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Florida’s only website for everything British

Website publisher:  Patricia Kawaja  [ex-Londoner].  British Bureau office [305] 371-9340 in downtown Miami.  Email queries + adrate requests to publisher@britishflorida.com     NOTE:  For 24 years, Patricia 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.  This was the USA’s only national publication for the British community.     

►  This is the state’s only reference website for everything British. Look at the various pages to find everything for YOUR expat life in Florida.  

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

► 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 publisher@britishflorida.com  On subject line put:   Receive Florida eBritnews.  IMPORTANT:   Must include your city + contact phone.  

►  2018 TAX TIME:   Find the UK-USA accountant you need on this website’s FINANCIAL SERVICES page. 

► WANT TO MOVE TO FLORIDA?  Let FABB tell you how and answer your questions. We’ve been the experts for 2 decades.  If you are over 21,  email your query to publisher@britishflorida.com   On subject line put:  “Move to Florida.”  Below one of the many testimonials from UK FABB Members who used FABB for their move to Florida:  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.

Need a Job in Florida?  Obtain FABB’s Jobs Websites list.  For details email Name + City + Phone
to  publisher@britishflorida.com   On Subject line put: FABB’s Jobs list 


►► REALTORS OF THE MONTH:  ►    TAMPA BAY / ST. PETERSBURG BEACH AREA The British-American team of Carol Lucas and Brian Smith at Lucas Smith Realty LLC.  Their dedication to excellence, is the collaboration of a wealth of high caliber professionalism and experience.  Born and educated in the UK, Carol has extensive International business experience in the computer industry and overseas property Sales.  Licensed since 1986, Carol is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), this designation being held by less than 5% of Realtors nationwide.  Brian Smith, the other half of this dynamic and respected Husband and Wife Real Estate Team is a Californian born of British parents. He is currently a “Master Instructor” for all approved Department of Real Estate classes. Brian also presided over Mortgage Lending as a Vice President for two U.S. banks. He is a Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker and specializes in helping UK buyers purchase property in the Sunshine State, by conducting seminars in the UK and having strategic partnerships with lawyers, solicitors and financial advisors in both countries.  With their world-wide business connections,  Carol and Brian are able to seek out homes in the whole of the United States, UK and Europe for their clients to purchase. Whether you are looking for a permanent residence, holiday villa or apartment, second home or investment property, they have the necessary relationships and contacts to meet your needs and desires. Contact Carol and Brian to discuss your needs directly on cell  (+1) 650-465-0144  or in UK on (+44) 01275-791167  Email  carol@carollucas.com  WEBSITE  www.lucassmithllc.com         

  ► FOR CHEAPEST FLIGHTS TO UK and European cities from Florida airports: 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 TOP DESTINATION IN AMERICA says a new study published by mortgage company Lending Tree.  The company analysed loan requests by destination across the USA.  Overall Florida ranked first.    

 flagmanPENSIONS!!!  ARE YOU OVER 35?  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 Palm Beach with Florin Pensions direct on  [561] 793-1311 email  msolomons@florinpensions.com   On Subject line put:  “ UK pension query-FABB ”.  Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into.   NOTE:  The UK’s decision to leave the EU has resulted in Gilt yields reaching all time historic lows,  pushing up the transfer values of UK defined benefit pensions schemes.  That means your unfrozen pension is worth MORE since July 2016.   Mark is a longtime and trusted 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 Florida-based  VIRGIN VOYAGES announced its Adults-Only By Design concept on its new “Lady” line sailing out of Port Miami. No children aboard will be welcomed by many and “ a direct result of listening to future sailors and travel partners.”  See full updates and of photos of the beautiful first ship on www.virginvoyages.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 [NOVEMBER 2017] 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  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp’s HQ is in the UK.  Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB]  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005.     [2017]

► ► USA Monty Python fans:  In 2018 keep up to date on all things Python at www.montypython.com.  The Life of Brian movie is coming to Florida cinemas, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.  

 NEED A UK PASSPORT? Want to save the hassle of doing it yourself? Use the above UK Abroad service.
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 publisher@britishflorida.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.

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Publisher of britishflorida.com   

► ► 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. 

 flagman  Want to reach the huge resident British expat community in any Florida city? The British Bureau of Florida has the only email address database of thousands of Brits in every part of Florida—you don’t!   Use our eBlast service,  established 15 years ago.   We have a long list of  British and American satisfied clients,  even the mighty BBC!   For details +  adrates call our office [305] 371-9340 or email query to publisher@britishflorida.com  On subject line put ” British Bureau publicity services.”    

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



  ►  BBC AMERICA MIAMI OFFICE Phone [305] 461-6999.  For the greatest daily source of UK news always view the BBC website:  http://www.bbc.co.uk

►   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 publisher@britishflorida.com.  On subject line put  “FABB Membership Florida Business.  Or call FABB office [305] 371-9340.

THE ROYAL FAMILY, including Harry And Meghan:  Always find the latest info on their official website   www.royal.gov.uk