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Welcome New Member!

Welcome New Member, Camilla Mattsson!

Entering the month of October we are happy to welcome a new member Camilla Mattsson, to the Swedish Chamber! Looking forward seeing you on our upcoming events and welcome Camilla!
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On public demand, Are you Swedish? launches Sales Agent Recruitment Service.

On public demand, Are you Swedish? launches Sales Agent Recruitment Service.

Are you Swedish? is a Sales Consultant and PR Agency for Swedish Fashion and lifestyle brands wishing to approach the Benelux market. The agency now launches a new service, apart from sales and PR for the retailing industry, Are you Swedish? introduces a Sales Agent Recruitment Service. ”This service is a product born purely out of public demand, we are approached by so many Swedish brands looking for Benelux Sales Agents and we know so many agents that are asking us for good brands. This service is the solution to an existing problem, helping Swedish brands finding local sales agents” Hanneke de Boer, owner of Are you Swedish? explains. Working locally is key in order to really grow in a foreign market and to have a good local partner is also important when trying to catch the attention of a retailer, Hanneke de Boer points out. The Sales Agent Recruitment Service offers a matchmaking between brands and retailers where they are put together based on what the customer’s brand is and what kind of result they would like to achieve in the Dutch market. Due to Are you Swedish? extensive network, the matchmaking process, has in consideration brand image, price level, retailer portfolio etc. https://www.areyouswedish.com/
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A meeting with Büro Kif

A meeting with Büro Kif

Büro Kif is an interior design and architectural studio, passionate about creating gorgeous, yet functional, interiors where people love to be. The company started around seven years ago by founder and Creative director Hester Stolk. A few years after she was joined by Mia de Groot, Studio Director, Büro Kif. Hester and Mia both used to live in London and have both been living abroad for a longer period of time. Their international expertise shines through the soul of Büro Kif and the personal experience with various cultures and multi-language communication has always been important to both Hester and Mia. From conception to completion Büro Kif offers an interior design service that stretches from conception to completion. No matter if you wish to be advised regarding curtains or kitchens, Büro Kif has got you covered. The company offers the full solution from architectural interior design, including renovations, project management for the full construction process and space planning to decoration and furnishing. ”I would like to see us as the spider in the web! We want to serve anyone who wants to improve their home and make that transformation happen” - Hester Stolk about Büro Kif Both Hester and Mia are very passionate about the company and the product that they offer their clients. Hester claims that what keeps her inspiration burning is the desire to create projects from scratch and to make, what might seem impossible to others, come through. While Hester has a penchant for giving the interiors an eclectic touch, whilst reflecting on the owners identity, Mia claims to have a strong focus on the psychological part of the process – a lot of effort is geared towards creating an interior that is tailored to the client’s lifestyle. A wholly hearted business A majority of Büro Kif’s clients are expats with busy everyday lives and what Büro Kif offers them is their full attention. Buro Kif takes care of everything along the way and strives for the clients lifestyle to be echoed in the interior. A dream for the future steps of Büro Kif’s journey is to establish some kind of shop, with a range of carefully selected interior products. An international approach The international background in the studio is something that has put its label on Büro Kif. No one in the office carries with them a certain national heritage, but rather a globalized and internationalized approach towards looking at businesses and brands. As Mia is originally from Sweden, she was a part of the Young Professionals network during her time spent in London. Mia experienced the network of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce to be a good network to be a part of and an easy way to reach out to people. This is also the reason why Büro Kif is a member company of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands today. Both Hester and Mia are looking forward to participating at the events hosted by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the future and would also like to be contributing with their expertise in a creative way. http://www.burokif.nl/
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Meet the moderator for #NordicTalks, Johanna Lund Rockliffe, Enact
Last, but certainly not least, we proudly present our fantastic moderator for #NordicTalks 2017, Johanna Lund Rockliffe, Enact. Johanna Lund Rockliffe is a professional facilitator and process leader, amongst others in the Management Programmes of the Swedish Institute for international business leaders (SIMP). Johanna spent eight years as a consultant in education for sustainable development, primarily to the Swedish Council for Higher Education and its SIDA-funded programme the Global School. Johanna has worked with education related to different aspects of sustainability, as a coordinator, process leader and author of educational materials. Johanna has extensive experience of organizing training programmes in international contexts, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Great Britain and Guatemala. She has a master in Latin American studies from Cambridge University. As a moderator for #NordicTalks - No time to waste! Johanna will be steering the discussions and Q&A's during the conference, making sure that we get to the core of the topic - UN Sustainable Development Goals. With her intriguing background withing sustainable development, we feel very honored and excited to be presenting Johanna as our moderator!
Johanna Lund Rockliffe, Enact
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Meet Annelien van Meer, Managing Director Enact Netherlands, speaker for #NordicTalks 2017
The countdown for the #NordicTalks 2017, on October 10, is at full speed and we are very excited to present to you Annelien van Meer, Managing Director Enact Netherlands, and speaker for the #NordicTalks 2017! About Annelien van Meer Annelien is a very experienced consultant in the area of sustainable business development, in the private as well as in the public sector. She has over ten years of experience in managing projects and programs in areas such as sustainable business, climate change, human rights and transparency. Currently, she is the Managing Director of Enact in The Netherlands, but between 2011 and 2014, she worked for Enact in Sweden, where she grew very fond of the Nordic way of doing business. Now she is supporting clients in The Netherlands to treat sustainability with the same dedication and determination as their Nordic peers do. In case you are not familiar with #NordicTalks, it is part of the Nordic Business Forum, that is being held for the fifth year in a row in Amsterdam together with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, the Danish Dutch Business Club, the Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce and four of the respective Nordic Embassies. The agenda for this year's conference is "No time to Waste! The UN Sustainable Development Goals". For this discussion, we have invited six interesting and influential speakers to share their thoughts on how they work towards being sustainable and also the Ambassadors from the Nordic Countries in the Netherlands will be having a panel discussion regarding the Sustainable Development Goals.   Click here to sign up for #NordicTalks 2017 - No time to Waste!
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Young Professionals 10 Year Anniversary & Photos!

Thank you to everyone that contributed and participated in the celebrations of the YP 10 Year Anniversary on September 22, 2017!

We are very happy that so many of our Young Professionals and Swedish Chamber members joined us during this magical evening, and  also for inviting your friends and colleagues to share this special anniversary. The evening started with mingling and drinks, to be continued by our three main speakers Sabina Svensson, Innovation 360, Marcel Damen, Ericsson Netherlands and Cor de Haan, Filippa K. We also had  TedTalk presentations by Jasper Scheffer, Klarna, and Henriette van Notten, StartupDelta. H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Mr. Per Holmström honored us with his presence and congratulated the Young Professionals network on its 10 Year Anniversary. The evening finished off with delicious Swedish food by Northern Delight, Whiskey tasting by Mackmyra, Fashion Show by Filippa K and Music by DJ Percy! A special thank you to our main sponsors; Handelsbanken, Ericsson, Klarna, Undutchables, IKEA and Swedish Chamber for making this evening possible and for enabling us to offer it  free of charge to all our guests!

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Meet Robert A. Taylor, Director Sustainability, UPM Raflatac
With only three days left to sign up for this year's #NordicTalks 2017, we are excited to present to you Robert A. Taylor, Director Sustainability of UPM Paflatac as one of our speakers! About Robert Robert Taylor is a native of Scotland in the United Kingdom. Robert is a UK Chartered Forester who graduated from Scottish School of Forestry in 1994. Robert has worked 23 years for UPM, 17 of which have been based in Finland in various senior global positions in the global sustainability team. In recent years his task has been to lead a team of experts in developing strategy and supporting the UPM Raflatac business in sustainability issues related to responsible sourcing, product eco-design, factory performance, the recycling and reuse of waste and developing partnerships with a range of stakeholders including customers, suppliers, authorities, associations and NGO’s. Robert lives in the Finnish countryside with his wife and three sons.   The Nordic Business Forum, #NordicTalks, is being held during the 10th of October from 16.00 - 19.00, of course, securing time to see the Swe - NL soccer game. Register for the event now, in order to secure your spot. We are looking forward to many interesting discussions and speeches about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and much more. Robert A. Taylor, Director Sustainability, UPM Raflatac
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Presenting Klarna, main sponsor for Young Professionals 10 Year Anniversary!
We are very excited to announce the Swedish FinTech company Klarna Netherlands as one of our main sponsors for the Young Professionals 10 Year Anniversary. Thank you Klarna for supporting the Swedish Chamber Young Professionals network in the Netherlands, and making this evening happening!   About Klarna Klarna was founded in 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden with the aim of making it easier for people to shop online. In the last 12 years, technology has evolved, excited and transformed the world around us, yet our mission remains as relevant as ever, to make paying as simple, safe and above all, smooth as possible. Klarna is now one of Europe’s largest banks and is providing payment solutions for 60 million consumers across 70.000 merchants in 18 countries. Klarna offers direct payments, pay after delivery options and installment plans in a smooth one-click purchase experience that lets consumers pay when and how they prefer to. When the company acquired SOFORT in 2014 the Klarna Group was formed. Klarna is backed by investors such as Sequoia Capital, Bestseller, Permira, Visa and Atomico.  
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