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Florida’s only website for everything British

This is the only statewide resource website for Florida’s large resident British population. It was conceived and launched in 1996 by Patricia Kawaja, ex-Londoner and current publisher.  Office in downtown Miami:  The British Bureau [305] 371-9340. Email queries + adrate requests to britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com     NOTE:  For 24 years, Patricia also chronicled the activities and business successes of Florida’s British community, as Florida columnist for Union Jack British Newspaper, until it ceased publication in 2016.  Established in 1982, it was the USA’s only national publication for the British community.   Nowadays this website is Florida’s only reference source for British information.       

►  EMAIL US ANY QUESTIONS RELATING TO BRITISH MATTERS IN FLORIDA to britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com.   We guarantee to get you sorted!   On subject line put  “British Florida website query.”  Include your city and contact phone. Or call the British Bureau office [305] 371-9340.

 For UK Brits wishing to move to Florida :    Since 1997,  FABB has helped more Brits get established in Florida than anyone else.  Avoid being conned!  We strongly recommend you join,  to use our trusted, expert team and advice custom to YOU.  To apply send an email to  britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com  with “JOIN FABB  from UK” on the subject line. Include:  Current city + age + occupation + single/married/children?    Below one of the many testimonials from our UK members who used FABB for their move :   “We made it to Florida–thanks to FABB!  We used FABB’s trusted, experienced team : FABBs businessbroker to find us an E2 business to buy, their Immigration attorney to handle our visa application,  FABB’s accountant to do the due diligence before buying, FABB’s shipping company and more.  FABB gave us peace of mind and oiled the works for this major step in our lives. The small membership fee saved us worry, precious time and possible fraud by others. “—OLWEN STUBBS,  who moved to Central Florida from Wales in 2007.  THE ULTIMATE TESTIMONIAL:   “All UK Britons planning to emigrate to Florida are recommended to join FABB.” —Her Majesty’s British Consul-General for Florida stated at a public function in 2002.  ++

►  MIAMI CRUISELINE HQ HIRING SOUTH FLORIDA RESIDENT BRITS–Immediate and ongoing need 2019. Must already have US work visa.  Several salaried positions, working from their Broward offices. For details see their ad on the JOBS page on this website. 

► VIRGIN VOYAGES will start cruising out of Port Miami in 2020.  Florida expat Brits WILL be aboard!
Bookings are now open.  See photos of their first beautiful ship the Scarlet Lady and how to book on the dedicated VIRGIN VOYAGES page on this website. 

► NEED SOUND IMMIGRATION ADVICE?  Go to the page called the Immigration Attorney We Recommend on this website

flagman   YOUR UK PENSION:  ARE YOU OVER 55?  DID YOU PAY INTO A UK COMPANY/PRIVATE PENSION?    Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?    For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions direct on [561] 793-1311 or via email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put:  “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.    Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into. Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business.  As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.   

flagman JOIN OUR BRITS IN FLORIDA EMAIL LIST!  Email your name and current
city [required] to  britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com 

flagman ARE YOU A BRIT LIVING IN FLORIDA?  OR A UK BRIT WITH PROPERTY THERE?  Sign up for our eBritnews email—invitations to local British events and info relevant to expats.  Send email to britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com  On subject line put:   Receive Florida  eBritnews.  IMPORTANT:  Include your city + contact phone.  

►  April 4, 2019  Photo [Sir Richard is on the right]. Sir Richard Branson was in Miami to unveil new VIRGIN TRAINS USA, formerly Brightline.
I was there [as media and passenger since I live a few blocks away,  thrilled to be part of this exciting event—PK.   Preaching patience and acknowledging the challenges ahead for this new train line, Sir Richard told us : “If you have a big vision about something, you’ve just got to stick with it, prove people wrong and get it done.”   For Virgin Trains USA latest news see www.gobrightline.com 

► UK-USA FACT:  Each country is the biggest investor in the other. That has been the case for decades, before the UK joined the European Union,  so unlikely to change after Brexit.  Trade in UK and US totalled an estimated $235.9 billion in 2017, according to the US Trade Department.  Every day more than a million Brits go to work for American companies and vice versa.       

Single? Want to date, marry maybe, a brilliant, sexy Brit?  Even an ordinary Brit still beats the rest!! Male or female in any part of the USA. |Click on ad above.  Add your profile.   www.datebritishguys.com   

 YOU GOTTA GET ONE!!   Inflatable paddleboards are the easy way to have fun on the water!  No heavy boards to lug–you just blow it up waterside, with pump provided.  Treat your kids to one for birthday or Christmas.  Will ship to any Florida or USA address.  Get $25 off any order with code BRIT-PADDLE on company’s website   www.parkerpaddlesports.com    

 flagman    TIP £$£$:   Want to transfer money from the UK to Florida. DON’T USE YOUR BANK! Use Moneycorp.  [I use Moneycorp myself—Publisher].   The pound is shaky.  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings.  But Moneycorp’s rates are currently the best.  To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend the services of Moneycorp.  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save you the considerable exchange fees.  Moneycorp does that for you.   NOW is the most advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:  Moneycorp.   At lower rates than any bank.   Moneycorp is the only UK currency exchange company licensed to deal in 50 states.   Expat Brits here–including many personal Brit friends of mine–have used this currency service for years and report savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com   Moneycorp’s HQ is in the UK.  Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB]  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005.     

► COUPON!!!  Get 20% off your bill at the ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT 3801 Griffin Road, west Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312. [954] 964-0071.  Best Indian food in Florida, beloved by curry-loving Brits.  Just show this ad to your server.  [Dine-in after 5p.m. only].  It’s MY favourite Indian restaurant—Patricia Kawaja, publisher of  www.britishflorida.com  

► THE ROYAL FAMILY, all their members:  Always find the latest, accurate [!]  info
on their official website  www.royal.gov.uk   

►  FOR ALL UK  NEWS including Brexit latest, consult the BBC website  www.bbc.com

♦♦♦ ARE YOU JOB-HUNTING ? FABB [Florida Assocation of British Business] compiles a unique list of all job websites in Florida. This leads you to every employment vacancy in all professions in the Sunshine  State. Our list includes British headhunters and recruiters who take an extra interest in British job-seekers.  Nobody else has this complete list.  Our work saves YOU days of research time.  Small one time fee of $99 to cover staff time.  Pre-pay by VISA/Mastercard then we email you the information within 24 hours. Email your query with name + city+ contact phone to  britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com On subject line put:  FABB’s Jobs List.  FABB office in Miami [305] 371-9340  

► DAVID BECKHAM’S MLS Miami team officially launched January 29, 2018 at the Miami press conference I attended, with Beckham present.  No actual matches can happen till at least 2020:  Find current details on the Soccer in Florida page on this website.    

 

►   FABB  [Florida Association of British Business]  was voted the Best British Business Group in the USA in 2010 by the UK Weekly Telegraph,  reaching expatriate readers in 49 countries.   IF YOU ARE A BRITISH-RUN BUSINESS IN FLORIDA,  JOIN TO SHOWCASE AND MARKET YOUR BUSINESS to the resident British community in all parts of Florida.  Find  FABB’s member British businesses and professionals in Florida listed on this website.  To ask how membership can bring YOU more customers + help your business grow,  email your query to  britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com  On subject line put  “FABB Membership Florida Business.  Or call FABB office [305] 371-9340 during Florida business hours.

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Need a Job in Florida?  Obtain FABB’s Jobs Websites list.  For details email Name + City + Phone
to  britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com  On Subject line put: FABB’s Jobs list 
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►  A BRITISH REALTOR UNDERSTANDS YOU BETTER! Looking to buy/rent in Florida?  FABB’s realtors network was  established in 1997 and we strongly advise UK buyers to use one from our team listed on this website –See Property page.  FABB has the only statewide network of qualified, Florida-licensed expat British real estate professionals.  They work closely with UK-based Brits and resident Florida expats to find them a holiday home, permanent residence or commercial property.   A fellow Brit understands you better.  Avoid the pitfalls of negotiations in a foreign land.   IMPORTANT :   Only select a realtor operating in the LOCAL Florida area you wish to live.   

► FOR CHEAPEST FLIGHTS TO UK and European cities:  Use code 9340.  BEFORE YOU BOOK ELSEWHERE :  Contact the British travel whizz we Florida Brits all use for a farequote:  Richard Hubbard  [786] 552-6214.  NOTE:  Give Richard reference code 9340 for best deal on any airline.  Miami-based Richard has served British and American clients across Florida for 2 decades—-anybody who wants to fly to Europe.   Great personal service from a fellow Brit!  Or email Richard your travel query with your phone number to rih@continentaltravelgroup.com   In email give him reference code 9340. NOTE:  Richard handles flights FROM the UK too–maybe you want to buy a ticket for family to come over to visit you?  Ask Richard for a quote.  

►  FLORIDA IS THE USA’S TOP DESTINATION TO RELOCATE says a 2018 study published by national mortgage company Lending Tree.  The company analysed loan requests by destination across the USA.  Overall Florida ranked first.     

 NEED A UK PASSPORT? Want to save the hassle of doing it yourself? Use the above UK Abroad service. Based in Miami they handle UK passport renewals for expat Brits anywhere in the USA.  Call [800] 806-0975 and they will explain all. 

► ► The British Bureau has the only statewide database of resident Britons and British businesses in every Florida zipcode, compiled since 1991 and updated weekly.  To access our British database in your marketing, send query to britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com      

DO YOU NEED TO BUY AN E2 QUALIFYING BUSINESS for your Florida move?
Find them on the BUSINESSES FOR SALE PAGE on this website.

 ► ► Do you own a vacation home in Orlando/Kissimmee?  Need peace of mind while you’re away?
Use our experts from the Property Management page. 

 WATCH UK TV RIGHT HERE IN THE USA! Go to website www.mytvabroad.tv  

FACT:  The World Wide web, now known as the Internet,  was invented in 1989 by British computer scientist
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, born in 1956.

 flagman NEED A BRITISH ACCENT FOR YOUR PROJECT?   Persuasive, authoritative, attractive, always in style, trendy and alluring–a great sales tool!   For commercials, radio, your company phone system or any other purpose.  Call the British Bureau office [305] 371-9340 to discuss your needs. 

WATCH UK TV RIGHT HERE IN THE USA! Go to website www.mytvabroad.tv