Business Lunch in Stockholm 15th May (the last before summer)

We are pleased to confirm the next ICCS Business Networking Lunch will take place in the middle of May (details below).

We look forward to seeing you there and if possible, meeting any of your friends or colleagues who may be interested in joining the chamber. The main focus is on networking, getting to know other professionals and of course enjoying ourselves.

Our speaker during coffee this time is perfectly themed: Jack Ryan from Muttley and Jack, a micro-roastery delivering hand-roasted speciality grade coffee in Sweden and across Europe.

Space is limited and each lunch so far has been over-subscribed. To secure your place, please register below and pay in advance. Swish details are below.

Details

  • Date: Wednesday 15th May.

  • Time: 11.30 - 14.00. Lunch is served promptly at 12.00 and will end at 13:00. You are welcome to stay for coffee or drinks at the bar through to 14.00.

  • Location: Militärsällskapet at Valhallavägen 104, 114 41 Stockholm. www.militarsallskapet.se

  • Price: 190:- per person, payable in advance via Swish to number 1235609995, or open the Swish app and scan the QR code below.

  • Attendees: Members of the Chamber, who may each bring 2-3 guests*.

  • Clothing: Business attire. e.g. jacket and shirt/blouse appropriate. No jeans or jerseys.

* The registration form must be completed for each attendee/guest.

Once you have registered and paid, we’ll send you a meeting invite to make it easier to add to your calendar.

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Business lunch - March edition

We have just been informed that Minister McEntee will unfortunately be unable to attend our lunch. However she will be represented by Ciara Delaney, Director, Division for European Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We also look forward to welcoming Paul Keane, Chairman of the Swedish Irish Chamber of Commerce and Honorary Consul for Sweden to Ireland and Marina Donohoe, Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Director.

Kim Sjölund has been Head of Media Relations at the famous Karolinska University Hospital since 2015. We all have our challenges at work, but Kim has had to manage what can only be described as a PR rollercoaster nightmare, with one major issue after another making front page headlines: everything from alleged misconduct, massive over-spending, state investigations, resignation of the board etc. Kim is also a member of the ICCS and has agreed to bring us behind the scenes and share some of her learnings with us at this networking lunch.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Details

  • Date: Thursday 14th March.

  • Time: 11.30 - 14.00. Lunch is served promptly at 12.00 and will end at 13:00. You are welcome to stay for another coffee or drinks at the bar through to 14.00.

  • Location: Militärsällskapet at Valhallavägen 104, 114 41 Stockholm. www.militarsallskapet.se

  • Price: 190:- per person, payable in advance.

  • Attendees: Members of the Chamber, who may each bring 2-3 guests.

  • Clothing: Business attire. e.g. jacket and shirt/blouse appropriate. No jeans or jerseys.

If you are bringing guests, please submit the registration for each person that will attend.

 
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The first business lunch of the year!

Note: The lunch on the 5th of February is fully booked! Our next lunch will be on Thursday the 14th of March. Details will be posted here soon.

Welcome to 2019 and the first business lunch of the year!
 
The date and time is 5th February, 11:45-13:00. The venue is Odd Fellow-huset:

Västra Trädgårdsgatan 11 A
111 53 Stockholm

We look forward to seeing you there and if possible, meeting any of your friends or colleagues who may be interested in joining the chamber. The main focus is on networking, getting to know other professionals and of course enjoying ourselves. We also plan on having an interesting speaker for you to listen to over your coffee! 

Dress code is business casual and everyone pays for their own lunch (145kr).

If interested, either email contact@irishchamber.se to let us know if you are coming alone or how many will be in your group, or complete the form below.

If you do have to cancel, please let us know so that we can inform the kitchen!

(If you’re not a member yet, you can sign up in 30 seconds here.)

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Film screening of 'In the Name of Peace - John Hume in America' on November 12th

From the early 1970s onwards John Hume played a central role on the path to peace and reconciliation in Ireland, culminating in the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in April 1998.

In honour of Mr. Hume, the Irish Embassy and Uppsala University have organised a screening of a documentary about Mr. Hume’s impact. The 90-minute documentary 'In the Name of Peace - John Hume in America' will be screened on Monday 12th November at 17.00 in Room XI of Uppsala University Building. This will be followed by a panel discussion including:

  • Maurice Fitzpatrick, the film’s director

  • Ola Larsmo, bestselling author and former Chairman of Swedish, PEN

  • Thella Johnson, award winning journalist and documentary maker

  • Anne Katrin Deglow, PhD candidate

  • Stephen Farran Lee, senior editor at Natur och Kultur and former journalist with Sweden’s national radio and TV.

The venue has limited capacity and seats will be allocated on a first come basis so those interested are requested to use the following link to confirm your attendance as soon as possible: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6di52LVMsk1M8hyv5J-CoKXGqvW3BGh8z1Lnr9FPgLkwQJw/viewform

The documentary features a series of contributions from individuals – at political and official level – who witnessed and worked with John Hume over the course of his long political career, which included the founding and leading the SDLP (Social Democratic and Labour Party) political party, membership of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Westminster Parliament and the European Parliament, as well as a central role on the path to peace and reconciliation in Ireland, from Sunningdale (1973) and the Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985) to the paramilitary cease-fires of 1994 and ultimately to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Directed by Maurice Fitzpatrick, the 90-minute documentary had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2017, and examines how the politician cultivated the support of a succession of US presidents to forge an inclusive peace in Ireland. Narrated by Ballymena-born actor Liam Neeson, it features interviews with former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major. There are also personal accounts from U2 singer Bono as well as former taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Enda Kenny. In the documentary, Hume's former SDLP deputy, Seamus Mallon, argues that he should be regarded alongside Irish leaders Charles Stewart Parnell and Daniel O'Connell.

John Hume has been living with a serious and debilitating medical condition since the late 1990s which has resulted in less recognition and awareness of his critical role and contribution amongst younger audiences, than Hume’s achievements clearly merit. This film is intended to redress that situation. It is also a useful reminder of the background to and significance of the Good Friday Agreement, which is of course relevant to the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

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Irish Business Breakfast

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Kilcullen Kapital Partners and GRID Finance, in partnership with the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Sweden and Charles Jameson, Chairman, recently held an informal, private, Irish Business Breakfast.

H.E. Dympna Hayes, Irish Ambassador to Sweden, and Patron of the Irish Chamber was present and the group heard engaging stories of Irish businessman Enda O’Coineen’s adventures completing a Solo Navigation in the Vendee Globe race.

GRID Finance and Kilcullen Kapital Partners were presented. Additionally leaders of cutting edge Irish enterprises who are exploring listings on Sweden’s Nasdaq First North Market were introduced.

Building successful connections in Sweden

Two days ago we held a networking event centred around the theme of “Building Success in Sweden - an International Perspective”.

Four speakers from a variety of industries shared their personal insights and experiences on how to achieve business success in Sweden, including:

  • The importance of product and service quality

  • How to leverage your differences as much as your commonality with Swedish businesses

  • The value of learning Swedish

  • How critical building a professional network is

This was followed by a great panel discussion/Q&A session and strong opportunities to connect in a less formal setting.

The event was well attended, by experienced business people from many countries (Of course Ireland and Sweden, but also as varied as Canada, USA, India and more).

The purpose of the event was to facilitate direct connections between Chamber members and other attendees. We look forward to following this up with further events in the coming months.

Check out our Events page for more and feel free to get in contact with us to request participation or if you wish to present or host an event.

For membership, please refer to our Membership page.

2019 Event Schedule Updated

We are pleased to share more details on the events planned for 2019.

The year starts with a busy quarter including St. Patrick’s Day. We will host a Women in Business in Sweden event in Q1, followed by themed events focused on a particular industry in Q2 and Q3. For example a focus on Telecoms, IT, Construction, Finance, Internet, Food, …. If you have a particular interest or are in a position to make a strong contribution to one of these events, please let us know by emailing contact@iccsweden.com.

For the latest please refer to our events page here.

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Spotify and Zutec execs round out the speakers for free event on October 17th

We are pleased to confirm two additional executive speakers for the Free networking event on October 17th in Stockholm, "Building Success in Sweden - an international perspective".

Patrick Walsh, Head of Nordics at Zutec

and

Fergal Walker, Global Director of Business Development at Spotify.

Both have industry-leading experience of developing careers and businesses in Sweden, complementing that of the other speakers and participants in the event.

Register for this free event to secure your participation. Places are limited.

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Paddy Looney of Horseware Ireland confirmed as speaker for October 17th event

We are excited to confirm Paddy Looney as one of our speakers for the upcoming event on October 17th in Stockholm, "Building Success in Sweden - an international perspective".

Paddy Looney has worked in business and sales management for over 15 years. Initially involved in the software industry, he has spent the past 10 years developing export markets across Europe for Horseware Ireland. By developing online retail partners, Horseware has doubled its turnover in the past 8 years and is now positioned as one of the largest equestrian manufacturers in the world. Paddy also established Stockholm Seminstation in 2018, an equine insemination clinic north of Stockholm city. With an emphasis on specialist equine reproduction techniques, the clinic imports and inseminates frozen semen from some of the best stallions around the world. Partnering with the worlds leading riders and stallion owners, the clinic makes it much more accessible for Swedish breeders to produce quality horses. Paddy's wife, Linda, manages the station on a day to day basis, leading a team of expert veterinary staff who cater for mares received from all over Sweden. The clinic enjoyed full capacity in 2018 and construction has begun for further expansion in 2019, to include an embryo freezing and transfer laboratory.

A graduate of the Dublin Business School and Enniskillen College of Agriculture, Paddy lives close to Arlanda Airport and when he is not travelling around Europe he spends most of his spare time with Horses.

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Dr. Neil Costigan to speak at "Building Success in Sweden" Oct 17th

We are delighted to announce Dr. Neil Costigan as one of our speakers for the upcoming event on October 17th in Stockholm, "Building Success in Sweden - an international perspective".

Dr. Costigan is currently CEO of BehavioSec (https://lnkd.in/eZCDstu) and brings over 25 years of effective entrepreneurial and technical leadership in venture-backed startups and global technology corporations throughout the EU and US. Before BehavioSec, he built his career in software development, executive leadership, and entrepreneurship. As the co-founder and CTO at PKI Specialists Celo Communications (Celo) first in Stockholm then California, he advanced the technical strategy, and formed strong strategic partnerships. He’s also served as Vice President of R&D at Gemplus (now Gemalto), a digital security giant in Aix-en-Provence, France. We look forward to hearing Dr. Costigan's insights. Register for the event here: https://lnkd.in/es6UrhM

A cryptographer by training, Neil received both a B.S in Computer Applications and a M.Sc in Computer Science from Dublin City University. He furthered his education by graduating with a Ph.D in Computer Science for his thesis on Elliptic Curve Cryptography on Modern Processor Architectures. He currently resides in San Francisco, USA. When he isn’t travelling between San Francisco and Luleå, he enjoys exploring the outdoors on adventure motorcycles.

We look forward to hearing Dr. Costigan's insights.

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October 17th: Building success in Sweden - an international perspective

The Irish Chamber of Commerce in Sweden is organising an event on 17th October this year, centred on the theme of Learnings from successful professionals in Sweden. This event is free of charge and open to all members and non-members.

This is an excellent opportunity for business people of all nationalities wishing to gain insights from a  panel of experienced speakers who have been through all phases of building successful business here in Sweden. It is also a perfect occasion to meet other professionals, expand your own business network and to find out more about the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Sweden.

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Exclusive screening of “The Queen of Ireland” on 23 July in Cinema Zita (free admission)

2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To mark this and highlight the campaign for LGBTQI equality, in collaboration with the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) and the support of the UNDP, the Irish Embassy is organising a screening of “The Queen of Ireland” on 23 July in Cinema Zita.

This documentary film follows Rory O'Neill’s journey from the small Mayo town of Ballinrobe, who, through his creation of world-renowned drag queen Pandora ‘Panti’ Bliss ("a court jester, whose role is to say the unsayable"), became a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland, leading the country towards marriage equality and less homophobia.

Rory O'Neill himself will be there to discuss his work with the audience.

Members and friends of the Chamber are welcome. Attendance is free, but it is important to register, as seats are limited.

Seminar: The Implications of Brexit, with the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland Simon Coveney and Ambassador to Sweden Dympna Hayes

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Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, the Irish Chamber of Commerce and the Irish Embassy in Sweden, supported by Business Sweden and Vinge, kindly invite you to a seminar that will explore the implications for Swedish and Irish businesses in a post-Brexit Europe.

For many, the future is full of uncertainty following Britain’s decision to leave the EU, the consequences of which are still unknown and surrounded by much speculation. Ireland has been evaluating the potential risks and opportunities arising from Brexit since the June 2016 referendum, whilst helping Irish internationally-trading companies to prepare for a different, more challenging UK- EU market environment.

Much can be learned from Sweden’s experience with Norway – its largest trading partner - when exploring Irish and UK trade relations going forward.

Contributing to this discussion will include Ministers from the Swedish and Irish governments, experts from the Swedish and Irish trade agencies with a business and agriculture focus, multinational companies and a leading legal perspective.

A balanced approach to the implications of Brexit will be presented with a focus on looking to the future in a constructive light.

Date: Monday 26th March 2018

Time: 08:30 – 11:30

Venue: World Trade Centre, Stockholm

Meeting with Irish Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to discuss business culture in Sweden

Last week, the board had the pleasure of meeting the Irish Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan to discuss business culture in Sweden and the official launch of the Chamber.

The board presented our experience working in Sweden, our varying professional backgrounds and key motivations for starting the Chamber. Harnessing networks and connecting like-minded professionals was one of the the key motivators mentioned, as well as strengthening the business links between Sweden and Ireland.

Examples of how this could be done across the IOT services, Construction, Medtech and Fintech industries were discussed. We’re very thankful to the Irish Embassy in Sweden and our Patron Ambassador Dymphna Hayes for kindly organising and hosting.

Establishment of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Sweden

We are delighted to announce the establishment of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Sweden.

In close collaboration with Enterprise Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Sweden, we have established the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Sweden. The mission of the Chamber is to facilitate trade between Ireland and Sweden for individuals and companies.

A Board has been elected and we are in the process of setting up the organisation, website, groups, membership and so on.

Feel free to get in touch to find out more.