The British Service Providers Association (BSPA) is focusing its attention on the Southeast after experiencing the region’s trade version of Southern hospitality in recent weeks on its first official trip overseas, according to Michael Shingler, commercial attachŽ for the British Consulate General in Atlanta.

      During World Trade Week of May 18-21, seven members of the BSPA, a new trade organization under the umbrella of the Department of Trade and Industry, attended in Atlanta InterTrade ’98, a conference promoting international trade, a dinner with the British American Business Group (BABG) and a luncheon of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

      The group also participated in the South Carolina International Trade Conference in Charleston and was hosted by the British American Business Association of South Carolina.

      They were all clear that the success of their visit has positioned the BSPA as a new and valuable resource of far greater value than any of them realized, Mr. Shingler told GlobalFax in a telephone interview last week.

      He added that the mission led by Robert Smith, service sector consultant with North America Now, the British government’s initiative to build ties between the U.K. and North America, already has resulted in new relationships including discussions of technology transfers and distribution of U.K. products in the Southeast.

      The organization’s web site may be found at  and its email address is  Mr. Shingler may be reached by calling (404) 524-8823.