We’re recruiting – Corporate Legal Controller

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 to join our Corporate Legal team in London. As a Corporate Legal Controller at Goodwille, you provide company secretarial and legal advice and services to a diverse range of international and UK clients to ensure that they comply with legal practice and maintain high standards of corporate governance in the UK.

You will be responsible for

  • Managing your own portfolio of existing and new clients
  • Delivering existing services, providing corporate legal, company secretarial and compliance-related support, advice and point of reference
  • Developing and expanding Goodwille’s Corporate Legal service offering
  • Project work, including staying updated on changes to UK laws and regulations and legal developments
  • Optimising existing processes and ensuring application of best practices, internally at Goodwille and externally as required by client profiles
  • Guiding, coaching and developing members of the department
  • Working together with colleagues from across all departments and being actively involved in winning new business

To succeed in this role, we believe that you have technical company secretarial know-how and are educated to degree level, preferably in a legal or business discipline. Fluency in an additional language to English would be an advantage, as is experience working with company secretarial software (preferably Blueprint OneWorld).

We are a strong and diverse team, so being sociable and engaging is important as we put a lot of emphasis on team and company culture. International or cross-border experience would be an advantage, as many of our clients are based overseas. This is a client-facing role, so being communicative with a high level of cultural awareness and the ability to build and develop new and existing relationships with clients and partners is highly valued.

In joining us, you will become part of a modern and inclusive organisation, capable of offering a stimulating environment where you will be working with a diverse range of client companies and given the opportunity to develop the team and department which you will be part of.

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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Running for a Good Cause

On 21st July 2019, Team Goodwille are joining thousands of runners winding their way through Central London together for the ASICS London 10K 2019!

Running the London 10K for charity has become a tradition and this summer we are running to raise money for our company charity MicroLoan Foundation. Their incredible work helps the poorest women in sub-Saharan Africa to work their way out of poverty. Goodwille has supported MicroLoan for several years and we are proud to support their work which has a lasting impact.

Support our runners Alexander (CEO), Jacqui (HR Manager), Johanna (Marketing Executive) and Isabelle (Corporate Legal Assistant) and help us raise funds for a good cause on our JustGiving page. All contributions, however large or small, are greatly appreciated and make a longstanding impact and difference. All funds raised for MicroLoan Foundation will provide more loans and business training to women in sub-Saharan Africa.

About the MicroLoan Foundation

MicroLoan is a different kind of charity, offering hope, not handouts to impoverished women in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Their small business loans and business training enable these women to build businesses and move towards financial sustainability. By giving hope and not handouts, MicroLoan empowers women in sub-Saharan to work their way out of poverty. Read more about the impact that MicroLoan has on women’s life on microloan.org.uk.

Interested in reading more about how Goodwille support charities and the activities we undertake to raise money for good causes? Check out our Charity Page.

Why Britain has a growing love for Swedish fashion

There has been an influx of Swedish fashion and retail businesses establishing in the UK over recent years. When you walk down Regent Street in London, you’ll pass one Swedish clothing store after another. During a time when many retail and fashion businesses struggle to remain on the high street, the opposite seems to be true for brands with Swedish roots. So, what is it about Swedish fashion that the Brits love so much?

Sweden has a worldwide reputation for being a role model; from innovation to social security, it is frequently at the forefront. This has resulted in the world, and especially the UK, casting their eyes towards the oblong country in the North for inspiration. And it seems that UK fashionistas love just about everything about Swedish clothing and design.

Swedish style – effortless with a lot of effort

Classifying typically Swedish design would most likely result in a list of words ranging from ‘boring’ to ‘stylish’, ‘timeless’ and ‘classy’. The palette is inspired by nature; neutral tones and colours, black, white and fifty shades of grey. And whether it’s talking about their weather, or painting their living rooms, Brits just seem to love grey.

Swedish fashion leaves nothing to chance. The sophisticated and simplistic style might come across as effortless, but with a lot of effort put into it. There’s a conscious thought behind everything from fabric choices to shape and cut. The Swedish mentality of equality is present also in fashion – it’s designed to be worn by anyone, at any time. Maybe this is what the Brits loves about it? A few smart buys and you can style your outfit for any occasion without having to blow your budget.

Sustainability

Swedes might be known for their sense of fashion, but fashion is not all about looking good. Not only Sweden, but Scandinavia in general, is known for its flair for sustainability. Scandinavians have great respect for nature and the environment, which might be the reason why sustainable thinking is present in anything from business to fashion in Scandinavia.

Sustainability is not just a trendy add-on anymore – it’s inherent in most, if not all, Scandinavian brands nowadays. Swedish fashion brings together the environmental and sustainable awareness with a well thought-through and conscious design, which is exactly what the UK consumer desires. With Britain’s desire to live a little more Scandi, and a little bit more sustainable, building on your Swedish heritage gives you the best opportunity to succeed on the UK market. That’s what children’s clothing brand Newbie by Kappahl did when launching in the UK.

Newbie describes using their unique Scandinavian features and riding on the prevalent Scandi-trend as one of the factors behind its UK success. “The UK has a desire to live a little more ‘Scandi’. Drawing on our ‘Swedish-ness’ and emphasis on sustainability resonates strongly with what the UK consumer wants”.

Brand Sweden

Diamon, experts in supporting Swedish retail brands with international expansion, says that Swedish brands have a great chance at international success simply because of the Swedish origin and the powerful reputation of brand Sweden.

“Swedish brands are associated with quality, good design and simplicity – all offered at an attractive price. Sweden doesn’t boast many luxury brands; Swedish fashion is affordable luxury that appeals to a broader audience.”

World famous and revolutionary brands like IKEA, Spotify & Volvo have helped to improve the success of other Swedish brands. These high-profile businesses from Northern Europe are leading their industries and all doing their bit to strengthen the power of brand Sweden to the world. 

No place like London

With Swedish brands like Newbie, A Day’s March and Mini Rodini opening stores in London in the recent years, it’s inevitable to think that there is more opportunity for more Swedish fashion stores to succeed on the UK market, even in a time when the British high street is at a crossroads.

Swedish men’s fashion brand A Day’s March opened their first international store in central London in 2018. Their decision to open a shop in London was based on what people argue is the reason that physical stores are struggling – e-commerce. Many of their international e-commerce consumers were based in London. But successful e-commerce didn’t stop A Day’s March from wanting more. “Brick-and-mortar is not dead. There might be a shift towards online, but we believe in the mix of e-commerce and physical stores,” they say. The mix of online and offline can really make your brand stand out in a time when more shopping takes place online, as retail stores allow brands to engage with the consumer and create a powerful customer experience.

So we know that the Brits love everything Swedish, but why do Swedish brands want to set up shop in London? Diamon explains, “London has always been one of the most important places to be seen in for fashion brands. If you make it in London, it’s a seal of approval that your brand is interesting to the world”.

The UK market is large and the UK consumer, especially in London, is design conscious with a love for everything Swedish and Scandinavian. London as a fashion capital with multicultural influences is a gateway to the rest of the world. Whether you are looking for international recognition or using the UK as a steppingstone, if you can make it in London you can make it anywhere.

Expand to the UK

The world has London on its retina. And the Brits have their eyes on Scandinavia. If you want your brand to gain international exposure then London is the place to be, and now is a better time than ever. The UK has a strong interest in Swedish brands and riding on the Scandi-trend can take you further, sooner. In a world where the high street is struggling, Swedish businesses have all the opportunity to capitalise on UK success.

Goodwille supports many Swedish retail and fashion businesses in the UK, including Acne, Daniel Wellington, Lindex and Newbie by Kappahl. Read about some of the retail businesses we have assisted with their expansion to the UK here, or contact us today for more information.

We’re recruiting – Financial Controller

Goodwille is a forward-thinking, ambitious company dedicated to providing foreign businesses with the kind of 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 aspiring finance professional to join our Finance team in Warwick as a Financial Controller. As part of the Finance team at Goodwille, your job is to support our large client base of international clients, mainly from the Nordics and central Europe, with their UK Finances.

In your role, you will be responsible for:

  • your own portfolio of international clients
  • day-to-day financial control support to your clients
  • producing weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly reports on behalf of your clients
  • control over cash flow, preparation of accounts for audits, assist accountants with year-end work, and compile VAT returns and EC Sales Lists
  • some task supervision, but this is a hands-on role with you being responsible for maintaining quality standards

Reporting to the Senior Financial Controller and primarily working with your colleagues in the Finance team, you will also find yourself liaising with all other departments, such as HR, Payroll and Corporate Legal departments on a regular basis, attending frequent team, company and client meetings.

Having a professionally recognised accountancy equalisation is desirable, as well as the kind of excellent communication and customer focus skills that will allow you to explain financial information to the team and, more importantly, your clients at all levels. An excellent working knowledge of accounting software and Microsoft office (particularly excel) are essential.

We are a strong and diverse team, so being sociable, engaging and communicative is important as we put a lot of emphasis on team and company culture. International or cross-border experience would be an advantage. An international language is not mandatory, although being able to speak an additional language would be beneficial.

In joining us, you will become part of a modern, forward-thinking and inclusive organisation, capable of offering a stimulating environment in which to accelerate your career in finance and accounting.

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 a 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: Warwick
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 our team, then please contact kevin.rutter@goodwille.com.
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Goodwille sponsors London Bootcamp

Sweden is great at producing innovative startups, many that have grown to become unicorns! The international opportunity is great for Swedish startups, if only they dare to take the leap!

Goodwille, who has supported Swedish tech businesses like iZettle, Readly and Tobii in the UK, have a special love for Swedish startups with the ambition to conquer the world outside the homeland. That’s why we are happy to sponsor London Bootcamp that gives selected Swedish startups the boost they need to take the step!

About London Bootcamp, Tech Forum and Tech Fest

London Bootcamp is a newly introduced accelerator programme for Swedish startups, organised by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket). The one-week programme takes place in London, Europe’s hotbed for startups and tech businesses, and coincides with London Tech Week. It offers selected startups the opportunity to learn everything the need to know about scaling up their business.

London is one of the top destinations for ambitious and innovative Swedish startups that want to expand internationally. The tech delegation of startups will during London Bootcamp meet with leading experts in scaling tech businesses. Goodwille, with vast experience helping Swedish businesses establish in the UK, will share our best tips for UK success. Our session presents the typical journey for setting up in the UK and the options, risks and costs associated with expanding to the UK. We will reveal common pitfalls to avoid, key success factors and the practical steps necessary to launch in the UK. The startups will leave with hands-on advice and be better equipped to tackle an international scaleup.

The Bootcamp culminates in Tech Forum, this year themed ‘Scaling future technologies’ held at Google’s UK HQ on Thursday 13th June. Tech Forum invites startups, investors and anyone with an interest in tech to come together to discuss what defines disruptive technologies. The Forum is succeeded by Tech Fest, offering excellent networking opportunities while overlooking London from Google UK’s rooftop, where the Bootcamp participants get to pitch to leading tech experts and investors.

If you are not one of the lucky startups to participate in London Bootcamp, you should definitely join the Tech Forum and Tech Fest! It will, without a doubt, be one of the highlights of London Tech Week 2019!

Read more about London Bootcamp and the events here.

Britain will always be open for business: Alexander’s 5 tips to secure UK success

This is an advertorial by Goodwille, originally posted in The Link Magazine April 2019 issued by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK. Read the magazine here.

Goodwille, a Patron of the Swedish Chamber, have been helping Swedish businesses with their expansion to the UK for over 20 years. Alexander Goodwille, who recently celebrated his second year as CEO, shares his top 5 tips to give you the best chance at UK success.

1. Pitching your products and services

No matter how many times you’ve successfully sold your products and services in your home country, your pitch needs to be tailored to meet local standards when you enter a new market. In some cases, a few minor tweaks to your content or format may be all that’s required. However, in some cases, a total overhaul might be necessary to reach your target market. When researching the UK market, be sure to look at potential changes to your pitching early so that you are well-prepared and not taken by surprise by cultural differences.

2. Build on previous successes

If your product or service has been successful in Sweden, there’s no reason to think that it will not achieve similar or even greater heights following your UK expansion. In fact, the more success you have had at ‘home’, the more likely you are to succeed in a new location. Remember that the UK market is highly competitive, so be sure to capitalise on your successful track record as it will make your UK pitch much stronger.

3. Choose the right location

The location that you choose for your new UK office is very important to your success. There are a number of factors to consider, including whether your business is sales or product driven. You must also research potential talent pools, since recruiting the right staff will be essential to the success of your new venture.

Ease of travel by road, rail and air are also important aspects of your location to consider, especially if you are intending to commute regularly from Sweden. Logistics are also important if you have a product to distribute, and locating your business somewhere central to the main motorway network may also be something that is important from both a practical and costings perspective.

There are often government grants available, designed to attract businesses to certain regions, so it can be worth looking at cities other than London.

4. Make sure you’re ready, not just wanting

International expansion is a noble goal, but you can’t hope to succeed unless your business is sorted at the local level. It’s not just about ensuring you have the funds to cover expansion either. Growing your business into new markets will take a lot of your time and focus. Unresolved problems in your local marketplace will inevitably interrupt your dedication and expansion plans. If the problems are serious, it could even hamper the success of your expansion, so make sure you have a firm footing before you leap.

5. Do your research & ask for help

It’s beyond important that you invest as much time as possible to understand your intended marketplace. It sounds obvious, but the expansion process can be easily stalled by unexpected issues.

Learn how the UK market operates and what it requires. Not only will it make your entry as seamless as possible, it will also give you the best possible chance to achieve success in the long run. Consider every aspect of your operation from supply, through delivery, and into customer aftercare.

Make sure you spend enough time in the UK and get to know the new market properly. Do not underestimate the importance of local partners, like Goodwille, that can guide you through local regulations and introduce you to the right people!

To find out more about how Goodwille can support you with your UK expansion, or existing UK operation, please contact me directly on alexander.goodwille@goodwille.com

Beers, Burgers & Bullseye!

Grab your colleagues and join Team Goodwille for a fun darts night!

We invite our clients to come along for Beers, Burgers & Bullseye at Flight Club Victoria on 21st May. Food, drinks and of course a darts tournament will be on the agenda for the evening, where our clients and the Goodwille team can enjoy a good laugh together! Our very own gamemaster will make sure we all have the best time and we have reserved a private area just for us. It will be a relaxed and informal event with lots of expected high-fiving and cheering.

But don’t forget – it is a tournament and one person will be crowned the winner on the night. Will you be the one walking away with eternal honour and glory as the best darts player of us all? Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain – you can’t miss this! Sign up to this unforgettable event by sending an email to james.service@goodwille.com.

Details

Date: Tuesday 21st May
Time: 6.15-9.15pm
Location: Flight Club Victoria

The event is open to all our clients, but we kindly ask you to RSVP to James Service to get your name on the guest list.

Hope to see you there! 🙌
/ Team Goodwille

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The best UK Market Entry Advice in 2019

The UK is a great place for business! Successful growing businesses from abroad often look to the UK when planning an international expansion; it’s a business-friendly environment with a strong talent pool and good access to capital. Where else could be a better place to grow your international business?

However, entering a new market require some planning and also, sometimes, some expert advice and support. Our friends at Rochester PR Group, a London-based PR agency specialised in market entry PR, have compiled the best UK Market Entry tips from leading market entry experts in the 2019 edition of their UK Market Entry Advice booklet.

With more than 20 years’ experience helping foreign businesses enter the UK market, Goodwille was asked to contribute with our best advice on how to succeed in the UK. These are the top Do’s and Don’ts that our CEO Alexander Goodwille thinks businesses should consider when launching in the UK;

Do

Focus on what is important to you, delegate everything else. Take specialist advice, especially in areas where you have no expertise or which are not core to your business growth.

Research your market and your competition. Find a niche and build from there.

Network. Tap into anywhere you can to get help – nothing works better than a personal introduction.

Don’t

Don’t make assumptions. What works at home may not work in the UK.

Don’t rush. Plan and budget – but if it’s new technology you need to be first to market.

Don’t underestimate how important it is to get agreements right, especially employee and supplier contracts.

Want more advice on how to maximise your chances of success when setting up a business in the UK? Download your copy of the 2019 edition of the Market Entry Advice Booklet here.

Goodwille has over 20 years’ experience helping businesses from abroad establish in the UK. Our services are designed to manage the practical aspect of setting up and running a UK operation, so you can focus on your core business! If you are considering the UK for your next international move, get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you.

Goodwille takes a seat on the Council of the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce

Goodwille are active members of the Chambers of Commerce for our core markets. Last year we reinstated our Partner Membership with the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce to strengthen our position in the Norwegian business community. In early 2019, our Marketing Manager James Service joined the Council of the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce to work more closely together with the Chamber to further support its important mission and role for the Norwegian business community in the UK.

In this interview with James, he shares his thoughts about taking a seat on the Council of the NBCC and the important roles of international Chambers of Commerce!

Why did you join the Council of the NBCC?

I think it’s an exciting time to be part of the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce! There has been a new sense of energy in the Chamber over the past 18 months and there is real opportunity for development and growth in the NBCC. I really look forward to being part of the journey!

There were three reasons why I chose to join the NBCC Council;

  • My experience and the value I can offer the Chamber
  • My own personal development
  • Goodwille investment (to get an understanding as to the direction of the Chamber)

What knowledge and experience do you bring to the Council and the Chamber?

I have been marketing the Goodwille brand into the Nordic region for about 10 years. There is a direct link between the work I do in my job at Goodwille and the areas I can support the Chamber with. I think with my personal connections and the experience I have working across the marketing mix (especially with websites, social media and event organising), we can spread the message further and ensure more companies benefit from joining the NBCC.

How do you think it will benefit you to be on the Council?

 It’s great experience for me to sit around the table with people who have such a wealth of experience. I sit on the Council with people from KBR and DNB, among other. When you are regularly in an environment with people who have this level of experience it can only benefit you both personally and professionally.

Why is it important for Goodwille to have a representative on the Council of the NBCC? 

I chose to join the Council mainly for my own personal development. However Goodwille puts a significant investment, both time and financially into all the Nordic Chambers, and it’s important for us to get an understanding as to the direction they are moving.

Why should companies get involved with Chambers of Commerce?

The NBCC offers a great platform for members to spread the message about their company. It’s a great context to be seen in, especially if you have Norwegian-British ties. Through direct introductions, industry leading events and networking opportunities, you never really know who you will meet. The NBCC provides the platform for you to meet new people, and if you have the resource to make the most of it, it will undoubtedly benefit you and your business.

Interested in knowing more about the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce? Read about their membership options, business and networking opportunities and upcoming events on the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce’s website

Advice for launching a fintech startup in London

If you’re looking to expand your international fintech business or start up a new venture in the London area, you are probably already aware that London is known as the world’s fintech capital. It is an attractive startup location for foreign businesses wanting to expand internationally, and the most popular destination for Asian and American companies expanding into Europe.

Goodwille specialises in assisting international businesses set up companies in the UK. Check out our advice for setting up a fintech company in the UK:

UK business climate

Despite Brexit, the UK startup scene is thriving and many businesses still look to London to launch European operations. The UK government offers comprehensive guidance for overseas businesses thinking about launching in the UK.

Setting up a UK company

Setting up a UK company is a pretty straight-forward and quick process. Company incorporation is done via Companies House, UK’s registrar of companies, which is responsible for holding information about all companies in the UK. Albeit the incorporation process in itself is simple, we recommend you seek specialist advice to make sure your company is set up with Articles of Association, minutes and other legal essentials. Goodwille’s Corporate Legal department can help with setting up a UK entity and help with ongoing compliance for your UK company.

Payroll issues

If you plan to employ workers in your company, you will also need to be registered for UK PAYE. PAYE, pay-as-you-earn, is the system used for the deduction of income tax and National Insurance contributions. The UK is in the process of making tax digital, so it is important to opt for a payroll provider that can meet all required obligations, now and in the future. Statutory pension contributions may also need to be deducted from employee salaries and your business is likely to be required to contribute towards employee pensions, too. Goodwille specialise in payroll and pension and can answer any questions about payroll or pension requirements in the UK.

Potential grants or funding

The UK offers access to a mature and streamlined business grants and funding sector. London fintech providers could well qualify for R&D tax credits or other funding awarded by Innovate UK.

Goodwille can help you launch your London fintech business. We offer legal, finance, HR, payroll and insurance advice to ensure your new company meets all UK requirements. Get in touch with us today to find out more.