Home Office: EU Settlement Scheme

 

The Home Office has shared information in their blog on the EU Settlement Scheme. The EU Settlement Scheme has been open since 30 March 2019. More than 3 million have already been granted status and EU, other EEA and Swiss citizens, and their family members still have 15 months before the deadline of 30 June 2021 to apply.

  Impact of Coronavirus

While applications continue to be processed, during this challenging time they will take longer than usual. A range of support continues to be available online, by email and telephone for those who have questions or need help applying.

The Home Office is keeping this situation under constant review and will endeavour to reinstate support services and application routes to their original capacity in line with public health guidance.

Read more about postal routes, available support and deadlines in Home Offices blog post.

Breathe. Focus. recover. Give our NHS staff a break

FBCC Member Welltek launched Breathe. Focus. Recover. Give our NHS staff a break fundraising campaign.  To support them during their on working days, Welltek would like to provide NHS workers technology-based wellbeing furniture to rest and recover in hospitals and significantly help them on the front line. Welltek is providing some of the products below:

  • N.A.P. from Loook Industries
  • Wave Neurosonic mattress
  • GoSleep pod

So far, Welltek has brought a N.A.P. and a Wave mattress to hospitals in London and Birmingham and had great feedback. The plan is to reach many more hospitals in the future.

The Wave mattress and N.A.P from Lo0ok Industries, a ground-breaking Finnish technology company work via sensory tissue stimulation; to help the mind and body relax and recover on a 10-minute programme. The mattress and pod use Neurosonic technology to increase the user’s wellbeing by helping to improve sleep quality, reduce migraine problems, relieve stress and many more ailments both physical and mental.

Dr Jessica Best Opthalomy Education Fellow, Education Academy Whipps Cross said:

Thank you so much for coming all the way to Whipps Cross, you made the staff very happy today. Many thanks for the Neurosonic products – we are so excited to have them in the department”.

Dr Eoin Dore, ACCS CT2 Anaesthetics Wellbeing Council Co-Chair:

“Thanks for providing this. This allows for a quick power rest which is essential for recharging on a long night shift. The sensory stimulation helps people who are unable to nap as well. The mattresses are great for power breaks. Good to switch off for 10/20 minutes to allow recharging between shifts. They will be very welcome for the wellbeing of the intensive care clinic teams in the coming months.”

Read more about the campaign here!

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FBCC Spring 2020 Trainee Lotta’s Halfway Greetings

Greetings from Finland. Due to the situation with coronavirus, I have traveled back home and continued working remotely from Helsinki. Although leaving London was a hard decision to make, it’s good to be close to my family and friends during these times. However, I look forward to returning to London sooner or later.

The first three months have gone past incredibly fast. The year kicked off with the Economic Update with Nordea. In addition, we organised some interesting workshops, such as the Linkedin – How to Reach the Business Decision Maker Online and the Taking Your Communications to the Next Level Workshops. We also organised the Focus on Sustainability: Building Sustainable Solutions- Working towards a World That Lasts Forever event with Outokumpu that brought together more than 80 people from the industry including key decision makers in infrastructure, architecture and politicsNot to mention the Nordic Drinks at Maggie’s Club and at the Finnish Institute.

As live events are not possible currently, we are in a unique situation. Although these times are hard, in my point of view, they also bring us possibilities to develop ourselves. For instance, at the FBCC, we have already organised our first ever webinars and are constantly planning new kinds of events that we can organise online.

I am very grateful for the events I got to experience and the great people I got to meet before I left London, such as FBCC members, other trainees in London and of course my colleagues Emma and Anna. In addition, I have already developed my professional skills. For instance, I have learnt about social media marketing and event management. I have also developed my networking skills. I look forward to developing my skills even further and meeting new people and building my network online.

I look forward to seeing what the second half of my internship holds for me. Stay safe and healthy!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support

If your business is affected by the coronavirus crisis, below are outlined some ways that FBCC member Efficio can help.

The Coronavirus crisis has delivered global disruption on an unprecedented scale and with startling speed. Countries, businesses, families and individuals are waking up to a world where the systems, networks and dynamics, previously taken for granted, no longer function as expected. Supply Chains are struggling to react, being hit threefold by demand swings, supply constraints and personnel restrictions.

As we collectively regroup, and before we build our supply chains, economies and social structures to come back stronger, we need to take action. Efficio’s clients are working tirelessly to understand, plan and act, and Efficio is helping them to get their businesses back on track through targeted and practical support, expertise and knowledge exchange:

  • Demand planning and rebalancing
  • Inventory management and cash release
  • Supplier management and collaborative problem solving
  • Contract management, termination or renegotiation/expansion
  • Rapid alternative supply sourcing
  • On-shoring or redefining supply chains
  • BAU category management and support
  • Procurement and supply chain crisis PMO

If you need help you can contact Efficio through their website!

Domestic limitations connecting to operating airports from Helsinki

 

The FBCC member Finnair has released information concerning passengers traveling to Finland.

Domestic connecting flights will be made by ground transport (they will no longer be flown).

Passengers who want to continue flying from an international flight within Finland are transported to their destination by ground transport within Finland.
For example: (CDG-HEL-OUL).
All passengers from Paris are led through a “health checkpoint” at Helsinki Airport and then taken to ground transportation to be brought to their final destination (Oulu).

Coronavirus: The start of winter

 

FBCC Member Efficio discusses what comes after Covid-19 and how businesses should act while facing the crisis and accelerate first steps back to stability in their newest blog post.

Many sectors face severe downturns in demand during the unstable times we are facing. Fiscal and monetary support, as well as compassion between businesses and individuals, will be required to emerge successfully.

Efficio talks about a four key risks, one opportunity framework to analyse your position:

The risks:

  1. Employee safety, and with it the populations safety, is everyone’s current top priority.
  2. Client demand is shifting rapidly both in magnitude and channel, like increased takeaway food, and companies are flexing to adapt.
  3. Business continuity is a key differentiator for clients and requires close collaboration with your supply base to deliver.
  4. Financial stability to support through a period of reduced revenue, liquidity issues and challenging financing situations is key – and some businesses will fall short.

The opportunity:

  1. Invest in innovation – the strongest will gain market share by leveraging their business continuity and deliver both new and improved offerings to their clients as we recover.

Read the full blog post here.

Our Tips for Effective Remote Working

Today we started the second week of remote working. The first week was a learning curve for us as the same way it was for many companies not used to remote working.  Every team is different but here’s a few tips the team FBCC have found effective:

Get in to a Working Mode: 

You will feel more productive when you are properly dressed and in your own work space. In order to get into a working mode, get dressed in the morning (don’t stay in your pyjamas all day) and make sure to dedicate your own work space at home. Don’t stay in bed or work in your bedroom if you have a choice – it’s better to dedicate your bedroom for relaxing and having a dedicated work space somewhere else. (We do realise that in London not everyone has the luxury of space, and if you do have to work from your bedroom try to ensure you separate your work time and your free time properly.)

Communicate Effectively: 

As we don’t see each other daily anymore, it’s important to develop effective communication channels. For instance, we use virtual chat platforms to reach each other quickly several times a day. In addition, we will usually schedule a team video call in the beginning and end of the day to catch up and coordinate our work tasks. It is also very important for us to make sure we are keeping up our team spirit even though we cannot be in the office together, so we tend to have virtual lunches and coffee breaks together.

Take Breaks and Stay Active:

During these times it’s extremely important to take care of your well-being. As we are working from home, it’s easy to just sit for hours and hours and forget to move. It’s important for both your physical and mental well-being to take breaks and stay active during your work days. Take a short coffee or tea break in the afternoon – this will help you to focus on your tasks. In addition, it is a perfect time to have a quick call with a friend! Go out for a walk in nature  – this will also help with your focus and creativity when you get a short break and some fresh air.

For more information, FBCC member Firstbeat wrote a blogpost on the importance of well-being during these times. You can read the post here!

Be Creative:

Although these times cause several difficulties for work and business life, it gives us a possibility to be creative and develop ourselves. During these times we can develop our organisations’ operations and come up with new ways of value creation. For example, as live events are not possible, the team FBCC is currently developing new ways to create value for the FBCC members. If you, as our member, are willing to help us, please answer our survey on how we can serve you during these unique times.

Participate the Survey Here

Stay safe and healthy!

FINNAIR AND FINLAND COVID-19 UPDATE

 

FBCC Member Finnair shared the following information for all our network (Updated 23.3.):

As all are aware the European situation is changing daily and sometimes by the hour, this makes life very difficult for all concerned especially our customers. Finnair will do all we can to bring people home as borders within Europe close.

Finland has just released its COVID-19 restrictions. The following will apply from 19MAR at 00.00 hours HEL time and will be in place until 13APR 2020 24.00 hours HEL time:

 

  • Border Controls will be reinstated on all intra-Schengen routes
  • HEL airport will be kept open for cargo flights and for returning passengers (see below list of passengers that can be accepted for travel to/via HEL)
  • Foreigners who are currently in Finland are allowed to exit the country
  • Finnish nationals are recommended not to travel abroad

 

Only the following passengers will be allowed entry:

  • Nationals of Finland
  • Family members of nationals of Finland (provided that the family member is entitled to enter and stay in Finland)
  • Holders of valid Finnish residence permits
  • EU nationals who are registered as staying in Finland
  • EU nationals and holders of EU issued permanent residence permits, who are returning to their respective EU country of residence via Finland
  • their health condition needs to be taken in to account – if the passenger shows any signs of illness, entry may be denied
  • Non-EU nationals who are leaving the Schengen area via Finland to return to their country of residence; e.g. Japanese national travelling CDG-HEL-HND

 

Non-Schengen to non-Schengen travel via HEL:

  • Travel from a non-Schengen country to another non-Schengen country is allowed via HEL, however, the passenger should be traveling to his/her country of residence and remain in the non-Schengen transit area of the airport. The passenger must be eligible to enter at his destination, taking into consideration any possible Corona restrictions of the destination (therefore travel should be limited to passengers returning home)

 

Over the last few weeks we have made a number of announcements  regards  our change policy, please find below what this is currently:

In case a flight is cancelled: Full refund or postpone travel until 30 November 2020*.

In case a flight is still operating: Refund according to ticketed fare rules or postpone travel until 30 November 2020*.

Customers affected by local government restrictions: Full refund or postpone travel until 30 November 2020*. For example, passenger unable to enter the country due to travel ban or quarantine but flight still operating.

* Customers can change their travel date flexibly without a change fee and travel until 30 November, 2020 with the following policy:

  • Ticket issued by 30 April 2020
  • Original travel date is latest on 30 November 2020
  • Finnair operated and marketed flight on Finnair ticket
  • Rebook into the same class as the original flight or lowest available in the same cabin
  • Ticket revalidation permitted
  • Rerouting not permitted
  • Change made by 30 November 2020
  • Applies to all ticket types
  • OS AY CHANGE OF TRAVEL DUE TO CORONA must be added to all changed bookings

Please note that the change in the ticket rules doesn’t apply to certain agents with  special agreements with Finnair i.e. Finnair Holidays, Aurinkomatkat (Suntours) and Group bookings. It DOES apply to individual Tour Operator bookings using TO fares.

Find out an overview of April-June 2020 traffic here!

Follow Finnair’s website for updates!

FBCC Events and COVID-19

In light of recent developments concerning COVID-19, the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce has made the decision to cancel any upcoming events for March and April, including Nordic Drinks and the Easter Feast at Ekte. This was a joint decision made with the other organising Nordic Chambers of Commerce. We apologise for any inconveniences caused by this.

We have a responsibility to our members and staff to keep them safe and we do not wish to cause people additional stress during this time. We will reassess again for our events in May, if needed.

Please see respective government’s advice relating to the virus, in Finland and the United Kingdom. Below you can find some links with useful information on the topic (Updated 23.03.2020).

Information for Businesses by FBCC Members: 

Business Finland: Coronavirus Information For Finnish Companies
Business Finland: Visit Finland Coronavirus Update for the Travel Trade
Department for International Trade: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance For UK Businesses
Goodwille Ltd: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice For Employers
Womble Bond Dickinson: COVID-19 – Business Continuity Planning
UHY Hacker Young: Coping With Coronavirus: Advice For Businesses & Corona Virus and the Stock Markets Update
Gowling WLG: Covid-19 OverviewCOVID-19 And Pensions: Practical Steps For UK Trustees  &  COVID-19 – Minimising the Contractual Risks in Construction
Danske Bank: Coronavirus Customer Support
Finnair: Most Common Questions About Coronavirus And Flying With Finnair
Nokia: CEO blog: Exceptional times require exceptional decisions
Nordea: Coronavirus: Ensure That You Are Able To Cope With More Than Just A Short Disruption Podcast
SEB: Extra Market Commentary – Global measures to counter virus impact
Gowling WLG: Managing Risk: an online resource hub

Information and guidance by the Finnish authorities:

Updates from the Embassy of Finland in London: Current affairs
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest Updates
Foreign Ministry: Coronavirus advice for travellers: Ministry for Foreign Affairs monitors coronavirus situation
Finnish Government: Government decides on recommendations to curb the spread of coronavirus
Finnish Government: Coronavirus: Latest updates

Information and guidance by the UK authorities:

Gov.uk:  Number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK
Gov.uk: Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response
Gov.uk: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses
NHS: Overview – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at events@fbcc.co.uk.

FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY: Building Sustainable Solutions- Working Towards a World That Lasts Forever

On Thursday 5th March the FBCC partnered with our Patron member Outokumpu to organise Focus on Sustainability: Building Sustainable Solutions- Working Towards a World That Lasts Forever event held at the Residence of the Ambassador of Finland 

Outokumpu is a global leader in stainless steel with the vision to be the undisputed number one. The company serves customers in a wide range of industries – from catering and appliances to building and construction, transportation and chemical, petrochemical and energy industries, as well as the process and resources industries – use our stainless steel and services worldwide. Being fully recyclable, maintenance-free, as well as very strong and durable material, stainless steel is one of the key building blocks for sustainable future. 

The successful event brought together more than 80 people from the industry including key decision makers in infrastructure, architecture and politics 

The event focused on sustainability and using sustainable solutions in building process, and how stainless steel can solve many current issues in water distribution, architecture and infrastructure. After Ambassador Markku Keinänen’s opening speech, Mr Maciej Gwozdz gave a presentation on stainless steel and why it is a sustainable choice. The attendees then heard from Mr Peter Bamforth about water distribution and the benefits of using stainless steel in water piping. Next up Mr Jörn Teipel talked about stainless steel in architecture, followed by Mr Andy Backhouse discussing the use of stainless in infrastructure. The event finished with a Q&A with the panellists and Camilla KaplinOutokumpu’s Senior Environment Manager 

The guests were left with a deep understanding of the importance of a long-term outlook when it comes to sustainability in building and infrastructure. While carbon steel may seem like a cost effective choice, when you consider the cost of maintenance over the next decades, the cost becomes unsustainable. Whereas stainless steel will last at least a 100 years without any maintenance (the only reason to say only a 100 years is because stainless steel has not been around longer). 

The FBCC were proud to work with Outokumpu on this event More photos on the FBCC Facebook page!

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.