FBCC supporting The Finnish Soul Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

The Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce are excited and honoured to be working with designer Taina Suonio again on her stunning garden design project. Taina is a horticulturist, environmental biologist and landscape designer whom the chamber collaborated with first time in Spring 2019, when she presented at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as the first ever Finnish designer and first ever Nordic female designer. She was awarded a Silver-gilt for her garden “The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden” in the Space to Grow category.

 

Taina’s garden designs are coming back to London, as she will be presenting The Finnish Soul Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020 –  the most prestigious show in the world.

The Finnish Soul Garden, by way of displaying a variety of indigenous plants in their natural seaside habitat, celebrates the International Year of Plant Health 2020 and the 40th anniversary of coming into force of the first Convention of The Protection of the Baltic Sea Area, the Helsinki Convention. The setting is comprised of a sauna with a cool-off area and a seaside garden as a recreational facility for the inhabitants of the city. The main focus is on the natural Baltic seaside vegetation and scenery with a planted, secluded cool-off area for recreational use for small group bookings.

The garden will reflect traditional seaside life and communality in harmony with the surrounding nature –  it’s a haven with an atmosphere of relaxation, recuperation and recreation.

Among the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce, the project is supported by multiple organisations such as Finland’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, UPM Plywood and Embassy of Finland in London. We are thrilled to be working with Taina Suonio and this incredible group of Finnish companies on this project. We look forward to seeing how the Nordic Heritage Urban Seaside Garden comes alive and brings a small piece of Finland to the Chelsea Flower Show. This is an incredible collaboration and promotes Finland and Finnish expertise in a unique way.

 

Taina Suonio

Taina is a horticulturist, environmental biologist, landscape designer and researcher in the Fifth Dimension – Green Roofs in Urban Areas research group at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research concentrates particularly on the environmental change and policy with regard to green roofs in urban areas. She also lectures at various educational institutions on green roofs, gardening and design, and writes articles in gardening magazines on matters relating to horticulture, gardening, landscaping and the environment.

Contact Taina at +358 (0)50 443 5789, taina.suonio@rmgardens.fi

www.rmgardens.fi

FBCC AUTUMN 2019 TRAINEE JADE’S HALFWAY GREETINGS

My traineeship started in August with quite a rush, in the first month we already hosted our first Nordic Drinks and only a couple weeks later my favourite event so far; the annual Crayfish Party.

Nordic Drinks is a monthly networking event, which I think was the best way to start the Autumn season 2019. The two hours went by extremely fast taking photos and mingling with our guests. If I think about myself back in August and compare it to date – I can see a lot of development. Even though I’ve never considered myself shy, I’ve definitely become more confident and developed my networking skills.

Right after Nordic Drinks, in the beginning of September we had our Annual Crayfish Party, interestingly, the very first Crayfish Party for me as well. Organizing this event taught me so much, we had to plan everything from the seating plan and fundraising auction, to designing visual marketing materials and decoration. The day finally arrived, and we were of course a little bit nervous, but all the hard work paid off – the event was a total success.

I can’t believe how the time flies. It feels like we’ve just started, and now we’re already interviewing our successors and preparing for the last few events of this year. I’ve met so many interesting people from various fields of business, organized approximately 10 events with our team and got the opportunity to attend several fascinating events organized by others.

All in all, it has been a great learning experience, I’ve had the chance to utilize my skills in so many different areas; ranging from marketing and accounting to research and recruitment – and this has given me clear direction of what kind of job I’d like to do next.

As I have couple of months left and the festive season lurking behind the corner, I’m super excited to see what else I’ll learn and who else I still have the chance to meet at our next events.

Enfuce launches carbon footprint monitoring tool

FBCC member and Finland’s biggest fintech startup Enfuce has launched a new service to help consumers tackle climate change.

My Carbon Action is a purchase-based tool that calculates individuals’ CO2e emissions based on what they buy and where they choose to shop. Enfuce has teamed up with D-matAmazon Web Services (AWS) and Mastercard to bring personalised carbon footprint monitoring to banks, merchants and retailers worldwide.

My Carbon Action uses a validated calculation method to track the CO2e emissions of every purchase, providing consumers with visible insights on the environmental effects of their daily consumption. The service is also a fully-automated digital tool for businesses, as it is offered as a turn-key solution that merchants or financial service providers like banks can integrate into their existing platforms, such as mobile banking applications.

My Carbon Action will be available for consumers through leading banks and financial service providers next spring. Read more about the exciting service on Enfuce’s website.

FBCC member Efficio is recruiting

FBCC member Efficio is growing and they are looking to expand their team with Business Analysts and an Intern in Management Consulting.

Efficio is a specialist management consultancy, focused on procurement and supply chain improvement programmes. There are currently circa 450 employees globally, with exciting plans to grow rapidly in the next 18 months. Efficio is a truly international organisation with over 30 different languages spoken. The firm places a high value on its employees and offers great training and development opportunities, to help with career progression.

If you find these vacancies interesting, read more about the positions and apply:

 

FBCC Patron Goodwille is recruiting a Marketing Executive

FBCC Patron member Goodwille is looking for an ambitious Marketing Executive, fluent in a Nordic language (preferably Swedish or Norwegian), to join their Marketing and Business Development team.

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.

Halfway greetings from FBCC Autumn 2019 Trainee Maria

Festive season is upon us and so is the halfway mark of my internship here at the chamber! When I started my internship, I was looking to build my network and challenge myself with the varying work tasks at the chamber. The internship has  exceeded my expectations –  I’ve learned a lot of new skills and developed as a professional.

Our internship started off with a bang with the Crayfish Party in September. Organising the event was an excellent introduction to the work as a trainee as the Crayfish Party is one of the biggest annual events that the chamber organises. Jade and I got to take ownership for all of the visual materials and event logistics involved in the event. To date, we’ve already organised around 10 events ranging from business seminars such as the Nordic Chambers’ Business Forum to social events such as Nordic Drinks. Taking responsibility of the full event life cycle has been rewarding and I’ve definitely developed a keen interest in event planning!

The internship has also proven to be extremely valuable for networking as I’ve got to meet people from diverse industries. It’s been immensely interesting to meet so many of our members and learn about their stories as well as potential and challenges in moving to the Finnish and UK market. It’s been a pleasure to notice that the Finnish ‘brand’ is attractive here in the UK – especially in terms of the Finnish sisu and innovation in fields like clean tech.

Luckily I still have a few months left here at the chamber and I’m excited to see what there is to come. Hopefully I get to meet more of our network in our upcoming events such as the Annual Christmas Lunch!

 

 

 

We warmly welcome our new corporate member, Rochester PR!

Rochester PR Group works exclusively with market entry clients from diverse sectors including tech, food and drink, lifestyle and service brands and companies.

Their clients come from all over the world (recent clients, for example, are from Finland, Czech Republic, USA, Romania, Canada) meaning that they see the UK as it really is; a truly global, competitive marketplace. Rochester PR’s advice, activity and campaigns, delivered only by a senior team, reflect this and are designed to achieve the right results to help businesses succeed, including (but not only!) connecting them with a network or running media and social campaigns to raise profile and open doors.

Rochester PR always starts on a project basis although many clients then commit to additional projects or ongoing programmes – their longest client is still with them 20 years after they first entered the UK proving that Rochester PR continues adding value long-term.

Explore more of what Rochester PR has to offer on their website!

Finnair and Kone voted into top three most attractive employers in Finland

In the last 30 years Universum has become the global leader in employer branding, they conduct research across all seven continents in 60 different markets. Their research results can be utilized for decision-making, for instance when choosing target groups, messages and channels for future employer branding campaigns. In other words, to answer the question of how to attract new recruits.

Every year, Universum conducts their Professional Survey on Finnish Employers. The survey aims to measure how the Finnish professionals perceive the employers. The research was carried out between October 2018 and August 2019 with over 6,000 professionals from 35 different industries, and 104 different positions. Biggest samples were from Business (1,617) and Engineering (1,017)

Every year the survey results indicate the situation of the world economy, thus, affecting the factors that employees value the most. Hence, this year’s results indicate the growing insecurity of the Finnish and the world economy.

Once again, our corporate member Finnair was the chosen the number one Most Attractive Employer by the business professionals in Finland. ranked high by several other industries’ professionals, such as IT (6), humanities (9) and technical professionals.It is no wonder Finnair ranks high year after year, as it is seen as an attractive employer. The variety of jobs they offer is massive; according to Finnair’s Talent Acquisition Manager Tanja Mattila ‘Your background could be in economics, physics, humanities or engineering and you could still land a job at Finnair.’

(Source: Finnair)

 

Our Patron member KONE, who also has a history of being ranked high in the Professional Survey by Universum year after year, was again voted the number one Most Attractive Employer by engineering professionals and third Most Attractive Employer by the business professionals.

Both companies were ranked high by professionals from several fields, such as engineering, IT and business.

At FBCC we’d like to express our warmest congratulations to our members Finnair and KONE.

To read more about the most attractive employers in different fields in Finland, check our source Universum Professional Survey 2019

We warmly welcome our new corporate member Efficio

 

Started in 2000, Efficio is a specialist management consultancy, focused on procurement and supply chain improvement programmes. There are currently circa 450 employees globally, with exciting plans to grow rapidly in the next 18 months. Efficio is a truly international organisation with over 30 different languages spoken. The firm places a high value on its employees and offers great training and development opportunities, to help with career progression. Efficio’s consultants return to their home office each Friday from their client engagement to spend time with their colleagues and attend training courses.

Learn more about Efficio on their web page.

We warmly welcome our new corporate member Beyond Business

Beyond Business is an expert network and content platform for individuals and organisations.  Founded by alumni of Columbia Business School, London Business School, The Wharton School, and similar others, their objective is to share access, knowledge and resources with their Members and Affiliate Groups like the FBCC.

Beyond Business serves a broad and diverse community by bringing together high calibre speakers, innovative thinking and unique experiences.  They apply the highest standards to a curated selection of live and digital content, content that is Practical, Educational and Inspirational.

Beyond Business aims to be a trusted source of insights, education and opportunity for its members.

If you want to know more of Beyond Business, click here!

 

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.