FBCC MEMBER MARKS & CLERK IS RECRUITING

The FBCC Member Marks & Clerk is recruiting a Formalities Team Leader.

The Formalities Team Leader is responsible for providing administrative support to fee earners and for overseeing the electronic workflows of their respective team, ensuring workflows are correctly maintained and tasks are properly allocated.

Marks & Clerk LLP is the leading and largest firm of Patent and Trade Mark attorneys in the UK with over 60 partners and 350 employees. Their attorneys are highly skilled in all technical fields.  Marks & Clerk has 8 offices in the UK: London, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

You can read more about the position and apply here.

How can trade marks benefit VR/AR technology?

Trade marks can be a powerful tool for protecting branding associated with VR/AR technology. Vicky Butterworth, an intellectual property lawyer of FBCC member Marks & Clerk tells more about the topic in her latest article featured on VR AR Pioneers:

Trade marks act as a badge of origin, identifying goods and services of one business from another.  In order to attract registered trade mark protection a ‘sign’ must, amongst other things, be capable of being represented clearly and precisely.

It is not essential to seek registered trade mark protection for your brand, but there are clear advantages in doing so rather than relying on unregistered trade mark rights in your brand. A registered trade mark is an asset which can be commercially exploited and can help to attract and persuade investors, is relatively easy to enforce against infringers compared to unregistered trade mark rights and
can act as a good deterrent against copycats and free-riders.

As technology has progressed, so has the sophistication and scope of trade mark protection. ‘Non-traditional’ types of trade mark now include sounds, motions, holograms, gestures and moving images. This opens up the possibility of finding creative ways to protect different VR/AR mechanics as registered trade marks.

A trade mark registration gives the owner exclusive use of the mark, so it is important to carefully consider how wide to cast your net with your trade mark ‘specification’. What about using third party branding in the VR/AR space? If considering using a third party brand in VR/AR technology, care must be taken. A sensible starting point would be to seek express clearance from the brand owner.
Last but not least, a strong brand identity will help set you apart from your competitors.  Suitable registered trade mark protection (which may cover more than one ‘sign’) will help support, nurture and protect your brand both now and in the future.

Read more of the initiative from VR AR Pioneers.

New Trainee at the FBCC

The FBCC welcomes a new addition to the team for the Spring 2020 period. Please welcome Anna!

Anna joined our team last Wednesday. She is studying languages and translation in Tampere University specializing in judicial interpretation and her working languages are Russian and Finnish. Anna has always enjoyed an international environment and is highly excited for the opportunity to work for the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce in London. Anna has a passion for organising and coordinating events and has administrated and coordinated variety of social events for unique quiz concept in Tampere and Finnish music festivals all around Finland.

Anna wants to learn more about Finnish businesses in UK, marketing and networking. She is excited to meet all the friends and members of the Chamber!

FBCC WELCOMES A NEW CORPORATE MEMBER UHY HACKER YOUNG

The Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce to you our new Corporate Member, UHY Hacker Young! UHY Hacker Young are a national firm of accountants and business advisers, ranked in the UK’s top 20. Their 100 partners and 540 professional staff operate from 22 locations across the UK.

Firms clients include private individuals, privately owned businesses, fully listed and AIM clients, FCA regulated, not-for profit organisations and more.  A large proportion of their clients have been with the firm from business start-up positions all the way through to them helping their clients achieve their public listings. UHY Hacker Yong has grown with and around their clients.

UHY Hacker Young’s key services include:

• corporate taxation
• private client taxation
• audit and business assurance
• corporate finance, including fundraising, due diligence and flotations
• business review and strategic planning
• management accounts, including outsourced cloud accounting services
• VAT advice, compliance services, health checks and help with HMRC investigations; and
• recovery and restructuring.

UHY Hacker Young is a founding member of UHY International, which is currently the 16th largest accountancy network globally. Since it was established, UHY International has grown to cover 325 business centres in more than 100 countries worldwide, bringing together the global expertise of independent member firms, who are all highly regarded, professional and reputable in their own local markets. Read more about the company and their services on their website.
For more information please contact Corporate Tax Director Nikhil Oza at n.oza@uhy-uk.com

FBCC Patron Goodwille has new job openings in their finance team

 

FBCC Patron Goodwille has currently new job openings in our Finance team. In addition to seeking Financial Controllers for both their Warwick and London office, they are looking for a Senior Financial Controller who will guide and supervise a small Finance team. Senior Financial Controller will be based in Warwick.

Goodwille provides essential business services to overseas companies looking to enter, grow or scale in the UK. These services include Corporate Legal, Finance, Human Resources, Payroll & Virtual Offices.

Find out more about the position here.

GOODBYE FROM FBCC AUTUMN 2019 TRAINEE Jade

My time at the FBCC has come to an end and I thought I’d like to share some of my thoughts with all of you. I cannot believe how fast these past six months have gone by and it is already time for me to leave. However, I’ve decided to stay in London and continue working on my bachelor’s thesis and the search of my dream job.

My goals in the beginning were to learn more about marketing and event organizing, and to build my own business network. Honestly, I feel like I’ve achieved so much more than that. This traineeship has truly been life changing. I’ve not just acquired a broad experience from various responsibilities, but I’ve also found more direction to my future career.

Working as a part of a small team has probably been one of the greatest benefits, as it has enabled me to learn so much in such a short time frame. For instance, I’ve gained valuable experience from digital marketing, event organizing and bookkeeping and learnt how to use various software. However, what I find the most valuable, has been the opportunity to build my own business network throughout the Finnish-British and Nordic business communities.

I’d like to express my warmest thanks to everyone, members and friends, who have been part of my journey here, it has been an absolute pleasure to work together with you and I hope I’ll continue seeing you in the FBCC events in the future as well.

For 2020, I am more than excited to see where the FBCC will go, and I’m sure the team will continue doing exciting things and delivering high-quality events for the FBCC membership with the new trainees starting after me.

Finally, I’d like to thank my manager Emma and my previous colleague Maria. My experience of moving to London, starting a new job and adapting to the life here would not have been the same without you. I’m so happy that we’ve not only worked closely together, but also become lifelong friends. I hope we’ll stay in touch and celebrate each other’s birthdays in the future too!

If you’d like to keep in touch, please connect with me on LinkedIn and feel free to leave a message.

It is not a goodbye, it is see you soon!

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 Young Professional.