Sauna from Finland name FBCC Corporate Member Finnmark Ltd Managing Director Jake Newport as their new Sauna Ambassador

County Durham based FBCC Corporate Member Finnmark Ltd is celebrating the news

that Managing Director Jake Newport has been named as the new sauna ambassador by Sauna from Finland. The Finland-based sauna business and innovation association works to champion the authentic Finnish sauna experience across the globe and has chosen Jake because of his work in educating Brits about how to build and use saunas properly. Jake’s passion and desire to help people get the most from their Finnish sauna experience and his active promotion of the authentic Finnish sauna experience concept has hugely impressed the team at Sauna from Finland.

Satu Freyberg, Head of International Marketing at Sauna from Finland enthused, “Together with his brother Max and their team they’ve built a very successful Finnish sauna business. It’s only the second time Sauna from Finland has awarded the Sauna Ambassador honorary title to a non-Finn. Jake has successfully promoted the authentic Finnish sauna experience concept, as well as its benefits, to the people of the UK and he’s also been a great guest speaker at the international World Sauna Forum. He works closely with numerous Finnish SMEs by helping them to enter the UK market-creating business opportunities.” Finnmark Sauna was born out of frustration that very few UK saunas offered a credible Finnish sauna experience.

 

 

Speaking after being awarded the title, Jake said, “It was super unexpected. The sad thing is that I couldn’t be in Finland to receive the award but I’m excited to be able to hopefully travel to see some friends there soon. The title is great recognition for the whole team here who work tirelessly to promote the values of doing sauna the right way in the UK.”

Read more about Jake and their authentic Finnish saunas from Finnmarksauna.com!

FBCC Corporate Members Light Cognitive and the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland are supporting Empathy Echo Chamber at London Design Biennale

Please marks your calendars for London Design Biennale that takes place from 1-27 June 2021 at Somerset House.

FBCC Corporate Member, Light Cognitive, has designed the light panels of Finnish artist Enni-Kukka Tuomala’s installation Empathy Echo Chamber presented at the design event. The bespoke light installations were made by hand for the Finnish pavilion. Light Cognitive reproduces human-centric natural light, with an award-winning innovation that follows nature’s circadian rhythm.

Empathy Echo Chamber challenges contemporary ideas of echo chambers as emblematic of polarisation and isolation in the information age. In the Empathy Echo Chamber, brought to life both as a physical inflatable installation and a virtual space online, visitors are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and perspectives together and respond to each other through empathy.

“The themes of the Finnish pavilion and the Biennale seemed important and topical to us, especially in the post-pandemic period. It is an honor to participate in the pavilion with our light works that match the natural light and the cycle of the day, handcrafted in Helsinki for this event, ”says Anne Salomaa, Marketing Director of Light Cognitive.

The installation is also supported by FBCC Corporate Member the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland and the The Finnish Embassy in London. 

London Design Biennale brings together forward-thinking designers, artists and cultural actors from across the globe. The 2021 edition, curated by Es Devlin, takes “Resonance” as its theme. #LDB21

FBCC Corporate Member ScandiKitchen is recruiting!

FBCC Corporate Member ScandiKitchen has recently published two exciting vacancies! Find the information down below.

Account Manager (Wholesale and Key Accounts)

The main responsibilities in this role:

  • Develop and maintain existing relationships with accounts.
  • Build new accounts and drive sales.
  • Implement effective sales campaigns in line with strategy.
  • Financial management of all wholesale accounts
  • Work with Marketing to ensure all relevant Trade Marketing opportunities are maximised, including trade shows.

What you look like: 

  • Experience in a sales role a must, preferably FMCG.
  • Educated to degree level.
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills and a strategic head on your shoulders.
  • You are a multi-tasker with excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and drive: we love to have people on our team who have big plans and see opportunities and who want to grow fast in their roles.
  • Strong in-person sales skills
  • A team player who gets on with everyone.

Read more about the vacancy here.


Logistics and Purchasing Manager

The headline responsibilities in this role include:

Logistics

  • Day to day management of incoming and outgoing logistics (from planning and managing the incoming goods to all outgoing flow, including deliveries with internal and external stakeholders – and manage logistic communication).
  • Manage all inventory and product data in our ERP software Netsuite
  • Manage supply chain relations with key accounts supply chain and logistics departments

Purchasing

  • Day to day management of purchasing and the supply chain
  • Forecasting and demand planning for seasonal and all-year ranges
  • Plan and place orders in a timely manner to meet forecasted sales levels
  • Manage and monitor product pricing and commercial details
  • Manage relationships with suppliers
  • Pre-empt supplier issues and plan contingencies to minimise disruption
  • Maintain and develop systems and forecast methods to optimise efficiency and aid business performance
  • Non-product stock management

The person we are looking for:

  • Solid experience in a similar role, ideally in FMCG short shelf-life goods.
  • Educated to degree level+, ideally in a related/relevant field.
  • Strong numeracy and analytical skills with a wizard like Excel mind.
  • Logic and problem solving skills but able to think outside the box, too.
  • A team player who brings the best to the table for the greater good of the team and the business.
  • A multi-tasker with excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and drive: we love to have people on our team who have big plans and see opportunities.

Read more about the vacancy here.

 

FBCC Corporate Member North Star Law’s reminder to fellow members

UK Employers: Do You Need a Sponsor Licence?

Synopsis

Since the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, the demand by UK companies for sponsor licences has increased. This is a direct result of EU nationals now needing to obtain authorisation to work in the UK and employers requiring a licence to sponsor them. Therefore, employers who source talent from the EU should act now and apply for a sponsor licence in order to continue recruiting workers from the EU, and the rest of the world.

Background

The UK’s departure from the European Union significantly changed the immigration landscape. Brexit abolished the right of free movement, which means that EU nationals must now obtain permission to work in the UK, whereas previously they could work for any employer in the UK without restriction based on holding an EU passport or national identity card.

The Brexit transition period ended at 11 pm GMT on 31 December 2020. EU nationals who were resident in the UK at that time may apply under the EU Settlement Scheme for confirmation of their right to work and reside in the UK. The deadline for doing so is 30 June 2021. EU nationals who were not in the UK by that date must obtain permission to work under the current immigration rules, if they do not hold another status that allows them to work.

The main work permit route is referred to as the Skilled Worker visa. Employers must have a valid sponsor licence in order to sponsor workers under this route – including EU nationals.  Note that Irish citizens and EU nationals who hold Settled or Pre-Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are permitted to work in the UK and do not require a Skilled Worker visa.

To obtain a sponsor licence, a company must apply to the Government and submit evidence that it is an established entity in the UK and capable of meeting its compliance obligations. This includes having sufficiently robust procedures in place to monitor sponsored workers.

The Government may undertake an on-site compliance audit of the company at any time. Therefore, it is critical to ensure that you have appropriate systems in place in accordance with the Government’s sponsor guidelines to avoid penalties and maintain an A-rating.

North Star Law’s Immigration Team has extensive experience guiding clients through the initial licence process, as well as with renewal applications. The team undertake a thorough internal review to identify any gaps in procedures and recommend corrective action, so that you are compliant with your obligations as a Skilled Worker sponsor and fully prepared in the event of an audit.

If you have any questions or need assistance with a sponsor licence or Skilled Worker application, please contact the Immigration Team and we would be happy to assist.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3432 1911                                           Tel: +1 (617) 599-8275

 

Visit North Star Law’s website here. 

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 

Connect with Dr Bell: 

FBCC Member Series: Rochester PR Group

This interview is part of our FBCC Member Series, where we introduce our member companies to the network. This time we interviewed Joanna Dodd, the Managing Director of FBCC Corporate Member Rochester PR Group.

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

Rochester PR Group is a boutique agency, staffed by senior, experienced PR and marketing people who help international brands launch into the UK market.

Do you have a story behind your company’s name? 

Rochester is where I live in the UK, it’s a beautiful city with a cathedral, Norman castle, and is well known for its Charles Dickens connection. The reason for choosing it as our company name is that we wanted something that sounded “British” to a lot of different cultures and countries. Whilst there are lots of great puns and play on words that would definitely sound more fun and more unusual as a name, we are all about trying to help companies and brands make themselves easily understood and we just felt something challenging is really not where we should start. For us clear, easy-to-understand language is what we want to project on our website for example.

How would you describe your company culture? 

The advantage of a senior “been there, done that” team is 1) that there is not much that we haven’t come across in our working lives in terms of brands, types of campaigns, journalists we deal with, 2) we are hugely collaborative and always share our ideas and reactions with each other in the spirit of “can you improve upon this” or “does your experience tell you something different or suggest a better idea”. Plus we work at a really fast pace which we all enjoy. We’re organised and driven by action lists and deadlines. We all really enjoy our clients’ entrepreneurial spirit and this rubs off on us too – we’re full of ideas and a “why not try this” attitude. In our job you have to be constantly learning new techniques and the media and social media keeps us on our toes in terms of staying up to date. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so there’s always time for a laugh. 

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

The nature of our clients means that we are always working on launching new products or services for them.  It could be something they have been planning for months or years and is the culmination of lots of hard work and it’s our job to deliver activity in the most effective way for them and to match their enthusiasm and excitement.

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

We were lucky last year in that we had very recently bought new laptops and pretty much all our systems were app/cloud based already so, to be honest, we shifted our laptops home and carried on pretty much as normal.

Aside from that we invested, like others, in thinking how we keep in touch with each other efficiently, so our internal systems changed.  For clients we run “work in progress” trackers and that helps to keep us and them up to speed – we also like to run a weekly call with each of our clients.  Like others we are missing the face-to-face meetings, but the more virtual way of working has helped some of our clients who have been able to reach out into the UK in terms of raising their profile without having to travel.  Although I think the longer this goes on, you can sense and sometimes see the stress that it has brought to many businesses not just commercially but also their internal communications.

On a personal note, less commuting has brought me more time with my family and home.  So, more DIY jobs completed around the house!  But there’s no doubt that it has taken its toll on my daughters, one who started university last year and the other who is due to take her GCSEs this year.   And on my parents who live locally and for whom I am doing more shopping, preparing meals and trying to keep them feeling positive.

Your number one tip for working from home? 

My one tip for working from home is to take a lunch break and during that watch, the news/read an online media channel or watch/listen to a programme that you wouldn’t normally see or think you have time for. It can be a source of inspiration or just fun. 

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

Networks are great and, when not during Covid, it’s good to meet people at FBCC events (the Christmas lunch for example) as business to me is all about hearing a new perspective or point of view.  During Covid, it’s still about sharing and “meeting” people but obviously via Zoom, Teams, attending webinars etc.  You never know who’s going to give you a great piece of advice or spark an idea.

If you’re hiring new employees, what are the traits you would be looking for in them

We’re not hiring at the moment but, whenever we do, we look for people with masses of experience (we only employ senior consultants as we have found that works best for our clients) but also huge enthusiasm.  You have to be able to treat each new client or new project with the same excitement as you did the one before.

7 Secrets of Organising Epic Networking Events (online, of course)

The blog post is written by Dr. Tuuli Bell, the owner of FBCC Corporate Member Tuuli Bell Ltd

Once, I described myself as “stubbornly positive” at a networking event. That attitude has slowly become an everyday practice, a reminder during isolation that we can choose how we feel. I’d like to say it’s easy. On many days, I forget, pick myself up, and resume my practice. It’s one thing to be self-aware and control your thoughts, feelings, and words. As an organiser of a networking event, how can you influence the feelings of the participants? How do you create an atmosphere where people can feel safe to share their thoughts, enjoy themselves, and make meaningful connections?

We are heading towards the spring and have plenty of upcoming opportunities to renew, re-assess and transform our events. With a very special art-focused networking event with ProjectTransformations and FBCC coming up, I’d like to share my top 7 learnings about organising networking magic:

  1. Pick a theme that people gather around. Priya Parker suggests in her transformative book The Art of Gathering1 that you can engineer meaningful gatherings by being intentional and clear about the theme.
  2. Be brave. When you pour your heart into your work, it shows. Bring your true self to the event planning meetings and encourage others to do the same. It’s hard to put this into a couple of sentences as Brené Brown2 has been studying it for over 20 years.
  3. Embrace the limiting factors. When you have limited choices (about anything), you’re actually releasing your creative powers within. We all know the power of deadlines, and that’s an example of limited time. Check out more of Tina Seelig’s creative wisdom in inGenius3.
  4. Create a magical space. The environment that you’re in has a major impact on your creativity, output and mindset. Often in times of crisis, it can be easiest to change your environment as a positivity boost. That is why top schools and universities look attractive, and why cathedrals have high ceilings: they make you think prosperous thoughts, let your mind wonder in a vast space and invite you to look upwards. For inspiration, take a look at Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft’s Create Space4. Adjusting for a virtual environment, send a physical item to the participants they can touch and feel, or invite them to bring their own.
  5. Think about who you’re targeting. Who are you attracting to the event? The easiest way to influence who will be there is to understand the target profile and use words that speak to them (and not others). Shelle Rose Charvet’s Words That Change Minds5 opened my eyes to the power of words.
  6. Think holistically. What else is going on in the lives of the participants? Will they be able to attend your event if it’s at school pick-up time? Will they need to, and be able to, download special software on their work laptops? Are there other accessibility, or language barriers that you need to take into account?
  7. Plan your hellos and saying goodbye. Coming back to Priya Parker’s book1, she explains how participants’ experience of the gathering starts as soon as they hear about the event and ends after the event has come to a close. What are the opening and closing rituals that you will employ? Ending a gathering is much easier in a virtual space than, for example if you had guests at home. In either case, you’ll want to let everyone know what to expect, and in which sequence or at what time. Finally, how will you follow-up after the event? When you’ve arranged a great event, you’ll want to help the participants to take something home with them, to remember it with gratitude and a smile. If they learn something that reminds them to live life to the fullest, you’ve more than achieved your goal.

Thank you for taking your time to read through the post, and I hope it gave you ideas and inspiration for organising your next event. If you are curious about participating in a novel art-networking event, sign up today to secure your place. Look forward to seeing you there!

Dr Tuuli Bell is founder of FBCC member company Tuuli Bell Ltd. Drawing on her research background in experimental physics, and a life-long passion for oil painting, Tuuli challenges the barriers between disciplines. She believes that arts and sciences have complementing approaches, with the same purpose: to deepen our understanding of the universe – a space-time that we are part of. For her, happiness is about embracing change, connecting with others on a human level, and communicating with the universe through visual art.

Read more about ProjectTransformations art workshop and get your tickets here

References

  1. Priya Parker, The Art of Gathering: https://www.priyaparker.com/thebook
  2. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: https://daretolead.brenebrown.com/
  3. Tina Seelig, inGenius, http://www.tinaseelig.com/books.html
  4. Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft, Create Space:https://dschool.stanford.edu/resources/make-space-excerpts
  5. Shelle Rose Charvet, Words That Change Minds: https://wordsthatchangeminds.com/

FBCC Corporate Member Kone is recruiting!

FBCC Corporate Member KONE is recruiting for several open positions in London and other locations within the United Kingdom.

Down below, you can see few roles KONE is looking to fill in London:

KONE has many more open positions you can look up here.

As a global leader in the lift and escalator industry, KONE provides lifts, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernisation to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. 

Read more about KONE here.

FBCC MEMBER SERIES: LIGHT COGNITIVE

This interview is part of the FBCC Member Series where we introduce our member companies to the network. This year’s first interview is with Anne Salomaa, the Head of Marketing at FBCC’s Corporate Member Light Cognitive.

Light Cognitive’s award-winning lighting design bring the benefits of natural light to a windowless retail space in Barcelona.

Light Cognitive is a Finnish company focusing on lighting design that celebrates natural light. The company’s mission is to bring beautiful light and clear skies within everyone’s reach by using a lighting technology that recreates natural light in indoor spaces. The aim is to receive the benefits from natural light around the year, which can otherwise be difficult during the darker months. The name, Light Cognitive, was born during a stroll in Cambridge with a practical meaning behind it: lighting has a significant impact on our cognitive abilities.  

Light Cognitive was established in 2014 when the founder moved to Finland after having spent several years in the U.S. and noticed how the darkness had a vast impact on both his mood and alertness. From here, the idea of creating light indoors, which would enable us to experience the benefits of natural light during the darkest times of the year, was born.  

Although the current situation has created its challenges, Light Cognitive has been able to grow and gain global interest and recognition during the past year. The company has participated in international design competitions and recently won the prestigious Dezeen Award for 2020 in the category of Lighting Design. The competition attracted participants from over 80 countries with thousands of projects. Moreover, the company has been able to shift product demonstrations online and has participated in different virtual events to remarkable success. Right now, the team is looking forward to the future with an open mind.

Salomaa describes the company’s culture as innovative and encouraging, with opportunities to learn new skills and take on different roles. Most importantly, as the environment is very dynamic and fast-paced, Salomaa mentions how important it is to trust in oneself. She finds it inspiring to see the effort and work put into the company along the journey.  

“Light is important for our wellbeing,” says Light Cognitive marketing director Anne Salomaa

Salomaa is currently the only team member living in the U.K., which is also why she sees being part of the FBCC community as a great means to network and make new connections, and she appreciates the support of FBCC and both the local and Finnish companies that are a part of the network.

We asked Salomaa for her best tips for working at home, to which she mentions how important it is to try and get some natural light during the day by going on a walk, even if just for fifteen minutes. If that is not possible, she recommends getting at least some light by opening the door while you enjoy your daily dose of caffeine.

Artificial Intelligence with Goodwille and Marks & Clerk

If someone asked you to explain what artificial intelligence, AI, stands for, what would you say? What about machine learning and deep learning? As AI continues to grow in popularity, it’s good to know some of the key terms used in the AI space.

FBCC Patron Member Goodwille posted an article on their website where they answer 5 questions about artificial intelligence together with FBCC Corporate Member Marks & Clerk.

To read the full article 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 Young Professional.