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: 

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!

We warmly welcome our new Corporate Member Venner!

We are proud to introduce our new Corporate Member Venner!

Venner is a Finnish founded award-winning social enterprise, now working in the UK, tackling food insecurity, diabetes, obesity and wellbeing polarisation. Venner provides businesses and individuals with an easy way to empower families in need with healthy, plant-forward food aid, new cooking skills and nutrition education. With just a few clicks, a Venner Nutrition Box, complete with recipes and educational support, is on its way to families who need help, because healthy food at home belongs to everyone!

For more information about our new member, visit their website here.

FBCC April Newsletter 2021

We hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying the sun! 

FBCC’s fourth newsletter is here, including an introduction to our new Corporate Member North Star Law, upcoming events for April, other member news, and many open positions at our member companies.

Read the entire newsletter here.

You can also sign up for our mailing list to be the first one to receive our newsletters, announcements of new events, and other offers! Sign up by here. 

We warmly welcome our new corporate member North Star Law

We are proud to introduce our new Corporate Member North Star Law!

North Star Law specialise in property, immigration and litigation work as well non-dom tax, Wills and estate planning. The firm handle private family and business matters with the utmost discretion and win clients’ trust through the personal approach and precise, technical excellence. The firm work with a broad range of international clients, including multinationals, SMEs, entrepreneurs, as well as an enviable list of private clients. The firm which is based in Westminster has a particular interest and expertise in helping clients with Nordic origins and looks forward to its closer co-operation with the FBCC and its members.

For more information about our new member visit their website.

Finland is the world’s happiest country

Good news from Finland!

Finland has once again ranked as the world’s happiest country according to the World Happiness Report, which is an independent survey sponsored by the United Nations. Denmark, Norway, and Sweden also scored in the top ten according to the report. (Yle 2021) Finland has kept the top slot for four years running, and this year’s results are especially impressive considering the ongoing situation with the pandemic. 

The survey takes into account measures such as GDP, freedom, social support, and levels of corruption. This year, the main theme centered around the impact of Covid-19 on the wellbeing of individuals and how the governments of countries have dealt with the situation. The report uses data from over 149 countries that were gathered between 2018-2020 by Gallup World Poll Surveys. (CNN 2021; The World Happiness Report 2021)

Heikki Väänänen shared his thoughts on the reasons why Finland has received the top score for consecutive years in his Forbes article. Väänänen mentioned factors such as the flat working model, high-quality education, the fight against inequality, and the Finnish grit aka “sisu” among few reasons why Finland continues to score well. (Väänänen 2021)

Read the World Happiness Report here.

Sources:

CNN (2021) This country has just been named the happiest in the world. 

Yle (2021) Finland ranks as the world’s happiest country (again) despite the corona crisis. 

CNN The World Happiness Report (2021) 

Väänänen, H. (2021) What Makes Finland The Happiest Country In The World? Forbes

 

 

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.

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.