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Letter from the Chairman

Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, the Chamber has remained active in assisting and supporting its members. Understandably there have been few live events, with the focus instead on the use of online tools and webinars for communication. These webinars have covered topical subjects such as New HR Legislations, Employee Wellbeing, Cyber Security, Advice for Start-ups, and Economic Updates to name a few. Overall, the participation in these webinars has been very active and within the FBCC social media channels, the following has seen a significant increase. The Chamber’s network today extends to more than 1300 business contacts with a very stable membership base.
The cooperation with the Chamber’s Partners, including the Finnish Embassy has remained strong. As a member of Team Finland, the Chamber has been provided with an excellent platform to contribute towards the common Finnish-British good. In addition, the cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers of Commerce has worked very well and will continue in the future. The Chamber’s financial basis remains solid and working with a capable team headed by General Manager Jade Juvonen, supported by an active Board, we are in good shape to enter 2022.
The United Kingdom, particularly London,  continues to be one of the world’s fastest growing ICT/Digitalisation hubs which offers great opportunities for Finnish companies operating in this sector. Finland is also well known for its skills and expertise in areas including Green Energy, Wellbeing, Sustainability, Digitalisation and Education which all are included in one way or another in the UK Government’s sizeable Covid-recovery funding plans.

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.
Chairman
Juha-Matti Lampola

 

Ekte Nordic Kitchen presents: Danish Christmas Set Menu

 

In case you missed out on tickets for FBCC Christmas Lunch this year, why not try a Danish menu for a change?

FBCC Corporate member Ekte Nordic Kitchen is offering a Danish Christmas Set Menu for £37.50 per person.

To book 2-10 guests please email welcome@ektelondon.co.uk        or for larger groups events@jessen.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!

Recording of Reignite Your Business After Lockdown

As businesses prepare to re-emerge from the pandemic, how can they adapt to a new working world?

Together with FBCC Patron Member Goodwille and the Danish-UK Association, we participated in a webinar where the speakers looked at the burning questions around how to return from the pandemic to a business world that has changed.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the webinar! We would also like to express our warmest thanks to the speakers Jacqui Brown from Goodwille and Jan Bowen-Nielsen from Quiver Management for the great discussion and to our moderator Sofie Annikki Dralle.

The participants discussed the following questions, among others: 

  • How has the world around businesses changed today?
  • As business coaches and consultants, your team and yourself work with a number of businesses. What are you seeing happening as businesses prepare to re-emerge from the pandemic?
  • How can business leaders reignite and reposition the business to a changing world?
  • After a year of ‘hibernation’ with many or all staff working from home or being furloughed, what are some other challenges leaders need to be aware of or adapt to?
  • What can leaders do to energise and motivate staff to successfully and thus remerge?
  • What are some practical steps business leaders can do in order to make sure they also have the support they need?

You can also find recordings to all our past webinars here.

Recording of Boost your Employee Wellbeing

Keeping employees happy is more important and challenging than ever. Whether it’s engaging a workforce remotely, keeping the culture alive, or acting on the threats to employees’ happiness, it is crucial for the HR department to adapt to keep employees healthy, happy and productive.

Watch the webinar recording down below to boost your employee wellbeing!

Together with FBCC Patron Member Goodwille, Breaks Finland, and the Danish-UK Association, we participated in a webinar to learn more about improving the wellbeing of employees.

Jacqui Brown, HR Manager at Goodwille, and Jaana Komscha-Härkönen, the CEO and Co-Founder of Breaks Finland discussed topics such as “The biggest changes to workplace wellbeing for employees and how to adapt”, “Who in the business should be responsible for the wellbeing KPI’S?”, and “How to spot, improve and prevent mental illness in the workplace”. Watch the recording for more!

You can also find recordings to all our past webinars here.

 

Recording of Expanding to the UK – Advice for Startups

You can now watch the recording of our webinar Expanding to the UK – Advice for Startups. FBCC joined forces with Corporate Member Marks & Clerk, Leadoo, and Logmore, to bring you a lively discussion about the do’s and don’ts of expanding to the UK.

We would like to thank all of our participants and co-organiser the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce. A special thanks goes to our speakers Simon Portman from Mark & Clerk, Niko Polvinen from Logmore, and Henrik Viitanen from Leadoo for making the webinar happen!

You can also find recordings to all our past webinars here!

Recording of HR Matters: New HR Legislations & Responsibilities in 2021

Be a responsible employer and get ready for the latest UK employment law changes.

FBCC joined the HR Team at Patron Member Goodwille and the Danish-UK Association to host a webinar to make sure businesses are aware of the changing employment landscape.

The panellists from Goodwille discuss the following topics:
– The Employer Basics – understanding your core responsibilities
– Changes in UK Employment Law from April 2021
– HR Implications post-Brexit & Covid-19

Thank you to everyone that participated! Watch past recordings here.

Exciting news from FBCC Corporate Member Finnmark Ltd!

Finnmark Ltd Press Release
16th of March 2021

FBCC Corporate Member Finnmark Ltd has invested over £100,000 to scale up operations at their Enterprise city home near Durham in another positive move for levelling up and manufacturing in the region. The company, which has seen a spike in e-commerce sales since the start of the pandemic, currently imports all of its materials from Finland and is busy moving to larger warehouse and workshop facilities to allow product development teams to pioneer their own sauna and steam room solutions such as cold plunge and sauna cabin designs all on-site. The company is also poised to make a move into the luxury steam room market and is currently developing an offering to sit alongside its hugely successful authentic Finnish sauna installation brand –  Finnmark Sauna.

To service the growth, the company has made a number of appointments in key positions across sales, installations and e-commerce. George Oberg has joined this month as Installations Manager. He enthused, “I’m focussing on maintaining and improving upon our high standards. I’m keen to see how we can further develop and deepen our reach in both the residential and commercial sectors and see this as a great time to join such a forward-thinking and progressive company. I’m very excited to be part of the team here at Finnmark as the company grows.”

PR Manager Robbie Thompson said, “We are well known in the residential sector for being fastidious about the quality and authenticity of our Finnish sauna installation work and our aim is to take that reputation into the commercial and steam room markets as we grow. The key appointments we’ve made added to workshop equipment and tools we’ve bought plus the new larger warehouse facility we’ve secured are all certainly going to help us with that push. We are looking forward to developing our steam room brand and hope to be able to have a first-class and attractive service offering very shortly.”

Visit Finnmark’s website here.

Changes in the FBCC Board!

We are happy to introduce two new board members: Sir Richard Snowden and Ioli Tassopoulou. We would also like to express our warmest thanks to Cormac Whelan, who is stepping down from the board. While we are sad to see Mr. Whelan go, we are grateful for the time he has served on FBCC’s board. We wish you all the best!

Sir Richard Snowden graduated in law from the University of Cambridge and then Harvard Law School, where he met his wife, Kirsti Niinisalo in 1984.  They returned to the UK where Richard practised as a barrister and QC specialising in business law for 30 years before being appointed as a High Court Judge in 2015.  Kirsti was the head of legal at Nordea for many years and was the Chairman of the FBCC and a board member from its inception until she retired due to ill-health in 2019.  Richard has been an active member of the FBCC and the Finnish/British community in the UK throughout that time.  They have two adult sons with dual Finnish/British nationality.  They live in Sussex and regularly visit Helsinki and their family cottage near Kouvola.

 

Ioli Tassopoulou is Head of Legal & Compliance for the UK & Ireland at Nokia; she is responsible for Nokia’s UK and Irish operations, as well as for one of its key global customer accounts. In addition, Ioli is serving on the Board of Directors of Nokia UK, Nokia Ireland and other Nokia group entities.  Before joining Nokia, Ioli was a partner in the shipping group of international law firm Reed Smith LLP.

Ioli was born and grew up in Greece before moving to the UK for her degree in Jurisprudence from University College, Oxford University. She also holds a LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and she has been admitted to the Law Society of England & Wales as a solicitor and to the Bar of the State of New York. Ioli is a member of the editorial board of the International In-House Counsel Journal and has moderated a number of panels at various international conferences. Ioli lives in London with her husband and their son.

 

 

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.