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

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.

New trainees at the FBCC

The FBCC is welcoming two new additions to the team for the Autumn 2019 period. Please welcome Maria and Jade!

Maria is studying a master’s degree at Tampere University, majoring in sustainable business management. Before that, she attained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Stockholm University. London is a completely new city for Maria, so she is excited to explore the dynamic, innovative city that London is!

Maria is interested in megatrends such as sustainable development and digitalization. As the Finnish-British business community is an innovator in these fields, Maria is excited to network with the Chamber’s members and other companies in the community. She is looking forward to the traineeship at FBCC, as its diverse work tasks will help develop her professionally.

Jade is a last year double-degree student of European Business Administration at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. She’s completed the first two years of her studies in Finland and the third-year specialization for international business and management at the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. Originally, she chose her study program specifically for its international aspect and the opportunities to study and work abroad.

At Metropolia Jade worked as a tutor for the incoming exchange students which strengthened her resolve to leave Finland for her own year abroad. During her Erasmus year at the University of Wolverhampton, and several trips to London, Jade fell in love with the country and the idea of working in the UK was born.
Jade is looking forward to learning more about marketing and organizing events. She’s also very excited to meet new people at the networking events. For the future she wishes that the internship at FBCC will help her to form a business network and give a great kickstart for her career in international business!

Maria and Jade are looking forward to meeting all of you this Autumn in our upcoming events!

FBCC Wishes you a lovely Summer!

The FBCC office will be closed from Thursday 11th July until Monday 5th August. During that time, our General Manager Emma will be intermittently available via email: emma@fbcc.co.uk.

We have also published our Summer Newsletter and you can read it here.

Goodbye from FBCC Spring 2019 Trainee Heli

Today is my last day with the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce as a Marketing and Events Coordinator. It is time for new challenges.

The experience has been highly rewarding, on both a personal and professional level. At the beginning of my traineeship, I wanted to develop my business skills, enhance my knowledge of international business and marketing and to learn more about the Finnish companies in Britain. During this time, I can say I learnt a lot.

Organising the FBCC events and meetings have been fantastic opportunities to gain experience and improve my transferable skills. No two days were alike, there were fun tasks of taking photos, event planning from coordination to delivery, accounting and supporting Finnish companies as they begin to enter the British market.

I’ve enjoyed my time here in the international environment and learnt about the business culture in the UK and Finnish businesses here in London.

The highlights of my time here have been the opportunities to meet our all existing and new members and participating in all amazing events we organized throughout this Spring.

I’d like to warmly thank all the wonderful people I’ve had the opportunity to meet, extend my gratitude to our general manager Emma for being a supportive and inspiring manager and the FBCC team and all our members and partners.

See you all soon!

 

Goodbye from FBCC Spring 2019 Trainee Erika

I am Erika Sipilä, one of the Marketing and Events Coordinator Trainees for Spring 2019 at the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce and this is my farewell blog post to FBCC Members and friends. You can read my introduction post here and my halfway greetings here.

First and foremost, I would like to thank all FBCC Members for the warm welcome I received when I arrived in London in January and everyone’s kindness throughout my six months here. Thank you also to my lovely colleagues Emma and Heli. FBCC has provided a platform for me to enhance my networking skills and really get to know the Finnish and British business communities here in London. In my introduction post I wrote that my goal was to learn more about Finnish businesses in the UK and develop as a young professional. I am happy to say that I feel like I have achieved both.

It has been a very interesting experience seeing how businesses internationalise, especially to a market like the UK, which is notoriously difficult and competitive. It has been rewarding being a part of the successes of our Members through organising events with them, networking and supporting operations here in the UK. FBCC has given me the opportunity to work very independently and take responsibility of long-term projects and divisions of FBCC operations, such as our social media. The internship has taught me more about long term project management from a directing point of view and got me well-versed in the world of InDesign. I have also gotten to meet interesting people and experience exciting things from events at the Finnish Residence and company launches to shooting a commercial.

Time has gone by so fast and I will look back to my days here in London fondly. I do not leave London with sadness but with a sense of accomplishment. I will continue to my master’s studies at Aalto University at the International Design Business Management department beginning in September. To follow my journey or to keep in touch, feel free to connect on LinkedIn and send me a message!

Patrons’ Dinner at the Finnish Residence in Kensington Palace Gardens

Finnmark Sauna is launching their new ‘Sauna Twins’ podcast

FBCC Member Finnmark Sauna is launching a new  podcast called ‘Sauna Twins’. The first episode aired yesterday and you can watch the video below.

𝐒𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐚 𝐓𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐏𝐨𝐝𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐭

𝐄𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞 #𝟏 𝐃𝐫. 𝐋𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢 𝐀. 𝐋𝐢𝐢𝐤𝐤𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐧
Dr. Lassi A. Liikkanen explains the principles of sauna construction, concepts and materials – from sauna ventilation, choices of wood to build a sauna, sauna bench positioning and different stones used in a sauna heater for the perfect steam or löyly! If you want to know the principles involved in how to build a sauna then we definitely recommend watching the podcast.

https://finnmarksauna.com/blogs/sauna-news/sauna-twins-podcast-episode-1-dr-lassi-a-liikkanen-finnmark-sauna

We warmly welcome our new Corporate Member Digitalist Group

Digitalist Group is a customer experience innovation partner that provides creative digital solutions and services for customer companies in selected target industries. They help their customer companies embrace digitalization, Internet and mobility for productivity and unique user experiences for competitive advantage. They realize innovative dreams with unparalleled design and impeccable technical delivery.

Digitalist Group has more than 250 talents working in studios in Helsinki, Stockholm, London, San Francisco and Vancouver. Their portfolio consists of a broad range of renowned brands like for example Apple, Samsung, Spotify, Google, Honda, HP, Intel, BBC, H&M and many more.

Find out more about Digitalist Group on their website.

Thank you to former Ambassador of Finland in the UK, Päivi Luostarinen

The FBCC would like to extend our gratitude to Päivi Luostarinen, the former Ambassador of Finland in the UK for her time here and collaboration with the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce. She began her post on the 1st of September 2015 and much has happened since. She tells about her experience in Helsingin Sanomat, one of the largest newspapers in Finland. You can read the article in Finnish here.

In the article she reflects on her time in the UK and how Brexit changed the content of diplomacy. The article states that it was surprising how poorly British politicians were prepared for Brexit and how little has changed in the past three years. There is still no consensus on what is going to happen and now a new Prime Minister must be found. Brexit has brought up the oddities of British politics.

However, the Ambassador’s position includes much more than just analysing and trying to predict the political situation. It also includes public diplomacy, which means spreading the word about Finland and celebrating every time it is mentioned in the press. Finland has a good reputation in the UK, but it is not very well known. Brits are interested in things they can benefit from as well, such as education, healtch technology, the housing crisis and equality.

Even though the Brexit process is still unfinished, the former Ambassador urges Finnish people, companies and communities to maintain relationships with the UK. It is still worth working and studying in the UK and Brexit will not stop trade. “The UK will remain an important trade partner in Europe, because they have a lot to give”, she says.

Päivi Luostarinen will now return to Helsinki to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland. Following her as the new Ambassador of Finland in the UK starting on the 1st of June 2019 is Mr Markku Keinänen. We look forward to more great years of collaboration with the Ambassador and the rest of Team Finland in the UK!

The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden wins silver-gilt medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden by Taina Suonio won the silver-gilt medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Taina Suonio is an accomplished Finnish landscape designer, horticulturist, environmental biologist, and researcher. The garden was made in partnership with several Finnish companies and supported by the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce. The main sponsor of the garden is FBCC Member Kyrö Distillery Company. They see 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 of Kyrö Distillery Company. The garden indeed does include many of the Finnish forest flowers and herbs included in the Kyrö’s award-winning Napue Gin.

“The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden could be described as “Finnish summer in a garden”. The clear Nordic lines of the design, including the 100-year-old weather-beaten barn wall and the imposing granite, will stand out from the vegetation, providing for an overall atmosphere of timelessness, permanence and perpetuity, which are central attributes of the Finnish nature in all seasons. The cascading water feature reminds the visitors to the garden about the relationship the Finns have with their roots in the country and the much-cherished respite by their countless lakeside, riverside and seaside cottages.” (The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden Guide)

“Junipers are given in this Finnish garden, but the remarkable red birches, making the first ever appearance in the Chelsea Flower Show, are rare even in Finland. Lily of the Valley, being the national Flower of Finland has its natural space to grow under the trees. Finns too, love their art and the skilfully crafted silver insects by the artist Ru Runeberg, which decorate the garden in places, are a natural element of it and will not go unnoticed. The harmony of the colours in the design is reflected throughout The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden.” (The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden Guide)

More pictures on the FBCC Facebook page.

Read more about The Roots in Finland Kyrö Garden:
Pro Landscaper Magazine: Chelsea Flower Show 2019 medal winners
Country Living: 8 Chelsea Flower Show 2019 gardening trends to try at home
Town & Country: Discover Chelsea Flower Show’s most beautiful gardens
House & Garden: All the medal winners from the Chelsea Flower Show 2019
The Telegraph: Three of the best small spaces at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

In Finnish:
Iltasanomat: Suomalainen Taina teki ainutlaatuisen suorituksen
Iltalehti: Mikä kunnia! Taina loihti ensimmäisenä suomalaisena lumoavan puutarhan arvostettuun näyttelyyn

Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce

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