Final greetings from Mirjam

Christmas is approaching, which is a sign of changes in the FBCC team – it’s my time to leave London behind and take on new challenges! Before I leave, I would like to look back and share some of my experiences while working in the FBCC.

I can’t believe it has just been four and a half months since I started working at the FBCC! This Fall has been full of insightful events, inspiring people and new things to learn. Despite the busy season, I’ve gained so many new experiences and learned about life in London.

One of the most interesting factors of the season has been the infamous and complex Brexit process, which continues to spark emotions in most people I have met. It has been surprising and inspiring to see the optimism many companies and business people have in the future. For example, it was interesting to attend an event exploring opportunities in the Commonwealth after Brexit, organised by the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe. Another exciting event I will remember was a seminar discussing Artificial Intelligence the at the Residence of the Ambassador of Finland. Listening to the insights of high-level experts such as Risto Siilasmaa and Pekka Ala-Pietilä was definitely a unique experience I value.

I couldn’t be more thankful for all the opportunities this placement has offered me and I’m sure I’ve learned more than I even realize. Most importantly, having the possibility to meet and work together with various people from a variety of backgrounds has helped me to deepen my understanding of the international business environment in London.

I’d like to thank all the wonderful people I’ve had the chance to meet, not to forget the FBCC team for always providing me support and giving me the opportunity to develop my skills as a young professional. It’s absolutely an experience I will cherish.

For now I’m going back home to finish my Bachelor’s studies and take on new exciting challenges in the future. Hopefully I will see you again soon in London!

FBCC Member Kyrö Distillery Company to feature in the Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Chelsea Flower Show 2019 will for the very first time in its long history feature a Finnish Garden: The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden!

The creative force behind the Finnish garden in the Space to Grow –class is a Finnish landscape designer Taina Suonio. The main sponsor of the garden is FBCC member, Finnish rye distillery Kyrö Distillery Company. Kyrö sees the garden as exporting their raw materials and Finnishness in a homely manner. “Taina has done excellent work and actually, out of the raw materials presented in the garden, we could distil a gin”, says the MD Miika Lipiäinen. Embassy of Finland in London is obviously excited about the garden, too. “We are extremely pleased that Finnish Garden Design is represented in the most prestigious garden show of the world.”, says Special Advisor on public diplomacy and culture, Pirjo Pellinen from the Embassy.

Team FBCC is very excited for our member company Kyrö. Congratulations to the whole team, we can’t wait for next Spring! Keep following our website for more info closer to the event.

“Brexit is not worrying Finnish companies on the UK market”, says FBCC Chairman Juha-Matti Lampola


Source: Auli Valpola, Kauppalehti

“I haven’t heard any Finnish companies leaving the UK because of Brexit”, FBCC Chairman Juha-Matti Lampola comments in Kauppalehti on November 28th. Kauppalehti is a Finnish newspaper specialized in news and raports related to economy.

The FBCC favours the Brexit deal and is committed to support Finnish companies entering and already existing in the UK market. “The less we have barriers and the freer trade is, the better”, he states.

Introducing the FBCC, Mr. Lampola tells more about the operations of the Chamber in the full article in Finnish.

We warmly welcome our new Corporate Member Samson & Kobbernagel

 

The FBCC warmly welcomes our new Corporate Member, Samson & Kobbernagel! Read more about what they do below:

Samson & Kobbernagel Ltd provides multilingual Accounting, Tax and Business Advisory Services. Based in London, S&K offers services to both domestic and International clients and assist corporate clients looking to establish and develop a UK presence. Our private client team assists individuals and non-residential landlords with Tax Returns. Our Multilingual team in addition to English, can assist in Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, Romanian, Italian and German.

Read more about their operations on their website.

We warmly welcome our new Corporate Member Insignis Media & Strategy

FBCC is excited to introduce our new Corporate Member, Insignis Media & StrategyInsignis Media & Strategy is a strategic communications firm based in London. They create communications campaigns for their clients utilising the principles they have developed from the founders backgrounds in political campaigning and media production.

They draw upon aspects of market research, public relations, stakeholder engagement and marketing, as well as produce all their creative content and campaign materials in-house, to enact bespoke full-scale campaigns for the clients to communicate their unique message to the right audience and achieve their goals. Read more on the website.

Goodwille announced as a strategic partner of the Nordic Startup Awards


The FBCC congratulates our Patron member Goodwille for announcing its partnership with the Nordic Startup Awards. Goodwille, focusing on helping Nordic businesses entering the UK market, will be a strategic UK based Nordic Partner for the NSAwards. Many Nordic companies that Goodwille has worked with have been nominated for the NSAwards on the regional and national level.

The Nordic Startup Awards has mapped, connected, promoted and celebrated the Nordic startup ecosystem, across all five countries, internally in the region as well as wordwide.

Kim Balle, Co-Founder & CEO of the Nordic Startup Awards comments “It’s exciting to have Goodwille onboard as a Nordic Partner. Goodwille have an unrivalled track record of helping Nordic businesses with their expansion to the UK, and their experience will prove invaluable to our entrants and finalists”.

“We’ve been working closely with the Nordic startup scene for over two decades. This partnership with the Nordic Startup Awards cements our position as the market leader in helping businesses from the Nordic region with their expansion to the UK”, says James Service, Marketing Manager of Goodwille.

Over 2,500 companies were nominated for the Nordic Startup Awards in 2018, and the regional finalists have received tens of thousands of nominations from across the Nordic countries. The Grand Finale of the Nordic Startup Awards in 2018 will be held on October 30th in Copenhagen, where the winners of the thirteen awards including Founder of the Year, Best Accelerator or Incubator & Startup of the Year will be announced.

Read more from the official press release published on October 3rd.

FBCC is recruiting Marketing and Events Coordinator Trainees for Spring 2019

The Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce in London is recruiting two new Marketing and Events Coordinator Trainees. Positions are due to start in January 2019. Each term is an internship of circa 5-6 months.

For more details on the job description, skills needed and how to contact us, please see our job advertisement.

Nokia launches a design competition with Elisa and the City of Helsinki

Nokia, Elisa and the City of Helsinki in collaboration with Ornamo Art and Design Helsinki launched a design competition on September 18 open to companies, researchers and designers from all over the world. The competition is open until November 18.

The competition seeks to find a standard model design for the Helsinki 5G base station, which would be unique and easily scalable. The base station should take into account both functionality and design that fits the various environments within the city.

The prize amount of the competition 35,000 EUR, which will be divided between the top tree candidates. Find out more about the rules of the competition here.

FBCC OFFICE HAS MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION

The FBCC office has moved to Mindspace Co-working office on the 4th Floor of the Relay Building located right next to Aldgate East station. You can now find us at:

114 Whitechapel High Street,
London E1 7PT 
 

 

We welcome you to visit us in the new office!

 

NEW TRAINEES FOR AUTUMN 2018

The FBCC welcomes two new additions to the team for the Autumn 2018 period. Please welcome Mirjam and Elina!

Mirjam is finishing her Bachelor Studies in International Relations at Tallinn University of Technology. She can’t wait to meet the Chamber’s members and introduce herself to the Finnish-British business environment.

Elina is a Master’s student of International Relations at the University of Turku. She’s excited to meet our members and learn more about marketing in the innovative atmosphere of London.

Autumn is the time for new beginnings and challenges and the FBCC is ready to kick off the season with a fresh team in the new office. The whole team is looking forward to meet you at Nordic Drinks on the 30th of August!

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.