How to handle challenging conversations – Workshop

Wednesday, 28 March

FBCC is excited to announce that we will be arranging a workshop in cooperation with Goodwille and Christine Brown-Quinn on 28th of March.

You may remember Christine from last year’s highly popular Inspirational Women panel –  through her webinars and in-person workshops, Christine Brown-Quinn unveils what really matters in getting ahead in demanding corporate environments. In the upcoming workshop Christine will be focusing on challenging conversations. To discover how to tackle the ‘elephant in the room’ and approach challenging conversations whether that be about a pay rise, performance or a specific conflict situation, join this session to find out:

– How to prepare for tough talks the right way

– Why having that difficult conversation sooner rather than later yields better results in more ways than one

– The most common pitfalls to avoid in these tricky encounters

– The crucial link between relationships and feedback

– The 5 Top Tips for Tough Conversation

Christine Brown-Quinn is the founder of ‘The Female Capitalist®’ and aims to fast track careers of professional women. She is an accomplished international speaker and commentator on a range of issues relevant to the success of female professionals, through blogs, articles, radio and TV shows, including the BBC’s ‘The Big Questions’. Christine has a degree in Foreign Languages, an MBA in International Business and nearly 30 years’ experience in the corporate world. She is the author of ‘Step Aside Super Woman – Career & Family is for Any Woman’ which is available via Amazon.

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Date: 28 of March
Time: 18.30 – 20.00
Location: St James House
13 Kensington Square
London W8 5HD

Tickets: For members, free of charge.
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Nordic London Festival – The Exit Stategy

10 – 25 February 2018

This year’s Nordic London Festival theme is Exit Strategy, as the festival returns to the fabulous Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall at the half-way point of the Article 50 process.

The events will be a short stroll from Westminster were Britain’s official Exit Strategy is supposedly developing amid secrecy and discord. We EU and EEA Londoners also need to figure out how to prepare our personal lives for the morning of 30 March 2019.

Box office is open at All events start at 8pm. To read more about the events, click here.

Date: 10 – 25 February 2018
Time: All events start at 8pm
Location: Tea House Theatre
139 Vauxhall Walk, Vauxhall, London SE11 5HL



UnikBed (UK)  in conjunction with Unikulma (Finland), provides healthier sleeping solutions based on over 30 years of research and development.

Because you sleep one third of your life, it is essential to have a good sleeping environment. Your body demands individually tailored mattress. We value the individuality of every person and your mattress will be customised for healthiest sleeping position and optimal comfort.

Our mattresses are made with uniquely packed active springs. UnikLab® machine measures carefully the pressure that your body creates on the mattress within 10 minutes and gives contours and pressure charts. In addition, we analyse your sleeping habits and find a healthy solution for your personal mattress, while accommodating your personal preferences. Your mattress is hand assembled based on your personal measurements.

email:, tel: +442 0727 21247,
mob: +447 8532 00403.

Click here to see UnikBed’s company presentation.

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New trainee at the FBCC

Our second Marketing and Events Coordinator trainee for the Spring of 2018 has now joined our team – Welcome Mari!

Mari Lemponen is a Master’s Student of Marketing at the University of Turku. Describing herself as a social and innovative character, Mari is looking forward to making most of her internship here at FBCC. Mari is also hoping to meet many of our members and friends at our next event, the monthly Nordic Drinks.


Questions and Answers – the rights of EU27 and UK citizens post-Brexit

We all have questions about the EU27 and UK citizens’ post-Brexit rights.

This document provided by European Commission interprets the Joint Report for information purposes only and should not be understood as the final text of the Withdrawal Agreement. Click the links below to read the document in English or Finnish:

Questions and Answers – the rights of EU27 and UK citizens post-Brexit

Kysymyksiä ja vastauksia – EU27-maiden ja Yhdistyneen kuningaskunnan kansalaisten oikeudet brexitin jälkeen


Finnair expands Helsinki-Edinburgh route


Our Corporate Member, Finnair, has announced the expansion of its Edinburgh-Helsinki route to a year-round service from 25 March 2018 in response to high demand.

The route, operated by a 138-seat Airbus A319 aircraft in a dual business and economy class configuration will operate up to three times a week, increasing up to nine weekly flights during the summer.

The flight allows passengers travelling from Scotland to take the shortcut to Asia with fast transfers via the Finnish capital. Finnair has also announced that Osaka will become daily during the winter season with two additional frequencies and that two additional frequencies will be added to the Hong Kong route, for a total of 12 weekly flights. Finnair’s route to Delhi will also become a daily service during the winter season, and a fourth weekly frequency will also be added to the Phuket route as of December 10. Finnair now flies to 19 cities in Asia.

Travellers can also take advantage of Finnair’s extensive network in Finnish Lapland with connections to Ivalo, Kittilä, Kuusamo and Rovaniemi, the home of Santa Claus, which will be operated by an additional daily flight on weekdays during the Winter 2018/19 season.

Continuing with its growth strategy, Finnair will be receiving its twelfth A350 aircraft in 2018 and will be adding several frequencies to its popular long-haul destinations.

“Finnair is currently in the largest expansion phase of its history and we are delighted to announce the expansion of our popular route from Edinburgh to Helsinki and beyond,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair. “Passengers travelling from Edinburgh will also be able to take advantage of our additional long-haul frequencies to Asia when transiting through our hub in Helsinki, offering more choice and flexibility for their winter plans.”

Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport Gordon Dewar said: “We’re delighted that Finnair has extended this popular service between Edinburgh and Helsinki, offering passengers yet another destination choice the whole year round.

“Helsinki offers culture, architecture and design, but it also acts as a fantastic connection hub, opening up destinations in other countries such Russia, China and Japan. And that hub will clearly appeal to people from Scotland wishing to go see more of the world, and people from those parts of the world that want to come and discover Edinburgh and Scotland.”

Fares from Edinburgh to Helsinki start from £193 for a Light Economy Fare with carry-on luggage only and £228 in Economy Class return including all taxes and charges.

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WhatCharity is a charity tech start up run by Finnish entrepreneurs Tiia Sammallahti and Samuli Laakkonen, which aims to use technology to increase the transparency and efficiency of charitable giving. WhatCharity will bring charities, companies and the general public together to help deliver resources – money, time or goods – to the causes that need them.

Launching in March 2018, the free easy-to-use platform will give businesses the opportunity to create and promote their own CSR initiatives through a dedicated landing page, specifically designed for their volunteering and donation programmes. We are looking for small to large businesses among the FBCC members to join our launch initiative which will be going live on the 15th of March. The initiative will be free of charge and will include social media marketing and content production support. Attached is a presentation outlining how the platform and the initiative will work. If you would like to get involved, or have any other enquiries, please contact Stella Heng – email:, tel: +447809835488.

Click here to see WhatCharity’s company presentation.

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New Trainee at the FBCC

2018 is here and one of the two new Marketing and Events Coordinator Trainees for the spring has arrived. FBCC warmly welcomes Mari Varis as a new member of the team!

Mari is a Master’s Student at the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics. Describing herself as an outgoing and curious-minded person, Mari can’t wait to meet all of the FBCC friends and members in the upcoming six months!

Christmas Letter from the FBCC

Dear Members and Friends of the FBCC,

Another year has flown by, and here we are again, counting down the final days until Christmas. I am sure you are busy with finalizing things at work and getting everything ready for the holiday, hurrying around town doing last minute Christmas shopping (or is it just me?), and drinking glögi or mulled wine at various Christmas parties, so I will keep my message to you short.

The year 2017 has been a uniquely amazing year for Finland all around as we have had the historical chance to celebrate our beautiful country’s 100th independence year. Here in the UK we have had quite a busy event calendar full of a various Finland 100 events to celebrate this momentous year, as well as our many other events. The crowning jewel for us was our Finland 100 Independence Day Ball at The Savoy Hotel in November. It was wonderful seeing so many of you there, both old and new friends. We hope that next year we will still continue on the same high note that we ended this centenary year and I hope to see many of you at our events in 2018.

For this Holiday season I hope you all get the chance to relax, take care of yourselves, and spend time with your loved ones recharging your batteries for 2018.

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. 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!

Kind regards,
Emma, General Manager

We warmly welcome our new Corporate Member Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson is a full-service transatlantic law firm, created on 1 November 2017 through the combination of UK firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle.

A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 16 US cities and eight UK cities including London and a new office in Edinburgh.

In the UK, the firm advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Insurance, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer, Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Technology and Private Wealth) the firm’s expertise allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

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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.