FBCC Member Surrey Translation Bureau goes for a rebrand

Surrey-based translation agency and FBCC member Surrey Translation Bureau, have launched a new website and rebranded, reflecting a rethink of their core values and message.

The new website features a much sleeker user interface, which the company hopes will streamline visitors’ experience and increase overall engagement. The rebrand is both striking and simple and echoes STB’s professional growth and the experience that it has garnered over the years. The company has significantly more depth now than it did at its inception in 1984 and the signature shade of purple has been adjusted to reflect this.

“As a business, we want our customers to have a smooth journey, from the quotation stage right through until the project is completed. The new website has been designed with the same objective in mind. I am confident our upgraded website will offer our users a more enhanced experience with clearly defined content, a simple layout and, overall, a professional outlook.” says Marya Jabeen, Marketing Manager at STB.

STB’s new website will be updated regularly with all the latest industry news and resources.

About Surrey Translation Bureau

Surrey Translation Bureau (STB) is a multi-award winning independent language service provider with over 35 years of experience and a diverse range of clients across most verticals, including the manufacturing, legal, medical and scientific sectors. STB provides high-quality, specialised translations into most world languages.

With a skilled and experienced team of native linguists, STB can translate a wide range of source material across most formats, including legal documents, training material, product packaging and user manuals.

STB is independently certified to European standard ISO17100:2015, which sets out the requirements for the provision of quality services by translation service providers. It also holds BS EN ISO 9001:2015 certification for customer satisfaction and quality management.

Please do head over to their website to check out their new look.



Goodbye from FBCC Autumn 2019 trainee Maria

Sadly, my traineeship at the FBCC is coming to an end and I’ll be heading back to Helsinki to work on my master’s thesis and will continue working within the B2B events field. Before I go, I’d like to reflect a little bit on my experience here at the chamber.

The six months at the chamber passed incredibly fast, yet I learned a lot in that short period. Firstly, I gained practical experience from digital marketing, bookkeeping, event production and many different software during this period. This skill set will prepare me for any role within marketing, events and project management. Secondly and perhaps even more importantly, the traineeship has improved my soft skills. As the trainees represent the chamber in a variety of events, I’ve gotten to develop my confidence in speaking to different kinds of people. Also, working in a small team of three enables you to take ownership of your own projects but also to think like a start-up; each team member does a little bit of everything and if you run into a problem – Google and your colleagues will help! I would recommend this traineeship to anyone who wants to develop their skills extremely fast whilst having a blast.

I’d like to sincerely thank all the members and friends of the FBCC for these months and for making my experience in London so unforgettable. It’s these invaluable contacts that make the chamber so fantastic – in today’s digital world these face-to-face contacts and the meaningful relationships we form are vital. I believe that the chamber can continue bringing significant value to its members especially through this aspect.

Finally, I’d like to express my gratitude to our lovely general manager Emma and my fantastic colleague Jade. Emma trusts the trainees’ vision and is always willing to help and give you more responsibility in aspects you want to develop in. My fellow trainee Jade always made me laugh and really uplifted our team with her optimism.

Now it is time to welcome our new trainees for Spring 2020 and I know they will do an excellent job. I’m sure I will be back in London sooner or later – meanwhile, let’s stay connected in LinkedIn!

Happy Holidays from the FBCC Team

The FBCC Offices will be closed for the Holidays from 23rd December until 2nd January. We wish you a lovely and peaceful Christmas and all the best for the new year and decade!

Chairman’s Holiday Greeting 2019

Dear Members and Friends of the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce,
2019 has been a very active year for the Chamber with 26 events for the Members and several in-house modernisation projects. The Chamber’s network today extends to more than 1300 business contacts with event participant numbers increasing by over 20% in 2019. The number of members has overall remained stable with very positive growth in the Young Professional membership category. The cooperation with the Chamber’s Partners, including the Finnish Embassy, has remained strong and being a member of Team Finland has provided the Chamber with an excellent platform to contribute towards the common Finnish-British good. Also the cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers of Commerce has worked very well and is likely to increase in the future. The Chamber’s financial basis remains solid and with a capable team, headed by General Manager Emma Jalonen, and very active and supportive Board we are well positioned and in good shape to enter 2020.

Having said that, 2020 is likely to be a unique time period for our Members and Friends. The very recent General Election results may , or may not, bring clarity to the Brexit situation which is looming or inspiring us, depending on your viewpoint. In any case, after several years of uncertainty a higher degree of commercial operating environment stability and certainty would be welcome. If constructive and well considered action to support our Members on Brexit issues is required, the Chamber is ready and willing to do just that.

Despite the Brexit uncertainty, many things still remain certain. For instance London is London – Brexit or not. The Capital is and continues to grow as one of the world’s main ICT hubs which offers great opportunities for Finnish companies operating in this sector. The same applies for Finnish Wellbeing companies which continue to attract the London-based urban population. Also the United Kingdom, with its 60 million plus inhabitants, will undoubtedly remain an important export and import market for Finland. Companies in the Finnish Forestry, Engineering, Financial Services, Transportation sectors and many others in various industries will continue to operate in the UK. When all of this is combined with the knowledge that many commercial relationships between Finnish and British entities have lasted for centuries, I believe that we have all the reasons to think optimistically about the future.

I look forward to seeing you at FBCC’s events.

Juha-Matti Lampola

General Manager’s Holiday Greeting 2019

Dear Members and Friends of the FBCC, 

After another busy and exciting year has just flown by, here we are again, counting down the final days until Christmas with anew decade just around the corner. I know you are all extremely busy finalising projects and getting everything ready for the holidays – or you’re already off spending time with friends and family – so I will keep my message to you short(ish).  

Not to sound like a broken record when writing thisbut 2019 has been another quite politically turbulent year here in the UK; Brexit has been delayed twice, we have had a new prime minister and a general election. There is still quite a lot of uncertainty around Brexit and what will happen but whatever your political affiliations may be, I am sure we are all hoping for 2020 to bring with it some clarity. But come what may, the one thing that is certain, is that Christmas bill be here this year again. I want to wish you all a very relaxing holiday period and I hope you will have some time off to spend with loved ones and getting some much-needed rest and relaxation to recharge your batteries for 2020.  

This past year has been very busy at the FBCC and we have had even more events for you than before. It has been amazing seeing so many of you attending throughout the yearI truly hope that you have enjoyed the variety of events over the past year and we welcome any feedback you may have for us. We have more exciting, interesting and fun events planned for 2020 so keep your eyes peeled for updates in the new year. First up will be an Economic Update with Nordea on the 23rd of January, followed by the monthly Nordic Drinks on the 30th of January, so mark your calendars now. Many more will be announced next year. 

Finally, I want to give my warmest thanks to our members for your support this year, to our event guests for attending, and all our friends for following our journey. In 2020 we want to be able to serve you even better and provide you with as much value as possible. The best part of my job is meeting you and hearing all your stories. 

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the FBCC team! 

Warmest regards, 

Emma Jalonen
General Manager

Finland aims to educate 1% of EU citizens in the basics of AI by 2021

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment reports that Finland will be providing European Citizens with free access to an online course in the basics of artificial intelligence during 2020-2021. The initiative was first made public on 10th December 2019 in Brussels.

The online course, The Elements of AI is a series of free online courses by the University of Helsinki and Reaktor, a Finnish technology company. It was first launched in May 2018 and has already had more than 220 000 signups worldwide. Currently, the courses are available in Finnish, English, Swedish and Estonian, but the aim is to launch them in all the official EU languages.

This initiative is an attempt to respond to the future challenges of the transformation of work by the Finnish Presidency. Thus, their main aim is to encourage all Europeans to learn more about AI.

“Our investment has three goals: we want to equip EU citizens with digital skills for the future; we wish to increase practical understanding of what artificial intelligence is; and by doing so, we want to give a boost to the digital leadership of Europe,” said Minister of Employment Timo Harakka.

One of the greatest forces that drive economic development is artificial intelligence. Therefore, the role of AI and technology in the future of Europe and the world is growing drastically, and it is crucial to encourage people of all generations and backgrounds to learn more.

Read more of the initiative from EU2019.FI

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


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.

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.