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Florida’s only website for everything British

This website is consulted by Florida’s large expat British community, UK-US media and UK Brits wishing to move here. Published by the British Bureau of Florida,  it was conceived and launched in 1996 by British Bureau owner Patricia Kawaja,  ex-Londoner and Florida editor of Union Jack British Newspaper for 24 years.  CONTACT THE PUBLISHER:  For queries or advertising rates, send email to :   britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com   Include your city.  Ask any questions on UK-USA matters and our professional British team guarantees to get you sorted, as we Brits say! OR call the British Bureau [305] 371-9340 during Florida office hours.   

flagman To find British events, British foods, British Clubs and British Pubs click around on the right and left menu pages on this website.

►  LIVE IN SUPERB SARASOTA!   RYAN AND THERESA SKRZYPKOWSKI are licensed British realtors originally from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. They are part of the RSTS Group Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Sarasota, Florida, established 2015. They are excited to assist you in finding your new home in the Sarasota or Manatee county area on the exquisite Gulf of Mexico and also are part of a nationwide referral network. Specializing in relocations, new home purchases, and investment properties, they have a vast knowledge base. Ryan and the RSTS Group are a Top 100 Coldwell Banker Agency in Florida of 20,0000 and Top 10 in the Sarasota area. Members of FABB [Florida Association of British Business]. Fellow Brits Ryan and Theresa will happily assist you with any query that you may have. See website www.rstsgroup.com for company info. Reach Ryan directly on his cell [941] 387-6630 or email ryan@rstsgroup.com 

  TIP:    TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY.  DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  [FYI:  I use Moneycorp myself–Publisher]  TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin direct on her cell [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com   The pound is shaky. That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings.  But Moneycorp’s rates are now the best since Brexit.  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 an 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 licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.     Moneycorp’s HQ is in London.  Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  Moneycorp have been trusted FABB members since 2005.  I have a Moneycorp account myself—highly recommended—PK Publisher   

flagman  FOR UK BRITS WISHING TO MOVE to FLORIDA :    First step is to join FABB.  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 your current UK city + age + occupation + single/married/children?  Here’s 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.   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.  

  flagman   YOUR UK PENSION.  THERE ARE 2 TYPES:  A] The private British company pension, if you worked for a UK business.
B] The state pension issued  by the UK Government, available to all Britons at pension age. To see how to apply,  look at the PENSIONS page on this website.
[Or email us your pension query direct to britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com. Put UK PENSION on the subject line].  

 Single?  Want to date a brilliant, suave British man or woman?  Even an ordinary Brit still beats the rest!!  Go to www.datebritishguys.com 
Add your own profile! 

flagman   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 the PROPERTY page of this website.   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.   

    

flagmanNEED TO RENEW YOUR UK PASSPORT?  Or apply for a new one for your British children?  Just go to the PASSPORTS page on this website 
and follow the steps there 

flagman  ERIK MCALL is a UK-USA Tax specialist and FABB member.   Based in the UK, he has clients in Florida, all USA and UK.  He advises UK residents who have moved to the USA or plan to and receive income from UK sources (such as rental income).  Erik can also assist with any US tax concerns that you may have regarding non-US income and especially the sale of any residential property in the UK.      FIRST STEP:  Email him your query to erik@edaprof.co.uk   Erik McCall, CTA/ATT is a EDA Professional Services in Glasgow, Scotland. OFFICE 0141 261 1899  Email erik@edaprof.co.uk   Erik is a Member of FABB, Florida Association of British Business.

flagman  NEWS! Brilliant British restaurateur Gordon Ramsay is opening a Miami Beach location of his Lucky Cat restaurant in 2022. See updates on www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

flagman  UK BRITS LOVE MIAMI, AS EVER!  Arrivals/bookings from the UK in November 2021 were up by 2200%. SOURCE Travelport data services. 

 flagmanTESTIMONIAL [Just one of hundreds on file]  ” Your website is the best I have ever seen for expat Brits and I’ve been on lots!” –OLIVIA HILL in Gwent, Wales.

 flagman FOR CHEAPEST FLIGHTS TO/FROM UK and European cities:   Use code 9340.  BEFORE YOU BOOK ELSEWHERE :  Contact the British travel whizz we Florida Brits all use for a farequote. 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!          FIRST:  Email Richard your travel query with your phone number to rih@continentaltravelgroup.com   IMPORTANT:  Give Richard reference code 9340 for best deal on any airline.  OR call Richard Hubbard on his cell  [305] 905-0950.    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.

flagman ARE YOU A BRIT LIVING IN FLORIDA?  OR A UK BRIT WITH PROPERTY HERE?  Sign up for our eBritnews email—invitations to local British events and info relevant to expats.  We’ll keep YOU in the local British loop!  Send email to britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com  Include your city.  On subject line put:   Receive Florida  eBritnews.  

  WELSH JOKE:  Two Texans Rex and Chuck were touring Wales when they came to the town with the world’s longest name:   LLANFAIRPWLLGWNGYLLGOGERYCHWYRNDROBWLLLLANTYSILIOGOGOGOCH  said the sign.  They argued about how say it.  Stumped. So they went into a local burger place and asked the waitress.
REX:    How do you correctly pronounce the name of this place please?
CHUCK:           Say it really slowly.
WAITRESS:    MAC—-DON—ALDS.

flagman  Want to find out if you’re eligible for a UK Government pension?  Read the UK PENSIONS page on this website–all explained simply!  

flagman UK-USA TAX ACCOUNTING:   Owner Accounting Services provides a US/UK tax service  to owners of Florida rental properties. The company is run by British professionals Laurie Harter and Stephen Harter, based in  the UK [Lymm, Cheshire].  Stephen  Harter is a qualified UK Chartered Management Accountant and Enrolled Agent and Certified Acceptance Agent in the USA.  They lived in Florida for several years and still own a place in Windermere, so familiar with UK-Florida matters. They offer the following services ITIN Applications (Renewal and New) , Non-Resident US Tax Returns , US Business Tax Returns , Ex-Pat US Tax Returns , FIRPTA 8288B services (when Selling) ,UK Tax Filing  including reporting US Rental Income in the UK , FBAR Filing etc.  In first instance, send your query to stephen@owneraccounting.com Or call their UK office 01144 1925758330    

► Single?  Want to date a brilliant, suave British man or woman?  Even an ordinary Brit still beats the rest!!  Go to www.datebritishguys.com 
Add your own profile! Update: The Special $1 offer does not apply. But plenty of loving prospects still await you!

  SOCCER FANS IN FLORIDA!!  Go to the Soccer in Florida page on this website.  There you’ll find latest  DAVID BECKHAM’S MLS Miami team INTER MIAMI CF, local Florida soccer teams and where to watch the EPL live in Florida. 

BRITISH BUSINESSES + PROFESSIONALS IN FLORIDA ARE LISTED ON THE FABB MEMBERS PAGE on the top left menu of this website.   

flagman The British Bureau maintains the only statewide database of resident Britons and British businesses in
every Florida zipcode. It’s been compiled since 1991 and updated daily. 

►   NEED SOMETHING SHIPPED FROM or TO THE UK from anywhere in Florida?  Don’t risk your precious possessions! Use one of the companies on the SHIPPING page on this website. 

  flagman HIRE 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. 

►   UK-USA FACT:  Each country is the biggest investor in the other. That has been the case for decades.   Every day more than a million Brits go to work for American companies and vice versa.       

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

►  FOR ALL UK  NEWS consult the BBC website  www.bbc.com

♦♦♦ ARE YOU JOB-HUNTING ? FABB [Florida Association 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. 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  

►   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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 ► 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. 

 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.

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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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