Welcome New Member, Stromma Netherlands!
This month the Swedish Chamber is proud to welcome a new member company, Stromma Netherlands! Stromma Netherlands is Amsterdam’s most hospitable tourism company with its product brands Canal Tours Amsterdam, Hop on-Hop off, Amsterdam Excursions and its distribution brand Stromma.com. Stromma Netherlands hosts 1.5 million guests annually on the waterways of Amsterdam with 31 cruise ships, one passenger ship on the river IJ, fourteen open boats, one classic saloon steamer and 100 pedal boats. Besides that, Stromma Netherlands offers a wide range of tourism products to discover Amsterdam and its surroundings. Such as tickets to any of the city’s museums and attractions and souvenirs. The company also provides excursions and observation deck A’DAM LOOKOUT to help spread visitors to areas outside of the city center. Stromma Netherlands is proud to hold the Golden Green Key, the international eco-label for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. With a long history that started with Rederij Bergmann in 1912 and Meijer’s Rondvaarten (in the ‘20’s), we are Amsterdam’s oldest and largest shipping company. In spring 2016 we became Stromma Netherlands and member of the Swedish Stromma Group (Strömma Turism & Sjöfart) that is also active in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. Stromma Group has been active in shipping and tourism for two centuries. Together with all members of Stromma Group, Stromma Netherlands aims to create lifelong memories for all their guests, by offering tours to discover each of Stromma’s twelve destinations.
A meeting with Vincent Bosgraaf, Skogsgreven, or the Lazy Vegan if we may?
On a sunny autumn afternoon, we had the opportunity to sit down and have a talk with the Swedish Chamber member Vincent Bosgraaf, owner of the family-run company, Skogsgreven. For those of you not familiar with Skogsgreven they have a long history and expertise in freshly frozen potato fry-ups, or as you probably know it better, pyttipanna! Dates back to 1996 It was Vincent’s father, Sietze Bosgraaf that founded Skogsgreven back in 1996. As a young cook, he was curious and enthusiastic about the possibilities about frozen potato dishes and developed a new and unique Pyttipanna recipe that was exactly what the Scandinavian people were yearning for. This recipe is today the most classical there is when buying Pyttipanna! An unexpected Swedish connection About four years ago, Vincent Bosgraaf took over the family business. About the same time, he also joined the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. The Bosgraaf family is Dutch, but they have lived back and forth in Sweden, in the little town Strömstad, to be exact. Vincent’s reason for joining the Swedish Chamber of Commerce was more on the personal side of it, he claims. He enjoys meeting Swedish people and thinks that this is a perfect forum for it. Interesting news ahead Vincent describes himself and his activation in the Swedish Chamber to be a bit low-key, but from now on, things might just change for that matter. Since recently, Vincent Bosgraaf started a new company called Lazy Vegan, his own brand and company that he thinks is the ultimate answer to the lack of vegan and vegetarian food options in grocery stores. Lazy Vegan “Lazy Vegans are kind, they don’t harm animals, the planet or their own health. Lazy Vegans are chill, they make dinner in less than ten minutes and have time for the fun stuff.” The idea behind the product Vincent got from acknowledging the lack of vegan and vegetarian frozen food options in grocery stores. As the trend goes there are a lot of meat substitutes available, but not so many dishes containing them ready to buy. This is what Lazy Vegan wants to solve, a healthy dinner, with lots of vegetables, together with the protein hero pulled peaz(!) As we had the chance to try it too, we concur, it really is delicious! The product is set to launch in Swedish stores approximately in May 2018.
These are the products approaching the Swedish stores in May 2018. We got to taste them and it was super delicious!
Breakfast meeting with an update on Dutch Politics
On Thursday, November 9, the Swedish Chamber, in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in the Hague and Public Matters, invited our members to listen to an update on the Dutch politics. It was a great opportunity to ask questions and gather insight from the expert, Cees Westera, Public Matters. Thank you to Cees Westera, Public Matters for the very interesting update on the current political situation! And thank you to the Swedish Embassy for inviting us to the Hague and for a great collaboration!
Are you an overfunctioning leader?
Welcome to read Malin Hedlund's, MH Leaderhip, latest article about leadership! "- So many people I know are working way too much, and feel like delegating is more work than it’s worth. Over time, this means you get stuck in a pattern of doing urgent and important things that others could probably do, while still having to take care of your own responsibilities. What is this costing you in terms of your health, your relationships, and your happiness? Do you think this is just a temporary situation? My experience tells me it’s not - it’s a pattern that you have the power to change. " On November 16 it is time for the fourth and last workshop on the Business Woman Program 2017, coached by Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership. The theme for this session is "My business network", welcome to read more and sign up by clicking on this .
Tailwinds now but autumn storms are coming
"Tailwinds now but autumn storms are coming" those were the opening words by Ann Öberg, Chief Economist Handelsbanken. On October 26, the Swedish Chamber had the honor to welcome Ann Öberg, Handelsbanken Sweden together with Dick van Mastrigt, Optimix as speakers for the annual Global Macro Outlook Seminar. The Swedish Chamber is very pleased with the great collaboration with Handelsbanken and hopes to continue this very interesting and important forum for economics. This Global Macro Outlook Seminar focused on the current situation in the economy, on growth, trade, and export. A big thank you to everyone that participated!
Dick van Mastrigt, Optimix Ann Öberg, Handelsbanken
Sara Keusen, Counsellor Swedish Embassy Jens Wiklund, CEO Handelsbanken NL Ann Öberg, Chief Economist Handelsbanken Sweden
Leading seating manufacturer promises furniture perfection under new house of brands: Flokk
Formerly known as Scandinavian Business Seating, the brand owner of leading office furniture producers HAG, RH, BMA, RBM, Malmstolen and OFFECCT will come together under new house of brands, Flokk. The move comes ten years on from the group being formed and spells exciting times ahead.
Welcome to read the press release!
Lars Ivar Røiri, CEO, said ‘Our business has grown and evolved significantly over the past decade, we’ve welcomed new brands into our family and established showrooms and offices in fifteen countries. As we continue to expand we see from customer demand that we have an opportunity to redefine our role as enabler of leading, high quality brands in the market. By offering our design expertise, wide portfolio and impressive value chain, Flokk can provide our customers with a high degree of flexibility and service.
Through the recent acquisition of OFFECCT, we have broadened our product range from seating to a wide variety of furnishing. And there are further strategic acquisitions to come.
Christian Lodgaard, Senior Vice President, Products and Brands continued ‘The phrase ‘deep design thinking’ reflects how we work, caring sincerely about people and the world we live in. Our goal is to create designs that have positive effects on health, are sustainable and beautiful. This requires our best efforts and full attention at all times.
We never give up. And we emphasize thoroughness and involving, iterative processes in our pursuit of perfection.’
Flokk prides itself on innovative visual concepts. Aesthetics play an important role in today’s society, communicating values and purpose. Flokk ensures that what works functionally and ergonomically, also looks and feels right.
The vision of Flokk is to inspire great work. They believe in people truly putting their hearts and minds into their work. With their passion for furnishing, they contribute to others fulfilling their potential.
Meet the Mentors for the Mentorship program 2017/2018!
On October 31st it was time to kick-off the Mentorship program 2017/2018!
We are happy to introduce the Mentors that will be participating this year, welcome to read their presentations below!
After Movie Young Professionals 10 Year Anniversay!
This amazing after movie from the Young Professionals 10 Year Anniversary celebrations by Digital Captains just landed at the Swedish Chamber! Great work by Digital Captains! Don't miss their Social Media and Storytelling workshop this Friday, October 20th - the workshop is offered free of charge to the participants of the YP 10 Year Anniversary. https://www.facebook.com/ypswedishchambernl/videos/550178698656942/