FBCC Member Series: Tuuli Bell Ltd

This interview is part of the FBCC Member Series, where we introduce our member companies to the network. This time we interviewed Tuuli Bell, the Founder and Management Consultant at FBCC Corporate Member Tuuli Bell Ltd.

For those who don’t know you, how would you describe your company?  

Tuuli Bell Ltd assists various software and service companies in their processes and helps them to understand what is working and what is not, and what kind of changes can be made. Especially now during the pandemic, firms have had to significantly change altering their long-term strategies and the best ways to tailor their services to the needs of their changing customers. Dr Bell consults firms mainly through workshops and coaches sales and firm managers. Based on her extensive knowledge, Dr Bell wrote a book for people who want to improve their technical sales skills, which was published on Amazon last week.  

How did you end up establishing your own consulting firm?  

Dr Bell worked previously at different software companies mainly in sales and managerial positions and had always been keen on starting her own company. In July 2019, Dr Bell took the jump to establish Tuuli Bell Ltd after figuring that it is better to do it now rather than later as there is never the exact right time to set up your own business. Dr Bell had already witnessed the stress in different firms, especially in software sales, and thought that the issues could be solved with better process thinking and increased communication. These insights encouraged her to establish Tuuli Bell Ltd.

Do you have anything big happening right now/planned for the near future?  

Besides publishing her book, The Art of Presales: Workbook recently, Dr Bell has thought about the future as we are currently in transition and there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. She sees gender equality and environmental issues as very important to herself. In the future, she is keen to explore the role software and technical sales will play in the circular economy.  

How are you coping with the pandemic? How has your day-to-day life changed?  

Dr Bell had only established her company a few months before the first lockdown. Working from home was initially a big change, and she noticed that it was also an issue for her clients as they had to think about how they could build good relationships with new customers when there is no opportunity to meet face-to-face. 

Dr Bell is hoping that she will get to work a hybrid model in the future, spending a couple of days working remotely and the rest at the office. After a year of remote work, she recently found a face-to-face meeting peculiar but is happy that things are getting back to normal. 

What is the biggest benefit of being part of the FBCC network for your company?  

Dr Bell mentions that the cultural aspect and feeling of belonging have been important to her through the FBCC network, especially during these times.  She has found it comforting to have been able to connect with others who are in the same situation coming from Finland and living in the UK.  Dr Bell is anticipating the return to live events as they allow for better one-on-one discussions with people, which is difficult to manage online during virtual events.  


The Art of Presales: Workbook by Dr Tuuli Bell

Presales, also known as sales engineering, has attracted thousands of ambitious (read ‘high-salaried’) people who brave both technical and sales mastery. If you’re one of them, this truly interactive guide is a must-have for your personal and professional development.  

Explore the wonderful world of presales in this easy-to-use, fun, yet deeply reflective, challenging, ‘for-your-eyes-only’ journal-style workbook. Plenty of space for your own writing, drawings and diagrams, the workbook offers a well constructed guide to navigate your current presales role.  

Read more bout Dr Tuuli Bell’s book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B092P6WTX1 

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Recording of Boost your Employee Wellbeing

Keeping employees happy is more important and challenging than ever. Whether it’s engaging a workforce remotely, keeping the culture alive, or acting on the threats to employees’ happiness, it is crucial for the HR department to adapt to keep employees healthy, happy and productive.

Watch the webinar recording down below to boost your employee wellbeing!

Together with FBCC Patron Member Goodwille, Breaks Finland, and the Danish-UK Association, we participated in a webinar to learn more about improving the wellbeing of employees.

Jacqui Brown, HR Manager at Goodwille, and Jaana Komscha-Härkönen, the CEO and Co-Founder of Breaks Finland discussed topics such as “The biggest changes to workplace wellbeing for employees and how to adapt”, “Who in the business should be responsible for the wellbeing KPI’S?”, and “How to spot, improve and prevent mental illness in the workplace”. Watch the recording for more!

You can also find recordings to all our past webinars here.

 

Recording of Expanding to the UK – Advice for Startups

You can now watch the recording of our webinar Expanding to the UK – Advice for Startups. FBCC joined forces with Corporate Member Marks & Clerk, Leadoo, and Logmore, to bring you a lively discussion about the do’s and don’ts of expanding to the UK.

We would like to thank all of our participants and co-organiser the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce. A special thanks goes to our speakers Simon Portman from Mark & Clerk, Niko Polvinen from Logmore, and Henrik Viitanen from Leadoo for making the webinar happen!

You can also find recordings to all our past webinars here!

We warmly welcome our new Corporate Member Venner!

We are proud to introduce our new Corporate Member Venner!

Venner is a Finnish founded award-winning social enterprise, now working in the UK, tackling food insecurity, diabetes, obesity and wellbeing polarisation. Venner provides businesses and individuals with an easy way to empower families in need with healthy, plant-forward food aid, new cooking skills and nutrition education. With just a few clicks, a Venner Nutrition Box, complete with recipes and educational support, is on its way to families who need help, because healthy food at home belongs to everyone!

For more information about our new member, visit their website here.

FBCC April Newsletter 2021

We hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying the sun! 

FBCC’s fourth newsletter is here, including an introduction to our new Corporate Member North Star Law, upcoming events for April, other member news, and many open positions at our member companies.

Read the entire newsletter here.

You can also sign up for our mailing list to be the first one to receive our newsletters, announcements of new events, and other offers! Sign up by here. 

We warmly welcome our new corporate member North Star Law

We are proud to introduce our new Corporate Member North Star Law!

North Star Law specialise in property, immigration and litigation work as well non-dom tax, Wills and estate planning. The firm handle private family and business matters with the utmost discretion and win clients’ trust through the personal approach and precise, technical excellence. The firm work with a broad range of international clients, including multinationals, SMEs, entrepreneurs, as well as an enviable list of private clients. The firm which is based in Westminster has a particular interest and expertise in helping clients with Nordic origins and looks forward to its closer co-operation with the FBCC and its members.

For more information about our new member visit their website.

Finland is the world’s happiest country

Good news from Finland!

Finland has once again ranked as the world’s happiest country according to the World Happiness Report, which is an independent survey sponsored by the United Nations. Denmark, Norway, and Sweden also scored in the top ten according to the report. (Yle 2021) Finland has kept the top slot for four years running, and this year’s results are especially impressive considering the ongoing situation with the pandemic. 

The survey takes into account measures such as GDP, freedom, social support, and levels of corruption. This year, the main theme centered around the impact of Covid-19 on the wellbeing of individuals and how the governments of countries have dealt with the situation. The report uses data from over 149 countries that were gathered between 2018-2020 by Gallup World Poll Surveys. (CNN 2021; The World Happiness Report 2021)

Heikki Väänänen shared his thoughts on the reasons why Finland has received the top score for consecutive years in his Forbes article. Väänänen mentioned factors such as the flat working model, high-quality education, the fight against inequality, and the Finnish grit aka “sisu” among few reasons why Finland continues to score well. (Väänänen 2021)

Read the World Happiness Report here.

Sources:

CNN (2021) This country has just been named the happiest in the world. 

Yle (2021) Finland ranks as the world’s happiest country (again) despite the corona crisis. 

CNN The World Happiness Report (2021) 

Väänänen, H. (2021) What Makes Finland The Happiest Country In The World? Forbes

 

 

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.