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April 5, 2013
BritWeek and UKTI recognize visionary companies at the 2013 Business Innovation Awards April 24, 2013

The 7th Annual BritWeek 2013 returns to Los Angeles April 23rd to May 6th, celebrating all forms of creativity and innovation between Britain and California. The program of events each year showcase British contributions to film, fashion, music, business, technology, art, design and culture in Los Angeles. The thousands of attendees include many celebrities, as well as business and political leaders.

BritWeek 2013 Calendar of Events

On April 24th, Virgin Atlantic will present the fourth annual BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills 6:30–9:00pm. The awards recognize innovative companies doing business in the United Kingdom and California across five categories: Design, Technology, Service Provision, Philanthropy, and Marketing & Communications. Fox Los Angeles co–anchor Carlos Amezcua is the keynote speaker and joins this year’s panel of distinguished judges: creativity guru Sir Ken Robinson, Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum, and Walt Disney International Chairman Andy Bird.

This year’s finalists are: Design — Arup North America Ltd., duncan quinn, Kathryn M. Ireland; Marketing & Communications — Pusher LLC, Somo Global, Walkers Shortbread; Philanthropy — Films Without Borders, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Silicon Valley Internship Program; Service Provision — Aventyn, Red Touch Media, Veritas Prep; Technology — Calhoun Vision Inc., Huddle, Tictrac. “This year’s awards are shaping up to be the best yet,” said UK Trade and Investment and BritWeek Director Fiona Francois. “We were delighted with the quantity and quality of nominations received resulting in our excellent group of finalists. They demonstrate the breadth of innovation taking place between the UK and California across a diverse range of sectors.” Presented by Virgin Atlantic, the BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards are also sponsored by Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Norman Broadbent, Gilead and Molton Brown. Tickets for the awards ceremony are available at www.britweek.org.

BritWeek highlights the rich contemporary links between Britain and Los Angeles. But it also recognizes the contributions that British expatriates have made since the early days of the modern city a century ago. Lancashhire–born John Parkinson, architect of many of LA’s most iconic, historic buildings will be celebrated in BritWeek 2013. Other prominent and influential figures in Los Angeles who have originated from Britain include: Belfast–born William Mulholland, whose establishment of the city’s water infrastructure in the early 20th century allowed Los Angeles to grow into one of the world’s largest cities; Griffith J. Griffith, a Welsh-American who donated over 3,000 acres of land to the city, now known as Griffith Park, and whose bequest built two of Los Angeles’ great treasures, the Greek Theatre and Griffith Observatory; and Charlie Chaplin, originally a Londoner, who was a world–renowned silent actor and filmmaker, pivotal in the development of Hollywood’s film industry. Raymond Chandler, a quintessentially LA writer, was also a transplanted Londoner. And for the past half century it would be hard to name a more iconic artist than Yorkshireman David Hockney.

About BritWeek
BritWeek is a non–profit organization, started in Los Angeles in 2007 by Nigel Lythgoe and the then Consul General Bob Peirce, to highlight the creative fusion between the United Kingdom and California. BritWeek’s mission is to create greater awareness of the many ways in which Britain and California work closely together, and further build this relationship to advance business, the arts, and philanthropy in both of these thriving regions of the world.

Every spring BritWeek hosts a program of events that promotes British creativity, innovation and excellence in California across multiple categories including, film & television, music, art, fashion, design, retail, sport, philanthropy, business, and more. The events take place throughout Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, and now also Miami! They attract support from thousands of people, including international celebrities as well as business and political leaders.

BritWeek’s philanthropic contributions have included fundraising for numerous charities, including Malaria No More, Save the Children, LA’s BEST and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and programs promoting children’s sports, children’s literacy and international professional internships. For more information visit www.britweek.org

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