Goodwille are co-hosting event in Oslo during Oslo Innovation Week

Oslo has been ranked the #1 city in the world in terms of quality of life and is one of the most business friendly cities in the world. The Norwegians are known to be digitally advanced and early adopters of new technology – because of this, the start-up scene is booming and Norwegian Tech is hotter than ever.

As part of Oslo Innovation Week 2018, Goodwille together with our friends at Escalon Services are co-hosting the event The World is Ready for Norwegian Tech (but are you ready for the world). Join us on 25 September and learn what it takes to expand your businesses abroad!

About the event

The event targets Norwegian Tech businesses that (think they) are ready to leave koselig behind and expand their business to international markets! It will be an interactive seminar with speakers who are responsible for helping some of Norway’s fastest growing tech businesses tap in to & scale up in international markets, providing you with all the insights you need to take the big leap. The seminars will cover all aspects of what you need to think about, from  raising investment, raising your profile and how to make the right decisions when going from Oslo to the rest of the world.

The seminar is followed by a networking session where you will get the chance to mingle with the speakers, like-minded entrepreneurs, people and businesses that have already done the journey, as well as experts that can advice you on what to think about when taking your businesses onto the international arena.

EVENTS DETAILS
Date: Tuesday 25 September 2018
Time: 10am-12.30pm
Location: Oslo House of Innovation (OHOI), 4th floor, Skippergata 22, 0154 Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Tickets: Grab your ticket HERE!

Are you interested in being actively involved in the event as sponsor or speaker, please get in touch with James Service at james.service@goodwille.com.

About Oslo Innovation Week

Oslo Innovation Week is an annual happening inviting people from all around the world to Norway’s capital city for conferences, talks, pitching, workshops and networking with like-minded, change-driven corporates, entrepreneurs, startups and organisations. 2018’s edition in the 13th Oslo Innovation Week around, this year held between 24-28 September. Oslo Innovation Week is owned by the City of Oslo and Innovation Norway, with Oslo Business Region as project manager. Check out the full programme for OIW 2018 on oiw.no/.

Launch in London – London Tech Week 2018

London Tech Week is getting closer, and so is our event Launch in London! We have a great outline of speakers, lots of interesting people signed up and a superb location boiling of creativity and entrepreneurship so we are certain that this will be one of the highlights of London Tech Week 2018!

There are still some free tickets left, but since capacity is limited we advise you to grab yours as soon as possible! Get your tickets through this link, just click the purple ‘Register’ button on top of the page, type in your details and you’re good to go!

ABOUT LAUNCH IN LONDON

Join us on 14 June for Launch in London – London Tech Week’s hottest event for any business establishing in the UK!

Hosted by Goodwille at Level39, one of the world’s most well renowned and connected tech hubs, Launch in London will provide you with everything you need to succeed with your business in London. Get inside tips on the Do’s and Don’ts when starting up in the UK, how to navigate Brexit, the British business culture and how to grow your network with the right people, all while overlooking London’s skyline.

This is THE event for startups, entrepreneurs and businesses looking to establish in London, as well as for mentors and advisors helping tech businesses succeed on London’s tech scene.

SPEAKERS
Alexander Goodwille, CEO of Goodwille will share the best tips, and the pitfalls to avoid when starting up in the UK.

Mark Leaver, Creative Industries Specialist of DIT – Department for International Trade will discuss why despite Brexit, the UK is still very much open for business and why you should start your business in London during 2018.

Joanna Dodd, Director of Rochester PR will share helpful insights on marketing, PR & how to get connected with the right people in the UK.

Joanna Smit, Owner of SMIT Training will help you understand the British people and culture and provide you with the intercultural skills you need to make your transition in to the UK market.

The seminars will be followed by a Q&A session, drinks, canapes & networking (plus opportunities for panoramic photographs of London!).

EVENTS DETAILS
Date: Thursday 14 June 2018
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Level39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB
Free entry

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE


If you have any questions about the event, get in touch with our Marketing Manager James Service on james.service@goodwille.com or 020 7795 8100.

PRESS RELEASE: Goodwille reinstates its Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce Partner Membership

Goodwille are happy to announce that from 1 May 2018, they will increase its membership from a Corporate Member to a Partner Member of the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce, NBCC.

Their decision to extend the existing relationship with the NBCC is based on them seeing an increasing number of Norwegian businesses coming to the UK, the progression of Norwegian tech and startups, and the excellent activity and mission of the Chamber to promote and strengthen Norwegian-British business relations.

Goodwille, who are a Patron of both the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK and the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce, offer complimentary services to the NBCC. While Goodwille provides businesses expanding from Norway to the UK with practical advice and day-to-day support to operate in the UK, the Chamber of Commerce provides a networking platform for businesses to meet with future clients, partners and investors.

“We believe that by becoming a Partner Member and further strengthening our existing relationship with the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce we can provide Norwegian companies expanding to the UK with an even better foundation and network to succeed,” says Alexander Goodwille, CEO of Goodwille.

Jan Bertelsen, General Manager for the NBCC says; “It is with immense pleasure to have Goodwille as a trusted Partner of the NBCC and to work together on bringing even more value to the membership as well as expanding the opportunities within and outside the network.”

Together with the NBCC, Goodwille look forward to working collaboratively on future activities to promote the UK as a place with great opportunities for Norwegian businesses, to actively participate in helping Norwegian businesses succeed on the UK market and strengthening the trade relations between Norway and the UK.

About the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce

The NBCC is a non-profit membership organisation aimed at promoting trade between Norway and the UK and to provide a professional and social arena for businesses and people in the Norwegian-British business community. Founded in 1906, the NBCC has for over 110 years played a significant role in strengthening trade relations between the two countries.

Visit their website www.nbccuk.com for more information on how the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce can support your business, how to become a member, and their many upcoming events.

About Goodwille

Goodwille have 20 years of experience helping Norwegian businesses in the UK and can provide you with all the advice and support you need to succeed on the UK market. Working across all sectors and nationalities, but with a strong focus on Tech, Retail, Manufacturing & Medical companies from the Nordics, they have a track record of helping nearly 2,000 businesses in the UK. Their services cover five fully integrated departments including Corporate Legal & Compliance, Finance, People Management, Payroll and Virtual Officess, providing a complete solution for setting up and running your UK operation. With over half of the Goodwille team speaking a Nordic language, Goodwille provide a unique combination of local experience of the UK market with an understanding of your business culture.
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How did Helsinki reach start-up stardom?

Scandinavia has held a certain chic popularity throughout the rest of Europe for a number of years now, from the Hygge craze to the Swedish and Finnish bakeries popping up around the country, it seems that the UK can’t get enough of Scandinavian culture.

As well as being ahead of the curve on baked goods, Finland have also been excelling in the start-up scene. Over the last five years, Finland has seen at least a one-billion-dollar exit from its start-ups per year, with start-ups in a wide range of fields – from tech to design and education – making their mark globally. Despite being a nation with a population of just under 5.5m, considerably less than that of even London, Finland boasts 10% of the world’s start-up exits.

An up-and-coming tech giant

While Helsinki doesn’t yet compare to the success of Stockholm in the field of technology, they’re not doing too shabbily. They’re home to a number of mobile developers who have created internationally loved mobile games including Rovio, who developed the insanely popular Angry Birds and Supercell, developers of Clash of Clans.

Helsinki also boasts a myriad of tech start-ups that, despite being far from household names just yet, are already proving their worth and ingenuity in their respective fields. Nordic JustEat equivalent Wolt has already expanded from Helsinki to Stockholm and Copenhagen in the past year, and smartphone manufacturer Jolla, founded by ex-Nokia staff – another Finnish tech giant – is making waves and raised $12m in a Series C round last year.

Why Finland?

Finland’s success within the start-up scene over the past decade can at least in part be attributed to a government which supports start-ups while also giving them freedom and independence. Finnish business policies include public support campaigns, dedicated mentor programs and a funding agency for innovation known as Tekes.

Finland is also quick to think internationally. With such a small workforce available at home, Finnish start-ups are some of the first to look outward when business takes off. Helsinki’s super successful start-ups are quick to expand into Europe and beyond, which can quickly catapult these burgeoning businesses to global success.

If you’re looking to expand your start-up business to the United Kingdom, Goodwille can help you with everything you need to get the UK company started and rolling effectively and efficiently. With years of experience helping companies with legal, HR, payroll and financial administration, our team of knowledgeable professionals can guide your UK expansion to success. Get in touch with us today for more information.

We’re recruiting – Corporate Legal Controller

THIS VACANCY IS NOW FILLED. CHECK OUT OUR CURRENT VACANCIES HERE.

Goodwille is a forward-thinking, ambitious company dedicated to providing foreign businesses with the professional services required to establish themselves and flourish in the UK. These include Corporate Legal, Finance, People Management, Payroll & Virtual Offices.

We are currently looking for an experienced Corporate Legal Controller, preferably fluent in a Nordic language, to join our Corporate Legal team in London and provide company secretarial and legal advice and services to a range of international and UK clients. While you will primarily work with the Corporate Legal team, all our departments are integrated and you will also find yourself liaising with other departments, such as HR, Finance and Payroll departments on a regular basis, and attending frequent team, company and client meetings.

You will be responsible for
• a portfolio of existing and new clients; being the main point of contact for and managing the corporate legal services for these
• managing and supporting existing client accounts, including maintaining statutory records and registers, taking board minutes, striking off/liquidation etc.
• managing new client accounts, including company incorporation, VAT registration, opening bank accounts, insurances, data protection, health and safety etc.
• ensuring timely filings to Companies House, HMRC and other agencies
• reviewing statutory books as part of company health checks and annual statutory audit
• special client projects

We believe that applicants have good knowledge and experience of company secretarial work, and preferably experience working in an international environment and/or handling employees and operations in different countries.

In joining us, you will become part of a modern, forward-thinking and inclusive organisation, capable of offering a stimulating environment working with a diverse range of client companies and corporate legal issues.

This is your chance to join #TeamGoodwille – check us out on Instagram. When you join Goodwille you get access to a whole range of employee benefits, all designed to ensure an enjoyable work/life balance. Some benefits for all employees include:

  • Office fruit every week
  • Employee perks, rewards & benefits including discounts on supermarkets (Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc.) high street stores (Topshop, John Lewis etc.) & gyms
  • Complimentary phone insurance, as we know how important it is to stay connected
  • Access to the well-being & lifestyle platform, including eating advice, exercise routines and yoga videos
  • Generous social budget for team lunches, parties and for you to hang out with colleagues.

Job type: Permanent, full time
Location: Kensington, West London
Salary: Depending on experience/skill set

If you like the sound of this vacancy and all the features and benefits you get by being part of a team like Goodwille, then please contact vidou.motee@goodwille.com.
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Goodwille exhibiting at Welcome to the UK

On 20 February, the event Welcome to the UK will take place in Stockholm, and Goodwille are happy to announce that we will be attending and exhibiting at the event.

Welcome to the UK is the event for any individual or company looking to learn more about expanding to the UK and the business potential of the UK market. As Goodwille have over 20 years of experience helping Swedish businesses expand to and establish in the UK, we are happy to share our experiences with aspiring and growing companies, and look forward to an evening filled with interesting discussions, exchange of ideas and of course helping businesses with answering any questions about doing business in the UK.

If you wish to meet us in Stockholm and hear more about how we can help your business establish on the UK market, send an email to johanna.bjarschfollin@goodwille.com.


The event is hosted and organised by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and the British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce. If you wish to attend the event, sign up here

20 years of helping Nordic businesses succeed in the UK

Goodwille, a family owned business built on commitment to quality and service celebrates 20 years as one of the leading providers of professional business services. With a vision to make international business easier Swedish business woman Annika Goodwille founded the company in 1997 offering a unique solution – all the advice and services you need from one company with unparalleled crossborder experience.

When first launching Goodwille, companies setting up a business in the UK would turn to firms of lawyers, accountants and bankers for advice, no one kept it all together under one roof. Goodwille changed that, offering professional business services covering five key departments; Corporate Legal, Finance, People Management, Payroll and Virtual Offices. Goodwille take care of all the headaches associated with running a business, so you can focus purely on business development.

Experts in supporting companies within the four areas Retail, Tech, Medical and Manufacturing the team at Goodwille has so far helped 1800 companies startup and run successfully their businesses in the UK. From startups like iZettle and Readly to big brands like Lindex, Clas Ohlsson and Björn Borg. Today, 20 years after the founding of Goodwille, Annika’s oldest son Alexander Goodwille has taken over the business as the company’s CEO.

A company’s 20th anniversary is certainly a milestone worth celebrating. To celebrate this anniversary Goodwille are hosting two events, one in London on 14th September and in Stockholm 21st September. The Stockholm event will include a seminar for 50 of Stockholm’s hottest start-ups from leading professionals at SUP46, Northzone, Trustly and Deliberate PR.

“We are celebrating both our legacy and our future. To be in business for 20 years is extremely gratifying and humbling.” – Alexander Goodwille, CEO

“To all of our employees, customers and partners who have been part of our first 20 years a heartfelt thank you. We are looking forward to continuing our tradition of quality and excellence for the next 20 years and more.” – Alexander Goodwille, CEO

Goodwille partners with Tech Nordic Advocates

Goodwille are happy to announce the partnership between Goodwille and northern Europe’s largest, independent network of 600 tech entrepreneurs, investors, senior tech leaders, influencers and policy makers, Tech Nordic Advocates (TNA). Together, and in conjunction with partners, they will work to stimulate Nordic tech innovation and growth, replicating the success of the Tech London Advocates community.

Goodwille is in good company with the Department for International Trade (previously UKTI), Swedish Chamber of Commerce, London & Partners, among others. Becoming a partner of TNA was a natural step for Goodwille following their increased presence in the Nordic tech scene over recent years. Nordic, high-growth, VC backed companies are often looking to expand to international markets at an early stage, with London, the beating heart of the European startup scene often their number one choice. London based service provider Goodwille continue to facilitate a large number of Nordic tech companies expansion into the UK.

Being a partner of Tech Nordic Advocates provides access to many successful startup hubs such as Swedish SUP46, Finnish Maria 0-1 and Danish Camp. The result of this is an extensive Nordic spanning network and knowledge-base, beneficial for all Goodwille’s clients.

Tech Nordic Advocates’ mission is to support the growth of Nordic and Baltic tech companies, with strong support for startups, by facilitating access to a pan-Nordic/Baltic market of capital, talent, mentors and partners, as well as stimulating collaboration across the Nordic and Baltic countries and tech ecosystem and championing the Nordics and Baltics as a global tech and startup hub internationally.

“We are delighted to be working with Tech Nordic Advocates programme to help stimulate opportunities and remove roadblocks hindering the Nordic tech sector’s growth in the UK. Their network both in the UK and across the Nordics is fantastic, they are well known in the startup community and we are excited to develop this partnership with them.” James Service. Marketing Executive, Goodwille.

Goodwille is on a mission to identify Nordic start-up stars ready to take over the world

British professional service provider Goodwille introduced Instagram hashtag #startupthursdays to identify the most promising Nordic start-up stars at an early stage of growth, exposing them to the UK, one of Europe’s most attractive markets.

Scandinavia has become a ‘Unicorn Factory’ over recent years, many of whom have successfully changed planet earth. You might not realise that some of the world’s biggest video games, streaming sites and FinTech companies hail from the cold of Scandinavia – but they do.

“We believe these ambitious start-ups deserve early exposure and attention, and we would like to be a part of making the UK market aware of these awesome young companies.”  – James Service, Marketing Executive, Goodwille.

The growing Instagram hashtag #startupthursdays was founded in 2015 and has since featured a new and promising Nordic start-up every week. Goodwille, with the majority of its client base from Scandinavia, saw that the Nordic start-ups performed very well on the UK market but as a new company often struggled to gain exposure in the UK.

“By recognising and celebrating these ambitious Scandi start-ups we wish to give them a kickstart in the UK. Not all of the featured companies exist in the UK but they are all companies we believe have potential for future international expansion.” – James Service.

The fields the featured start-ups are active in is not limited but the general tendency is FinTech or app development, but the list also includes companies in the biotech, service and electrical sector. Feel free to contact Goodwille if you know of a Nordic start-up that deserves exposure to the UK market.

Follow Instagram account @Goodwillegroup to stay updated about the latest, and hottest Northern start-up stars.

Press Contact & Media Inquiries for Goodwille

Lovisa Sekund: lovisa.sekund@goodwille.com

Business Inquiries for Goodwille

James Service: james.service@goodwille.com

3 key ways UK businesses differ from Nordic businesses

Every country has its own way of supporting business development, but there are some big differences between UK operations and those in the Nordic community.

Tax and VAT

The UK fiscal tax year ends on 31st March (and 5th April for individuals), whereas Nordic countries use the calendar year with flexibility for companies to use alternative dates if they’d prefer. At 20%, standard VAT in the UK is much lower than that of the Nordics’ 24-25%, though obviously there are concessions on certain goods.

UK Corporation Tax is currently set at 20%, whereas Denmark (22%), Norway (25%) and Sweden (22%) all pay higher rates; only Iceland and Finland match UK levels. Make sure you have access to good quality financial services to understand the intricacies of UK law, and keep on top of your accountancy needs.

Maternity and paternity leave for employees

The UK asks that a new mother takes at least two weeks’ leave after giving birth (and more in factory environments). However, a mother’s leave can last up to 52 weeks, with 26 considered ‘Ordinary’ and the rest as ‘Additional’. According to the OECD, the average UK maternity payment rate is 31.3% of the mother’s normal earnings; all Nordic countries offer a higher percentage of earnings as maternity pay, and in Norway that figure is 98.7%.

The Nordics typically have a high uptake of paternal leave, whereas many new fathers in the UK don’t have a shared parental leave or paternal leave option. Considerations like these will affect your HR strategy.

Hierarchy and business manner

Many businesses in Denmark, Norway and Finland have a flat management hierarchy, where any employee – no matter how junior – can raise concerns with very senior staff, a bit like Goodwille. In contrast, most UK businesses have a taller hierarchy with less interaction between CEOs and general employees.

Furthermore, UK business relies on plenty of written communication; corporate deals rarely rely on verbal agreement alone. However, verbal agreements are legally binding in countries like Iceland and Sweden.

Bear these factors in mind when you’re expanding your company and you’ll be well equipped for the future.