FBCC MEMBER MARKS & CLERK IS RECRUITING

The FBCC Member Marks & Clerk is recruiting a Formalities Team Leader.

The Formalities Team Leader is responsible for providing administrative support to fee earners and for overseeing the electronic workflows of their respective team, ensuring workflows are correctly maintained and tasks are properly allocated.

Marks & Clerk LLP is the leading and largest firm of Patent and Trade Mark attorneys in the UK with over 60 partners and 350 employees. Their attorneys are highly skilled in all technical fields.  Marks & Clerk has 8 offices in the UK: London, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

You can read more about the position and apply here.

How can trade marks benefit VR/AR technology?

Trade marks can be a powerful tool for protecting branding associated with VR/AR technology. Vicky Butterworth, an intellectual property lawyer of FBCC member Marks & Clerk tells more about the topic in her latest article featured on VR AR Pioneers:

Trade marks act as a badge of origin, identifying goods and services of one business from another.  In order to attract registered trade mark protection a ‘sign’ must, amongst other things, be capable of being represented clearly and precisely.

It is not essential to seek registered trade mark protection for your brand, but there are clear advantages in doing so rather than relying on unregistered trade mark rights in your brand. A registered trade mark is an asset which can be commercially exploited and can help to attract and persuade investors, is relatively easy to enforce against infringers compared to unregistered trade mark rights and
can act as a good deterrent against copycats and free-riders.

As technology has progressed, so has the sophistication and scope of trade mark protection. ‘Non-traditional’ types of trade mark now include sounds, motions, holograms, gestures and moving images. This opens up the possibility of finding creative ways to protect different VR/AR mechanics as registered trade marks.

A trade mark registration gives the owner exclusive use of the mark, so it is important to carefully consider how wide to cast your net with your trade mark ‘specification’. What about using third party branding in the VR/AR space? If considering using a third party brand in VR/AR technology, care must be taken. A sensible starting point would be to seek express clearance from the brand owner.
Last but not least, a strong brand identity will help set you apart from your competitors.  Suitable registered trade mark protection (which may cover more than one ‘sign’) will help support, nurture and protect your brand both now and in the future.

Read more of the initiative from VR AR Pioneers.

New Trainee at the FBCC

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

Anna joined our team last Wednesday. She is studying languages and translation in Tampere University specializing in judicial interpretation and her working languages are Russian and Finnish. Anna has always enjoyed an international environment and is highly excited for the opportunity to work for the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce in London. Anna has a passion for organising and coordinating events and has administrated and coordinated variety of social events for unique quiz concept in Tampere and Finnish music festivals all around Finland.

Anna wants to learn more about Finnish businesses in UK, marketing and networking. She is excited to meet all the friends and members of the Chamber!

FBCC WELCOMES A NEW CORPORATE MEMBER UHY HACKER YOUNG

The Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce to you our new Corporate Member, UHY Hacker Young! UHY Hacker Young are a national firm of accountants and business advisers, ranked in the UK’s top 20. Their 100 partners and 540 professional staff operate from 22 locations across the UK.

Firms clients include private individuals, privately owned businesses, fully listed and AIM clients, FCA regulated, not-for profit organisations and more.  A large proportion of their clients have been with the firm from business start-up positions all the way through to them helping their clients achieve their public listings. UHY Hacker Yong has grown with and around their clients.

UHY Hacker Young’s key services include:

• corporate taxation
• private client taxation
• audit and business assurance
• corporate finance, including fundraising, due diligence and flotations
• business review and strategic planning
• management accounts, including outsourced cloud accounting services
• VAT advice, compliance services, health checks and help with HMRC investigations; and
• recovery and restructuring.

UHY Hacker Young is a founding member of UHY International, which is currently the 16th largest accountancy network globally. Since it was established, UHY International has grown to cover 325 business centres in more than 100 countries worldwide, bringing together the global expertise of independent member firms, who are all highly regarded, professional and reputable in their own local markets. Read more about the company and their services on their website.
For more information please contact Corporate Tax Director Nikhil Oza at n.oza@uhy-uk.com

FBCC Patron Goodwille has new job openings in their finance team

 

FBCC Patron Goodwille has currently new job openings in our Finance team. In addition to seeking Financial Controllers for both their Warwick and London office, they are looking for a Senior Financial Controller who will guide and supervise a small Finance team. Senior Financial Controller will be based in Warwick.

Goodwille provides essential business services to overseas companies looking to enter, grow or scale in the UK. These services include Corporate Legal, Finance, Human Resources, Payroll & Virtual Offices.

Find out more about the position here.

GOODBYE FROM FBCC AUTUMN 2019 TRAINEE Jade

My time at the FBCC has come to an end and I thought I’d like to share some of my thoughts with all of you. I cannot believe how fast these past six months have gone by and it is already time for me to leave. However, I’ve decided to stay in London and continue working on my bachelor’s thesis and the search of my dream job.

My goals in the beginning were to learn more about marketing and event organizing, and to build my own business network. Honestly, I feel like I’ve achieved so much more than that. This traineeship has truly been life changing. I’ve not just acquired a broad experience from various responsibilities, but I’ve also found more direction to my future career.

Working as a part of a small team has probably been one of the greatest benefits, as it has enabled me to learn so much in such a short time frame. For instance, I’ve gained valuable experience from digital marketing, event organizing and bookkeeping and learnt how to use various software. However, what I find the most valuable, has been the opportunity to build my own business network throughout the Finnish-British and Nordic business communities.

I’d like to express my warmest thanks to everyone, members and friends, who have been part of my journey here, it has been an absolute pleasure to work together with you and I hope I’ll continue seeing you in the FBCC events in the future as well.

For 2020, I am more than excited to see where the FBCC will go, and I’m sure the team will continue doing exciting things and delivering high-quality events for the FBCC membership with the new trainees starting after me.

Finally, I’d like to thank my manager Emma and my previous colleague Maria. My experience of moving to London, starting a new job and adapting to the life here would not have been the same without you. I’m so happy that we’ve not only worked closely together, but also become lifelong friends. I hope we’ll stay in touch and celebrate each other’s birthdays in the future too!

If you’d like to keep in touch, please connect with me on LinkedIn and feel free to leave a message.

It is not a goodbye, it is see you soon!

XR – Is there a space in this world for Patents?

In the field of Extended Reality, is there space for Patents?  Andrew Hartley and Christian Balcer of FBCC member Marks & Clerk answer this question in their latest article featured on VR AR Pioneers:

Patents are registered IP rights, which provide legal protection for inventions. Whether you use them for the active protection or promotion of your technology, to raise funding, or to plan your exit strategy, patents represent a commercial tool which compliment your business’ goals and targets.

There are thousands of different patent applications out there for XR technology, covering the ever-popular fields of medical devices, data processing and e-commerce, through to education and beyond. This makes specialist XR patent attorneys, those who are well versed in the intricacies of both the opportunities and pitfalls associated with the ever-evolving landscape of this sector, key.

As a pioneer in this field, if you have some concepts that you believe are key to your commercial success, discuss with a patent attorney before you live to regret it. The quicker you do this, the more likely it is that you will be able to secure the rights to your innovations and beat the competition to it.

Read more of the initiative from VR AR Pioneers.

FBCC Member Finnmark Ltd expands with new hires and is moving to larger premises this year

(Jake Newport and Max Newport)

FBCC Member Finnmark Ltd are known in the industry for their uncompromising dedication to quality and authenticity when it comes to the sale of sauna equipment and bespoke installations. The growing company, which was founded in 2016, is based in County Durham’s Enterprise City.

Their aim is to educate people on how to use sauna properly, show people how to get the most from the experience and actively publicise the wide range of health benefits associated with frequent sauna use. In fact, they’ve just gone live with a new section in their stories called Sauna Health Benefits. You can read more by clicking here

Jake Newport (left in the photo) is the Managing Director of Finnmark Sauna. He recalls the early days and how a gap in the market made up his mind to set up the company. He said, “I was first inspired by Finnish sauna after working out in Finland as a sales agent for high-quality sauna brands such as Narvi. I then fell in love with the real experience but whilst trying to sell equipment into the UK trade market it became clear that my contacts weren’t overly interested in the highest of quality and durable equipment available. Quickly realising I couldn’t sell into trade, and with very little money to my name, I built a web shop and started retailing the equipment to the public.

When I was selling to trade I didn’t meet one company in the UK who’d been to Finland, were interested in finding out about the full experience, or built anything near to how they are built over there. Unfortunately, it means a lot of people’s experience of sauna in the UK is when they visit a health club. Many of those cheap, modular designs are not properly ventilated, they don’t have the right insulation or vapour sealing and they have a hidden heater with no stones.”

He added, “The Finns regularly go in for over forty minutes, have a cold plunge or shower and repeat the process over the course of several hours. The experience offers a number of health benefits, gives you a big endorphin high and aids sleep. I was confident there was a gap in the market and within the first month, we made our first big sale of £2000. At that point, I started implementing digital marketing tactics my competitors weren’t doing which secured lots of early sales and funded the initial growth of the business.”

In the early days, Finnmark sauna had a few difficulties with organising design work and, at around the same time, Jake’s brother Max recently graduated as a designer and was working in high-end hi-fi. Max took a look at the design material the company was paying for and mentioned he could do a much better job so he was brought into the business. The quality of his innovative design work proved to be a real springboard. It meant that in the three years of growing Finnmark as a bespoke installation company turnover tripled year on year and they very quickly became a £300,000 turnover business.

Early on, the company was fortunate enough to get good breaks doing some high-quality installations. The quality of the equipment, materials and design was exactly what clients wanted and they’ve now filled an order book until summer 2020. Finnmark has installed for TV personalities, producers, sportspeople and celebrities. Jake enthused, “After impressing such clients and the architects and interior designers working alongside us on the projects, there’s been an upward spiral effect because people really see that we care about the quality and longevity of what we do. Many of them have been to Finland, tried the real deal and that’s what they want  in their homes.”

The company has taken on more employees and is moving to larger premises in the county with that risk being mitigated a little by some help by the County Durham Growth Fund and a government-backed NEL loan.

Jake finished, “We’ve been fortunate enough to employ some really experienced people in their field and we’ve been able to do so by being progressive in the way we work. We offer flexi time, and a masseuse comes in on a Friday. If you want people at the top of their game you need to invest in them and show them the value of their worth. The North East has some of the best tradespeople in the world. There’s good availability of quality and reliable people and the area has a great heritage of manufacturing and workmanship. It’s also a very cost-effective place to have the business and the support from the people of Durham has been great. I try to give back at youth business events at the university and local schools where I see lots of potential and enthusiasm for business in the area.”

 

For more information, check out their website by clicking here!

FBCC Patron Borenius to Open a Representative Office in London

FBCC Patron Borenius is opening a new representative office in the City of London. Read more on their press release below.

We are thrilled to announce that we are opening a new representative office in the City of London on 13 January 2020, which makes us the only large Finnish law firm to have an office in London. This unique opportunity enables us to provide more comprehensive and global services to our clients in addition to New York and St. Petersburg as it brings us up to five offices in four different countries.

“We see London as the key feeder market for us outside of Finland as about 50% of our revenue in any given year is sourced from abroad. Many of our good legal, banking and investor sector clients conduct their Nordic business out of London. Similarly, our current presence in New York and my own work experience from London and New York have demonstrated to us how intertwined the London and New York markets are. The key is being relevant to your clients in today’s international legal markets. We think that this is best achieved through cooperation with the other leading independent firms around the world”, says Juha Koponen, the Partner in charge of our London representative office.

Our London representative office will be located at Paternoster House, 65 St Paul’s Churchyard. This convenient location right in the heart of the City of London enables us to host client visits and meetings close to where many of our clients are located.

“We opened our New York representative office in 2012. That has been a great success and our decision to open a representative office in London builds on this experience. Timing-wise, we are entering London at an interesting moment as we are sure that many of our Finnish clients continue to have Brexit related questions. We look forward to working on those matters with English qualified law firms”, concludes Casper Herler, Managing Partner.

Global Recognition in Support of Opening our Representative Office in London

We are the 2019 winners of both the “Best Nordic Law Firm Award” awarded by The Lawyer European Awards and the “Most Innovative Finnish Law Firm Award” awarded by the IFLR Europe Awards. These prestigious awards were granted to us based on our strategic vision and cross-border capabilities together with our consistent excellence in the delivery of legal services both in the Nordics and in New York.

In addition, we are consistently ranked as a top tier firm in Finland by all leading legal directories, such as Chambers and Partners (Global and Europe), IFLR1000 and The Legal 500.

Law Firm of the Year The Nordics

“This is a small firm punching at premium level globally through a very focused engagement with the top-level firms and clients in London, New York and beyond.”
– The Lawyer European Awards 2019

Most Innovative Firm of the Year Finland

“This firm is able to drive and execute the most innovative and complex cross-border deals on the Finnish market.”
– IFLR Europe Awards 2019

 

For additional information, read more on Borenius’ website by clicking here!

FBCC patron Goodwille is recruiting an office assistant

 

FBCC Patron Goodwille is recruiting an Office Assistant who thrives on providing great customer service to join their Front of House team in London.

Goodwille provides essential business services to overseas companies looking to enter, grow or scale in the UK. These services include Corporate Legal, Finance, Human Resources, Payroll & Virtual Offices.

Find out more about the position 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.