The British American Business Council of New England, Inc. is a non-profit international business

association with a membership of more than 100 New England-based companies and individuals involved in

transatlantic trade. It was launched in September 1986 by HRH The Prince of Wales. 

What is the BABCNE?

Event Spotlight:
Executive Holiday Dinner

Members are invited to join BABCNE President Annabel Realf with special guest British Consul General, Dr. Peter Abbott for a festive Executive Holiday Dinner.

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Member Seats: $150 or Sponsored Table $2,000

A Message from Peter Abbott

As I reach the halfway point of my first year in Boston I am relieved that the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic have not prevented me from learning about and experiencing so much of what this region has to offer. That meetings in the virtual world have still allowed me to engaged with the brilliant, talented leaders shaping New England’s future and finding ways in which the UK can enhance mutual ambitions. The year ahead offers a great deal of potential, whether building bolder climate action on the Road to COP26 this November, our virtual visits to each state over the next few months as part of our “pop-up consulate” series, or discussing the future of trade relations as the UK and the US move closer to a new FTA, I have never been more confident of the role the UK can play in New England. 2021 promises a chance for us to enhance trade, build a resilient green workforce, and continue sharing the intellectual excellence that is the hallmark of our two corners of the globe.

Queen Elizabeth II Bestows Birthday Honour on regional Scottish leader

BOSTON – In recognition of a lifetime’s devotion to supporting students, universities, entrepreneurs, innovators and non-profit organisations in Scotland and the United States, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has appointed Robert Creighton a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. 


As President of Scots in New England and former President of the New Hampshire Highland Games, Bob’s desire to promote Scottish culture, heritage, tourism, and businesses, while also working as a staunch advocate for those of Scottish descent, has been extraordinary. As a founding member of GlobalScot, Scotland’s international business network, Mr. Creighton has advanced Scottish businesses looking to enter and grow in US markets for nearly two decades. He has managed a dozen trade missions between Scotland and the United States and helped as a mentor to early-stage start-ups. As an adviser to the US National Tartan Day Committee, Bob serves as the ‘voice’ of the annual New York Tartan Day Parade. And during his tenure as President of NHSCOT (New Hampshire’s Scottish organisation), Bob broadened the reach and scope of the organisation to produce programming sharing Scottish heritage and culture across the entire year.

Bob has also been active with Scottish universities and research centres. Since 2012, Bob recruited and led programs for University Technology, a unique collaboration showcasing new technology opportunities available from Scotland’s prestigious academic research base. He is also the US representative for the City of Glasgow College in the US, leading fundraising and development efforts in the US for the past two years.

“This is one of life’s special moments and I am very grateful,” Mr. Creighton said of his inclusion in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. “Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be involved with some of the leading Scottish groups and events. These and other organizations work tirelessly to ensure that the links between our transatlantic communities continue to flourish. It is a great privilege to be in their company and I am deeply humbled to have been selected for this honour.”


Described by Henry McLeish, a former First Minister for Scotland, as “pivotal in the Scottish-American community,” Mr. Creighton has been at the interface of British and North American business, cultural and educational development efforts for over 30 years. Scottish born, Bob is now a resident of Connecticut in the United States where he lives with his wife Hilary and six children.


“I am delighted to see this award bestowed on Bob Creighton,” said Peter Abbott, Her Majesty’s Consul General to Boston. “He has been a tireless advocate for Scottish culture, heritage and business in New England and has supported countless young entrepreneurs along the way. Bob has made an extraordinary contribution over many years and is hugely deserving of the recognition received from Her Majesty the Queen.”


MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is awarded in recognition for exceptional service contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service.


The full 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours Overseas and International List can be found here.


About the British Consulate General, Boston:


The British Consulate General, Boston is headquartered in Kendall Square (Cambridge, MA). The role of the Consulate is to represent Her Majesty’s Government within New England. The current Consul General is Peter Abbott OBE. 

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