UK Trade & Investment

UK Trade & InvestmentUK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. They also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK's dynamic economy. Their extensive network provides market and sector specific information, location and office space guidance and practical help (e.g. company establishment, taxation and hiring personnel) to get your UK operation up and running. Their services for Finnish companies are confidential and free of charge. More information on UKTI - www.ukti.gov.uk and on London's Tech City - www.techcityuk.com or please get in touch with Mari Aaltonen

Where to start in the London Tech Scene

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London, a true and original European metropolis, and birthplace of William Blake, Punk rock and British tea drinking. Indeed, London has been home to many colourful things since its establishment more than a millennia ago, but during the last ten years it has provided fertile soil for a flourishing startup ecosystem - one which distantly reminds us of a Silicon Valley yet unprecedented in Europe.

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Nordic & Baltic Startups Hunting For London Expansions

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Whenever somebody asks me why Nordic/Baltic startups are performing so well, one of the main arguments tends to be the fact that they simply have no other choice. Coming from relatively small home markets, they simply have got to think global from day one. 

If you are in Finland for instance, you can probably conquer your home niche market in a matter of months if not weeks. This, forces companies to think about expansion early on and hence global success too.

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Going To The UK? Here's What Your Startup Can Get Out of It.

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London and UK in general is often a very solid stepping stone for Nordic/Baltic startups. For instance Trasnferwise, Kiosked & Foodie.fm are good examples of startups that have established their second base in the UK. They go there to put their product to the test on the global but yet local market, but what else can you squeeze out of it?

The Nordics are spoiled with strong governmental support for entrepreneurship, especially with initiatives such as TEKES in Finland. However if you start digging into what you can get out of UK, you would be surprised to find that actually it is rather substantial. For some industries it is actually very lucrative, such as in TV & Film and very soon - gaming.

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Digital Shoreditch: Don't Be Afraid to Travel, It is Good for Your Startup


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This years Digital Shoreditch was bigger than ever and it was good to see a lot of local companies attending the UK based startup and entrepreneurship festival. Taking place in East of London and the Tech City, the event attracted more than 14 000 people from all of world and we got in touch with some of the attendants to see what role the event and UK in general played on their business.

Once we started talking, we quickly noticed that all of the Finnish startups that we interviewed talked about one common factor that they noticed in the UK - the cultural differences in networking. As it turns out, once you are on the UK soil, you get sucked into networking. The whole startup ecosystem focuses heavily on networking and tries to match people up as much as possible, which does happen in Finland as well, but nowhere near as much as it does in the UK.

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London's Tech City A Second Base For Local Startups

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A number of companies from the Helsinki region have moved operations to London to take advantage of the networks and connections available around London's Tech City. Among them count Foodie.fm, who has built a presence in Tech City to help bring their grocery shopping solution to the UK market, as well as Kiosked, the platform that turns images, videos, and applications into interactive storefronts.

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A Nordic Perspective On London's Tech City

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The other week UK Trade and Investement brought together a few speakers in Helsinki to talk about the startup opportunities in London's Tech City. To get one Nordic entrepreneur's honest opinion about the scene, we talked to Johan Brand from We Are Human, Kahoot, and Nordic Connection. He's Norwegian national, but has made London his base for launching startups, for a number of good reasons he lays out.

We'll cover his education startup, Kahoot, later this week, but until then, here's some of his logic for setting up shop in London.

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London Calling: Everything Your Startup Needs To Know About UK

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Startups in the region tend to go through a sort-of life cycle where they start from their home base, but as soon as they experience growth there is usually a pressure to expand to other countries and territories.

This pressure is often fueled by the need to enter new markets, find new talent, get connections to investors or to become a more global player. Many companies want to go to the Silicon Valley but it is usually a distant leap that requires considerable preparation and capital investments. Thankfully there is a good alternative that many companies from the region have utilized and some even incorporated there to begin with - the London based Tech City.

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