Nordic Startup Awards announces Goodwille as a strategic UK partner

Press release 3 October 2018.

Clever Nordic businesses have spent the past five years battling it out to be crowned the Nordic Startup Awards, Startup of the Year. The Nordic Startup Awards maps, connects, promotes and celebrates the Nordic startup ecosystem, across all five countries, internally in the region as well as to the rest of the world.

NSAwards are excited to announce Goodwille as their strategic UK based Nordic Partner. Goodwille, whose roots are firmly tied to the Nordic countries have helped hundreds of tech businesses, including regional & national finalists of the Nordic Startup Awards, enter the UK market.

Kim Balle, Co-Founder & CEO of the Nordic Startup Awards says “It’s exciting to have Goodwille onboard as a Nordic Partner. Goodwille have an unrivalled track record of helping Nordic businesses with their expansion to the UK, and their experience will prove invaluable to our entrants and finalists”.

Nordic businesses often look to the UK when expanding outside of the region for the first time, and Goodwille have shared their vast experiences at London Tech Week, Oslo Innovation Week & later this year, SLUSH.

James Service, Marketing Manager of Goodwille says “We’ve been working closely with the Nordic startup scene for over two decades. This partnerships with the Nordic Startup Awards cements our position as the market leader in helping businesses from the Nordic region with their expansion to the UK.”

Over 2,500 companies were nominated for the Nordic Startup Awards in 2018, and the regional finalists received tens of thousands of nominations from across the Nordic countries.

With the five regional finals drawing to a close, the regional winners will battle it out at The Grand Finale in Copenhagen on the 30th October to win one of thirteen awards, including Founder of the Year, Best Accelerator or Incubator & Startup of the Year.

Press Contacts

Kim Balle, Co-Founder & CEO, Nordic Startup Awards
kim@globalstartupawards.com

James Service, Marketing Manager, Goodwille
james.service@goodwille.com

Oslo Innovation Week 2018

Oslo Innovation Week is getting closer and so is our event The world is ready for Norwegian tech (but are you ready fore the world?)! Join us at Oslo House of Innovation on 25 September for all the tips and advice you need to take your tech business to the next level! We have a great lineup of speakers covering everything tech startups need to know to conquer the world – from hiring for scale-up and winning PR tricks, to raising investment and getting up to speed quickly in new markets. And speaking of speakers, we have some great news to share!

We are happy and excited to announce that we have added Alliance Venture to the list of speakers at the event! Being the leading early stage investor in Norway, Alliance Ventures bring insights on what’s cooking on the Norwegian tech scene, opportunity in international markets (and where to go) and what to think about when raising investment for your startup. A great addition to the mix of advice on how to make a Norwegian startup an international success that startups attending the event can expect!

Tickets are free for tech businesses but you need to sign up to attend. Click HERE to get to the event sign up.

About the event

The event targets Norwegian Tech businesses that are ready to expand  to international markets. It will be an interactive seminar with speakers 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. We will also hear the success story of a Norwegian startup and advice from someone who has done the full journey and succeeded.

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 made the journey, as well as experts that can advice you on what to think about when taking your businesses onto the international arena. We will also offer 1-2-1 sessions with all speakers for those interested!

Speakers

360 Leaders – Learn about the importance of building the right company culture and getting the right people when going from startup to scaleup and expanding into new areas. 360 Leaders is a market-leading executive search firm that provides leadership talent to the world’s most innovative tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, iZettle and Schibsted Media Group.

Alliance Venture – Scaling your business and expanding to new markets can be costly. Venture Capital firm Alliance Venture is the leading early stage investor in Norway that invest in tech companies with global potential and work with them to expand internationally. They will talk about the exciting tech scene in Norway and how to leverage that in international markets, what they as investors see as the hottest tech right now and what they look for in companies they invest in.

Deliberate PR – As a small, Nordic business ready to take on the world, you need to showcase to potential investors, strategic partners, employees, and users what makes you unique and scalable. Deliberate PR helps Nordic startups make the news with creative strategies and clever news themes. They will speak about how you can use news to your advantage and show examples of how they have created PR campaigns that helped Nordic startups succeed around the world.

No Isolation – With the help of Deliberate PR, Norwegian startup No Isolation made a huge buzz in the media as part of their UK launch campaign. They will share their amazing story and the decision to expand internationally early on, and provide both inspiration and advice on expanding abroad from Norway.

Goodwille & Escalon – The co-hosts of the event! Together we’ve helped businesses from Norway expand into the UK & US markets for decades. We will share our insights and tips on how to get to market quickly, and the opportunities in the UK and US markets for Norwegian businesses.

Events details
Date: Tuesday 25 September 2018
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Oslo House of Innovation (OHOI), 4th floor, Skippergata 22, 0154 Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Tickets: Grab your ticket HERE!

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/.

Goodwille reinstates its Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce Partner Membership

Press release 1 May 2018.

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.

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

Did you hear the cheerful voices on Kensington Square?

As the air grows winter-crisp and the festive season approaches professional service provider Goodwille invited clients and guests to an evening of networking and festive cheer with food, drinks and live entertainment at St James House on Kensington Square.

On the 24th of November guests were welcomed by the angelic voices of the Swedish church choir performing Swedish Christmas carols. Goodwille’s Winter Warmer event is run annually on the last Thursday of November to kick-start the Christmas festive calendar, offering a relaxed and informal opportunity to mix and mingle in great company with like-minded people whilst expanding the contact list.

A Scandinavian community has taken shape in the Kensington area since the founding of Goodwille. Since 1997 Goodwille has helped more than 1,500 companies, mainly from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark to successfully expand their businesses to the UK, through Goodwille’s support services.

This year’s winter warmer was attended by in excess of one hundred business professionals from leading bankers, accountants, lawyers and clients, listening to Christmas tunes by London band The Cash Cows and nibbling on seasonal treats. Instead of following the classic red and green Christmas theme, Goodwille’s Winter Warmer was decorated in purple and guests were served additional purple drinks. This in memory of Goodwille’s founder, Annika Åhman Goodwille, who loved bright colours and especially purple.

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