The FBCC Offices will be closed for the Holidays from 23rd December until 2nd January. We wish you a lovely and peaceful Christmas and all the best for the new year and decade!
Dear Members and Friends of the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce,
2019 has been a very active year for the Chamber with 26 events for the Members and several in-house modernisation projects. The Chamber’s network today extends to more than 1300 business contacts with event participant numbers increasing by over 20% in 2019. The number of members has overall remained stable with very positive growth in the Young Professional membership category. The cooperation with the Chamber’s Partners, including the Finnish Embassy, has remained strong and being a member of Team Finland has provided the Chamber with an excellent platform to contribute towards the common Finnish-British good. Also the cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers of Commerce has worked very well and is likely to increase in the future. The Chamber’s financial basis remains solid and with a capable team, headed by General Manager Emma Jalonen, and very active and supportive Board we are well positioned and in good shape to enter 2020.
Having said that, 2020 is likely to be a unique time period for our Members and Friends. The very recent General Election results may , or may not, bring clarity to the Brexit situation which is looming or inspiring us, depending on your viewpoint. In any case, after several years of uncertainty a higher degree of commercial operating environment stability and certainty would be welcome. If constructive and well considered action to support our Members on Brexit issues is required, the Chamber is ready and willing to do just that.
Despite the Brexit uncertainty, many things still remain certain. For instance London is London – Brexit or not. The Capital is and continues to grow as one of the world’s main ICT hubs which offers great opportunities for Finnish companies operating in this sector. The same applies for Finnish Wellbeing companies which continue to attract the London-based urban population. Also the United Kingdom, with its 60 million plus inhabitants, will undoubtedly remain an important export and import market for Finland. Companies in the Finnish Forestry, Engineering, Financial Services, Transportation sectors and many others in various industries will continue to operate in the UK. When all of this is combined with the knowledge that many commercial relationships between Finnish and British entities have lasted for centuries, I believe that we have all the reasons to think optimistically about the future.
I look forward to seeing you at FBCC’s events.
After another busy and exciting year has just flown by, here we are again, counting down the final days until Christmas with anew decade just around the corner. I know you are all extremely busy finalising projects and getting everything ready for the holidays – or you’re already off spending time with friends and family – so I will keep my message to you short(ish).
Not to sound like a broken record when writing this, but 2019 has been another quite politically turbulent year here in the UK; Brexit has been delayed twice, we have had a new prime minister and a general election. There is still quite a lot of uncertainty around Brexit and what will happen but whatever your political affiliations may be, I am sure we are all hoping for 2020 to bring with it some clarity. But come what may, the one thing that is certain, is that Christmas bill be here this year again. I want to wish you all a very relaxing holiday period and I hope you will have some time off to spend with loved ones and getting some much-needed rest and relaxation to recharge your batteries for 2020.
This past year has been very busy at the FBCC and we have had even more events for you than before. It has been amazing seeing so many of you attending throughout the year. I truly hope that you have enjoyed the variety of events over the past year and we welcome any feedback you may have for us. We have more exciting, interesting and fun events planned for 2020 so keep your eyes peeled for updates in the new year. First up will be an Economic Update with Nordea on the 23rd of January, followed by the monthly Nordic Drinks on the 30th of January, so mark your calendars now. Many more will be announced next year.
Finally, I want to give my warmest thanks to our members for your support this year, to our event guests for attending, and all our friends for following our journey. In 2020 we want to be able to serve you even better and provide you with as much value as possible. The best part of my job is meeting you and hearing all your stories.
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the FBCC team!
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment reports that Finland will be providing European Citizens with free access to an online course in the basics of artificial intelligence during 2020-2021. The initiative was first made public on 10th December 2019 in Brussels.
The online course, The Elements of AI is a series of free online courses by the University of Helsinki and Reaktor, a Finnish technology company. It was first launched in May 2018 and has already had more than 220 000 signups worldwide. Currently, the courses are available in Finnish, English, Swedish and Estonian, but the aim is to launch them in all the official EU languages.
This initiative is an attempt to respond to the future challenges of the transformation of work by the Finnish Presidency. Thus, their main aim is to encourage all Europeans to learn more about AI.
“Our investment has three goals: we want to equip EU citizens with digital skills for the future; we wish to increase practical understanding of what artificial intelligence is; and by doing so, we want to give a boost to the digital leadership of Europe,” said Minister of Employment Timo Harakka.
One of the greatest forces that drive economic development is artificial intelligence. Therefore, the role of AI and technology in the future of Europe and the world is growing drastically, and it is crucial to encourage people of all generations and backgrounds to learn more.
Read more of the initiative from EU2019.FI
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