FBCC welcomes a new Corporate member: Sigmaroc!

Once again FBCC is proud to announce a new Corporate member. SigmaRoc PLC is an AIM-listed buy-and-build group targeting construction materials assets in the UK and Northern Europe.

It seeks to create value by purchasing assets in fragmented construction materials markets and extracting efficiencies through active management and by forming the assets into larger groups. It seeks to derisk its investments via strong asset backing at its projects.

To read more about Sigmaroc and what they do, click here!

FBCC Corporate member Ekte is hiring!

FBCC Corporate member Ekte Nordic Kitchen is currently looking for Chefs and Front of House employees to join their team. The Scandinavian-influenced restaurant is located in the Bloomberg Arcade in the City of London.

This is a great opportunity to work for Jessen & Co Ltd, an established company with a 20-year history at the top end of London Restaurants, and to also further your career within the hospitality industry in one of the most competitive food capitals in the world.

Ekte, meaning genuine or real in Norwegian, offers a varied Nordic menu with each dish taking inspiration from the Northern hemisphere. Using only carefully sourced, sustainable ingredients, Ekte’s menus – which are overseen by Swedish-born Executive Chef Robin Freeman – celebrate everything each season has to offer. 

If you’d like to know more about the open positions, please click here!

To apply for the Chef positions, email your CV to simon(a)ektelondon.co.uk, or if you’d like to apply for a Front of House position, please email your CV to salvatore(a)ektelondon.co.uk.

 

Ekte Nordic Kitchen’s special offer for the week!

FBCC Corporate member Ekte Nordic Kitchen offers: From Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th of October, enjoy a 3 Course Nordic Set Menu with a G&T for £25pp – served all-day from 11:30am.

Choose from a selection of freshly prepped Danish smørrebrød, mouth-watering mains, and soul-warming puddings that celebrate only the very best of seasonal produce. This week, kids 10 and under eat for free, so why not bring along the whole gang to Ekte, situated along the glossy Bloomberg Arcade in Bank.

To book, simply head over to www.ektelondon.co.uk or call the team on 0203 814 8330 🍂

Nordic Set Menu with G&T for £25pp

3 Course Nordic Set Menu with G&T upon arrival for £25pp – served all-day this week from 11:30am Tuesday-Saturday

Kids eat for free

Kids eat for free at Ekte from Tuesday 26th until Saturday 30th of November
T&Cs: Must be under 10 years old, maximum 2 children per adult.

To read more about Ekte’s special offers, please see their website!

Marks & Clerk course: Avoiding Pitfalls in Patent/KnowHow Licences and R&D Collaborations

FBCC Corporate member Marks & Clerk has a long history of providing outstanding training, and we are looking forward to continuing this tradition later this month through their collaboration with The Management Forum.

The course – Avoiding Pitfalls in Patent/KnowHow Licences and R&D Collaborations – will take place on 20th October and has been specially designed for patent attorneys, in-house lawyers, contracts managers, technology transfer managers, and any other professions involved in patent/know-how licences and R&D collaborations.

To find out more, or secure your place, please check Marks & Clerk website by clicking here! Marks & Clerk has promised a 30% discount for FBCC members, to get your discount, please contact nbutson(a)marks-clerk.com

FBCC warmly welcomes a new Corporate member: Give Opportunity Global!

FBCC is proud to announce a new Corporate member: Give Opportunity Global (GOG).

GOG is a volunteer-led NGO based here in London, Charity No. 1156367. We support children to access education in Africa through building schools, classrooms, and education sponsorship. In addition, we support women’s economic empowerment to alleviate poverty through micro-finance schemes.

So far, we have helped to build 5 schools, educated over 11,000 children to access education and some of the children have gone on to graduate as doctors, teachers, nurses, lawyers, administrators to mention but a few.

Also, we have uplifted over 3,050 women and youth out of poverty, through our economic empowerment projects. Entrepreneurship and innovation are at the heart of our mission to empower women as one of the main actors in addressing the inequalities and achieve UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to end poverty.

We invite you to get involved in our charity and together make a difference.

For more information please visit their website or get in touch at info@gog.org.uk

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: 

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.