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European anti-terror plan wants 42 pieces of data from air travelers

Written by Cecilia Helland on onsdag, 28 januari 2015. Posted in Left 1, Luxemburg, Artiklar om Luxemburg, Left 1

Passengers flying to and from Europe will now be forced to submit a long list of personnel details, which can be stored for up to five years.

The counter-terrorism plan would record data such as meal preferences and how many flights someone has missed.

Read more at - http://rt.com/news/226963-europe-airlines-terrorism-data/

Consultancy companies are doing well in Finland

Written by Tony Harkén on torsdag, 02 februari 2012. Posted in Left 1, Finland, Artiklar om Finland, Left 1

International consulting companies operating in Finland are expecting a good year for growth, especially in auditing, tax and advice services.

Deloitte Finland is reporting double-digit growth during its current financial year, perhaps as high as 15%, with the company’s turnover expected to reach almost EUR 60 million. According to Teppo Rantanen, managing director of Deloitte Finland, the demand for corporate finance services is increasing and global companies are also looking for acquisition targets in Finland.

KPMG has enjoyed excellent financial results in Finland, with the company reporting growth in auditing, tax and advice services. According to Ari Eskelinen, Chief Accountant at KPMG, last year was the best ever for the company’s auditing services which he also expects to grow by almost 10% in 2012. Eskelinen says that the current economic uncertainties are not visible in his calendar.

PricewaterhouseCoopers reported over 5% growth during the last financial year, with its turnover reaching a total of EUR 91.4 million. According to Kim Karhu, managing director of PwC in Finland, the demand for advice services increased by about 20%. He says that companies in Finland are now especially interested in tax consultancy and advice services regarding acquisitions.

Source: Kauppalehti

Launch of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012

Written by Tony Harkén on måndag, 16 januari 2012. Posted in Left 1, Finland, Artiklar om Finland, Left 1


World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 features 300 events, projects and exhibitions over the year and will bring thousands of visitors to Finland.

World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 was opened by Soon-in Lee, President of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) during the traditional New Year celebrations organised by the City of Helsinki at the Senate Square. The highlight of the launch was the biggest three-dimensional architectural projection ever performed in Finland, created by the Finnish production company Mural Media, which brought the Cathedral to life in a way never seen before. The official programme of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 consists of some 300 events, projects and exhibitions.

World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 is a joint venture between the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti. Espoo, home to Nokia and Angry Birds, is a bicycle ride away from downtown Helsinki. Vantaa, home to the Heureka Science Center and Helsinki Airport, is the country's port to the rest of the world. Kauniainen is located 15 kilometers west of Helsinki, making it a perfect half-day trip destination. And Lahti, easily reachable by train, is the home of the Institute of Design, one of the most prestigious design schools in Finland.

According to the organisers,”Just like design itself, World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 is literally everywhere around us. You can find it at art galleries, shops or cafes in the Design District Helsinki. Design truly has always been a part of the Finnish way of life.”

The meeting place in the Helsinki city center will be a wooden pavilion, which will be built in spring 2012 in an empty lot between the Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Together the pavilion and the museums will form a complex which will be a hub for visitors, professionals and the media during the summer of 2012. The site will also host a café and a wide range of events from discussions and film screenings to Sunday brunches and design markets.


Visit World Design Capital Helsinki 2012

Copenhagen ranks in the top ten for quality of living

Written by Tony Harkén on måndag, 09 januari 2012. Posted in Left 1, Danmark, Artiklar om Danmark, Left 1

Copenhagen has one the best living standards in the world, according to a new 2011 survey of the world's most livable cities.

Copenhagen beats popular European cities such as London, Barcelona and Stockholm in a recent survey of the most livable cities in the world.

Copenhagen ranks number nine in the world according to the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey, which ranks cities by the quality of life they offer expatriate executives and their families across the world.

- The rating reflects the fact that we have much to offer when it comes to providing a good base for expats coming to work in Denmark. I think one of the most important things to emphasize is the good work-life balance in Denmark, where the management structure is mostly flat and informal, and everybody can speak out their opinion. Also, the Danish welfare state provides its citizens with high standards of social welfare such as free education and healthcare, says Pia Olsen Dyhr, Minister for Trade and Investment in Denmark.  

Copenhagen beats Stockholm and Oslo

In Europe, Vienna takes the lead in the rating followed by Zürich. Bern shares a ninth place together with Copenhagen, which gets the highest ranking of all Scandinavian cities. For instance, Stockholm is ranked number 20, Oslo is number 33 and Helsinki is number 35.

Mercer, a provider of advice to multinational companies on international assignments, conducts the yearly survey to help governments and multinational companies compensate their employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

The survey covers 221 cities in the world where living conditions are evaluated according to different factors such as the political and social environment, public services and transportation, health and sanitation and more.

Norwegian industry optimistic about 2012

Written by Tony Harkén on måndag, 09 januari 2012. Posted in Left 1, Norge, Artiklar om Norge, Left 1

Nearly fifty per cent of Norwegian industrial firms believe they will have higher income in 2012 than last year, despite uncertainty and unrest in the international economy, according to TNS Gallup.

According to the poll, 45 per cent of the 1478 companies asked replied that they will earn more money in 2012 than the year before.

Sixteen per cent believe they will earn less.

Asked about expected turnover, the result is the same: 48 per cent believe in an increase, Aftenposten reports.

New Trade Agreements Penned with Panama, Columbia and South Korea

Written by Tony Harkén on onsdag, 04 januari 2012. Posted in Left 1, USA, Artiklar om USA, Left 1

Small and mid-size U.S. businesses overwhelmingly dominate the trade landscape, but the U.S. has dramatically slowed its work in cutting and finalizing new trade agreements.

Our major competitors have outpaced the U.S. with regard to signing new trade accords, putting U.S. businesses at a competitive disadvantage across the globe. On October 21, President Obama finally signed trade agreements with Panama, Columbia and South Korea, which have been in the works for many years.

The accords will eliminate tariffs on most U.S. exports to these countries and open service markets to American businesses. It is expected that U.S. exports will increase by $11 billion as a result of the South Korea pact alone.

These agreements also include strong IP protections for American businesses. Increasingly, U.S. entrepreneurs are looking overseas for growth opportunities. A survey released by the Financial Services Forum and SBE Council in November 2011 found that 21 percent of small businesses will pursue overseas expansion as part of their growth strategy for the next five years.

The signing of these three trade accords should fuel momentum for finalizing other important agreements that will open new markets for U.S. good and services, benefitting the economy, small businesses and workers alike.

Source - Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

U.S. - You Fix the Budget

Written by Tony Harkén on fredag, 30 december 2011. Posted in Left 1, USA, Artiklar om USA, Left 1

Today, you’re in charge of the nation’s finances. Some of your options have more short-term savings and some have more long-term savings.

When you have closed the budget gaps for both 2015 and 2030, you are done. Make your own plan, then share it online – Try The New York Times -> You Fix The Budget

Financial Times Special Report: Business locations in France 2011

Written by Tony Harkén on tisdag, 27 december 2011. Posted in Left 1, Frankrike, Artiklar om Frankrike, Left 1

The Financial Times has published a Special Report analysing the situation of French economy: "Country is still a top choice to set up shop!", "Marseilles: Oldest city looks to high-tech clusters to boost development", "Lille: Local politicians’ national ties pave way for prosperity", "Ile-de-France: Paris basin retains its pulling power" and many more ethousiastic news!

Click here to access the Business locations in France 2011 special report  

U&W [you&we] tar svensk miljöteknik till Brasilien

Written by Cecilia Helland on måndag, 12 december 2011. Posted in Left 1, Brasilien, Main 1, Artiklar om Brasilen


U&W [you&we] agerar här brygga mellan Sverige och Brasilien när Borås och Fortaleza Stad (2,5 miljoner invånare) i Brasilien nyligen skrev avtal om ett biogassamarbete.

Det avser en pilotanläggning i anslutning till en större salumarknad med ett trettiotal matställen. I april tog U&W [you&we] en grupp brasilianare på en miljöteknikresa genom Sverige där biogas var ett av de aktuella teman. Borås stad ingår i nätverket Waste Recovery som arbetar för att förvandla avfall till en miljöanpassad resurs.

– Vi är mycket tilltalade av Borås arbetssätt som är starkt inriktat på samarbete kring teknik, utbildning och forskning, understryker Peter Wrenfelt, U&W [you&we]. Det ökar väsentligt möjligheterna för att biogastekniken kan etableras och utvecklas framgångsrikt i Brasilien.

Marknaden och restaurangerna blir självförsörjande på energi och blir därmed också helt klimatneutral. U&W [you&we] har också bidragit till att ett samarbetsavtal undertecknades mellan Borås och Sobral kommun (200.000 invånare). Projektet, som innebär ett kunskaps- och utvecklingssamarbete, har goda förutsättningar att få vidare spridning i landet.

Foto: Luizianne Lins, borgmästare i Fortaleza Stad skriver under samarbetsavtal om biogas tillsammans Olle Engström, representant för Borås Stad.

Standard & Poors uppgraderar Brasilien

Written by Tony Harkén on onsdag, 30 november 2011. Posted in Left 1, Brasilien, Main 2, Artiklar om Brasilen

Kreditvärderingsinstitutet Standard & Poors har uppgraderat Brasilien för långfristig upplåning i lokal valuta från BBB + till A-, medan långfristiga skulder i utländsk valuta gick från BBB-till BBB, med positiva utsikter.

Uppgraderingen är ett betyg på att Brasiliens ekonomiska politik är på rätt väg trots den nuvarande globala ekonomiska situationen och att landet uppvisar en god ekonomisk grund.

Enligt rapporten från Standard & Poors, så kommer uppgraderingen av att landet för en försiktig makroekonomisk politik och hantering av det primära överskottet på 3 procent av BNP, vilket medför en alt högre flexibilitet i penningpolitiken för framtida konjunkturutjämnande åtgärder.

Sammantaget ger detta Brasilien möjlighet att minimera effekterna av eventuella större globala ekonomiska problem och landet kan bana väg för en hållbar och långsiktig ekonomisk tillväxt.

Indian family businesses deliver higher returns in India

Written by Tony Harkén on onsdag, 16 november 2011. Posted in Left 1, Indien, Artiklar om Indien, Left 1


A report by Swiss lender Credit Suisse says that India leads the list of the Asian countries where family businesses have delivered higher returns in the past decade among the 10 leading economies, says According to the report.

Family businesses have given a staggering 261 per cent cumulative return in the past 10 years to the Asian economies, outperforming local benchmarks in seven out of the 10 markets studied in the continent.

“India has the highest percentage of family businesses in Asia with as many as 67 per cent the highest in 10 Asian countries that were surveyed,” says the Asian Family Businesses report released by Credit Suisse here today.

“Out of the 983 listed Indian companies, as many as 663 are family businesses, and they account for half of all corporate hirings, concentrated in the consumer discretionary, consumer staples and consumer healthcare sectors,” the report says.

The report observed that fixed asset investment from family businesses has consistently grown stronger versus non-family businesses since 2006. However, the Indian family businesses that managed a 15.8 per cent total return CAGR from 2000 to 2010, underperformed the broader market, which delivered 19.3 per cent CAGR over the last decade, it notes.

Most Asian countries preferred to be in the traditional sectors while India was one of the three countries that witnessed higher concentration of technology-related family businesses due to the technology-driven industrial structure in these economies.

Source – PTI

E-commerce in France

Written by Tony Harkén on fredag, 11 november 2011. Posted in Left 1, Frankrike, Artiklar om Frankrike, Left 1

France’s online market has grown very rapidly in recent years. In 2010, e-commerce alone accounted for €31 billion of the €36.2 billion made in remote sales.

In the first half of 2011, turnover for all e-commerce websites combined reached €17.5 billion, up 20% year-on-year from 2010.

France is a top-tier market for foreign companies. An excellent example is the warehouse and distribution logistics center built in 2010 in Montélimar (Rhône-Alpes region) by American company Amazon, which has created almost 500 jobs and is the second Amazon facility to be built in France after its Saran facility just outside Orléans (Centre region, 200 jobs).

The Retail and Marketing (Industries du commerce) innovation cluster in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region and other innovation clusters like Cap Digital Paris Region or TES (E-Secure Transactions) in Caen are helping to expand innovation in the e-commerce sector.

Read more about E-commerce in France here

G20 launches Action Plan for Growth and Job Creation

Written by Tony Harkén on torsdag, 10 november 2011. Posted in Left 1, Indien, Artiklar om Indien, Left 1


Gathered in France, the leaders of the G20 launched on November 4 the "Cannes Action Plan for Growth and Jobs".

The plan aims at addressing short-term vulnerabilities and strengthening medium-term foundations for growth and job creation. It underlines the committment of the G20 leaders to support the recovery, ensure financial stability and restore confidence. As said by President Rousseff, global recovery depends on greater political cohesion and macroeconomic coordination between the world's major economies.

Read the full text of the Action Plan here

Created in 1999, the G20 is an important international economic forum to discuss key issues related to global economic stability. The group is composed of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Republic of Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

By contributing to the strengthening of the  international financial architecture and providing opportunities for dialogue on national policies, international co-operation, and international financial institutions, the G-20 helps to support growth and development across the globe.

From China to Main Street

Written by Tony Harkén on torsdag, 03 november 2011. Posted in Left 1, USA, Artiklar om USA, Left 1


Jonathan Jenkins started a daily deal company called OrderWithMe, through which small merchants gain access to the relative bargains on par with the discounters.

There was just one catch when it came to keeping up to that big company with the smiley-face logo, Kohl's, and others: He and his now-wife, both Texans, had to move to Hangzhou, China."

Read the full story at Porfolio.com - From China to Main Street

A Manufacturing Advisory Service in UK

Written by Tony Harkén on tisdag, 18 oktober 2011. Posted in Left 1, Storbritannien, Left 1, Artiklar om Storbrittannien


A new nationally operated Manufacturing Advisory Service will focus on helping small and medium sized manufacturers to grow, Business Minister Mark Prisk announced today.

The new service will be delivered by the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC) and will help create an estimated £1.5bn in economic growth, 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs.

The Manufacturing Advisory Service will continue to deliver a national service to all manufacturing businesses in England but the new consortium now means that there will be a specific focus on:

* Driving business growth through strategic and technical support for SMEs developing advanced manufacturing capabilities and creating high value jobs

* Enabling business improvement with manufacturers operating in global supply chains; and

* Linking SMEs with the apprenticeship programme delivering a minimum of 1,250 engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships annually.


Business Minister Mark Prisk said:

"Manufacturing contributes half of Britain's exports and has much higher productivity than the rest of the economy so it is essential to our plans for growth. That is why we are taking steps to ensure our industrial base is thriving as part of a strong and balanced UK economy.

"Britain has world class manufacturers and the new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) will help them grow and create more outstanding companies with a particular focus on helping SMEs.

"Today I am visiting Arrowsmith Engineering in Coventry who supply the motorsport and aerospace industries and who have been able to grow their company 20 per cent as a result of support from MAS."


Karl Eddy, Partner at Grant Thornton, said;

"MAS is designed to support all manufacturers to retain employment, improve productivity and deliver significant growth to the UK economy. At its core is a passion and drive to help dynamic, innovative businesses to grow - even in a challenging economic environment. These principles are very much at the heart of the MAC consortium's own business strategy and values. Our proven expertise in delivering advice to growing businesses combined with specialist regional, market and technical knowledge allows us to bring scale, commitment and innovation for entrepreneurship to the future of this programme.

"As the service moves to a national delivery model the consortium will continue to recognise and cater for regional needs. The service will continue to be delivered from locations across England."

Previously delivered through the Regional Development Agencies the new service will deliver four times the current return on investment.

The Manufacturing Advisory Consortium comprises Grant Thornton, Pera, WM Manufacturing Consortium Ltd and SWMAS Ltd.

Earlier this week the Government made a series of manufacturing announcements to support industry and encourage young people to consider a career in modern manufacturing. Earlier in the day, the Minister visited the BMW plant at Hams Hall to take part in the 'See Inside Manufacturing' initiative, where he met a group of young people being taken around the plant.

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