Goodbye from FBCC Spring 2019 Trainee Heli

Today is my last day with the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce as a Marketing and Events Coordinator. It is time for new challenges.

The experience has been highly rewarding, on both a personal and professional level. At the beginning of my traineeship, I wanted to develop my business skills, enhance my knowledge of international business and marketing and to learn more about the Finnish companies in Britain. During this time, I can say I learnt a lot.

Organising the FBCC events and meetings have been fantastic opportunities to gain experience and improve my transferable skills. No two days were alike, there were fun tasks of taking photos, event planning from coordination to delivery, accounting and supporting Finnish companies as they begin to enter the British market.

I’ve enjoyed my time here in the international environment and learnt about the business culture in the UK and Finnish businesses here in London.

The highlights of my time here have been the opportunities to meet our all existing and new members and participating in all amazing events we organized throughout this Spring.

I’d like to warmly thank all the wonderful people I’ve had the opportunity to meet, extend my gratitude to our general manager Emma for being a supportive and inspiring manager and the FBCC team and all our members and partners.

See you all soon!

 

Goodbye from FBCC Spring 2019 Trainee Erika

I am Erika Sipilä, one of the Marketing and Events Coordinator Trainees for Spring 2019 at the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce and this is my farewell blog post to FBCC Members and friends. You can read my introduction post here and my halfway greetings here.

First and foremost, I would like to thank all FBCC Members for the warm welcome I received when I arrived in London in January and everyone’s kindness throughout my six months here. Thank you also to my lovely colleagues Emma and Heli. FBCC has provided a platform for me to enhance my networking skills and really get to know the Finnish and British business communities here in London. In my introduction post I wrote that my goal was to learn more about Finnish businesses in the UK and develop as a young professional. I am happy to say that I feel like I have achieved both.

It has been a very interesting experience seeing how businesses internationalise, especially to a market like the UK, which is notoriously difficult and competitive. It has been rewarding being a part of the successes of our Members through organising events with them, networking and supporting operations here in the UK. FBCC has given me the opportunity to work very independently and take responsibility of long-term projects and divisions of FBCC operations, such as our social media. The internship has taught me more about long term project management from a directing point of view and got me well-versed in the world of InDesign. I have also gotten to meet interesting people and experience exciting things from events at the Finnish Residence and company launches to shooting a commercial.

Time has gone by so fast and I will look back to my days here in London fondly. I do not leave London with sadness but with a sense of accomplishment. I will continue to my master’s studies at Aalto University at the International Design Business Management department beginning in September. To follow my journey or to keep in touch, feel free to connect on LinkedIn and send me a message!

Patrons’ Dinner at the Finnish Residence in Kensington Palace Gardens

Finnmark Sauna is launching their new ‘Sauna Twins’ podcast

FBCC Member Finnmark Sauna is launching a new  podcast called ‘Sauna Twins’. The first episode aired yesterday and you can watch the video below.

𝐒𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐚 𝐓𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐏𝐨𝐝𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐭

𝐄𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞 #𝟏 𝐃𝐫. 𝐋𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢 𝐀. 𝐋𝐢𝐢𝐤𝐤𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐧
Dr. Lassi A. Liikkanen explains the principles of sauna construction, concepts and materials – from sauna ventilation, choices of wood to build a sauna, sauna bench positioning and different stones used in a sauna heater for the perfect steam or löyly! If you want to know the principles involved in how to build a sauna then we definitely recommend watching the podcast.

https://finnmarksauna.com/blogs/sauna-news/sauna-twins-podcast-episode-1-dr-lassi-a-liikkanen-finnmark-sauna

We warmly welcome our new Corporate Member Digitalist Group

Digitalist Group is a customer experience innovation partner that provides creative digital solutions and services for customer companies in selected target industries. They help their customer companies embrace digitalization, Internet and mobility for productivity and unique user experiences for competitive advantage. They realize innovative dreams with unparalleled design and impeccable technical delivery.

Digitalist Group has more than 250 talents working in studios in Helsinki, Stockholm, London, San Francisco and Vancouver. Their portfolio consists of a broad range of renowned brands like for example Apple, Samsung, Spotify, Google, Honda, HP, Intel, BBC, H&M and many more.

Find out more about Digitalist Group on their website.

Thank you to former Ambassador of Finland in the UK, Päivi Luostarinen

The FBCC would like to extend our gratitude to Päivi Luostarinen, the former Ambassador of Finland in the UK for her time here and collaboration with the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce. She began her post on the 1st of September 2015 and much has happened since. She tells about her experience in Helsingin Sanomat, one of the largest newspapers in Finland. You can read the article in Finnish here.

In the article she reflects on her time in the UK and how Brexit changed the content of diplomacy. The article states that it was surprising how poorly British politicians were prepared for Brexit and how little has changed in the past three years. There is still no consensus on what is going to happen and now a new Prime Minister must be found. Brexit has brought up the oddities of British politics.

However, the Ambassador’s position includes much more than just analysing and trying to predict the political situation. It also includes public diplomacy, which means spreading the word about Finland and celebrating every time it is mentioned in the press. Finland has a good reputation in the UK, but it is not very well known. Brits are interested in things they can benefit from as well, such as education, healtch technology, the housing crisis and equality.

Even though the Brexit process is still unfinished, the former Ambassador urges Finnish people, companies and communities to maintain relationships with the UK. It is still worth working and studying in the UK and Brexit will not stop trade. “The UK will remain an important trade partner in Europe, because they have a lot to give”, she says.

Päivi Luostarinen will now return to Helsinki to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland. Following her as the new Ambassador of Finland in the UK starting on the 1st of June 2019 is Mr Markku Keinänen. We look forward to more great years of collaboration with the Ambassador and the rest of Team Finland in the UK!

Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce

The FBCC is an independent, non-profit organisation, recognized throughout the Finnish, British and international business communities. The Chamber offers four different membership categories: Patron, Corporate, Professional and Junior.