The FCO plans to centralise in the UK its overseas consular birth and death registration service by the end of 2014. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) plans to centralise in the UK its overseas consular birth and death registration service by the end of 2014, and will begin centralisation of this service from April. This requires amending part of the British Nationality Act (BNA) 1981. Following a public consultation, the FCO has decided to proceed with... [More Info] 


UK plans to charge migrants, tourists for care
LONDON (AP) - Britain's government has announced plans to require migrants and international tourists to pay for emergency medical treatments. They would also require migrants and visitors to pay for minor surgery that takes place in doctors' offices. The changes, along with other fee increases, are part of an overall plan to reduce health tourism and lessen the tax burden. Health official Frederick Curzon said Monday the financial changes are needed because we must make sure the... [More Info] 


Member News
GBH Merges in BABC Member Prather Kalman, PC and Will be One of 25 Largest CPA Firms in Houston

Houston, Texas - January 9, 2014 - GBH CPAs, PC and Prather Kalman, PC have announced today that they have merged their practices under the GBH name effective January 1, 2014. The combined firm of about 40 employees will be one of Houston's 25 largest CPA firms. Prather Kalman has been serving privately-held businesses in the Houston marketplace for many years. stated Gail Prather, President of Prather Kalman. Prather... [More Info] 

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