My name is Wouter Ridder. It’s only since 2018 I joined the Dutch Chamber in Malmö having lived in Sweden since 2008. I think it’s exciting to meet energised people, people who aim for improvements and have fun doing so. That’s also what attracted me to join the Dutch Chamber and hope to increase its potential for networking and enriching people’s professional life. I have my own company and work with organisations in the Nordics to improve their performance or discover new insights, by analysing data.
My name is Bram Nabuurs. Life has brought me to many places, so far with last stop Skåne, where I have been living with my Swedish sambo, boy and girl for 2 years now. Having lived and worked in four continents, the ability to connect, gain insight in and do business with the local networks as a foreigner is deeply rooted in my professional life. Facilitation of these three aspects for not only myself but others with the background that defines and unites us, while having fun doing so, is what brought me to sign up for an active role in the Dutch Chamber.
We warmly welcome Wouter Ridder and Bram Nabuurs as new regional directors for region south. They hope to see you soon at one of the upcoming events in this region.
On the 17th of October, The Dutch Chamber of Commerce organised an event in Gothenburg with the topic: 'Sustainable City and Mobility'.
Once more our event took place in the wonderful office of The Techno Creatives and hosted a panel consisting of inspirational and engaged participants, discussing topics on how to behave in a sustainable environment, society and how this is connected to cities and mobility. The dialogue was led by Joel Rozada, CEO of Techno Creatives, who dared to touch upon delicate topics like carbon emissions, education and communication. Questions were answered and they were followed by an interesting dialogue between the panel-members.
Within the panel multiple representatives with a varied background were present. We want to thank;
Sofia Granath, Director at WirelessCar
Klara Jonsson, CEO at urbanista Stad AB
Martin Kotte, Sales Manager at AIR FRANCE KLM, and
Jaap-Willem Kleijwegt, Architect/Associate at UNStudio for their contribution and interesting views on these highly present-day topics.
Thank you all who joined us, and stay tuned for more of these interesting events.
Nanda Jansson recently changed her membership from associate to SME. We are curious to find out more about her and her company Poolside Holistic Counseling.
Who is Nanda Jansson?
I am a holistic counselor and professional communication expert as well as a mum, wife, sister and friend. I was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to Sweden when I was 20 years old. A few years ago, I took a step into the unknown: I quit my job and moved with my Swedish husband and our two teenagers to a little village by the sea in Spain for a six-month timeout. From there I started my international education in holistic counseling and re-discovered my love for writing. When I moved back home again, I started my own company: Poolside AB.
Can you tell us more about "Poolside Holistic Counseling"?
At Poolside I offer people a space to take a break from our hectic world and ‘just be’ for a moment. Many of us live our lives feeling stressed, tired, numb or burned out. We sometimes have difficulty to sleep, focus or feel joy. And as Dutch people living and working in Sweden: life here can feel quite different from Holland, right? My work with people is sometimes described as ‘moving from your head to your heart’. It is not only about sitting on a couch and talking about what’s going on in your life. It is also about involving your body in the process, as I believe true wisdom and insights can be found there. I recently sat in a business meeting where I talked about my work and one colleague said: “I sometimes go into the woods to hug a tree. It really calms me.” I love that: real people and authenticity in the workplace. And I love being part of creating these environments.
Today I offer sessions in Swedish, Dutch and English, in my private practice on Södermalm in Stockholm or to people in companies.
What is it like to have your own business in Sweden?
When I started my business I wrote on my blog: “Congratulations Sweden! You just got yourself a brand-new female entrepreneur. After having learned a thing or two about the laws, rules and regulations around running your own company I must say: you have made entrepreneurship more like a (barefoot) walk in the jungle instead of the park. But regardless of all that, I am excited to hereby officially join the group of entrepreneurs in this country.”
Today, a year later, I feel pretty much the same: still excited and curious about where this path will lead me. But at times also frustrated about the rules and regulations for small entrepreneurs like me here in Sweden.
You were an associate member before but decided to become an SME-member instead. Why was that?
As associate member I enjoyed connecting with Dutch professionals in Sweden: a great way to connect to my roots and meet new and interesting people. With Poolside I now have a professional offer particularly to the Dutch community here in Sweden because I give holistic counseling sessions also in Dutch. I’d like to connect with Dutch Chamber-members also from this space and that’s why it felt like a natural next step for me to become an SME-member instead.
What are your expectations towards the Dutch Chamber of Commerce?
To me it’s not so much about what the Dutch Chamber can do for me but rather what I can contribute to the Dutch Chamber. For example, I’d love to host an event together with other members who also work in the field of therapy/coaching/counseling. I believe we each have our unique way of filling workplaces and private lives with more ‘life’, joy and wellbeing and I’d like to be part of spreading this message to the Dutch Chamber-members who are interested to know and experience more!
If you want to know more about Poolside, check out:
poolside.se/en (in English), poolside.se/nl (in Dutch), poolside.se (in Swedish).
If you are curious about Nanda’s blog (in English), you can find it at: livingmytruth.se
On the 18th of September, we got together at Randstads office with a fantastic group of ambitious people, that either wanted to get their career in Sweden started, or to take a moment to reflect on what they are doing and where they are going.
Thanks to our great speakers we learned about the Swedish job market, which sectors are booming, but also what we find important in an employer (and not surprisingly the Dutch and Swedes have a different opinion on this ;).
We did an attempt on answering the question 'how to know what your dreamjob is', where our conclusion was that the answer lies mostly within yourself and self-reflection is extremely important.
We also learned about how to incorporate a company's vision into your cover letter to get that first call, how we can overcome confirmation bias to make a good first impression and how to gain more control over the recruitment process.
Don't be surprised to see a lot of people rocking their LinkedIn profiles after this event, as LinkedIn gave us some pretty good tips & tricks!
A successful mingle was hosted by the creative minds of Techno Creatives in their lovely office space, where Martin Rosell of WirelessCar presented an inspirational talk on their views on Future mobility and connectivity. The main topic, Sustainable city & Mobility, for this mingle was connected to the inspirational talks from both WirelessCar and Joel Rozada of Techno Creatives.
Martin explained that the connected car services in the near future will only grow and depending on the needs of the customer, the business and the needs of society will develop rapidly. Where Joel presented an autonomous vehicle, developed in collaboration with Baidu in China running in enclosed environments.
These developments and changes resulted in multiple questions on the topic of future mobility upon which an interesting dialogue followed.
From the Dutch Chamber we can only say regarding this dialogue, to be continued during our next event on 17th October.
See you there!
The Nominating Committee, consisting of Olle Jansson and Jolande Svensson-Klijn, has been working on the recruitment of a new Chairperson for the Dutch Chamber since before this summer. Our recent chairman Maarten Merckx announced in June that it is time for someone else to take over as Chairperson after this calendar year. Of course we want to thank him for the fantastic work he has done during the past ten years!
The nominating committee has interviewed all current board members and is in the process of meeting with all advisory board members as well as other stakeholders.
All input with thoughts on a new Chairperson or other relevant constructive feedback in this process is appreciated and we also encourage members that are interested to get involved in the board of the Dutch Chamber to contact Olle or Jolande (email@example.com) because except for recruiting a new Chairperson, the nominating committee is always interested to get in touch with possible candidates.
Please get in touch with us! And we will of course keep you updated on the process!'
/Jolande Svensson-Klijn and Olle Jansson
On August 28th, we had our traditional Back-2-work mingle, a way of getting professionally ready for the second half of 2019. This time at cocktailbar The Nest, Downtown Camper Hotel, close to T-Centralen in Stockholm.
Members, our friends from the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and some new and old friends joined us.
A nice mixture of Dutch and Swedish professionals exchanging business experiences and getting some ideas for new activities and events.
Thanks for coming and if you did not join now, please be welcome on one of our other activities in the upcoming months.
Rob van Liefland and his company Young Medical B.V. recently joined the Chamber as SME-member. Young Medical provides modular building and equipment solutions for the healthcare sector. Although the company is situated in Amersfoort (NL), they have a focus on the Scandinavian market and in particular on Sweden.
Who is Rob van Liefland?
Bringing creative solutions to the healthcare sector is my business drive, but travelling to far away destinations with my wife and three sons, is fighting for the top #1 priority of things to do in life. After some studies in the healthcare sector I found my holy grail in bringing better healthcare closer to the patient against affordable pricing. In the early nineties I started a mobile medical servicing company together with my US business partner. We ran mobile MRI and CT- scanners in a full-service model at that time, including technicians and reading services. Later, because Holland being too small for our business, we expanded into the Nordics, including Estonia.
After having sold the business, I worked as a consultant for smaller businesses that needed an introduction to the healthcare arena. And more recently, I established Young Medical together with my business partner Arjan de Rijke, to serve hospitals with temporary and permanent modular facilities for the operating- and diagnostic departments. This year we e.g. design and deliver a minor injury facility for Edinburgh, a temporary operating theatre complex for Bergman Clinics in The Netherlands and a permanent operating theatre complex for the academic hospital in Malmö, Sweden. As we have great experience in building high care facilities, and because we are brand independent, hospitals trust our expertise and accept our advisory role in the creation of solutions to their needs.
What are your ambitions in Sweden?
We expect a growing position in Sweden, as most operating theatres in Sweden are aging and need refurbishment or renewal within the next years. In both situations we can help, either with bringing our temporary solutions or with building permanent facilities. Our experience learns that the Swedes are open to innovations and because we bring novelties from all over Europe, we are a well seen spokes partner. The price level in Sweden is quite good compared to Holland, thus producing our products (modules) in The Netherlands and shipping them to Sweden brings additional profits, nevertheless the transport cost.
What made you become a member of the Dutch Chamber?
Our business is built on partnerships and collaborations with many parties in- and outside the healthcare sector. With becoming a member of the Dutch Chamber, we expect to establish connections with experienced father landers to help us broaden our network in this beautiful country. We hope to meet with you all during one of the upcoming events this autumn.
Our member Randstad, staffing and recruiting agency, is looking for a Dutch speaking financial assistant for its client Sandvik Materials Technology in Kista (Stockholm area). If you are interested, please read more here:
Last week, our event Challenges for Migrant Entrepreneurs in Sweden took place at the Dutch Embassy in Stockholm. The Ambassador of the Netherlands, Mrs Ines Coppoolse inspired with her introduction on the topic of the evening.
Natasha Webster and Karen Haandrikman, researchers from Stockholm University, presented their research about the challenges that women migrant entrepreneurs face when starting their business in Sweden. We then listened to the personal stories of migrant entrepreneurs Virginie Garcia, and Wendy Heijne, exemplifying the research on its topics and emphasizing the need of being persistent and having a certain drive towards one’s goals. Being a bit “unswedish”.
The second panel with policy experts Sam Yildirim, Elisabeth Suzuki, Petya Thorne and Edgar Haverkamp went more into finding answers and opportunities, and the audience of around 45 people was engaged and eager to discuss with the panel. The evening as a whole was moderated by Ruben Brunsveld who asked thought-provoking questions and engaged the audience in a great way.
Following the panel and the discussions, it seems Sweden as a country has some particular obstacles to overcome for migrant entrepreneurs. One of the discussions focused on the example of the mastery of Swedish language as being critical in order to be successful as a migrant entrepreneur in Sweden.
We look forward to continue the discussions and follow the development in this important field.
We thank the Embassy of the Netherlands, Stockholm University, the involved entrepreneurs and policy experts for making this event come true and all guests for coming and for engaging in the discussions!
/Els Berkers and Joep van Ool
A seminar report with more thorough information about this topic can be found at the website of the Dutch embassy. Read here.