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.

FBCC March Newsletter 2021

We hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying the longer and sunnier days!

It is time for FBCC’s third newsletter for the year, which includes several open positions at our Patron and Member companies, new upcoming events, and other news including changes in the FBCC board. Also, we have an exciting offer for FBCC members at the end of the newsletter, which is worth checking out!

To read the newsletter click 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.

 

 

Recordings of the International Women’s Day panel discussions

 

Inspirational Leaders – Growing a Business

 

Financial Leadership – Inspire, Empower and Invest

FBCC would like to thank everyone that participated in the International Women’s Day event 2021 yesterday! You can now watch the recordings for the panel discussions in case you missed them.

We would like to thank the amazing speakers in both panel discussions who have great insights into leading thriving businesses globally to navigating and creating a more diverse financial industry. We would also like to thank our co-organisers, the Danish-UK Association, the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce, and the British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark.

Finally, we would like to express a special thanks to Goodwille, Ruby Cup, and Vestre that kindly sponsored the event.

Watch the recordings and FBCC’s previous webinars 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.