New Trainee at the FBCC

The FBCC welcomes a new addition to the team for the Spring 2020 period. Please welcome Lotta!

Lotta just finished her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Aalto University School of Business. Before coming to London, she completed her exchange period in Glasgow, Scotland. During her semester in Scotland, Lotta noticed possibilities for Finnish companies to enter to the UK market and thus her goal is to learn more about Finnish companies’ international growth. She is looking forward to developing her networking skills and learning more about event management. Lotta is very excited to attend all the upcoming events and work for the FBCC!

 

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!

FBCC AUTUMN 2019 TRAINEE JADE’S HALFWAY GREETINGS

My traineeship started in August with quite a rush, in the first month we already hosted our first Nordic Drinks and only a couple weeks later my favourite event so far; the annual Crayfish Party.

Nordic Drinks is a monthly networking event, which I think was the best way to start the Autumn season 2019. The two hours went by extremely fast taking photos and mingling with our guests. If I think about myself back in August and compare it to date – I can see a lot of development. Even though I’ve never considered myself shy, I’ve definitely become more confident and developed my networking skills.

Right after Nordic Drinks, in the beginning of September we had our Annual Crayfish Party, interestingly, the very first Crayfish Party for me as well. Organizing this event taught me so much, we had to plan everything from the seating plan and fundraising auction, to designing visual marketing materials and decoration. The day finally arrived, and we were of course a little bit nervous, but all the hard work paid off – the event was a total success.

I can’t believe how the time flies. It feels like we’ve just started, and now we’re already interviewing our successors and preparing for the last few events of this year. I’ve met so many interesting people from various fields of business, organized approximately 10 events with our team and got the opportunity to attend several fascinating events organized by others.

All in all, it has been a great learning experience, I’ve had the chance to utilize my skills in so many different areas; ranging from marketing and accounting to research and recruitment – and this has given me clear direction of what kind of job I’d like to do next.

As I have couple of months left and the festive season lurking behind the corner, I’m super excited to see what else I’ll learn and who else I still have the chance to meet at our next events.

Halfway greetings from FBCC Autumn 2019 Trainee Maria

Festive season is upon us and so is the halfway mark of my internship here at the chamber! When I started my internship, I was looking to build my network and challenge myself with the varying work tasks at the chamber. The internship has  exceeded my expectations –  I’ve learned a lot of new skills and developed as a professional.

Our internship started off with a bang with the Crayfish Party in September. Organising the event was an excellent introduction to the work as a trainee as the Crayfish Party is one of the biggest annual events that the chamber organises. Jade and I got to take ownership for all of the visual materials and event logistics involved in the event. To date, we’ve already organised around 10 events ranging from business seminars such as the Nordic Chambers’ Business Forum to social events such as Nordic Drinks. Taking responsibility of the full event life cycle has been rewarding and I’ve definitely developed a keen interest in event planning!

The internship has also proven to be extremely valuable for networking as I’ve got to meet people from diverse industries. It’s been immensely interesting to meet so many of our members and learn about their stories as well as potential and challenges in moving to the Finnish and UK market. It’s been a pleasure to notice that the Finnish ‘brand’ is attractive here in the UK – especially in terms of the Finnish sisu and innovation in fields like clean tech.

Luckily I still have a few months left here at the chamber and I’m excited to see what there is to come. Hopefully I get to meet more of our network in our upcoming events such as the Annual Christmas Lunch!

 

 

 

FBCC is recruiting Marketing and Events Coordinator Trainees for Spring 2020

Recruiting Marketing and Events Coordinator Trainees (2)

The Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce in London is recruiting two Marketing and Events Coordinator Trainees. The positions are due to start in January or February 2020 and will last circa 5-6 months, until June 2020. If you are looking for a chance to gain valuable experience working in a dynamic environment as part of an energetic team, you may be just the person we are looking for.

For more details on the job description and skills needed please see our job advertisement.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the position, please email us at info@fbcc.co.uk.

 

 

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!

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

Halfway Greetings from FBCC Trainee Heli

I am Heli Haapanen and I have been working with the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce for three months now and I will be here until end of June. I can’t believe how quickly time has passed. It’s been a busy spring in a very positive way.

On a day-to-day basis, my role as Marketing and Events Coordinator includes different activities in a dynamic environment in vibrant, lovely London. We have held many events on different topics, like the Digital Marketing workshop, the Investing & Fintech event last week and the monthly Nordic Drinks. Organising and participating in FBCC events has been full of creativity, socialising, multi-tasking and a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and improve transferable skills. What a great experience it has been so far to meet different people from various sectors around the world!

At the beginning of my traineeship, I wanted to develop my business skills, enhance my knowledge of international business and Finnish companies in Britain. One of my key objectives was and still is to learn more about marketing so I can apply my knowledge in the final year of my master’s degree in European and Nordic studies and future career.

It’s been so great to be part of the Chamber and to learn more about the business culture in the UK and the Finnish companies here. Finland has a positive image in the UK and Finnish companies have been successful here, which has been nice to observe.

The Traineeship has been an amazing opportunity to do so many things in a cosmopolitan city like London. I am grateful to work with a successful team and enthusiastic manager Emma.

I still have a few months left, so I am looking forward to learning more, enjoying the challenges as well as meeting new people and seeing FBCC friends again at our upcoming events!

Halfway greetings 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 halfway greetings blog post to FBCC Members and friends. You can read my introduction post here. 

I have now officially graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration majoring in International Business. At university I learned a great deal about the theory of international trade but interning at the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce has taught me more about the practical side of International Business. The Chamber provides a unique view point into business between Finland and the UK. You get to see small Finnish start-ups entering the UK market, big established corporations who have been in the UK for decades as well as UK businesses interested in Finland or cooperation with Finnish companies.

I count this Traineeship as an invaluable addition to my International Business knowledge and skillset. Having the opportunity to work closely with an organisation that facilitates the operative functions of internationalisation has helped me apply the theoretical knowledge I gained from university into practice.

Interning at the FBCC is a good opportunity to challenge yourself. You get lots of responsibility and freedom to be creative but still have the support of our General Manager, Emma. This Traineeship has already helped me grow as a professional and provided me with tangible skills for the future. Now my Traineeship is at its middle point and if I have learned this much halfway through, I cannot wait for what’s to come.

I look forward to catching up with members and friends of the FBCC and meeting new faces at our upcoming events!

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.