Ingvar Kamprad Life time Achievment Award 2010
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce offers their deepest and warm condoleances to family and friends and his dear colleagues with the loss of Ingvar Kamprad. We are proudly looking back to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary in the Netherlands when we were honoured to hand out the Swedish Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary Life Time Achievement Award to Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of IKEA.The Swedish Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary Life Time Achievement Award To Mr. Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of IKEA Ingvar Kamprad turned vision into mission and innovation into reality when he founded IKEA, now among the world's largest brands. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands is very pleased to announce that Mr. Ingvar Kamprad receives the Swedish Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his efforts “to create a better everyday life for the many people” for his humane approach of doing business, for his untiring search for new, better and environmental friendly solutions and for serving as a role model for entrepreneurs and workers all over the world. He created an amazing corporation based on an even more impressive business concept, and he still lives it. “Ingvar Kamprad, born March 30, 1926 is an entrepreneur from the Småland province in southern Sweden, who had an innovative idea. In Småland, although the soil is thin and poor, the people have a reputation for working hard, living carefully and making the most out of limited resources. So when Ingvar Kamprad started his furniture business in the late 1940s, he applied the lessons he learned in Småland to the home furnishings market and IKEA. His innovative idea was to offer home furnishing products of good function and design at prices much lower than competitors by using simple cost-cutting solutions that did not affect the quality of products. Ingvar used every opportunity to reduce costs, and he scraped and saved in every way possible - except on ideas and quality.” In 1958 IKEA Group opened its first IKEA Store in Älmhult. In 1973, the first IKEA Store outside Scandinavia was opened in Zurich and in 1975 the first IKEA Storestores opened in the Netherlands. Today there are more than 300 IKEA stores on four continents. Kamprad's vision has been the driving force behind the success. The self-service store design and ease of assembly of their furniture are not merely cost controls, but an opportunity for self-sufficiency. IKEA Brand name has now become known worldwide for its innovative and stylish designs. Almost all IKEA products are designed for flat packaging, which reduces shipping costs, minimizes transport damage, increases store inventory capacity, and makes it easier for customers to take the furniture home themselves, rather than needing delivery. But above all, the components put together make a different for the environment. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands is proud to honor Mr. Ingvar Kamprad, one of the worlds leading entrepreneurs. With great respect we honour him for what he has achieved in a life time. It is outstanding to reach as far as Mr. Ingvar Kamprad has done in a lifetime and even more remarkable to stay committed to the lifestyle and principles that enable the company to stay its course, sixty years after it was founded on a farm in the Smaland region of Sweden." We honour him for his humane approach to doing business, for his untiring search for new and better solutions, and for serving as a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs and workers all over the world." The Swedish Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary Life Achievement Award is presented by The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands in connection with the 50th Anniversary of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Amsterdam, 28 October 2010 Håkan Emsgård Nils van Dijkman H.E Ambassador of Sweden Chairman of the Swedish Honorary Chairman of Chamber of Commerce The Swedish Chamber of Commerce
Update Dutch Politics – another exciting year ahead?
A brief recap of 2017 and what to expect in 20182017 - A year to remember - The general elections on 15 March resulted in a very fragmented parliament, including 13 different political parties. - The VVD/Conservative Liberals of PM Rutte became the biggest party (21%), followed by the PVV/Freedom Party (13%), CDA/Christian Democrats (12%), D66/Liberal Democrats (12%) and GroenLinks/Greens (9%). - Two relatively new parties made it into the parliament for the first time: DENK ('Think'), a pro-immigrant party (2%), and Forum voor Democratie, a national-conservative party (2%). - On 26 Oktober, 225 days after election day (which is the longest formation period in Dutch parliamentary history), a centre-right government was installed, again led by PM Rutte and consisting of 4 parties: VVD/Conservative Liberals, CDA/Christian Democrats, D66/Liberal Democrats and ChristianUnion/Christian Conservatives. - The new government has just a slight majority in parliament - 76 seats of a total of 150 seats - which makes it a very fragile coalition. Due to the fact that the coaliton parties only have a slight majority in the senate as well (38 seats of 75 seats in total), many believe the new government won't last for long. This is confirmed by the latest polls, which show that the three biggest coalition parties would all lose seats in Parliament if general elections would be held now. 2018 - Priorities new government and local elections According to their government agreement, the new government will focus on multiple topics, including: * Repeal the 15% dividend to attract foreign business and decrease administrative red tape for Dutch business. * Set up experiments with regulated cannabis cultivation. * Take measures against 'activist shareholders' to protect Dutch corporations from hostile takeovers. * Realise a National Climate and Energy Agreement, involving business, NGO's and policy makers, to kickstart the low carbon transition in the Netherlands. - In March 2018 local elections will take place in 335 municipalities, electing members of the local councils: * After the elections the members of the city councils will elect colleges of aldermen to run their municipality. * These elections are not about electing majors, as these are appointed by the Crown, after the recommendation of the city council. * Local parties usually win about 40% of the votes during local elections. What else to expect in 2018? The rise of the national-conservative Forum of Democracy - led by Thierry Baudet (elected politician of the year 2017) - is expected to continue, mostly at the expense of Geert Wilders' PVV. According to the latest polls, their anti-EU, anti-immigration and anti-establishment agenda would win them 11 seats in parliament (presently they have 2 seats). - The Dutch government is expected to push for a 'soft Brexit', to keep Britain as close to the European Union as possible. According to a new report (by KPMG) Dutch business would be hit hard by a 'hard Brexit', as costs could be up to 620 million euros due to import and export costs and red tape. - Having beaten 19 European cities (including Milan, Copenhagen and Barcelona) the city of Amsterdam is ready to host the Europea Medicines Agency (EMA), probably by 2019. Although some worry that due to the inlfux of EMA employees the housing market will overheat even more, most Dutch people welcome this important EU agency to Amsterdam. For more information:
Ikea investerar i Matsmart – ska expandera utanför Norden
”Matsmart är ett intressant bolag med en genuin affärsidé som stämmer väl överens med våra ambitioner om att fler människor får tillgång till bra mat till ett lågt pris. Minoritetsinvesteringar som den här syftar till att stödja innovativa företag som är verksamma inom sektorer relevanta för Ikea-koncernen och som har en positiv inverkan på människor och miljö”, säger Krister Mattsson, chef för corporate finance på Ikea Group.Ikea har börjat investera aktivt i teknikbolag. I fjol förvärvade man . Ikea startade i fjol även ett . Matsmart lanserades tidigt 2014 med ambitionen att köpa upp livsmedel som annars skulle ha slängts och sälja det på nätet till ett lägre pris än i kedjornas butiker. To read the article: https://digital.di.se/artikel/ikea-investerar-i-matsmart-ska-expandera-utanfor-norden
Nick van der Dussen new owner and general manager Undutchables
Swedish Chamber of Commerce member company Undutchables is proud to announce its new owner and general manager Nick van der Dussen.Nick replaces co-founder Ilse Visser and Undutchables' general manager, Paula Verstappen, who has served Undutchables since 2000. Prior to his appointment as owner and general manager of Undutchables, Nick was employed as Undutchables' commercial manager. With a bright outlook on the future and developments that this industry is experiencing, Ilse Visser and Paula Verstappen are confident that Nick van der Dussen is the right person for the job and will further elevate the growth of the company, whilst keeping the organization true to itself. Read more:
The Swedish Chamber welcomes three new interns
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to welcome our spring interns 2018!
Gabrielle Carlsson, Lund University, Melina Bendelin, Uppsala University and Dennis Fageräng, UK.For more information click
Welcome ELIN – First New Member 2018!
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome Elin Hellqvist, Owner ELIN Consultancy as a new member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Elin Hellqvist has been Chairperson of Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce 2016-2017 and therefore very well known to the Chamber. We are looking forward to promote your company and to welcome you to the upcoming Swedish Chamber of Commerce events! www.elin-consultancy.com
Meet Peter Duwel, CEO of Stromma Netherlands
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to welcome tourist company Stromma Netherlands, previously Canal Company, as a new member of our business network. Stromma Netherlands is the new name of Canal Company. Since spring 2016, this familiar face of Amsterdam has become part of the Swedish Stromma Group (Strömma Turism & Sjöfart). Stromma has been active in shipping and tourism in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark for two centuries. With a long history that started with Rederij Bergmann in 1912 and Meijer’s Rondvaarten (in the ‘20’s), it became Amsterdam’s oldest and biggest shipping company. The merge of Stromma and Canal Company has been very successful, says Peter Duwel, CEO of Stromma Netherlands. As part of Stromma Group, a global tourism company, we have achieved increased opportunities to develop in important areas such as sustainability, digitalization, internationalization and marketing. Host of Amsterdam With 350 employees in the Netherlands, Stromma Netherlands serves 1.5 million guests, every year, on the water and, in and around Amsterdam. Stromma Netherlands presents themselves as the ‘Host of Amsterdam’, not only for tourists but also for locals. As the Host of Amsterdam, Stromma serves the citizens of Amsterdam, companies, hotels, multinationals based in Amsterdam, as well as, tourists and tour operators. The company is supporting partners of several activities in the city such as Amsterdam Light Festival and Amsterdam City Swim and new solutions such as the A’DAM LOOKOUT, help to spread visitors to areas outside of the city centre. Minimizing environmental pressure For Stromma Netherlands it has always been a choice to be in the front row of sustainability and to take responsibility for the beautiful city of Amsterdam is, as they see it, part of the Host of Amsterdam vision. Already in 1984, Canal Company introduced the very first pedal boats on the canals of Amsterdam - this was a great way to see the city, with zero emissions. In the 90’s the company introduced CNG vessels, which were more sustainable vessels with a diesel engine. In 2012, Stromma Netherlands achieved the Gold Green Key award for their environmental responsibility and sustainable operations. The goal for 2020 is to have a fully electric fleet. In 2018 Stromma Netherlands plans to expand from mainly canal and water-based activities and introduce the first, in the Netherlands, electric Hop on-Hop off bus. Knowledge-exchange within a Swedish- Dutch network Transitioning from a Dutch local company to being part of a Swedish organization has been successful and offered many possibilities according to Peter Duwel. Since October 2017, Stromma Netherlands has become a member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. Peter Duwel is looking forward to the cooperation with the Swedish Chamber. He believes that it is beneficial to be part of the Swedish-Dutch network and to recognize and cooperate with other businesses in the network. His expectations from this collaboration are many good possibilities for knowledge-exchange on doing business in Amsterdam, and, with other companies. Peter Duwel, CEO Stromma Netherlands
Malin Hedlund, empowering leaders to face the challenges of today
Leadership and personal development is something that should not be underestimated in a high-demanding business society. The leadership coach, Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership, empowers leaders to face the challenges of today and helps them step into their greatness. Malin Hedlund started out as a trainer in leadership, communication, and, presentation at Dale Carnegie Training in Sweden, in 1995. After that, she moved to a recruitment company, where she gained much knowledge and experience. Malin noticed that most managers had not reached their potential, despite their desire to grow in their professional development. “I believed that I could offer a bespoke, holistic program focused around theindividual, and this led to MHLeadership.” - Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership Realization of a personal goal Malin Hedlund started MH Leadership in the middle of the recession of 2009 in Sweden. People in her surroundings told her that these kinds of services would never be prioritized in a recession, but if she made it through, anything would be possible. Being stubborn and set on her goal, she carried out her plan and managed to realize it. In 2011, Malin moved with her family to the Netherlands and started building a new business network, something that took time and required a lot of effort and creativity from Malin’s side. Acknowledging trends in leadership In a constantly shifting business society, corporations need to be adaptive and flexible in order to meet the demands of the market. This requires leaders, on all levels, that is fit to lead and comfortable in their role of managing others and at the same time themselves. According to Malin, hierarchy within large enterprises seems to be decreasing, although some industries are still quite conservative. Organizational cultures are changing in the way of openness as for example open office landscapes, team involvement and cooperation with the whole group and moving across borders. With new generations taking more part in the labour market this also requires new ways of being a good and strong leader. A leader that is cohesive, self-aware and adaptive for trends and changes. Malin firmly believes that well-being is one of the most important ingredients in being a sustainable leader, and also physical strength. The way of the world today revolves around quick-fixes and shortcuts into achieving goals or missions whereas Malin would claim that endurance and persistence pay off, and building a solid foundation is key. Empowering women to be strong and confident leaders The collaboration with the Swedish Chamber is something that grew from Malin’s search of a broadened business network. About two years ago she hosted a leadership workshop and in that the Business Women Program took shape. During 2017, the Swedish Chamber had the opportunity to work together with Malin Hedlund, MHLeadership as a leadership coach for the Swedish Chamber Business Women Program. During four sessions Malin coached a group of business women, whose goal was to grow in their role as leaders and individuals. The opportunity to work with the Swedish Chamber has given more time to dig deeper into subjects and try new concepts and theories, Malin says. According to Malin, she found a new dimension in the subjects and new ways of approaching and visualizing them. Besides the cooperation with the Swedish Chamber, Malin works a lot with leadership coaching for larger business, often within technical engineering. Currently, most businesses require her expertise within generally male-dominated branches. What Malin offers to these company’s is an inspiration for leaders to inspire their teams, group development, one-to-one coaching and personal development coaching for example. Malin Hedlund, program coach of the Business Women Program 2017 The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce a new series of workshops coached by Malin Hedlund for the Business Women Program 2018.