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    9. The Policy Watch

    The Policy Watch is a weekly update which aims to provide concise insights into the current policy landscape. Tailored for our members and individuals interested in international affairs, this update offers a brief yet comprehensive summary of key developments affecting policy decisions and political trends in the UK, Sweden, and the EU. The UK Watch [...]

    9. Weekly Newsletter

    Food industry warns against new Post Brexit policy The British government plans for all meat and dairy products sold in the UK to be labelled as "not for EU" consumption. Food and Drink Federation stated the policy would cost hundreds of millions of pounds as food costs would spike, making investing in domestic food manufacturing [...]

    Redefining Boards in the Age of AI

    On 21 February, The BSCC and PA Consulting welcomed our members to Hotel Diplomat for our Redefining Boards in the Age of AI - Seminar. The seminar was the second part of our series on artificial intelligence and covered the crucial question of whether our Boards and top teams are equipped for the strategic challenges [...]

    HM The King’s Medal: Sophie Dow, Magdalena Gerger, and Fredrik Hillelson

    We are thrilled to extend our congratulations to Sophie Dow, Magdalena Gerger, and Fredrik Hillelson for the prestigious honour of being awarded HM the King Carl XVI Gustaf's medals. Sophie Dow has been awarded HM The King Carl XVI Gustaf's medal of the 8th size, adorned with a bright blue ribbon, in recognition of her [...]

    New Member: Wes

    We are delighted to welcome our newest member to the Chamber: Wes. Wes contributes to creating successful companies by helping clients recruit the best talents, and serving as a partner in leadership and strategic consulting — and specialise in diversity and inclusion. With deep knowledge and commitment, Wes helps clients and candidates think outside the [...]

    8. The Policy Watch

    The Policy Watch is a weekly update which aims to provide concise insights into the current policy landscape. Tailored for our members and individuals interested in international affairs, this update offers a brief yet comprehensive summary of key developments affecting policy decisions and political trends in the UK, Sweden, and the EU. The UK Watch [...]

    8. Weekly Newsletter

    British retail rebound  Retail sales fell by 3.3% in December 2023 due to a lack of consumer confidence. However, they have since rebounded, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics. Sales rebounded by 3.4% in January which represents the most significant rise since April of 2021. This rise was mostly surged by [...]

    7. The Policy Watch

    The Policy Watch is a weekly update which aims to provide concise insights into the current policy landscape. Tailored for our members and individuals interested in international affairs, this update offers a brief yet comprehensive summary of key developments affecting policy decisions and political trends in the UK, Sweden, and the EU. The UK Watch [...]

    7. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Jobs data unreliable The UK statistics ‘Watchdog’ claims that labour market data is very unreliable, which has led to a long period of uncertainty for UK ministers and businesses, and senior members of the Office for Statistics Regulation that the stats are far away from where they need to be before they can be [...]

    Whiskey Tasting | Edrington Sweden

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Edrington are delighted to invite you to the annual BSCC whisky tasting, where members will be able to experience a selection of The Macallan, a classic single malt Whisky from Speyside in north-east Scotland. Date: 13 March 2024 Time: 19.00-22.00 CET Venue: Edrington, Luntmakargatan 46, 111 37 Stockholm {{ [...]

    Financial Outlook with John Briggs | NatWest

    On Wednesday 7 February, The BSCC had the pleasure of hosting the Financial Outlook webinar in collaboration with NatWest. The distinguished speakers, John Briggs, Global Head of Economics and Market Strategy, and Kevin Cummins, Chief US Economist at NatWest, graciously shared their insights into the future of the economy. Some key insights takeaways during the [...]

    6. The Economy Watch

    The Economy Watch is a weekly update dedicated to providing our members with a summary of key economic developments from the previous week. By focusing on Sweden and England, the update serves as a valuable resource for staying informed on economic news and trends. RIKSBANK MAINTAINS POLICY RATE AT 4.0% The Riksbank announced the retention [...]

    6. The Policy Watch

    The Policy Watch is a weekly update which aims to provide concise insights into the current policy landscape. Tailored for our members and individuals interested in international affairs, this update offers a brief yet comprehensive summary of key developments affecting policy decisions and political trends in the UK, Sweden, and the EU. The UK Watch [...]

    6. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Carbon price falls The price of UK carbon emission permits dropped to an all-time low when it hit £31.48/ tonne of carbon dioxide due to tame winter temperatures, leading to less demand on energy suppliers needing permits to cover any spike in energy usage over the winter period. The price has dropped by 43% [...]

    Geopolitical Update | Frédéric Cho | Christian Hedelin

    Yesterday, we had the pleasure of welcoming our members to the fourth event in our series on Geopolitics and Security, hosted by Kreab Stockholm. During the evening, we had the opportunity to listen to our excellent guest speakers, Christian Hedelin and Frédéric Cho, who shared their expertise and perspectives on the current geopolitical and geoeconomic state of the world. [...]

    5. The Policy Watch

    We are happy to present the first edition of The Policy Watch, a new weekly update on the most important policy news from the previous week. "The Policy Watch" aims to provide concise insights into the current policy landscape. Tailored for our members and individuals interested in international affairs, this update offers a brief yet [...]

    5. Weekly Newsletter

    UK halts Canada trade talks The UK has paused trade talks with Canada, leaving UK farmers with reduced access to Canadian markets. The suspension in talks is because Canada demanded concessions on hormone-treated beef, which is blocked by UK legislation. This is the first time trade talks with another country have broken down post-Brexit. The [...]

    Conversations with Multinational and Smaller Corporations on Diversity and Inclusion

    On behalf of His Majesty’s Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Sweden, H.E. Ms Judith Gough, and the Scandinavian LGBT Chamber of Commerce (SGLCC), we are delighted to extend the invitation to Afternoon Tea at His Majesty’s Ambassador’s Residence. The event will highlight the important role of businesses in championing equality and creating inclusive workplaces [...]

    Executive Forum | Sara Mazur

    On Tuesday, the BSCC and Cirio welcomed our Patron members to an Executive Forum Roundtable with guest of honour and speaker, Sara Mazur, director at Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Sara Mazur explained the vital work and contribution of the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation to Swedish research and education since 1917, guided by the [...]

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    Sunak on Rwanda asylum and immigration bill Rishi Sunak has not revealed whether he expects asylum seekers to be sent to Rwanda before the upcoming autumn elections. On Wednesday this week, the Rwanda bill saw a government majority in the House of Commons, which should have reinforced the political initiative. However, this was undermined by [...]

    Member Updates

    The BSCC network encapsulates knowledge and expertise from a vast array of sectors. We are therefore always eager to present the latest news from our members. This week we share updates from Vinge, Novare Human Capital, and SAAB. Vinge Female-run businesses in low – and middle-income countries tend to have bleak prospects in acquiring loan [...]

    3. Weekly Newsletter

    Post Office Scandal The Post Office faces potential insolvency due to a possible £100 million tax bill following the postmaster's scandal. The scandal was an almost 20-year period of theft, false accounting and fraud due to the faulty post office's horizon accounting software. The Post Office has tried to claim tax relief on the compensation [...]

    New Members: Accello and JEBcom

    We are delighted to introduce are newest members Accello and JEBcom. Accello's mission is to help B2B businesses make a big impact in Sweden and the Nordic countries. Specializing in connecting IT, finance, manufacturing, and tech businesses with these markets, Accello offers deep local insights and tailored strategies to ensure companies stand out in these [...]

    Trends With: Jacob Lund

    Investor AB, founded by the Wallenberg family in 1916, creates value for people and society by building strong and sustainable companies. Jacob Lund is Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer at Investor AB. Jacob has extensive experienced within strategic communications and corporate affairs, with more than 25 years of experience from media, agency and in-house. {{ [...]

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    Electric cars share of UK market falls Manufacturers are feeling doubts over whether they can reach new green targets as electric cars share of Uk market falls for the first time annually. The share UK market has been rising each year and reached a peak of 16.6% of annual sales in 2022. In 2023, the [...]

    Geopolitical Update | Frédéric Cho | Christian Hedelin

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to invite you to the fourth seminar in our series on security & geopolitics. Following on from previous seminars, Christian Hedelin, Chief Strategy Officer, Saab, together with Frédéric Cho, Vice Chair, Sweden-China Trade Council will share perspectives on the emerging security & geopolitical landscape. The seminar is generously hosted by Kreab. Date: 31 January 2024 Time: [...]

    New Security & Geopolitical Landscape Vol. 3

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to invite you to the second follow-up session on the emerging security and geopolitical landscape with speakers: Christian Hedelin, Head of Strategy at Saab, Patrik Jotun, Director at Swedish Center for Russian Studies, Mattias Hedwall, Head of the International Commercial & Trade Group at Baker McKenzie Advokatbyrå. At this seminar participants will be provided [...]

    51. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Business activity Rise  Economic output in the final quarter was expected to fall by most economists due to the slump in output from the manufacturing industry. However, the S&P Global flash UK composite output index, which measures the success of both services and manufacturing industries, has shown otherwise. It rose from 50.7 to 51.7 [...]

    50. Weekly Newsletter

    Conservatives split over immigration policies  Division within the Conservative party exacerbated this week just before the vote on legislation aimed to revitalise plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. The original deal was announced in April last year where some asylum seekers arriving in the UK would be sent to Rwanda for processing and they [...]

    Christmas Drinks and BSCC Annual Award | 2023

    Yesterday the BSCC and H.E. Ms. Judith Gough welcomed members to the BSCC Annual Christmas Reception and Award Ceremony hosted at the Ambassador’s residence. It was lovely to see so many of you yesterday and we would like to extend many thanks to all of our members for your contribution and support throughout the year. [...]

    Annual Patrons’ Dinner | Jim Rowan | CEO | Volvo Cars

    On Monday 4 December, we had the privilege of welcoming our Patron members to the BSCC Annual Patrons' Dinner. The event featured Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo Cars, as our guest of honour and speaker. We extend many thanks to Jim Rowan for sharing valuable insights gleaned from Volvo Cars' remarkable journey. His remarks shed [...]

    YPP: Swedish British Summit 2023 in London

    Last week, members of the BSCC Young Patrons had the privilege of attending the British Swedish Summit 2023 in London. This summit served as a platform for engaging discussions on leadership in contemporary society, bringing together notable figures such as business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and academics from both Sweden and Britain. Our gratitude goes to [...]

    49. Weekly Newsletter

    Saudi PIF and Ardian heavy investment  Ferrovial announced this week that it would be selling its 25% stake in Heathrow airport for £2.4 billion. The stake will be acquired by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund who will take a £1 billion stake along with one of Europe’s biggest private equity groups (Ardian) who will buy [...]

    The World Ahead 2024 | Tom Standage | Deputy Editor | The Economist

    On 28 November, we had the pleasure to collaborate with Fogel & Partners on organising “The World Ahead 2024” with Tom Standage. We were delighted to welcome Tom, the Editor of The World Ahead, Deputy Editor of the Economist and author of seven history books, on stage. The event was generously hosted by Mannheimer Swartling [...]

    48. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Investment Boost Over 200 executives are set to attend a summit in London this week including Goldman Sachs Chief executive David Solomon. At the summit, designed to showcase the UK’s appeal to investors, Rishi Sunak will announce that the Uk have been pledged £30 billion in investment pledges by international companies. The bank of [...]

    An Update on Anglo-Swedish Trade

    On 22 November, the BSCC had the pleasure to collaborate with the Swedish Institute of Trade and Law on organising an Update on Anglo-Swedish Trade at Setterwalls’ office in Stockholm. We were delighted to have Sir Ivan Rogers, former Senior Civil Servant from the United Kingdom, share his many valuable insights with us. Sir Ivan [...]

    Trends With: Hellman St Clair

    Hellman St Clair is a strategic, creative consultancy, founded by Anna Hellman and Felicity Willetts. They work closely with brands to help them successfully navigate the major challenges that businesses and wider society experience today and in the future. Working with a highly skilled, diverse network of creatives, they take a multi-disciplinary approach to brand [...]

    Member Updates

    Within the BSCC network there exists extensive knowledge and expertise. We are always eager to share relevant knowledge, news and useful information. This week we are happy to share updates from Springy, Bonde Advokater and Mannheimer Swartling. Springy Springy has recently been chosen by Svenska Dagbladet and Carnegie as one of the ten finalists in [...]

    47. Weekly Newsletter

    Huge UK infrastructure boost The UK government announced this week that up to 55 areas would be allocated almost £1 billion of the ‘levelling up fund’ which aims to bolster the economic growth and prospects in struggling areas. This flagship fund was created by former Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and this injection into the UK [...]

    46. Weekly Newsletter

    Political reshuffling British home secretary, Suella Braverman was sacked this week after she criticised the police for being too lenient towards Pro-Palestinian protesters which piled on the pressure for Rishi Sunak to make the move. This move has resulted in a major reshuffle with former foreign secretary, James Cleverly replacing Braverman at the Home Office. [...]

    Industry Focus with SEB, Johan Torgeby, President & CEO

    On 8 November, the BSCC had the pleasure of organising an industry focus event with SEB’s CEO and President Johan Torgeby, at the SEB offices in Stockholm. Mr. Torgeby discussed the development of the financial industry in both Sweden and the UK. He outlined the challenges and opportunities that the financial markets are facing currently, [...]

    Trends With: Ian Richardson, Stockholm Business School

    Stockholm Business School (SBS), Stockholm University delivers executive education programmes to mid-senior level executives across all sectors. In addition to its internationally accredited Executive MBA programme, it co-founded the national AI for Executives programme and has been partnered with the European Club Association (ECA) in delivering business education to leaders of Europe's most successful football [...]

    45. Weekly Newsletter

    UK house prices rise The UK house prices have been dropping since April this year and only last month they were 5.3% lower than what they were a year before that. For the first time in months, house prices unexpectedly rose by 0.9% which is as a result of the lack of properties to sell [...]

    44. Weekly Newsletter

    UK shop price inflation lowers Falling prices in items like homegrown food has seen UK shop price inflation fall to its lowest rate in over 12 months. The British Retail Consortium announced this week that annual shop price inflation dropped to 5.2% from 6.2% just last month. This has meant that it is the fifth [...]

    Gothenburg Chapter | Cecilia Malmström | Dan Sten Olsson | Johan Trouvé

    On Tuesday, 24 October the Chamber, together with BSCC Patron Member, Stena AB welcomed members and partners to the BSCC Gothenburg Chapter with speakers and guest of honour Cecilia Malmström, Former Minister for European Union Affairs of Sweden, and Johan Trouvé, CEO, the West Sweden Chamber of Commerce. Dan Sten Olsson, CEO, Stena AB welcomed [...]

    FDI Law Update

    The Swedish Parliament has approved a new law aimed at safeguarding national security by scrutinizing foreign direct investments. This law, effective from December 1, 2023, covers sensitive sectors like critical infrastructure, defence, and security-related activities. It grants the authority the power to review and potentially prohibit foreign investments affecting Sweden's security interests. Foreign direct investments [...]

    43 Weekly Newsletter

    UK rent disparity Official date shows the extent of the rent crisis in the UK and how unaffordable it is. This is demonstrated by how data shows that in the last 18 months, housing costs in London accounted for 35% of the income of those tenants living there. This huge part of tenants’ income is [...]

    Rising to the Strategic Challenges of Competitive Artificial Intelligence

    On Tuesday, 17 October we welcomed members to a conference addressing the strategic challenges of competitive AI. With expert input from: Alasdair Ross, Countries Editor, The Economist  – The World Ahead; Anna Mossberg, Board Professional and Advisor; Dr. Ian Richardson, Director of Executive Education at Stockholm Business School, Danica Kragic, Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, [...]

    42. Weekly Newsletter

    UK involvement in Israel and Palestine As the conflict in Israel and Palestine continues to exacerbate, Britain have deployed naval support in the Mediterranean. The UK have announced plans to deploy two Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels to the area in what has been described by the government as a “contingency measure” in order to both [...]

    Member Updates

    Within the BSCC network there exists exstensive knowledge and expertise. We are always eager to share relevant knowledge, news and useful information. This week we are happy to share updates from Skanska, and Grand Hotel Stockholm. Grand Hotel Stockholm The Grand Hotel Stockholm has recently garnered the esteemed title of "Northern Europe's Best Hotel." This [...]

    41. Weekly Newsletter

    UK house price woes UK house prices have dropped for the sixth month in a row according to mortgage provider Halifax. The fall is a result of high interest rates deterring people from borrowing money and this massively reduces the ability to buy homes. The house price fall began in April and this trend has [...]

    40. Weekly Newsletter

    HS2 setback The UK’s high speed railway line between Manchester and London with branches to Birmingham and the East Midlands has suffered a major blow it its development with massive cuts set to take place in the coming weeks. HS2 was officially launched in 2009 and was projected to be the UK’s biggest infrastructure project, [...]

    Young Patrons’ Programme 2023

    On 4 October, we are welcoming participants to the final seminar of this year's Young Patrons’ Programme, Strategies in Uncertain Times. Hosted by Eversheds Sutherland, Michael Bahar and Ian Richardsson will discuss how managers can respond to the reality of global complexity and uncertainty. Further, we are looking forward to the YPP London delegation in [...]

    Member Updates

    Within the BSCC network there exists exstensive knowledge and expertise. We are always eager to share relevant knowledge, news and useful information. This week we are happy to share updates from Diplomat Hotel, Volvo Cars and Westander. Diplomat Hotel Diplomat Hotel is reintroducing its famous Afternoon Tea service. You can now enjoy this delightful experience [...]

    39. Weekly Newsletter

    Rishi Sunak U-turn The UK has had various policies in place in order to meet its legally binding target of reaching net zero by 2050 such as the ban of sales of new petrol cars by 2030. However, Rishi Sunak announced this week a massive shift in policy regarding net zero policies including the push [...]

    Financial Outlook | Annika Winsth | Chief Economist | Nordea

    On Wednesday, 20 September the Chamber welcomed members to Nordea's head office in Stockholm for a lunch and financial outlook with Annika Winsth, Chief Economist, Nordea. Annika provided participants with a financial outlook of several countries, exploring the underlying factors contributing to their current situations, with a particular emphasis on the economies of Sweden and [...]

    38. Weekly Newsletter

    UK income gap Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week showed that the income gap between London and the rest of the UK has reached a record disparity. National income in the UK is at £21,679, however the disparity between the UK as a whole and London is massive as in [...]

    37. Weekly Newsletter

    UK net zero setback The UK have ambitious targets for renewable energy schemes in order to fulfil their plans to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. One of the targets is to triple offshore wind capacity to 50 gigawatts by 2030. This target suffered a major blow this week as subsidy auctions for new [...]

    36. Weekly Newsletter

    UK economic outlook boost The UK’s economic narrative has been extremely pessimistic ever since the seemingly lacklustre post-Covid economic recovery. However, this week saw revised figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which contradicts this narrative. It was found that UK GDP in late 2021 exceeded pre pandemic levels rather than contracting. This [...]

    BSCC | Annual Address | 2023

    On 31 August, Carl Bildt, former prime minister and Co-chair of the ECFR`s council, delivered a keynote address during the annual event hosted by the BSCC. This gathering, made possible through the generous sponsorship of BNP Paribas and Volvo Cars, provided a platform for Bildt to engage the audience in a thoughtful discussion on contemporary [...]

    35. Weekly Newsletter

    Migration concerns in the UK The cost of the UK’s asylum system has jumped to almost £4 billion in the last 12 months as a result of record backlog and processing issues. The costs have been exacerbated by a rise in asylum seekers awaiting initial decision with 134,046 cases still under review (35% rise compared to last year). This [...]

    New Members: Springy, InPress, Westander, Astute Electronics, EMEA Recruitment

    We are delighted to introduce are newest members Springy, InPress, Westander, Astute Electronics, EMEA Recruitment. Springy operates as a dynamic marketplace, connecting local businesses with professionals in need of workspaces. By doing so, it not only helps businesses optimise costs but also opens up new audiences. Through an intuitive platform, Springy simplifies the workspace search, promoting collaboration and innovation. This approach [...]

    Breakfast with Bscc

    Every Tuesday we will be welcoming members to our office for a breakfast catch up. During the breakfast we look forward to learning more about your industries and what we can do to support, promote and refer you to relevant members. This is a great opportunity to make sure you get the most out of [...]

    Legal Insights on Balancing the Opportunities of AI with TM & Partners

    On 12 September we were delighted to welcome members to a breakfast seminar on the Legal Insights on AI hosted by TM & Partners. The seminar was led by Alexandra Rosell and Karolina Kjellberg, senior associates, and part of the firm's Tech group. Alexandra and Karolina highlighted that rigorous fulfilment of regulatory requirements related to [...]

    Security Challenges in Northern Europe from a Swedish and British Perspective

    On 27 June Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly participated in a public seminar, sharing their perspectives on the current security challenges facing Northern Europe. The Foreign Ministers reflected on the consequences of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and how it has impacted Anglo-Swedish cooperation in the fields of foreign [...]

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    Bank of England Raises Interest Rates The Bank of England (BoE) has increased interest rates to 5.0% following a widely unexpected 50bps raise. Andrew Bailey, the BoE governor, outlined his commitment to using monetary policy to reduce inflation and stated that “We’re not expecting, we’re not desiring a recession, but we will do what is [...]

    British-American Chambers | Golf Tournament

    On Monday 4 September, we welcomed members of the BSCC and AmCham to our annual golf tournament at Djursholms Golfklubb. The teams played the eighteen-hole course and stood to win prizes generously sponsored by; Utmost International, Volvo Cars, Edrington, Grand Hotel Stockholm, Hotel Diplomat, Hilton Slussen Hotel, Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Sheraton Hotel Stockholm, Ford, and [...]

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    Chancellor Commits To AI Jeremy Hunt, the chancellor, has pushed for ministers to seize the opportunities of artificial intelligence (AI). The objective is to save money, boost underperforming growth rates and reignite public services. The deputy at the Treasury is now undertaking a report (due before the Autumn Statement) on raising public service productivity with [...]

    Eversheds Sutherland: Employment Issues to Keep on the Radar

    Ahead of the long-awaited summer holidays, we have asked Senior Associate Rebecca Farkhooy from our member and patron Eversheds Sutherland law firm to provide us with a few employment issues to keep on the radar as we step into the second half of the year. Hybrid working is here to stay – but many employers [...]

    24. Weekly Newsletter

    Former PM Johnson Resigns On Friday (9th June) former PM Boris Johnson announced that he is standing down, with immediate effect, as an MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (in West London). In his resignation statement he stated that he remained “hugely proud of all that we achieved in my time in office as prime [...]

    23. Weekly Newsletter

    House Prices Fall UK house prices fell at their fastest annual pace for almost 14 years (since July 2009) in the year to May according to new research by Nationwide. The 3.4% fall comes as a result of mortgage rates continuing to rise as interest rates increase (currently at 4.5%). Nationwide stated that “headwinds to [...]

    22. Weekly Newsletter

    Supermarket Price Caps The UK Government is at the “drawing board stage” of introducing a scheme that would aim to get retailers to charge the lowest possible amount for some basic products like bread and milk. This suggestion has been attributed to the resilient high levels of inflation for food and non-alcoholic drinks which remains [...]

    Trends with: Global Goes Local

    Global Goes Local assists Swedish employers with work permit applications for non-EU employees and also assists international companies that wish to establish in Sweden with registration of a company or branch and other general legal questions. Ylva Hökerberg Jahnke is a Swedish lawyer and Jolande Svensson-Klijn is a Dutch lawyer. Both Ylva and Jolande have a [...]

    New Member: Scandinavian Trust

    We are very pleased to introduce our new member, Scandinavian Trust. Scandinavian Trust offers Corporate Management and Secretarial services to local and foreign business owners. Their clients are international entrepreneurs and global businesses with local personnel, a branch or a holding company in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Key services include domiciliation and directorships, along with [...]

    New Patron: Fitch Ratings

    We are delighted to introduce our newest Patron, Fitch Ratings Fitch Rating is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary, and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The additional context, perspective, and [...]

    Eversheds Sutherland Sweden | Employment Law Training

    We were happy to provide an employment law training hosted by Eversheds Sutherland. The training was led by Torbjörn Lindmark, Partner and Head of the Employment Law Practice Group, and Rebecca Farkhooy, Senior Associate. The event was hosted in cooperation with the British Embassy Stockholm and Invest Stockholm. During the training session, Torbjörn and Rebecca [...]

    21. Weekly Newsletter

    G7 in Japan The Hiroshima G7 summit marked continued support and cooperation between the members following rounds of meetings in Japan over the weekend. US President Biden confirmed on Friday (19th May) that the US will support a joint effort to train Ukrainian pilots for F-16 fighter jets. The G7 also took a united position [...]

    Trends with: Graeme McCallum

    Graeme McCallum is a Patent Attorney and Partner at Potter Clarkson. Graeme’s expertise includes developing and implementing IP strategies, including patents, trade marks and designs, to align with business strategy and maximise portfolio value. Graeme frequently works with multiple stakeholders to optimise the IP strategy, both at a portfolio level and on individual cases to maximise value with [...]

    20. Weekly Newsletter

    Bank of England Interest Rates The Bank of England (BoE) has raised interest rates to 4.5% on Thursday (11th May) after warning that the UK will not hit its inflation target (2%) until 2025. UK interest rates are now at their highest level since 2008 after the BoE admitted that it had underestimated the persistence [...]

    69th Annual General Meeting

    On Wednesday 10 May  H.E. Ms. Judith Gough, British Ambassador to Sweden and the BSCC welcomed members to the Chamber’s AGM. We were delighted to welcome Tobias Billström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden as guest of honour and speaker. Tobias Billström addressed current priorities and underscored the importance of strong and close partnerships. Joined on [...]

    19. Weekly Newsletter

    The Coronation Weekend The Coronation of The King and The Queen was conducted at Westminster Abbey on Saturday (6th May). The service incorporated longstanding traditions and pageantry with forward-looking adjustments in front of 2,300 guests. Over 100 heads of state were in attendance for Europe’s only royal family who continue to host coronations. Over 7,000 [...]

    18. Weekly Newsletter

    Aberdeen’s Net Zero Port The Port of Aberdeen, established in 1136, is investing £55m to become the UK’s first net zero port by 2040. Specifically, the port is targeting net zero emissions from the port’s operations and from vessels visiting the port. The initiative will work to promote low carbon alternative fuels through trials of [...]

    Industry Focus with Saab, Micael Johansson, President & CEO

    On 18 April, the BSCC had the pleasure of organising an industry focus event with Saab’s CEO Micael Johansson, at their offices in Stockholm. After discussing Saab’s commitment to protecting societies and openness, Mr. Johansson laid out his strategy of a more focussed product offering and talked about SAAB’s core areas – aeronautics, sensors, and [...]

    16. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Economy Above Pre-Pandemic Levels Revised figures for January now reveal that UK GDP is 0.3% higher than pre-pandemic levels in 2019. New data also suggests an increased likelihood that growth outpaced forecasts in the first three months of 2023. Last month, the fiscal watchdog warned that Q1 of 2023 would show a 0.4% contraction [...]

    Trends with: Glen Instone

    Glen is President of the Husqvarna Division. Since joining Husqvarna in 2002, Glen has held various positions including Vice President Global Sales & Services, Husqvarna Division 2016–2018, VP & CFO Husqvarna Division 2014–2017 and VP & CFO EMEA, 2013– 2014. {{ vc_btn: title=Click+here+to+connect+with+Glen&color=default&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.linkedin.com%252Fin%252Fglen-instone-648aa81b%252F%253ForiginalSubdomain%253Dse }}What trends do you see for the autumn within your line of [...]

    15. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Retail The number of shoppers visiting stores at the weekend increased 9.7% in March compared to the previous year, according to the British Retail Consortium. However, this still remains 10.2% below pre-pandemic levels which has been attributed to the rise in online shopping and the “challenging economic environment”. The change in working patterns, with [...]

    Financial Outlook with Johan Löf, Handelsbanken

    On Wednesday 5 April, the BSCC had the pleasure of hosting a financial outlook with Handelsbanken at their office in Stockholm. The economic and real estate outlook was given by Johan Löf, Head of Forecasting and Senior Economist at Handelsbanken. Prior to joining Handelsbanken, Johan worked at both the Riksbank and the Ministry of Finance. [...]

    Trends with: Erik Lagerlöf

    Erik is an Adjunct Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and an active member of the Chamber. {{ vc_btn: title=Click+here+to+connect+with+Erik&color=default&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.linkedin.com%252Fin%252Ferik-lagerl%2525C3%2525B6f-5b0353205%252F%253ForiginalSubdomain%253Dse }}What trends do you see for the spring within your line of business? The conditions for international trade and investment are facing considerable changes. The EU’s focus on strategic autonomy, Brexit, serious security concerns [...]

    14. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Commercial Property Dealmaking Rises In the first quarter of 2023, investors pumped £6bn into UK office, retail and industrial buildings following record lows in Q4 of 2022. However, dealmaking is still equal to around half of its 10 year average- partially as a result of central London property declining in value and the cost [...]

    Member Updates

    We are are always curious about the challenges and possibilities our member companies are facing within their industries. This week we are happy to share updates from Intrum and BCC. Intrum has received a B score in Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a higher score than the global average as well as among other credit management [...]

    13. Weekly Newsletter

    New First Minister of Scotland Humza Yousaf MSP on Tuesday (27th March) was elected as the new leader of the Scottish National party (SNP) and will shortly take the role of First Minister of Scotland. The 37 year-old health secretary won a final round ballot of SNP members (52.1% versus 47.9%) and was seen as [...]

    Trends with: Jonas Gram

    Jonas Gram was previously Brand Ambassador for The Macallan Denmark at Edrington and has now been Ambassador for the Nordics since 2021. Jonas is based in Copenhagen and frequently visits Stockholm, welcoming enthusiasts to experience The Macallan. This week we had the opportunity to learn more about what trends Jonas sees in his line of business. {{ vc_btn: title=Click+here+to+connect+with+Jonas&color=default&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.linkedin.com%252Fin%252Fjonasgram%252F }}What trends do you [...]

    New Members: Henkel and Läkarintyg Direkt

    We are delighted to introduce our newest members, Henkel and Läkarintyg Direkt. Henkel operates worldwide with leading innovations, brands and technologies in two business areas: Adhesive Technologies and Consumer Brands. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 145 years of success. The company holds leading positions with its two business units in both [...]

    12. Weekly Newsletter

    The Spring Budget The chancellor (Hunt) last Wednesday, 15th March, delivered his Spring Budget with major policy announcements featuring the introduction of free childcare for youngsters (under the age of three) as one of the key commitments targeted at bringing back people to work. Additionally, Hunt increased the annual tax-free pension allowance (from £40,000 to [...]

    11. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Economy Rebounds The UK economy beat forecasts for GDP growth in January with a 0.3% expansion (ahead of 0.1% forecast) as a result of the service sector rising 0.5% due to strong performances from the education, transport and health activities sectors. PM Sunak, from Paris, described the result as “showing encouraging signs that things [...]

    Whisky Tasting ‘The Macallan’

    The British Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Edrington welcomed members of the Chamber to experience ‘the liquid gold from Scotland’, better known as Single Malt Scotch Whisky, during the annual BSCC whisky tasting on 9 March. Edrington highlighted the classic whisky producers from Speyside and welcomed members to experience The Macallan. Beyond an extraordinary whisky [...]

    Malmö Chapter

    On 8 March we celebrated the International Women's Day in partnership with Global Thinkers Forum, Malmö University and Athena40 - A Platform for Visionary Leadership. Connecting speakers from around the world to discuss innovation, change & education for women in the digital age. The panel connecting from Malmö was moderated by Maria Tibblin and included: Rebecka Lettevall, Pro Vice-Chancellor [...]

    10. Weekly Newsletter

    US Calls for Revived UK Trade Talks Senior lawmakers in Washington are pushing for a reignition of US-UK trade talks following the successfully negotiated Windsor agreement over Northern Ireland. On Thursday (2nd March) a Democratic senator introduced legislation to give the US president the authority to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with the UK. [...]

    The Windsor Framework

    Businesses in Northern Ireland (NI) and Great Britain (GB) do not like the current protocol arrangements because of issues related to customs, documentation, VAT etc. on the movement of goods. Businesses want a permanent agreement that can provide stability and certainty and that reduces paperwork and checks for goods only sold or consumed in NI. [...]

    9. Weekly Newsletter

    Northern Ireland Trade Deal PM Sunak on Monday, 27th February, announced a “new chapter” in UK-EU relations after agreeing upon the ‘Windsor framework’ to change the existing Northern Ireland protocol. The details of the agreement are currently being reviewed by MPs with senior members within the party, such as former PM Theresa May MP, calling [...]

    Updates from Member Companies

    We are are always curious about the challenges and possibilities our member companies are facing within their industries. This week we are happy to share updates and congratulate BNP Paribas, Fogel & Partners, and Vattenfall on recent achievements. BNP Paribas Bank of the Year. BNP Paribas has, by the British publication IFR, been awarded the [...]

    8. Weekly Newsletter

    First Minister of Scotland Resigns The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, resigned last week (15th February) which will trigger the party’s first leadership contest in almost 20 years. The SNP control 45 (of 59) Scottish seats in the House of Commons and are in control of [...]

    7. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Economy Avoids Recession The UK narrowly avoided entering a recession in 2022 following zero growth (0%) in the fourth quarter of the year; although, the Bank of England (BoE) forecasts the UK to fall into a short and shallow recession this year. The chancellor described the economy as demonstrating an “underlying resilience” but warned [...]

    Financial Outlook with Christian Keller, Barclays

    On Tuesday 14 February, the BSCC had the pleasure of welcoming members to a financial outlook with Barclays at their office in Stockholm. The briefing was given by Mr. Christian Keller, Managing Director and Head of Economics Research at Barclays. Mr. Keller’s run-down of the financial situation could be summarised by a positive start to [...]

    It Takes All Kinds Of Minds

    In 2018 BSCC awarded Sophie Dow,  BSCC member and founder of the Salvesen Mindroom Centre in Edinburgh, our Annual Award for her organisations work to help and support children and young adults who are neurodivergent. The organisation works locally, nationally and internationally. The Salvesen Mindroom Centre continue to promote Neurodiversity and are now organising  a wide-ranging  international [...]

    6. Weekly Newsletter

    FTSE100 Hits All-Time High The UK’s FTSE100 share index has beaten its 2018 peak with a 6.1% rise so far in 2023. Last year the blue-chip index was also the best-performing developed market index (in local currency terms) with an almost 1% rise- in a year in which the US’s S&P 500 declined around 20%. [...]

    New Members: Global Child Forum, Graz Solutions, and LucyJRobertshaw

    We are delighted to introduce our newest members Global Child Forum, Graz Solutions and LucyJRobertshaw. Graz Solutions specializes in fintech solutions for handling and optimizing financial data processes. Over the past 15 years, Graz has become the go-to place for fintech solutions in the Nordics, serving banks, insurance- and fund management companies. Graz’s team of [...]

    New Security & Geopolitical Landscape Vol. 3

    Yesterday we welcomed members to the third seminar in our series on geopolitics and security. The speakers, Christian Hedelin, Chief Strategy Officer at Saab together with Mattias Hedwall, Head of the International Commercial & Trade Group at Baker McKenzie Advokatbyrå provided the highly engaged audience with an update on the current geopolitical landscape. We would [...]

    5. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Strikes On the 1st February (Wednesday) the UK will face it’s biggest day of strikes this winter as workers stage a co-ordinated walk out in sectors ranging from rail, teaching and universities. This comes in response to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), who represent the UK’s organised labour movement, protesting the government’s anti-strike legislation [...]

    The World Ahead 2023 | Tom Standage | Deputy Editor | The Economist

    On Tuesday we were very happy to welcome members to the first BSCC event of the year. No better start than looking at The World Ahead with Tom Standage, Editor of The World Ahead Economist publication and Deputy Editor of The Economist.  In The World Ahead 2023 correspondents and outside experts consider the interlocking challenges facing the [...]

    4. Weekly Newsletter

    Britishvolt Collapse Britishvolt was Britain’s first major homegrown battery producer but collapsed last week after failing to raise enough cash following multiple emergency funding rounds. The business, founded by two Swedes, was branded as Britain’s best chance of producing a domestic champion for the current electric car market expansion. More than a dozen businesses are [...]

    New Members: Baker & Associates, Futur Pension, Novare Human Capital and Scandicorp

    We are delighted to present our newest members Baker & Associates, Futur Pension, Novare Human Capital, and Scandicorp. Baker & Associates offer corporate advice and services related to governance and diversity. They have in-depth experience of sustainability, regulatory compliance, marketing, communications, talent management, sales and manufacturing. Futur Pension is a digitalised Swedish insurance company. They [...]

    3. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Economy Rebounds Data published on Friday (13th January) revealed that the UK economy unexpectedly grew in November. Overall, the economy expanded by 0.1% due to a rise in demand for services in the tech sector (telecoms and computer programming) and the increased footfall for hospitality from the World Cup. This is despite economists predicting [...]

    2. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Space Launch On Monday (9th January) the UK began it’s first ever orbital space launch. A repurposed Virgin Atlantic 747 jet released a rocket over the Atlantic to launch nine satellites into Space. The company leading this is Virgin Orbit, founded by Sir Richard Branson, and began at Newquay Airport in Cornwall. Following the [...]

    Trends with: James Savage

    James moved to Sweden from the UK at the start of the millennium and was a co-founder of The Local in 2004. The Local provides local news and advice for international professionals and expats in nine European countries. James is currently CEO & Publisher at The Local and is also a panelist and regular commentator [...]

    1. Weekly Newsletter

    The UK in 2022 The UK had an unusual year filled with historic moments and substantial developments in 2022. The nation had three PMs over the course of the year with political stability now restored but polling pushing strongly towards the opposition. The UK and Commonwealth also celebrated HM The Queen’s 70 years on the [...]

    Trends with: Philip Sheppard

    Philip  has worked for Handelsbanken for almost 35 years, with much time spent in the UK. Philip held the position of Head of Private Banking – among other positions – in Handelsbanken’s London office. Philip is currently Senior Relationship Manager at Handelsbanken in Stockholm. {{ vc_btn: title=Click+here+to+connect+with+Philip&color=default&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.linkedin.com%252Fin%252Fphilip-sheppard-4aab146%252F }}What trends do you see within your line [...]

    50. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Strikes Current data from the Financial Times indicates that over one million working days will be lost due to strike action in 2022. This is due to the final three weeks of the year featuring disruption from nurses, transport workers, baggage handlers, postal workers and other sectors going on scheduled strikes. Inevitably, this will [...]

    The BSCC Christmas Drinks and Annual Award

    Yesterday the BSCC and H.E. Ms Judith Gough welcomed members to the BSCC Annual Christmas Reception and Award Ceremony hosted at the Ambassador's residence. It was lovely to see so many of you yesterday and we would like to extend many thanks to all of our members for your contribution and support throughout the year. [...]

    49. Weekly Newsletter

    Brexit Trade Deal Progress The UK government is on track to miss its target for securing post-Brexit trade agreements on 80% of UK trade by the end of 2022. At present, it is set to achieve coverage of 63% of trade which has limited UK exporters since Brexit. The BBC has reported that the 80% [...]

    YPP: Swedish British Summit 2022 in London

    Last week the BSCC Young Patrons 2022 were invited to attend the Swedish-British Summit 2022 in London. The summit brought together business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and academics from Sweden and Britain to discuss leadership in today’s society. It was greatly inspiring to attend and we wish to extend many thanks to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce [...]

    Members Lunch with MoveByNumbers

    The Chamber works with and on behalf of our members and the input from our members play an important role in shaping the agenda of the Chamber. We are grateful to be able to receive feedback on a regular basis when meeting our members at various events, meetings and through our survey. This year we [...]

    48. Weekly Newsletter

    Scottish Independence Scotland’s first minister, Sturgeon, has campaigned for holding a second referendum on Scottish independence from the UK but last week the Supreme Court ruled that only Westminster could have the legal authority to grant a vote on this. The last referendum, in 2014, showed 55% support for Scotland remaining in the union versus [...]

    Sustainability Due Diligence with Cederquist

    Sustainability is a rapidly evolving topic shaped by the urgent need to find innovative solutions to global challenges, as well as increasing regulation requiring increased transparency on companies’ sustainability performance. On 24 November the BSCC welcomed members to a webinar on Sustainability Due Diligence with Cederquist law firm. During the webinar the speakers Elsa Arbrandt [...]

    Bright Green Summit 2022

    It has been a great privilege to be part of the Bright Green Summit organised in cooperation with Mundus International and AmCham Sweden - American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden. The summit has featured great insight from both private and public sector, not least from our member HSBC and the British Ambassador to Sweden. Thank [...]

    Annual Patrons’ Dinner with guest of honour and speaker Peter Carlsson, Northvolt

    On Monday evening we had the honour of welcoming representatives from our Patron companies to our Annual Patrons’ Dinner with guest of honour and speaker Peter Carlsson, CEO & Founder, Northvolt. We would like to extend many thanks to Peter Carlsson for sharing great insights from Northvolt’s journey and shedding some light on the challenges and opportunities that lie [...]

    Trends with: Emma Berglund Uväng

    Emma is partner at Schjødt law firm. She has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in ad­vis­ing companies in distressed sit­u­a­tions and she also represents clients in connection with insolvency related litigation. She is reg­u­lar­ly ap­point­ed as an administrator in company reorganisation, bankruptcy trustee and liquidator. Emma is a member of the Research Panel for Insolvency Law and Law [...]

    46. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Recession Looms During Q3 of 2022 the UK economy contracted by 0.2% as rising costs impacted businesses and households. The Bank of England (BoE) forecasts Q4 to also be in decline which would then tip the UK into a “very challenging” two-year recession. This would mark the longest recession since records officially began in [...]

    New Patron Member: RPC

    We are delighted to present our newest patron member, RPC (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain). RPC is an international commercial law firm that provides a spectrum of legal services to global business across a wide range of industry sectors and practices. The firm is headquartered in London and has offices in Bristol, Singapore, Hong Kong, and a [...]

    45. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Economic Outlook The Bank of England (BoE) this week revealed it’s economic outlook for the UK with the nation set to face its longest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The country faces a “very challenging” two-year recession after the BoE believes the UK entered a recession during the summer which it [...]

    44. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Tax Rises The PM (Sunak) and his Chancellor (Hunt) are said to be exploring tax increases and public spending cuts in a bid to fill the gap in public finances. The budgetary tightening of around £50bn is necessary due to the weak economic forecast delivered last week by the Office for Budget Responsibility. In [...]

    Michaël Berglund Awarded with IIC Partners Lifetime Achievement Award

    Michaël began his career as a doctor where he observed the consequences of poor leadership. Similarly, in the world of business the actions of leaders have large ripple effects. This has motivated Michaël to devote his work towards cultivating positive, powerful and sustainable leadership. Michaël Berglund, the founder of Michaël Berglund Group, a firm specialising [...]

    Financial Outlook with HSBC

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome you to a financial outlook with HSBC. HSBC Chief Investment Officer for Switzerland and EMEA, Georgios Leontaris, will present HSBC’s latest views on the economic outlook and he will also identify investment opportunities during this period of disruption and change. We will be joined by Sir [...]

    43. Weekly Newsletter

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak On Monday (24th October) The Right Honourable Rishi Sunak MP was elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party and, therefore, as the UK Prime Minister following the resignation of PM Liz Truss last week. On Tuesday, PM Sunak will travel to Buckingham Palace to meet King Charles III whereby [...]

    Hybrid Breakfast Seminar at Linklaters: the New British Government

    On Thursday 20 October, The BSCC had the pleasure of welcoming members to a hybrid breakfast seminar on the new British Government with Nicola Watkinson from TheCityUK. TheCityUK Represents the private sector interests of the financial and related professional services sector. Nicola Watkinson is Managing Director of the international trade and investment team at TheCityUK.  [...]

    Industry Focus with Volvo Group, Mr. Martin Lundstedt, CEO

    We were delighted to have Martin Lundstedt, CEO at Volvo Group, as speaker at our last Industry focused event. The event was generously hosted by Mannheimer Swartling. The theme for this industry focus was the green transition, and Martin Lundstedt generously shared his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities for both Volvo Group and the transport [...]

    42. Weekly Newsletter

    Jeremy Hunt appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer Last Friday (14th October), the Chancellor of the Exchequer was removed by PM Liz Truss after 38 days in the job following substantial turbulence in the financial markets following his mini-Budget. This marked the shortest serving chancellor since 1970. The newly appointed Chancellor is The Right Honourable Jeremy [...]

    Trends with: Rebecca Farkhooy

    Rebecca is an Associate in the Employment Law Practice Group at Eversheds Sutherland Advokatbyrå AB. {{ vc_btn: title=Click+here+to+connect+with+Rebecca&color=default&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.linkedin.com%252Fin%252Frebecca-farkhooy-205529188%252F%7C%7C%7C }}What trends do you see for the autumn within your line of business? The pandemic accelerated existing trends in remote working and many companies have now incorporated permanent hybrid working policies. As employment lawyers, we are not [...]

    41. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Energy Security The UK has opened a new licensing round for companies to explore for oil and gas in the North Sea (along Britain’s East coast) with 898 blocks being offered for exploration. This will result in up to 100 licenses being awarded in a bid to ease consumers’ pain from high energy prices. [...]

    Trends with: Julian Henwood

    Julian Henwood is Partner and Head of European Business Development at Gowling WLG. Julian has over 30 years' experience in project managing significant cross-border corporate transactions for a largely European-headquartered client base - including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and asset purchases and disposals. On 1 May 2018, Julian moved into a new role as [...]

    40. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Economy Over the last week the UK economy has experienced substantial changes following the Chancellor’s tax-cutting mini-budget. The pound sterling fell to $1.03:£1 on Monday (26th October) due to global markets losing confidence in the UK; however, the Bank of England stepped into the bond market on Thursday with a new programme purchasing £5bn [...]

    Trends with: Oskar Ahnfelt

    Oskar is Vice president of Public & Regulatory Affairs at Vattenfall. {{ vc_btn: title=Click+here+to+connect+with+Oskar&color=default&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.linkedin.com%252Fin%252Foskar-ahnfelt-8394881%252F%253ForiginalSubdomain%253Dse%7C%7C%7C }}What trends do you see for the autumn within your line of business? We have an ongoing energy crisis all over Europe, caused by the limited gas supplies from Russia to Europe. All countries are now trying to find ways to [...]

    39. Weekly Newsletter

    Chancellor’s ‘Mini’ Budget On Friday, 23rd September the new chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, unveiled his substantial plan to get growth back to its historic average of 2.5% per year in a bid to lift living standards and generate more money for public services. The Budget works to reduce the tax burden on both the public [...]

    UK Government Briefing

    Today marks the first two weeks of the Rt Hon Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss premiership. A new Cabinet is now in place, consisting of both familiar and new faces. The new Government now has 2 years of work ahead, until the next general election in 2024. Since taking office, the Prime Minister has announced three [...]

    Trends with: Charlotte Ljung

    Charlotte is an entrepreneur, with one foot in the family business, DUX and one foot in new ventures such as the tech start-up Endbright. Charlotte is active as an advisor and board member in several companies and organisations, not least as Vice Chair of the BSCC Executive Board.  {{ vc_btn: title=Click+here+to+connect+with+Charlotte+&color=default&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.linkedin.com%252Fin%252Fcharlotte-ljung-2b1ab921%252F%7C%7C%7C }}What trends do you see for the [...]

    38. Weekly Newsletter

    The Queen’s Funeral On Monday, 19th September 2022, The Queen’s state funeral took place at Westminster Abbey in the presence of over 500 heads of state and dignitaries among the 2,000 guests. Her Majesty’s “lifelong sense of duty” was remembered as King Charles III led the televised procession behind his mother’s coffin from Westminster Hall. [...]

    Summer Drinks Reception

    On Thursday 8 September the British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce welcomed guests to a Late Summer Drinks Reception hosted by Setterwalls. It was great to be able to gather members, colleagues and friends to reconnect after the summer. We would like to extend many thanks to all lovely guests for joining us. We would also like to [...]

    Updates from Member Companies

    We are are always curious about the challenges and possibilities our member companies are facing within their industries. This week we are happy to share updates from Edrington and Essity on their commitment to the Race to Zero. Edrington Edrington, announced that it is joining the Carbon Disclosure Project as part of it’s larger strategy [...]

    36. Weekly Newsletter

    About Liz Truss The Rt Hon Liz Truss has won the race to be the new leader of the Conservative Party and from Tuesday (6th July 2022) will be the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Truss won 57% of the vote on the promise of a “bold plan” to cut taxes and tackle [...]

    Trends with: Claes Berglund

    Claes Berglund has been a senior executive in the shipping industry for 15 years, including leading roles at Stena Line. Previously he worked for 12 years in road-based transport and third-party logistics services. Mr Berglund is also a reserve officer in the Royal Swedish Navy. What trends do you see for the autumn within your [...]

    Stockholm Impact Week

    Stockholm Impact Week is an Invest Stockholm, Norrsken Foundation and #sthlmtech with the aim of making Stockholm the home of Impact. Stockholm Impact Week brings together the world’s most impactful and influential startups, talent, investors business leaders and policymakers. Startups leveraging scalable technology are key to solving some of the world’s greatest challenges.  On the [...]

    35. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Cost of Energy UK households face a new 80% rise in energy bills from October as a typical gas and electricity bill will rise to £3,549 (from £1,971) in October 2022. Ofgem, Britain’s energy regulator, made the announcement on Friday but industry consultants now estimate that this will likely rise up to £6,600 by [...]

    Trends with: Magdalena Gerger

    Magdalena was appointed Chair of the BSCC at the AGM on 31 May. Magdalena was formerly the President & CEO of Systembolaget AB where she worked from May 2009 until 1st February 2022. Magdalena currently holds non-executive board positions with Investor AB and Peab and she is the Chair of Nefab and of the Royal Academy [...]

    BSCC Members on Cyber Security

    PA Consulting Cyber security is a growing concern for businesses and in 2019 the average cost of a serious global breach amounted to $3.9m. A cost that is expected to rise in the future. In a recent interview , Carl Nightingale, Cyber Security Expert at PA Consulting encouraged businesses to start seriously considering investing in [...]

    34. Weekly Newsletter

    Cash Usage The sharp fall in the use of cash during the pandemic has now steadied as consumers return to their previous method of paying for goods. Debit and credit cards were used for 57% of all payments in the UK in 2021 which represents a total reversal from the 55% usage of cash in [...]

    New Security & Geopolitical Landscape Vol. 2

    Yesterday we welcomed members to the second seminar in our series on geopolitics and security. The seminar was generously sponsored by Schjödt. Christian Hedelin, Head of Strategy at Saab together with Patrik Jotun, Director at the Swedish Center for Russian Studies provided the highly engaged audience with an update and in-depth perspectives on the current [...]

    33. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Economy Contracted in Q2 The UK economy, between April and June, shrunk 0.1% according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This was attributed to COVID schemes (such as Test and Trace) ending, declining retail sales and reduced economic productivity caused by the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday. The UK is not officially in [...]

    32. Weekly Newsletter

    Hiring Slowdown July saw the slowest increase in the number of permanent jobs being filled for 17 months. KPMG have highlighted that recruiters are increasingly tentative about hiring new staff; this was also attributed to continued skills shortages along with a hesitancy from candidates to move jobs now. Overall, this is expected to culminate with [...]

    31. Weekly Newsletter

    UK’s Next PM Following the resignation of PM Johnson, on 7th July 2022, the ruling Conservative Party launched the contest for the new leader. PM Johnson will remain leader until the 5th of September but will leave “major fiscal decisions” to the next prime minister. Currently, paying members of the Conservatives (approximately 180,000) are in [...]

    26. Weekly Newsletter

    Inflation Rates UK inflation has risen at its fastest rate for 40 years as food costs have risen 8.5% since May 2021. Items such as Pasta (up 16.1%), Butter (up 13.1%) and eggs (up 12.6%) are some of the most impacted by inflation which contributes to the average annual grocery bill in the UK rising [...]

    25. Weekly Newsletter

    Railway Strikes Around 50% of Great Britain’s railway network will be operational when staff walk out on strike this week (on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) are leading strikes over disputes on pay and redundancies. This will also coincide with a strike on Tuesday (21st June) across London’s Underground. [...]

    New Member: Mundus International

    We are proud to welcome Mundus International as members of the BSCC. Mundus International provides news and analysis of the Nordics for an international audience. They work with governments, corporates and institutions, helping them make better decisions, by being up-to-date and in understanding political and economic drivers. Through their standard portfolio, they cover the short-term [...]

    New Patron Member: BNP Paribas

    We are delighted to present our newest Patron member, BNP Paribas. BNP Paribas is a leading global European bank and is firmly established locally as the global bank with the strongest presence on the ground in Sweden. Today the group has over 900 people in the Nordic region across seven business areas: Corporate and Institutional [...]

    Skanska Builds the New Quay Saltkajen in Stockholm

    Recently, Skanska signed a contract worth about SEK 610M with the Development Office at the City of Stockholm to build a new quay, Saltkajen, in Stockholm. This project is part of the development of the area Norra Djurgårdsstaden where the old port and industrial area is being transformed into a modern and environmentally friendly district. [...]

    Volvo Group: World’s First Construction Machine Built Using Fossil-Free Steel

    As a global automobile leader, Volvo Group has taken a leap forward in terms of the race to net zero and green transition. The company aims to reduce their emissions already from the start of their value chain, with the materials and equipment that are used in their automobile production. Today, the global steel industry [...]

    New Member: CropRising

    We are proud to introduce our newest member company, CropRising. CropRising's mission is to make the current food supply chain more resilient and sustainable by using technology to reduce food waste and optimize crop yield. CropRising is a newly founded startup with a lot of passion and the attitude to fix long-term problems for society, [...]

    24. Weekly Newsletter

    Northern Ireland Protocol PM Johnson will soon publish plans to scrap parts of the post-Brexit deal which he secured with the European Union in 2020. The PM’s motivation is to make it easier for some goods to move between Britain and Northern Ireland. However, the EU has expressed strong disapproval towards the move and stated [...]

    23. Weekly Newsletter

    Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee On the 6th February 2022 Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee which marks 70 years of service to the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. This historic anniversary featured a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday (2nd June) to [...]

    Launch of The Establishment Guide – A Supplement for UK Businesses

    In discussions with our members and other UK and Swedish companies, we have picked up an increasing need for a guide to navigate the new rules which apply to UK companies wanting to establish and expand on the Swedish market. We hope this Guide will do just that. The British Embassy, the BSCC and Invest [...]

    Magdalena Gerger: New Chair of the BSCC Executive Board

    We are honoured to welcome Magdalena Gerger as the new Chair of the BSCC Executive Board. Magdalena was appointed at the Annual General Meeting which took place at the British Ambassador's Residence on 31 May. With Magdalena’s vast experience from working in various industries, within the UK and Sweden, she comes well equipped to carry [...]

    22. Weekly Newsletter

    Platinum Jubilee Celebrations The build up to the Platinum Jubilee, which is officially commemorated on the 5th of June, continues to excite the public with widespread celebrations already beginning across the country. Britain’s largest pub chain, Greene King, has chosen to offer pints for £0.06 at 408 sites as this was the average cost of [...]

    68th Annual General Meeting

    On Tuesday 31 May, the BSCC and H.E. Judith Gough, British Ambassador to Sweden welcomed BSCC members to the BSCC 68th Annual General Meeting at the Ambassador's Residence. We would like to thank all of our members and patrons for attending the AGM and express our gratitude for the continuous interest and support from all [...]

    21. Weekly Newsletter

    Newspapers & COVID The UK’s front page news cycle this week looked closely at the rising cost of living across the UK with Britain’s best-selling newspaper stating running the front page: “Fix Cost of Living Crunch or Lose Election”. There has also ben widespread coverage of Her Majesty’s run-up to the Platinum Jubilee with the [...]

    New Patron Member: Setterwalls

    The BSCC is delighted to present our newest Patron member, Setterwalls, a leading business law firm from Sweden. Setterwalls was founded in 1878 making it the oldest law firm in Sweden. Setterwalls is a full-service agency that offers broad expertise in, for example: M&A, banking and finance, compliance and investigations, dispute resolution, environmental law, and [...]

    20. Weekly Newsletter

    Food Prices set to Rise The possibility of more rises in food prices has been deemed as a “major worry” for the UK and other countries according to the Bank of England (BoE). Andrew Bailey, the BoE governor, went as far as to describe future rises as “apocalyptic” as world wheat prices have risen 25% [...]

    Navigating a Cyberattack

    On Monday 16 May, together with AmCham and Eversheds Sutherland, the BSCC welcomed guests to a cyberattack simulation with Michael Bahar at Norra Latin. Michael Bahar is the litigation partner at Eversheds Sutherland’s Washington D.C. office and the co-lead of the firm’s global cybersecurity and data privacy practice, consisting of over 150 lawyers across 35 [...]

    Macroeconomic Outlook with Jens Magnusson, Chief Economist at SEB

    On Thursday 12 May, the BSCC had the pleasure of hosting a macroeconomic outlook briefing together with SEB at their office in Stockholm. The briefing was given by Jens Magnusson, Chief Economist at SEB, who has the overall responsibility of SEB’s Swedish and global analysis of macroeconomics and economic policy. He joined SEB in 2005 [...]

    Updates from Member Companies

    We are are always curious about the challenges and possibilities our member companies are facing within their industries. This week we are happy to share updates from Brunswick Group, M&G and Move By Numbers.  Brunswick Group On 5 May, in Barcelona, Brunswick Group's Geopolitical Senior Advisor, and former US Ambassador to the EU during 2014-2017, Anthony Gardner, [...]

    19. Weekly Newsletter

    Food Prices set to Rise The possibility of more rises in food prices has been deemed as a “major worry” for the UK and other countries according to the Bank of England (BoE). Andrew Bailey, the BoE governor, went as far as to describe future rises as “apocalyptic” as world wheat prices have risen 25% [...]

    An Update on Current Issues with the Deputy Head of Mission

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to a breakfast meeting and Q&A. At this meeting, the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Stockholm, Mr. Peter Ruskin, will share an update on the Embassy’s work in 2022, including trade and investment updates provided by Director DIT, Mr. Steve Angus. Date: 8 June [...]

    New Member: Potter Clarkson

    The BSCC is delighted to introduce our new Patron member, Potter Clarkson, a multinational full-service intellectual property law firm specializing in patents, trademarks, designs, litigation, licensing, and consultancy. The company has offices in multiple European countries including the UK, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. The company is recognised as a top-tier intellectual property operation for its wide-ranging [...]

    18. Weekly Newsletter

    Council Elections & Polling On Thursday (5th May), many voters across England, Wales and Scotland will be voting in the local elections as the nation now sits around half-way through the traditional 5-year general election cycle. More than 4,350 council seats will be contested across 140 councils- with 32 and 22 councils fully up for [...]

    Annual General Meeting

    H.E. Ms. Judith Gough, British Ambassador to Sweden and the British Swedish Chamber of Commerce cordially invite all members to the AGM followed by a drinks reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence. We are pleased to welcome Johan Forssell, President and CEO of Investor as guest of honour and speaker. Johan will talk about Investor’s [...]

    Britain in the World: a Political Update with Alex Deane

    On Thursday 28 April the BSCC was pleased to welcome its membership to a virtual UK political update with Alex Deane, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and Former Chief of Staff to David Cameron. Alex Deane has more than 15 years’ experience in advocacy and has worked with numerous high-profile individuals and companies in [...]

    New Security & Geopolitical Landscape Emerging in the Wake of Russia’s Invasion

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce had the great honour to welcome Christian Hedelin, Head of Strategy at Saab, who held an exclusive seminar at the NatWest office in Stockholm. Christian shared his personal reflections on the emerging security and geopolitical landscape. Christian also welcomed questions and perspectives from a highly engaged audience. We would like [...]

    17. Weekly Newsletter

    PM Johnson in India PM Johnson has vowed to deepen trade ties with India after developing talks with India’s PM Narendra Modi. Following the meeting with his Indian counterpart, Britain’s PM committed to getting a post-Brexit trade deal “done” by Diwali which is in late October. India has maintained high trade barriers on UK exports [...]

    16. Weekly Newsletter

    ‘Cost of Living Crisis’ The rising cost of living has forced Britons to cut back on spending in some areas of the economy and has introduced new unusual cost-saving measures into public debate. Over the weekend, a member of the House of Lords suggested that Britain should move clocks forward by an extra hour to [...]

    15. Weekly Newsletter

    PM Johnson in Ukraine Over the weekend, PM Johnson has been in Kyiv whilst pledging fresh rounds of aid to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. The PM’s office, Number 10, described the visit as ‘showing solidarity’ with the Ukrainian people and comes as the UK has committed to send 120 armoured vehicles and anti-ship missile systems [...]

    14. Weekly Newsletter

    UK House Prices UK house prices continue their upward spiral as price growth is now at a 17-year high (according to Nationwide) in the month of March- despite the rising cost of living. Annual growth hit 14.3% in February for an average of £265,312 and represents a £33,000 increase compared to the same time last [...]

    Updates from Member Companies

    Penser The Penser Sustainable Impact Fund is recognised as one of the most sustainable funds worldwide. The fund has now received an AAA rating and a maximum rating of 10, based on how, environmental, social and ownership aspects of sustainability are handled in fund management. The top rating, recently made by the American finance rating [...]

    13. Weekly Newsletter

    The Spring Budget On Wednesday (23rd March 2022), the Chancellor of the Exchequer outlined the UK’s full Spring Statement in parliament. Traditionally, the Spring Budget is considered the less influential of the two annual budgetary announcements (the other being in Autumn) but there were still substantial policy changes. Furthermore, ongoing inflation levels of 6.2% continue [...]

    Breakfast Webinar: the Effects of the Sanctions against Russia

    On Thursday 24 March the BSCC, together with Elsa Arbrandt (Cederquist), welcomed the chamber members to a breakfast webinar on the impacts of the sanctions against Russia. Elsa began by giving a brief summary of the current sanctions against Russia and the countermeasures put in place by Russia. The EU, US and UK sanctions primarily [...]

    Updates from Member Companies

    We are are always curious about the challenges and possibilities our member companies are facing within their industries. This week we are happy to share updates from TMF Group, Skanska and Linklaters.  TMF group TMF Group has announced their expansion into Southeast Europe through the acquisition of the Bulgarian accounting consultancy, NOVACON Bulgaria OOD. This [...]

    Lunch with Sofie Zetterlund

    Last week we had the great pleasure of having lunch with Sofie Zetterlund, Nordic Head of Marketing at Schroders. We took the opportunity to ask Sofie three questions to learn a little bit more about Schroders and to find out what Sofie thinks about the Chamber. How long have Schroders been members of the Chamber?  [...]

    12. Weekly Newsletter

    PM Johnson and PM Andersson Meeting On Tuesday (15th March 2022), PM Johnson and PM Andersson met following a Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) summit in London. The British prime minister told the Swedish leader that the UK continues to stand in solidarity with the their Nordic partners in the face of Russian aggression. Additionally, the [...]

    New Member: Gowling WLG

    We are very pleased to welcome Gowling WLG as a new member company. Gowling WLG is one of the largest law firms in the world, with over 1,500 lawyers based in nine countries. Its roots were established in the UK in 1730 and in Canada in 1887. As well as its own offices, it had [...]

    11. Weekly Newsletter

    Businesses operating in Russia Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, in 1991, the expansion of Western companies into Russia has been considered a great business success with queues ‘around the block’ for the opening of some chains- such as the first ever McDonalds. However, due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine there has [...]

    Volvo Cars, SSAB and Vattenfall on The Importance of Collaboration

    On Thursday 10 March, the British Swedish Chamber of Commerce welcomed the chamber members to a panel discussion about why and how companies (and governments) must work together to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement. The discussion was moderated by Malin Lindfors Speace (CEO at Ethos International) and led by a panel of Stuart [...]

    10. Weekly Newsletter

    Corporate Retreat from Russia Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine there has been a growing number of Western firms pulling, or scaling back, their operations from Russia. Over the last few weeks: Microsoft, Apple, H&M and IKEA have all suspended their operations in Russia. On Monday (7th March 2022), Sky News are reporting that PwC [...]

    New Patron: GlaxoSmithKline

    The British Swedish Chamber of commerce is very pleased to welcome GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as a new Patron Company. GSK is a British multinational healthcare company headquartered in London. The company has a long history of over 300 years and engages in the research, development, and manufacture of pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines, and consumer healthcare products. According [...]

    9. Weekly Newsletter

    UK and Ukraine The UK Foreign Secretary, Truss, has warned that the Ukrainian conflict could last “years” and that the UK needs to be “prepared for a very long haul” as she fears that Putin may use “the most unsavoury means” in an attempt to conquer Ukraine. Over the course of the invasion the UK [...]

    The Path Forward

    During the spring the BSCC has welcomed members to a series of talks, The Path Forward. In this series we have been joined by representatives from the UK Government to discuss the future bilateral trade between Sweden and the UK. All speakers have been very generous with their input and the engagement from the BSCC [...]

    The Path Forward Vol. 3: UK and Sweden Bilateral Relations with Daniel Gieve

    For the final event in the Path Forward Series, the British Swedish Chamber of Commerce was delighted to have Mr Daniel Gieve, the Chief Operating Officer at the Office for Investment, address the BSCC members. The Office for Investment (OfI) sits between the Department for International Trade and No.10 Downing Street, working across the government [...]

    8. Weekly Newsletter

    Storm Eunice On Friday (18th February) the UK experienced record winds with speeds of up to 196km/hr provisionally recorded on the Isle of Wight. This led to parts of the iconic O2 Stadium’s roof being torn off and damaged buildings across the country. The total cost of damage is estimated to be £360m and also [...]

    Extended Networking Opportunities 

    We are very proud of the fantastic BSCC network and the extensive knowledge that exists within the network. We continuously actively work to create platforms/events where knowledge is shared and for our members to meet. Going forward we aim to put an extra emphasis on networking as well as referrals and introductions.  Following the EU Exit [...]

    Whisky Tasting ‘The Macallan’

    The British Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Edrington welcomed members of the Chamber to experience ‘the liquid gold from Scotland’, better known as Single Malt Scotch Whisky, during a whisky tasting on 17 February. Edrington highlighted some of the classic whisky producers from Speyside and let members experience the unique whisky from the Macallan.

    7. Weekly Newsletter

    PM Johnson on Ukraine Later this week it is expected that PM Johnson will arrive in Europe to continue diplomatic efforts to ease the tension on the Ukraine-Russia border following continuing military escalations. The PM will be holding meetings with world leaders in an urgent attempt to bring Russia back from the “brink” of war. [...]

    The Path Forward Vol. 2: UK and Sweden Bilateral Relations with Pamela Dow

    Directly from the Cabinet Office, Ms. Pamela Dow, Executive Director of the UK Government Skills and Curriculum Unit held a virtual talk for the BSCC membership. Pamela began by underlining that the pandemic and the EU-exit uncovered weaknesses, in the resilience and responsiveness and effectiveness of their institutions. Considering this the UK Government realised, collectively, [...]

    YPP 2022 – Rising to the Challenge of 21st Century International Business

    Apart from the programme that the Chamber offer its members, there is the exclusive Young Patrons Programme, YPP, that was founded in 2019 – just as the pandemic hit the world. Believing that it was more important than ever to bring people together and support the next generation, we pushed forward with the programme and [...]

    6. Weekly Newsletter

    The Platinum Jubilee Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations began over the weekend as Britain commemorates it’s 70th year of The Queen’s historic reign. On Sunday (6th February 2022) The Queen became the first British Monarch to ever reach a Platinum Jubilee and, as such, the unprecedented anniversary will feature events and initiatives throughout [...]

    5. Weekly Newsletter

    Sue Gray’s Number 10 Report The alleged parties which took place in 10 Downing Street, as well as surrounding flats, during the course of the pandemic has been subject to an investigation by the senior civil servant Sue Gray. The probe began in December of 2021 but on Monday (31st January) the long-awaited report was [...]

    The Path Forward: UK and Sweden Bilateral Relations with Alex Hickman

    For our first event in the Path Forward Series we were delighted to have Mr. Alex Hickman, Special Adviser on Business to the Prime Minister speak for our membership. Mr. Hickman shared his reflections on the Race to Net Zero, moving beyond Covid and Global Britain. Mr Hickman also welcomed questions and perspectives from the [...]

    Updates from Member Companies

    We are are always curious about the challenges and possibilities our member companies are facing within their industries. This week we are happy to share updates from IK Investments Partners and Swedmec.  At the beginning of the year we met with Gustav Nilsson, Director of  Operations at IK Invest in Stockholm. Gustav shared some exciting [...]

    4. Weekly Newsletter

    UK in the Ukraine The British news cycle is currently dominated by the potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. PM Johnson has warned Russia that if it did invade it would be a “disastrous” and a “painful, violent and bloody business”. The UK, alongside the US, has withdrawn some embassy staff from Kyiv with government warnings [...]

    BSCC New Members: Vanitas and Fair Investments

    The British Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce two new members: Vanitas, a specialist creative media consultancy, and Fair Investments Sweden a fair and client focused asset management company. Vanitas is a specialist creative media consultancy. They partner with international businesses and organisations across multiple industries to create, produce and enhance corporate communication [...]

    3. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Political Updates In recent weeks the news around the parties of government employees and politicians during the height of the pandemic has dominated British headlines. This political disruption has reduced the PMs personal popularity below even the levels of the previous PM (May) who he replaced. Over the summer of last year the PM [...]

    United Parcel Service: a Preview of 2022

    Founded more than 100 years ago, UPS is the world’s leading package delivery and logistics company and a member of BSCC. Despite the changes in the trading relationship between the UK and EU, the company has been able to adapt their operations. Michiel van Veen, the managing director of UPS Nordics, says that they have [...]

    2. Weekly Newsletter

    Holiday Bookings at ‘Pre-Pandemic Levels’ The BBC has reported that holiday bookings have now returned to “around pre-COVID levels” after the government announced that pre-departure tests for the fully vaccinated populous will be scrapped. Britain’s largest low-cost carrier, easyJet, has experienced an almost 200% rise on the previous week and TUI declared “a strong uptick” [...]

    Updates from Member Companies

    Husqvarna have released a documentary on the history of their automower. Earlier this month, our Patron company Husqvarna released a documentary on how their robotic mower helped transform them from an industrial to a technology company, and revolutionized gardening along the way. Give it a watch here. Grand Hôtel's restaurant Matbaren by Matthias Dahlgren wins [...]

    50. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Political Updates Over the last week the British political scene has generated the majority of headlines due to recent accusations, and camera footage, of Downing Street suggesting multiple Christmas parties took place last year whilst the nation was in a lockdown. During this period in 2020, England had laws in place to prosecute and [...]

    BSCC Annual Award 2021

    Dan Sten Olsson is CEO and majority owner of Stena Sphere, a privately held Swedish conglomerate. Stena was founded in 1939 as a trading company by Dan's father, Sten, Dan took over in 1983 and now owns 51%. He graduated from the University of Gothenburg and spent a year at Clarkson Ltd in London before [...]

    49. Weekly Newsletter

    UK By-Elections The month of December contains two by-elections in two ultra-safe Conservative Party seats but neither of which are likely to experience strengthened majorities due to disappointing polling data for the Party. Nationally, the ruling party is now polling neck-and-neck with the opposition (Labour) party at 37% and 36%, respectively, of voters which is [...]

    48. Weekly Newsletter

    Northern Ireland Economy The smallest country within the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (NI), represents just 1.9m people in an area around 3% the size of Sweden: however, NI has almost fully recovered economically from the effects of COVID. Output in Q3 of 2021 is just 0.3% below the same period in 2019 according to ONS [...]

    150 Years of Handelsbanken

    Handelsbanken, a BSCC Patron Member, on the 25th of November celebrated 150 years since their founding at Kornhalmstorg in the Old Town district of Stockholm. That year, in 1871, delivered the company with its first banking charter by royal decree and established Handelsbanken as a leading bank in the capital. By 1912 the firm had [...]

    47. Weekly Newsletter

    Rising Inflation The month of October experienced a ‘bigger than expected’ 4.2% jump in inflation amid fresh calls for the Bank of England to raise interest rates. This outpaced the previous months 3.1% increase and marks the highest rate of inflation in 10 years for the UK. Two of the main causes of this are [...]

    COP26 What happens now?

    On Wednesday 17 November the BSCC and Centigo had the pleasure of co-hosting, HM Ambassador to Sweden Ms. Judith Gough for a breakfast seminar on the British Governments take-aways from COP26. Ms. Gough began by using the glass half full analogy to describe the Government’s viewpoint on COP26 as a whole. Whilst she iterated that [...]

    46. Weekly Newsletter

    COP26 Summary The new global “Glasgow Climate Pact” has emerged from the COP26 Summit and was welcomed by many but also faces expectations for increased contributions going forward. The document is not legally binding but sets an international agenda on climate change, it focuses upon: Emissions – meeting next year to pledge further CO2 cuts [...]

    Breakfast Seminar with Minister of State Amanda Milling

    Minister of State in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Amanda Milling would welcome the opportunity to engage with businesses from the British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce during her visit to Norway and Sweden. The minister’s responsibilities within the FCDO include trade, science & technology, the Arctic and Asia – all areas on which the UK and Sweden should [...]

    Cyber Risk Through Integrated Supply Chains in Today’s Tech Driven World

    On 10 November the BSCC had the pleasure of co-hosting an event on cyber security with PA Consulting at their Stockholm offices. The main speakers were PA Consulting’s Carl Nightingale, partner and cyber security specialist, and Anders Herrström, management consultant. Mr. Herrström began the event by discussing examples of cyber security vulnerability and attacks within [...]

    45. Weekly Newsletter

    COP26 First Week The first week of COP26 in Glasgow has been completed, with proceedings set to conclude this Friday (12th November, having featured 25,000 delegates from 200 countries. Around 120 heads of state made appearances at the summit which was opened by HRH Prince Charles. However, China’s Jinping and Russia’s Putin were not in [...]

    The Autumn Budget

    The Autumn Budget, released on 27 October 2021, by the Chancellor of the Exchequer set out the government’s tax and spending plans for the year ahead. At present the level of inflation is around 3.1% and the UK economy is recovering better than the OBR had previously expected: with a recovery to pre-COVID levels now [...]

    44. Weekly Newsletter

    COP26 The first day of COP26, in Glasgow, started with Sir David Attenborough warning world leaders that “the world is looking to you” in an emotional speech; India also committed to net achieving net zero emissions by 2070 which is the first time that the global power has made such a pledge. However, this extends [...]

    Volvo Cars: Record-Breaking Initial Public Offering

    Last week on Friday our Patron company Volvo Cars held their much-anticipated listing on the Stockholm stock exchange. The market reacted warmly to the IPO, which had been substantially oversubscribed, and the stock went up by 22% on its first day of trading. Anglų kalbos kursai ir vaikų dienos vasaros stovyklos Kaune, Vilniuje, Klaipėdoje https://intellectus.lt/dienos-stovykla/. [...]

    Industry Focus with SAAB, Mr. Micael Johansson, President & CEO

    On October the 28th, the BSCC had the pleasure of organising an industry focus event with SAAB’s CEO Micael Johansson, at their offices in Stockholm. Mr. Johansson began the talk by discussing some of the current global market drivers, centring on among other things AUKUS, the EU’s open strategic autonomy, tensions in the South China [...]

    43. Weekly Newsletter

    The Budget: Expectations Statements from the government so far, prior to the Chancellor’s delivery, about the Autumn Budget have already identified key areas of interest such as transport, health and education. The official delivery is due on the 27th of October and it is considered unusual for this many details to have already been publicly [...]

    SAAB: Net Zero Emissions by 2050

    SAAB, a BSCC Patron Member, has joined the United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC) Race to Zero campaign and has committed to halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and hitting net zero by 2050. The company has identified climate change as an increasing security threat for people, nations and the planet’s future which has inspired the [...]

    42. Weekly Newsletter

    Sir David Amess On Friday, the 15th of October, Sir David Amess died after being stabbed multiple times during a regular constituency meeting at a Methodist church in his home county of Essex. The Conservative Party politician, an MP since 1983, had spent a career focussed on his passion for animal welfare, eliminating fuel poverty [...]

    Industry Focus with Vattenfall, Ms. Anna Borg, President & CEO

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome you to this industry focused event on 14 October featuring Anna Borg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vattenfall since one year. At this event, Anna will talk about Vattenfall’s journey towards a fossil-free future and why an increased focus on sustainability means business opportunities for the company. Anna Borg holds a master’s in Economics and Political [...]

    41. Weekly Newsletter

    Rising Gas Prices The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, this week put in a formal request to the Treasury to support industries hit by soaring energy costs (according to the BBC). Sectors such as steel manufacturing have requested a ‘price cap’ similar to the one available exclusively to members of the public. In the first quarter [...]

    Skanska’s Logistics Hub for Britain’s HS2: Unveiled

    The Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture (JV), working for Britain’s HS2 project, this month released details of their new 30-acre logistics hub. The site, partly developed by Skanska (a BSCC Patron member), will be used to help dispose of the 5.6 million tonnes of earth which will be excavated in the process of construction for [...]

    40. Weekly Newsletter

    Conservative Party Conference Britain’s largest party, which has now been in government continuously since 2010, is currently holding their ‘annual conference’ in Manchester. The Conservative Party has adopted the new slogan of ‘Build Back Better’ (following on from ‘Get Brexit Done’, prior to 2021) but has been trialling out ‘Getting on with the Job’ over [...]

    Returning to the Workplace – an Employer’s Guide

    After nearly a year and a half of working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, employees are finally starting to return to the workplace. From 29 September, there is no longer any recommendation from The Swedish Public Health Agency that employees should work from home. In the UK, government guidance that employees should work from [...]

    The Future of Customs and Trade, vol. 2

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome you to the second event in our series, The Future of Trade and Customs Vol.2 At this webinar and Q&A, we are joined by Ian Hampton, Chief People, Communications and Fleet Operations Officer at Stena Line, Peter Jacobsson, Chairman of the Board, ECUS and Rickard Ydrenäs, [...]

    Industry Focus with Husqvarna, Mr. Henric Andersson, President & CEO

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome you to this industry focused event on 29 September featuring Mr. Henric Andersson, the President & Chief Executive Officer of Husqvarna Group since 2020. At this event, Henric Andersson, will discuss how robotics and electrification transform the way we care for outdoor environments. Henric Andersson holds [...]

    Vattenfall: Fossil Free within One Generation

    Vattenfall, a BSCC Patron member, has decided to further increase its emission reduction targets for 2030 and beyond. The aim is to reach net zero by 2040 in a bid to help keep global warming at a maximum increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius and has been approved by the SBTi. Vattenfall’s CEO and President, Anna [...]

    39. Weekly Newsletter

    Labour Party Conference Britain’s second largest political party, the Labour Party, is currently hosting their annual conference which decides upon the party’s platform and policy positions for the year through daily votes. The event has been running in Brighton since Saturday (25th September) and will conclude this Wednesday (29th September). Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour [...]

    Real Estate webinar, featuring Mr. José Pellicer, the Head of Investment Strategy of M&G Real Estate

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome you to this Virtual Afternoon Webinar and Q&A, on 22 September, featuring Mr. José Pellicer, the Head of Investment Strategy of M&G Real Estate. Mr. Pellicer, will discuss the real estate market outlook, providing insights from M&G Real Estate, one of the world’s leading property investors with [...]

    38. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Holiday Bookings Rise Britain’s largest airline, IAG, saw it’s share price rise 10.73% on Monday (20th September) following the government announcement that the US will be easing its COVID travel restrictions to passengers from the UK and EU. All UK and EU travellers will need to evidence their double vaccinations alongside further proof of [...]

    Financial Forecast – Property Markets

    Market overview Stockholm houses up 21.6% Stockholm apartments up 11.7% Stockholm city centre 104,000 kr/m² London average house cost: £500,000 London private property up 3.7% Vacancies on Objetkvision up by 10% 44% in Stockholm wish to reduce their m² per worker Commercial vacancies up by one percentage point in the UK Vacancies double what they [...]

    37. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Tax Increases Last week PM Johnson outlined a new 1.25% health and social care tax to help contribute towards reforms in the named sectors. The policy is anticipated to raise an extra £12bn per year for the Government and has a specific focus upon reducing the backlog of NHS appointments pent up during the [...]

    British-American Chambers’ Golf Tournament 2022

    Many thanks to all participants in the British-American Chambers’ Annual Golf Tournament held at Djursholm's Golf Club. You all contributed to a lovely day with fun conversations, brilliant swings and great sportsmanship.  We would like to say a special thank you to our sponsors, Utmost International, Volvo Cars, Edrington, DUX, and NatWest Markets N.V. for [...]

    36. Weekly Newsletter

    Supply Chain Delays Freight delays are hampering the global economic recovery and the UK has the additional hurdle of Brexit changes to mitigate. The logistical challenges faced are further exasperated by the rise in demand which has widened the gap between output and orders to a 24-year high. Iconic Swedish brand IKEA revealed supply struggles [...]

    Sweden’s New Ambassador to the UK

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to share that Mikaela Kumlin Granit arrived this week in London in her new role, having been appointed in April, as the Ambassador of Sweden to the United Kingdom. This comes as Torbjörn Sohlström steps down from the role following five successful years in the position and will [...]

    35. Weekly Newsletter

    Afghanistan: Withdrawal This week, the US announced that they had now withdrawn from Afghanistan following a 20-year long alliance with Britain in the region. The successful evacuation of over 15,000 people to the UK, since the 14th of August, under the time constraints is considered an achievement for the Ministry of Defence; however, there remains [...]

    Handelsbanken: UK Economy Likely Recovered by Q1 2022

    Handelsbanken, a BSCC Patron member, has analysed the UK’s performance in Q2 of 2021 with their UK Chief Economist, James Sproule, identifying the strong 87.8% increase in the ‘accommodation and food service’ sector. This was partially attributed to the success of England in Euro 2020 but also mainly due to the re-opening of indoor hospitality [...]

    34. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Stock Shortages Some analysts have now started to point to a slower recovery in the UK economy due to a variety of causations. The HIS/CIPS Composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) hit a sixth month low for August (scoring 55.3)- scoring below the Eurozone average and USA. The group attributed this to the “worst shortages [...]

    33. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Q2 Forecast The first quarterly estimate for UK GDP growth in Q2 has been released and suggests a rise of 4.8% following the easing of COVID restrictions. Interestingly, the largest contributors to growth were the wholesale/retail trade, accommodation and food service activities, and education.  Each month in Q2 is expected to have achieved moderate [...]

    Centigo: EU food exports to the UK are about to go vegan

    Centigo, a BSCC member, has identified key methods to comply with stricter new controls on food products crossing the British borders with EU, in particular for products of animal origin. Since the 1st of January 2021, Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) controls have impacted almost all sales of animal products. The current guidance has led to [...]

    Summer Drinks Reception at the British Ambassador’s Residence

    This event has been contingent on recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Authority. We look forward to welcoming you at a later date.

    UK – Sweden Travel Regulations

    The Swedish Government has imposed an entry ban on UK travellers to Sweden which now only provides exemptions to citizens of other EEA states, those with family ties, workers in selected industries, UK citizens who are holding or have applied for residence status, and a few rarer circumstances. Most arrivals will also require a valid [...]

    Société Générale signs Gender Diversity Charter

    Société Générale, a BSCC Patron Member, has pushed further ahead with its commitment towards promoting gender diversity through its support of the #JamaisSansElles association. The “Never without her” charter now permanently commits the company’s top management into ensuring there is always female representation at public events. This would include any media event, debates and panels [...]

    AIG achieves strong Q1

    American International Group (AIG), a BSCC Patron member, last month reported improved net investment income in each of its segments as the total net investment income delivered 46% YoY growth to a value of $3.7bn. Figures from the Quarter also revealed cash levels of $2.8bn (down 1.1% YoY) with the value of assets remaining consistent [...]

    Hotel Diplomat’s sibling Hotel ranked Top Destination

    Hotel Diplomat, a BSCC Patron member, in Stockholm is famous as one of Sweden’s best hotels and this success has been shared alongside their new boutique hotel called Villa Dagmar. The 70-room hotel opened just three months ago and is part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts property portfolio. After a considered review, one of [...]

    25. Weekly Newsletter

    UK-Australia Trade Deal Last week, the UK agreed upon an historic trade deal with one it’s closest allies: Australia. The FTA was agreed during a meeting with PM Johnson and PM Morrison last Tuesday (15th June) in London which is believed to protect 3.5m British jobs. Over the next 15 years the deal will slowly [...]

    The Future of Trade and Customs, vol. 2

    The Future of Trade and Customs With Rickard Ydrenäs, the CEO and Founder of Ydrenas Communications, Flavia Munteanu, the EU engagement lead at HMRC, Anneli Wengelin, a Special Adviser at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peter Jacobsson, the Sales and Consulting Managing Director at ECUS, and Michiel van Veen, the Managing Director for UPS [...]

    EY Report: London ‘most attractive’ city for FDI in Europe

    The UK has been described as having “robust FDI project flows” and strengthening “investor confidence” in EY’s annual ‘Attractiveness Survey’ for 2021. Additionally, Britain’s successful vaccine roll-out has helped label the nation as having ‘Europe’s best pandemic recovery plan’ alongside being identified as the “most attractive place in Europe” for future investment. Despite the country [...]

    24. Weekly Newsletter

    English Lockdown Extended On Monday, 14th June, PM Johnson confirmed that the anticipated 21st June ‘almost’ full re-opening of England would be delayed by up to 4 weeks in order to manage the rapid rise in the COVID Indian variant. A major reason for this delay was due to the fresh Government target of offering [...]

    Centigo advises on UK Import Declarations

    Centigo, a BSCC member, has offered a warning to businesses not to delay in import declarations as some companies may now need to take immediate action in order to maintain customs compliance. From the 25th of June: businesses that selected to defer UK import declarations will need to adapt to tightened border controls. For firms [...]

    BSCC Member Survey 2021

    We kindly ask you to participate in our Annual Member Survey, it only takes about 45 seconds to complete, and greatly helps us improve our membership offering. The British Swedish Chamber of Commerce has around 150 members with a total turnover equal to almost half of Sweden's GDP. The chamber aims to promote trade between Sweden and [...]

    Northern Trust appointed by major UK Pension Fund

    Northern Trust, a BSCC Patron member, has been appointed to provide a range of asset servicing solutions to the UK’s Coal Pension Trustees Services (CPT) which controls around £18.4bn. This places the pension fund amongst Britain’s 10 largest- although, comparatively, Northern Trust hold under custody/administration approximately £10.4tn and a further £990bn AUM. The company, founded [...]

    We are looking for a new Communications Manager

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new Communications Manager, with an interest in international business, entrepreneurship and British-Swedish relations, to join the Secretariat in Stockholm, after the Summer. We bring British and Swedish companies together by providing excellent opportunities to network in inspiring environments, creating possibilities for each member to learn, develop, [...]

    TePe release annual Sustainability Report

    TePe, a BSCC Patron member, has recently published their Sustainability Report 2020 to make progress towards a healthier future for Sweden and the rest of the planet. Last year, the company began spreading awareness of oral health and its connection to general health through 250 webinars (reaching 13,000 participants); furthermore, TePe has set the ambitious [...]

    23. Weekly Newsletter

    Minimum Global Tax of 15% The G-7 countries, which includes the UK, has agreed to back a minimum global tax of 15% for corporations. It has been indicated that this landmark move has been approved in order to raise funds for pandemic-hit governments from, in particular, tech giants who have mainly financially benefited from global [...]

    How Covid-19 has impacted the European payment landscape

    Countries across Europe are planning for life after the pandemic – but how can businesses best optimise their credit management with the challenges ahead? Intrum’s annual European Payment Report 2021 paints a mixed picture of the economy after Covid. The crisis has had a major impact on business, but many are looking to the future [...]

    Handelsbanken release their Property Report: Insights and Prospects

    Handelsbanken, a BSCC Patron member, has released its report into the current Swedish property market which revealed that the last year experienced substantial nationwide changes. For home owners there was good news: the average detached house increased by approximately SEK 1 million compared to the previous year. However, those aspiring for larger homes, or planning [...]

    22. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Consumer Trends Britain’s second-largest supermarket, Sainsbury’s, has released it’s data on UK consumer spending insights. The data showed that optimism around the UK economy has risen sharply to a peak of 49% of the public believing that the general economic situation will “get better” in the next six months. As expected, this coincides with [...]

    New Foreign Direct Investment Regulation in Sweden: ‘Have we gone too far?’

    Featured speakers: The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with AmCham Sweden and Cirio Advokatbyrå, hosted this virtual seminar about Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), from a Swedish and International Perspective on 14 June 2021. At this seminar, we talked about the FDI Rules in the Nordics, the UK, and the U.S., the policymakers' approach to [...]

    82% of Customers give Accountor a High Rating

    A firm majority of customers, 82%, give Accountor a ‘high rating’ after the company has focused upon developing the contact people have with them. The business has the objective of creating and fostering a good relationship between consultants and customers which is first, and foremost, achieved through proactive communication. Accountor is experiencing a continued trend [...]

    Rothschilds & Co set Revenue Records for Q1

    Rothschild & Co, a BSCC member, have delivered their highest quarterly revenue for their Global Advisory department in Q1 of 2021. Turnover was up 47% to €394.9m for the first three months of the year which highlighted a significant improvement from the €269.1m generated in the same period last year. Assets under Management were also [...]

    21. Weekly Newsletter

    Green Economy The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that the UK must put divisions over Brexit behind them and focus upon building a fairer, greener economy. The CBI are now launching their own “landmark” plan, called ‘Seize the Moment’, for the next decade which they believe will drive a further £700bn of economic [...]

    Centigo looks to Post-Brexit inefficiencies of Supply Chains

    Ragnar Agnell at Centigo, a BSCC Patron Member, has written a recent commentary on the challenges of post-Brexit supply chains. His piece discusses some of the immediate costs which may come as a result of the UK leaving the EU due brokerage fees, increases in transport rates and/or higher raw material prices. All of these [...]

    RiskPoint Sweden establishes a new Business area

    RiskPoint, a BSCC Patron Member, has established a new Business area this month to facilitate more financial requirements. The ambitious move has started in Sweden but will eventually expand to the greater Nordics before entering into other territories. RiskPoint is a European based Insurance Managing General Underwriting (MGU) agency with a focus upon quality, compliance [...]

    20. Weekly Newsletter

    UK’s 17th May Reopening On Monday, 17th May, the restrictions on businesses and venues in England were reduced as part of ‘Step 3’ in the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown plan. All restaurants, pubs, social clubs, cafes, hotels, group exercises, casinos, cinemas, museums, stately/historic homes, theatres and many others were able to resume to almost [...]

    Stena Line and Irish Ferries Call for Restoration of the Common Travel Area into Ireland

    Ireland’s two largest ferry operators, Irish Ferries and Stena Line, a BSCC Patron Member, this month called for the reopening of the Common Travel Area (CTA) at the earliest opportunity. They also welcomed the proposal by Ireland’s deputy head of government, Varadkar, discussing the possibility of restoring the Common Travel Area (CTA) between Ireland and [...]

    Making Sense of Global Trade

    Making Sense of Global Trade With Anna Sellinger, of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, and Sebastian Remøy, of Kreab Introduction Anna Stellinger has two decades of experience in International Affairs, global trade and EU Affairs which include heading up two government agencies. Furthermore, Stellinger has served three years as the Vice Chairman of Lund University [...]

    Recovering from Contagion: An Economic Outlook for 2021

    The pandemic deeply disrupted economies around the world, prompting a massive policy response from governments and central banks. The COVID-19 vaccine provides hope for a return to normalcy, but there may be some difficult months ahead. How long will it be before normal patterns of commerce are restored, and what lasting impact will the pandemic [...]

    19. Weekly Newsletter

    Jersey Fishing Disputes The island of Jersey, a British Crown Dependency, sits in the English Channel and lies just 22km from the French coast. However, on Thursday, the port of Jersey was blockaded by 60 French boats due to disputes over access to fishing waters around the island. Under the new post-Brexit rules: 41 licenses/permits [...]

    Enabling Organisational Agility and Strategic Transformation through EdTech

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome you to this Webinar and Q&A on 25 May at 08.00 CEST. Today, as businesses strive to stay abreast of an unprecedented rate of change, they’re faced with significant challenges. Identifying opportunities and threats presented by market disruption is, of course, critical - but it is [...]

    18. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Elections On Thursday (6th May), the UK will be holding ‘bumper elections’ as all local elections from 2020 and 2021 will be merged into the one day democratic event now that COVID appears to be under control. An estimated 48m people are eligible to vote and the election will provide most regions with their [...]

    Vattenfall CEO attends White House Leaders summit on Climate

    Last week Vattenfall’s CEO and President, Anna Borg, spoke at the White House Leaders Summit on Climate at the invitation of President Biden. The main point of discussion, by Borg, focused on how Vattenfall is combating climate change through innovations including hydrogen produced using fossil-free electricity; furthermore, the firm’s strategy to enable fossil-fuel free living [...]

    17. Weekly Newsletter

    Older Workers in Unemployment The UK’s ‘older workers’, defined as 50+ years old, have experienced the largest annual fall in employment since the 1980s in the current challenging COVID economy. Research, from Close Brothers, has suggested that 1 in 5 older workers have delayed their retirement due to the pandemic; meanwhile, unemployment has risen to [...]

    Volvo Cars UK Sales Surge for Q1

    Volvo Cars, a patron member of the BSCC, saw new UK car sales rise 15% for Q1 in comparison to the same period last year. This resulted in a total of 13,964 units being sold in the first 3 months of 2021 despite the overall market contracting 12% year-on-year. The Swedish icon now holds 3.28% [...]

    Baker McKenzie Stockholm operations are Climate Neutral 

    BSCC Patron member Baker McKenzie has collectively worked to successfully reduce their environmental impact, achieve net-zero for carbon dioxide emissions and became climate neutral in 2020. Baker McKenzie’s office in Stockholm has been environmentally certified in accordance with ISO 14001 since 2013. Not only was their office, in Vasagatan 7, the first LEED-certified building in Sweden but [...]

    16. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Economic Rebound UK exports to the EU surged by 46.6% (up £3.7bn) to a total of £11.6bn for the month of February following a disappointing 42% (down £5.7bn) slump in the month previous. However, imports from the EU into the UK only increased by 7.3% (up £1.2bn) for the month but had fallen by [...]

    67th Annual General Meeting

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to the 67th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 4 May 2021, at 17.00 CEST. Please note that, due to current circumstances, this event will be hosted digitally. The AGM will elect Executive Board members and auditors, and more. Please register to receive the complete agenda. Date: 4 [...]

    15. Weekly Newsletter

    HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh On the morning of the 9th of April the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was announced by Buckingham Palace. HRH was the longest-serving royal consort in British history and had been married to HM The Queen for over 73 years. The Prime Minister described the Duke [...]

    Cyber Security webinar, with Kevin Brown, Managing Director of BT Security

    Kevin Brown was appointed as managing director of BT Security in November 2018, with responsibility for all elements of their global security activity. He reports to BT’s CEO. In his role, he makes sure that BT Security have the right policies and systems in place to keep the company’s assets – whether physical, logical or [...]

    Schroders go “Beyond Profit”

    BSCC member Schroders are committing to looking beyond profit in their investments. The firm believes that the way we direct capital can not only shape financial returns but also can change the world. Sustainable companies are now some of the most resilient and best placed for future growth - thus further justifying the mutual benefits [...]

    TMF Group awarded ‘Best Fund Administrator’

    BSCC Patron member TMF Group has been championed as the ‘Best Fund Administrator’ at the Private Equity Wire European Awards 2021 in partnership with Bloomberg. The Awards recognise leadership and excellence among some of the continent’s best private equity fund managers and service providers. TMF specifically won in the ‘GPs with assets <$30bn‘ category and [...]

    14. Weekly Newsletter

    PM Confirms Reopening Following a scheduled review into the upcoming reopening of the UK economy: PM Johnson has concluded that further easing of COVID restrictions will commence on the 12th of April. This signals the return of ‘non-essential’ retail and outdoor hospitality which will come as welcome news to the nations pub-goers. The public can [...]

    Financial Forecast by Christian Keller, the Head of Economics Research at Barclays

    Global Economic Outlook With Christian Keller, Head of Economics Research at Barclays Bank Introduction There will be a global recovery, stimulated by the U.S.A., with expansion of around 6.4% y/y this year. Importantly, this represents a faster economic rebound than that seen following the 2008-09 recession. The unprecedented US fiscal stimulus and continued Chinese growth [...]

    13. Weekly Newsletter

    Tech Tax In the April, of 2020, the UK Government introduced a new 2% ‘tech tax’ on the revenues of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces which “derive value from UK users”. However, on Monday (29th March 2021) the US warned of tariffs being introduced to counter this impact with some British-made products [...]

    Barclays expand Private Banking Division across Europe

    BSCC Patron member Barclays has established a new European hub in Dublin as the almost 350 year-old British bank looks to capture a larger share of the EU’s desirable wealth business. The target for this expansion will be the continent’s ultra-high-net-worth which focuses on clients with investable assets of circa $100m. Barclays has already achieved [...]

    12. Weekly Newsletter

    Economic Outlook The Bank of England (BoE) has warned that the UK’s economic outlook is “unusually uncertain” even with the rapid vaccine rollout. A focus on how the pandemic evolves in the coming months will be a top priority and the maintained interest rates at 0.1% for March has highlighted this lack of clarity. Some [...]

    3 months with the Brexit Agreement: Insights to a new economic relationship

    3 months with the Brexit Agreement: Insights to a new economic relationship With Erik Lagerlöf, of Vinge Advokatbyrå, and Henrik von Sydow, of Carnegie Investment Bank Introduction Erik Lagerlöf is a lawyer at Vinge Advokatbyrå with expertise in EU Competition and Regulatory law, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Brexit. Erik is also an Adjunct Professor [...]

    A Look into Essity’s 2020 Annual and Sustainability Report

    BSCC Patron member Essity have published their ‘Annual and Sustainability Report 2020’ which follows on from the company’s mission statement: to sustainably develop, produce, market and sell value-added products and services within hygiene and health. This is being achieved by striving for 100% recyclability of all brand packaging (including TORK, TENA and Lotus) and sourcing [...]

    UPS Healthcare and UPS Foundation facilitate equitable Vaccine Deliveries

    The UPS Foundation and UPS Healthcare are working to quickly deliver an equitable delivery program of COVID-19 vaccines. The multinational (in collaboration with COVAX, Gavi and CARE) has made a commitment to supply 20 million doses to countries across four continents. Africa, Asia, Europe and South America are set to benefit from this effort through [...]

    11. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Exports to the EU British exports to the EU fell 40.7%, according to the ONS, in the month of January and imports declined 28.8% - representing the largest fall since records began in 1997. However, the net trade deficit with the EU was actually cut as the value of goods exported was reduced by [...]

    Grand Hôtel Looks to the Future with New Rooms and Suites

    The Grand Hôtel in Stockholm recently completed an extensive renovation of hotel rooms and suites, encompassing a total of 19 rooms and suites in the Bolinder Palace part of the hotel. While exuding a Grand Hôtel ambiance, the new rooms and suites bring to mind the continent and international residences, with bold wallpaper, light woods, [...]

    Virtual Roundtable Discussion with Mr. Mattias Hedwall, Partner, International Commercial & Trade at Baker McKenzie

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce hosted this Virtual Roundtable Discussion on 25 March at 15.00 CET. At this roundtable event, Mr. Mattias Hedwall, Partner, International Commercial & Trade at Baker McKenzie, lead a discussion on the current state of international trade and presented key macro-trends affecting international firms. Mattias Hedwall heads Baker McKenzie’s Global International [...]

    10. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Budget 2021 On Wednesday, the 3rd of March, the Chancellor unveiled the Budget for the year to widespread approval from the public. The pressures of the Budget were to work on a swift economic rebound following an almost 10% contraction in GDP during 2020. Furthermore, 700,000 people have lost their jobs since the beginning [...]

    Checklist for businesses: Data Protection and Intellectual Property in light of Brexit

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome you to this Webinar and Q&A on 19 March at 12.30 CET, with James Marriott and Ana-Maria Barbu of Bonde Barzey Advokatbyrå AB. This webinar will provide an overview of the main issues that companies should take into consideration in the field of data protection and [...]

    Volvo Trucks step up Fossil Free Future

    Volvo Trucks have set their eyes on the introduction of heavy-duty electric trucks to be used for regional transport across the continent in the near future. The use of electric trucks so far has mainly focused upon short-haul distances between major settlements but the current pilot tests, using the Volvo FH truck (weighing up to [...]

    9. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Budget 2021 On Wednesday, the 3rd of March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will publish the UK Budget for 2021 which will come alongside the most current forecasts from the OBR. The upcoming budget is facing the challenge of cutting back from the around £400bn deficit this year whilst facing pressures to increase public [...]

    SAAB contracted for British Royal Navy Digital Tower Solution

    The development of digital air traffic control solutions is transforming the aviation sector and SAAB, the Swedish defence giant and Patron of the BSCC, has been at the forefront of this technology. Örnsköldsvik Airport was the first airport in the world to operate with a remote air traffic control system but this Swedish export has [...]

    The New Relationship between the EU and the UK: what has changed? Hosted by Eversheds Sutherland

    The New UK-EU Relationship: What has changed? With Ros Kellaway, a Partner at Eversheds Sutherland Introduction Ros Kellaway is a Partner at Eversheds Sutherland and is the Global Co-Chair of Competition, EU and Trade at the company. Overview of the Trade Deal It was an ambitious, last minute, trade deal: Fisheries: the UK compromised to [...]

    8. Weekly Newsletter

    Vaccine Roll-out and Lockdown End Date Total confirmed COVID cases stand at over 4,126,100 and around 120,000 have now died. However, daily figures are almost halving each fortnight with just 9,834 confirmed cases yesterday which marks a sharp decline from the peaks of almost 70,000 during January. Also, the number of people in the UK [...]

    Global Goes Local certified by the Swedish Migration Agency

    Global Goes Local, a BSCC member since last year, acts as one point of contact for Swedish companies employing international talents that need a working permit as well as for foreign companies wanting to establish a business and incorporate a company in Sweden. Global Goes Local is certified by the Swedish Migration Agency and has [...]

    Knowledge from our Network: Ragnar Agnell

    What is your company's expertise, what can your company assist other members with? "Centigo is your modern partner for business critical and cross-functional innovation and change. We work closely with our clients through all phases of transformation – from strategy and innovation to implementation and achieved results in a range of industries and areas of [...]

    Knowledge from our Network: Alexander Goodwille

    What is your company's expertise, what can your company assist other members with?  "Goodwille offers professional business services for Swedish businesses looking to enter, grow or scale into the UK. That includes help with Corporate Governance, Finance, HR, Payroll & Virtual Offices to ensure the clients UK operation is properly administered, managed and monitored – all seamlessly [...]

    Knowledge from our Network: Global Goes Local

    What is your company’s expertise, what can your company assist other members with? "Global Goes Local acts as one point of contact to smoothen the process for Swedish companies wanting to employ international talents that need a working permit as well as foreign companies wanting to establish a business and incorporate a company in Sweden. [...]

    Knowledge from our Network: NatWest Stockholm

    What is your company's expertise, what can your company assist other members with? "We support UK and Swedish Corporates and Institutions’ globally with different types of financing solutions as well as with financial risk management services." Being a member of the BSCC, how does that contribute to your and your business’ operations? "Our BSCC membership [...]

    Knowledge from our Network: Maria Lindbom

    What is your company’s expertise, what can your company assist other members with? "Lager & Partners is a leading executive search firm focusing on the financial sector in Sweden. We work with recruitment to management positions, qualified specialists and offer advisory services and support to owners and management in relation to human resources. Our clients [...]

    Knowledge from our Network: Jonny Boström

    What is your company's expertise, what can your company assist other members with?   "Experts and long expertise in how to work smarter and true digital with communication, administration and accounting. We can create better experience and better structure in work flows and internal communication." How are you and your industry handling the ongoing pandemic?  "No [...]

    Knowledge from our Network: Anna Fall

    What do you see as the main advantages of your membership and the BSCC network? “The BSCC offers a great network of well-regarded companies and organisations representing a broad range of sectors, all with some Swedish-British links. The activities and events are insightful, topical and come in perfect formats as they are easy to fit [...]

    Turner & Townsend to Lead Two Delivery Partnerships for the UK Ministry of Defence

    The UK Ministry of Defence’s ‘Defence Equipment & Support’ (DE&S) organisation exists to progress extensive projects for purchasing and supporting equipment/services for the operation of Europe’s largest military budget. Turner & Townsend, members of the BSCC, are to lead two delivery partnerships with DE&S to support the Ministry of Defence in its plans. This represents [...]

    7. Weekly Newsletter

    Vaccine Roll-out and Lockdown End Date On the 11th of January the UK’s Health Secretary, Hancock, stated that the country was “on track” to vaccinate 15m people by the 15th of February. On Sunday this target was beaten after 10 weeks since vaccinations first began with PM Johnson declaring this “a significant milestone in the [...]

    6. Weekly Newsletter

    UK-EU Exports In 2019, the UK exported £294bn (43% of all exports) to the EU and imported an even larger £374bn (52% of all imports) back from the EU. This represents a £79bn trade deficit with the bloc but does feature a surplus of £18bn in services. However, the UK had a trade surplus of [...]

    Handelsbanken’s 2020 Annual Results beat Forecasts

    During what has been a challenging year, one of our BSCC Patrons, Handelsbanken have achieved steady year-on-year growth with operating profits of SEK 20,135m. This came alongside the positive news that individual customer satisfaction was now at 81% for 2020 too. The company have said they are now looking to work on “enhancing our relationship [...]

    Latest on the Vaccine with AstraZeneca

    At this webinar and Q&A, Jacob Lund, Corporate Affairs Director at AstraZeneca, gave an update on their COVID-19 vaccine and answered questions following the rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. The results from AstraZeneca’s global vaccine distribution will help bring normality to everyday life, save countless lives and reopen entire sectors of the economy. With the [...]

    Brunswick Group top League Table for PR Advisory

    Europe’s competitive league table for the largest PR advisory firms was released last week and revealed that the Brunswick Group, a BSCC Patron member, had now risen to first place by value of deals to a total of $237,106m worth. This represents a 52.6% growth YoY and was one of Europe’s fastest growing businesses in [...]

    5. Weekly Newsletter

    UK COVID Updates Across the UK there have now been over 3.8 million COVID cases and deaths are now well beyond 100,000. The 100 year old national hero from the pandemic, Captain Sir Tom Moore, has also now been admitted to hospital and even PM Johnson has personally called him to wish a speedy recovery. [...]

    Baker McKenzie appointed to Support UK Government on WTO Disputes

    Baker McKenzie, a BSCC Patron, has been appointed to the inaugural panel of the UK Government to provide support through WTO disputes. The leading global law firm has been chosen to join the first Post-Brexit trade panel following the deal signed with the EU at the end of last year. The UK Government Trade Law [...]

    4. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Economy & US Special Relationship The Bank of England has stated that 2020 will have been the biggest economic slump for the nation in over 300 years. The central bank even cancelled its annual stress test, with new COVID-related additions set for the future tests, of banks to allow for attention to be diverted [...]

    3. Weekly Newsletter

    UK Economy New data shows the UK economy contracted by 2.6% in November as England was placed into a second lockdown. This was the first monthly fall since April and meant that GDP was 8.5% below the pre-pandemic peak. The ONS has attributed the decline to the widespread damage experienced in services which was led [...]

    The Future of Trade and Customs

    The Future of Trade and Customs With Rickard Ydrenäs, the CEO and Founder of Ydrenas Communications, Flavia Munteanu, the EU engagement lead at HMRC, Anneli Wengelin, a Special Adviser at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peter Jacobsson, the Sales and Consulting Managing Director at ECUS, and Michiel van Veen, the Managing Director for UPS [...]

    2. Weekly Newsletter

    Brexit Agreement On Christmas Eve, the United Kingdom successfully reached an agreement with the European Union on its future cooperation. The details of this agreement between Europe’s two largest economies cover a wide range of topics but offers little to the UK’s most valuable export: financial services. In the over 1,200 pages of the UK-EU [...]

    Christmas Greeting from Tom Johnstone CBE, Chair of BSCC

    Dear Members, As we approach the end of 2020 we look back on what has been an extremely challenging and a very difficult year. The pandemic which we have faced all year and which continues to impact all of us has been much greater than I think any of us would have imagined at the [...]

    The UK is leaving the European Union – What will be the consequences for bilateral trade?

    Even if the EU and the UK conclude an ambitious partnership covering all aspects agreed in the Political Declaration by the end of 2020, the UK leaving the European Union, the internal market and the Customs Union, at the end of the transition period will automatically create barriers to trade and cross-border exchanges that are [...]

    51. Weekly Newsletter

    Brexit Talks Over the weekend, PM Johnson and EC President von der Leyen said it was “responsible at this point to go the extra mile” during Brexit trade talks. Disagreements continue over the EU’s insistence to hold onto their £600m of fish, caught in British waters each year, due to President Macron wanting to gain [...]

    Financial Forecast hosted by Handelsbanken and Schroders

    To access a recording of this webinar, click here. A Financial Forecast With Azad Zangana, a Senior European Economist & Strategist at Schroders, and Christina Nyman, a Chief Economist at Handelsbanken To access a recording of this webinar, click here. Christina Nyman Christina Nyman works with Handelsbanken to regulate and produce global macro forecasts for [...]

    Post-Pandemic Priorities: What governments and business need to focus on as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic

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    50. Weekly Newsletter

    EU Exit Talks On Monday (7th December) it was revealed that PM Johnson would be travelling to Brussels to meet von der Leyen in person. This comes after the two leaders spoke on the phone for over an hour but were unable to come to an agreement. Britain has also offered to drop key clauses [...]

    BSCC Annual Award 2020

    Elsa Bernadotte, co-founder of Karma One-third of all food produced is thrown away annually, resulting in 1.3 billion tonnes of waste worldwide. Karma enables rescuing unsold meals. Since it’s founding, Karma, in part spearheaded by Elsa Bernadotte, has taken on a role of educating and re-evaluating the food industry. With digital transformation, speaking to a [...]

    49. Weekly Newsletter

    Brexit Talks The 15th of October deadline for Brexit talks to be completed, set by PM Johnson, has been completely missed due to numerous negotiation sticking points remaining. If a trade deal is not reached then trade between the UK and EU will not cease once we enter 2021. However, the Johnson Government would come [...]

    Supply Chains Reimagined – A discussion in light of Covid-19 and other disruptive events in the world

    Supply chain diversification has been an issue of interest for some time due to the movement around the world. Many of the changes we are seeing today started some time ago. Now, companies are becoming more cognisant of weaknesses in their supply chain. As businesses assess their operational capacity for recovery in order to recalibrate [...]

    47. Weekly Newsletter

    British Advertising The UK’s popular commercialised Christmas season has already begun with a forecasted £6.2bn advertising extravaganza expected during this quarter. However, this represents a 10.5% fall in expenditure compared to last year and depicts dramatic changes in the way businesses have been looking to spend. Unsurprisingly, the cinema advertising market is expected to see [...]

    Digitalisation: ‘A Business Imperative’ with Mats Agervi, CEO of Combient

    Digitalisation: A Business Imperative With Mats Agervi of Combient Mats Agervi is the CEO of Combient: a business specialist in AI and open innovation. Combient works to tackle automation changes, help make better use of data AI and develop machine learning. Today, Combient is a network featuring 29 large enterprises, generating over £120bn in revenue [...]

    On Innovation, as a necessity to survive through and thrive beyond the pandemic

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    Financial Forecast by Annika Winsth, Chief Economist at Nordea

    To access a recording of this event, click here. Annika Winsth has been with Nordea since 1995, and has been Chief Economist since December 2008. She is also a member of the board at the Institute for Futures Studies. In 2012 she was awarded Swedish banking personality of the year by the Swedish business magazine [...]

    EU exit Readiness check for SMEs

    To access a recording of this webinar, please click here. EU Exit Readiness check for SMEs With Jonny Boström, of Structure Finder, and Johan Aurén, of Accountum Structure Finder are a business enabler who support international businesses with their compliance in Sweden. Accountum help Swedish businesses set-up in the UK providing end-to-end accounting and tax [...]

    The EU Exit Endgame

    To watch a recording of this event, click here. The EU Exit Endgame With Henrik von Sydow, of Carnegie Private Banking, and Erik Lagerlöf, of Advokatfirman Vinge & Stockholm School of Economics Henrik von Sydow: Every day we ask ourselves 3 questions: What happens in the world? What kind of future can we believe in? [...]

    A UK Political update

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    Repatriation – What to think about when it comes to your savings hosted by Quilter International

    To rewatch this webinar, click here. Repatriation – What to think About when it comes to your savings by Jan Wiberg of Quilter International Quilter International was formerly known as Old Mutual International from South Africa A long-established reputation for expertise for over 35 years in over 40 countries Listed on the FTSE 250 with [...]

    46. Weekly Newsletter

    UK COVID Outlook From the 7thof November travelling to and from Sweden will now require self-isolation upon your entry into the UK. This comes as UK COVID case stop 1.2m with the official death toll just days away from 50,000- however, cases now appear to be levelling out for the moment. The major headline across [...]

    41. Weekly Newsletter

    Weekly Newsletter on UK Developments: Week 41 UK’s Pandemic Economy The UK economy is 21.8% smaller than it was at the end of 2019 and unemployment has risen to 4.1% (highest level in 2 years). In comparison, Sweden saw a much larger rise in unemployment (8.8%) and was already at almost twice the rate. However, [...]

    Who will be the winners: Fintechs or banks? We asked the customers!

    To rewatch this webinar, please click here. Who will be the Winners: FinTechs or Banks? Sweden is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world- boasting prominent unicorns and will likely be one of the first to go cashless. The nation also has 4 large banks which have held around 70% of the [...]

    40. Weekly Newsletter

    Weekly Newsletter on UK Developments: Week 40 UK Position The UK Government is heavily focused upon trying to contain the spread of the virus and is widely believed to be heading further towards a second national lockdown. These latest pushes for a lockdown are increasingly unpopular and saw over 15,000 protestors in the capital over [...]

    Leadership in Times of Crisis – Hosted by Eversheds Sutherland

    Please join us for a discussion with Michael Bahar, co-lead of Eversheds Sutherland’s Global Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice, who recently returned from a military deployment to Afghanistan and Doha where he served as the lead lawyer for the US team negotiating the peace deal with the Taliban. Michael will discuss strategies and tactics and [...]

    Countdown to Exit: UK’s new trading relationship with the EU

    This event is hosted by the: Britain officially left the European Union at the beginning of this year, and the transition period is drawing to a close on 31 December 2020. But what now? The European Union and the UK are in ongoing negotiations on the important future trading relationship, scarred by the outbreak of [...]

    Navigating the Covid-19 Workplace – A Swedish and British Perspective

    As the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic becomes apparent, employers are facing unprecedented challenges in protecting their staff and responding to employee concerns while maintaining operations. Questions arise such as: Can you force an employee to return to work? What are the obligations as an employer when employees are working remotely? How do we ensure [...]

    Trading between Europe North and the UK after the Transition Period

    This event is hosted by the: On behalf of the Department for International Trade (DIT) Sweden, the British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to this webinar, on 23 September at 13.30. Ready your business for the changing terms of trade between the UK and EU! The Department for International Trade (DIT) invites [...]

    Erik Penser Bank hit the market low and forecasted a V-shaped recovery, what has happened since?

    It has certainly been a very interesting year. You could easily say that it has been the worst year of overthinking and the best year for following data. Erik Penser Bank (EPB) called an equity trough on the 24th of March- which was a great trading opportunity as the first movers experienced the surge. Erik [...]

    The New Normal for Business with Hélène Barnekow and Tom Johnstone CBE

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to this Webinar, hosted in cooperation with AmCham, on 15 September at 10.00. At this webinar, Hélène Barnekow, CEO of Microsoft Sweden and Tom Johnstone CBE, Chairman of the Board, Husqvarna, will share their thoughts on restarting the economy, rethinking leadership and new ways of [...]

    An Update on Current Issues with the Deputy Head of Mission

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to this Webinar and Q&A on 10 September at 10.00 CET. At this webinar, the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Stockholm, Mr. Peter Ruskin, will share an update on current issues, including the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the [...]

    Emerging stronger on the other side: Vol.2

    This event is hosted by the: Society and businesses are approaching a new normal in the wake of the pandemic and the ensuing financial crisis. With it comes new consumers, new behaviours, new conditions for and new ways of doing business. What will it mean for us all, and how do we make sure to [...]

    Tech Forum 2020

    This event is hosted by the: Technology can be transformational. But how is tech tackling the fundamental challenges facing us within environmental and social impact? Join us at Tech Forum 2020 – a virtual and collaborative gathering – as we discuss the technologies of the future, and tech as an enabler for good. How can [...]

    The Future of AI – Legal and Ethical ISO Standards

    Welcome to this Webinar, hosted by Bonde Barzey Advokatbyrå, on the future of artificial intelligence. At this event, experts will discuss how data is to be handled in regards to AI and what will Brexit mean for the AI in the European Union. More information will follow. Date: 10 September 2020 Time: 11.00 - 12.00 [...]

    British-American Chambers’ Golf Tournament

    Sponsored by: The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to our Annual Golf Tournament, hosted in cooperation with AmCham Sweden. The first group will tee off at 14.00 and we will be at Djursholms GK to greet you from 12.00. Should you like to have lunch prior to the tournament, the excellent Golf Club [...]

    Current trends in the Defence and Security Industry

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to this webinar and Q&A hosted by SAAB, on 2 September at 11.00. At this Webinar, Christian Hedelin, Chief Strategy Officer at SAAB, will share an update on current trends in the defence and security industry. More information will follow. Date: 2 September 2020 Time: [...]

    A conversation on current issues with HM Ambassador Judith Gough CMG

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to this Webinar and Q&A with the British Ambassador to Sweden Ms. Judith Gough CMG. The Ambassador will lead a conversation on current issues, including the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and Covid-19. Date: 25 June 2020 Time: 13.00 - 13.45 CEST Venue: Zoom [...]

    How has Covid-19 impacted European consumers’ financial wellbeing?

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    Webinar: Expanding to the UK

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    Coronavirus, markets and behavioural finance

    In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, global markets continue to face several uncertainties. Markets seem to have been comforted by massive stimulus programmes; which have been larger than we’ve ever seen before. Despite strong responses from governments, this is one of the fastest recessions that appears to be coming. With a recession upon us, [...]

    Macroeconomic Update by Robert Bergqvist

    Welcome to this webinar and Q&A providing a macroeconomic update by Robert Bergqvist, Chief Economist at SEB. Robert joined SEB in 1997 and was appointed Chief Economist in 2007. Between 1988 and 1997 he was responsible for the Riksbank's monetary and currency policy analysis, among other positions. Alongside Robert, the new head of SEB in [...]

    Crisis Management in the Wake of Corona

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    Safe-Guarding your Social and Mental Well-Being

    We cordially invite you to a webinar and Q&A on how to safe-guard and maintain your well-being in the midst of the corona crisis. Hosted in cooperation with Endbright at Hotel DUXIANA. Together with accredited crisis coach and relationship expert Michael Larsen and Charlotte Ljung, founder of ‘Endbright’, we will explore and cover how to [...]

    Brexit: What will the future UK-EU relationship cover?

    Welcome to this Webinar and Q&A with Ros Kellaway, Partner at Eversheds Sutherland. Ros Kellaway will consider the possible options for the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Ms. Kellaway will discuss what each side is seeking from the agreement and what the agreement is likely to include. Date: 13 May 2020 Time: [...]

    Coronavirus: Cyber Aware

    Many of us are spending more time online, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Keep yourself and your family secure by following advice made available by the UK government. 'Cyber Aware' is the National Cyber Security Centre's advice on how to stay secure online during coronavirus pandemic.   The Top 6 recommendations from the NCSC are; [...]

    Coronavirus, markets and behavioural finance

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to this Webinar and Q&A on 29 April, at 11.00. At this Webinar and Q&A, Jonas Thulin, Head of Asset Management at Erik Penser Bank, will discuss how financial markets have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Erik Penser Bank is an independent and privately [...]

    Summary from the Macroeconomic Update on 15 April

    The trend in daily reports of deaths seem to have peaked in Europe, and markets seem to have followed these developments. Nick Mannion believes that the lack of bad news have probably helped the public sentiment, but that markets are getting ahead of themselves. Almost no countries are unaffected and Europe is expected to take [...]

    Webinar and Q&A providing a macroeconomic update by Robert Bergqvist at SEB

    Welcome to this webinar and Q&A, hosted by the British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, providing a macroeconomic update by Robert Bergqvist, Chief Economist at SEB. Robert joined SEB in 1997 and was appointed Chief Economist in 2007. Between 1988 and 1997 he was responsible for Swedish Riksbanken's monetary and currency policies analysis, among other positions. There [...]

    Webinar and Q&A on how to lead a remote team

    Date: 23 April 2020 Time: 11.00 - 12.00 Venue: Zoom Event Hosted by: Goodwille {{ vc_btn: title=JOIN+WEBINAR+IN+PROGRESS&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fus02web.zoom.us%252Fj%252F82377454141%7Ctitle%3AClick%2520here%2520to%2520register%7C%7C }} COVID-19 has led to significant change in most people’s personal and working life. Due to social distancing and office closures encouraged by both the UK and the Swedish government, teams who are used to working together in [...]

    How to adapt your cultural style and language for virtual working

    We are pleased to invite you to this Webinar and Q&A, hosted by the London School of English, which will explore both the cultural and linguistic aspects of our new professional virtual life. How does online presence differ from personal presence? It affects not only the way we speak but the way we listen, how we [...]

    Webinar and Q&A on applying government support packages for enterprises in practice

    Welcome to this webinar and Q&A with Jonny Boström, Senior Executive Consultant at StructureFinder. Jonny will provide an overview of the support packages made available by the Swedish government in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Apart from sharing his update, Jonny will also clarify the methods for accessing the available support schemes. Looking for remote [...]

    Summary from the Macroeconomic Update on 6 April

    The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to a service sector shock with a severe and immediate shakeout of the labor market. The policy response has been fast and aggressive, with a significant fiscal response in Europe and the US. Countries are still at different stages of the outbreak and the question remains if [...]

    Macroeconomic Update Part 2 by Nick Mannion at NatWest Group

    Welcome to the second webinar and Q&A in our series, providing macroeconomic updates in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring Nick Mannion, Head of Scandinavian Desk Strategy at NatWest Group. Apart from sharing a macroeconomic update, Nick will also be discussing the future global economic outlook. Date: 15 April 2020 Time: 11.00 - 11.45 Venue: [...]

    A conversation on current issues with HM Ambassador Judith Gough CMG

    The British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to a Webinar and Q&A on 17 April, providing a conversation, with HM Ambassador to Sweden Ms. Judith Gough CMG, on current issues, including COVID-19. Date: 17 April 2020 Time: 14.00 - 15.00 CEST Venue: Zoom Event {{ vc_btn: title=CLICK+HERE+TO+REGISTER&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.eventbrite.co.uk%252Fe%252Fa-conversation-on-current-issues-with-hm-ambassador-judith-gough-cmg-tickets-102333361840%7Ctitle%3AClick%2520here%2520to%2520register%7C%7C }}

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swedish and British government have issued a set of policy measures to support businesses

    The virus outbreak has had a serious impact on economic growth, with consequences both for the British and Swedish economy. The outbreak has caused an unprecedented situation of a simultaneous supply and demand shock with disruptions in global supply chains and lower household spending. The global economy is expected to enter a recession with negative [...]

    Webinar and Q&A on contracting issues arising out of COVID-19

    Welcome to this webinar and Q&A on contracting issues arising out of COVID-19, featuring Andrew Nugent Smith, Commercial Litigation Partner at the international law firm, Gowling WLG. Andrew will be discussing what COVID-19 might mean for your supplier and customer contracts – looking at the concepts of force majeure, impossibility and frustration and their practical [...]

    Webinar and Q&A on contracting issues arising out of COVID-19

    Welcome to this webinar and Q&A on contracting issues arising out of COVID-19, featuring Andrew Nugent Smith, Commercial Litigation Partner at the international law firm, Gowling WLG. Andrew will be discussing what COVID-19 might mean for your supplier and customer contracts – looking at the concepts of force majeure, impossibility and frustration and their practical [...]

    Webinar and Q&A on leading with hope and steering your team through the unexpected

    In this webinar and Q&A, Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, CEO of Katapult Partners and multi-award-winning author on leadership, creates food for thought and a practical strategy for leading with hope while steering your team through the unexpected. Smooth sailing is rare – we are always surrounded by some degree of change. But at times it’s more [...]

    Coronavirus outbreak may delay UK’s withdrawal from the EU

    UK-EU negotiations have been put on hold due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The UK government spokesman said “Both sides remain fully committed to the negotiations and we remain in regular contact with the European Commission to consider alternative ways to continue discussions, including looking at the possibility of video conferencing or conference [...]

    Macroeconomic Update by Nick Mannion at NatWest Group

    Welcome to this webinar and Q&A providing a macroeconomic update in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring Nick Mannion, Head of Scandinavian Desk Strategy at NatWest Group. Apart from sharing a macroeconomic update in light of current circumstances, Nick will be discussing the NatWest Group perspective on the future economic outlook. This event is hosted [...]

    How is the Coronavirus affecting the global economy?

    The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a major adverse shock to both the supply side and the demand side of the economy. The supply side and demand side shock will cause a downward shift of the supply and demand curve, implying that employment levels will decrease significantly. Several economists have argued that much of [...]

    Central Banks respond to the economic risks caused by the spread of the Coronavirus

    Following the spread of the Coronavirus, Covid-19, risky asset and commodity prices have fallen sharply, and government bond yields reached all-time lows. The Bank of England voted unanimously to reduce the Bank Rate by 50 basis points to 0.25% on 10 March 2020 in order to help UK businesses and households manage through the economic [...]