Solving the financial crisis and taking over the global banking industry are not on the list of Anders Wulff Larsens’s things to do this year. The Head of ICB (International Corporate Banking) in Danske Bank’s London office is more modest and far more unambiguous. He wants to continue doing what he and his unit do best: niche banking for corporate, Scandinavian group customers.
When Scan Magazine met Anders on the fourth floor of the bank’s London office in King William Street, we were not met with a lot of show or airy plans but with a very concrete statement. “It’s business as usual here – or at least as close as we can come.”
“I have a great offer for you.” This statement in Lars Larsen’s strong Jutlandic dialect has made the man a legend in Denmark. Everybody knows his story; the small entrepreneur who started out with one store and now, 30 years later, runs JYSK group, a business empire with over 1,500 stores turning over almost two billion pounds. In the UK, on the other hand, JYSK and Larsen have just made their debut. We talk to Marketing Manager Dara Goolsby to see how the modest merchant has been welcomed.
For Scandinavian companies the differences between Scandinavian and British legislation can be the first barrier between them and success in the UK. Krogh and Partners Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors have specialised in advising on those differences and in doing it the Scandinavian way, that is with efficiency and high service levels.
With just two employees Per Krogh Petersen sat up Krogh and Partners in 1989. Today 15 employees work at the firm’s offices in Finsbury Circus, London, servicing more than 300 companies and a large number of individuals based all over the UK.
For a Norwegian business law firm with international clients, understanding and knowing the market international clients and law firms operate in is important. This is why Thommessen is one of few Scandinavian law firms represented in the UK. By having an office in London, Thommessen aims to establish contact and strengthen relations with potential and existing international clients and to provide its lawyers with an opportunity for professional and personal development.
A private hospital may be the solution to many of your healthcare worries and if you are concerned that a private hospital’s economic approach to health may not be to your advantage there is a solution to this too. Owned by the religious order The Daughters of the Cross, St. Anthony’s Hospital in Surrey is one of the UK’s few remaining charitable hospitals in England.
Finding suitable insurance is not an easy part of expat life. Scan Magazine had a chat with Lee Gerry, founder of Expatriate Healthcare, who has dedicated his professional life to creating flexible insurance solutions for expatriates.
Being unwell is never pleasant, but it can be made much easier if you have a specialist to talk to in your own language. After many years abroad, Swedish specialist in gynaecology Dr Ewa Hellberg knows from personal experience how important that can be. Scan Magazine spoke to her about gynaecological healthcare in London.
In challenging economic times, many companies are realising that to maintain success they need to make the best use of all their available resources, not least their management personnel. Developing the capabilities of executives and key employees is the aim of Denmark-based Mannaz, which services major international clients from offices in Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen and London.
West Cumbria, located on the North West coast of England, is embracing its major nuclear assets and internationally competitive expertise and skills in a range of energy related activities, ensuring it remains one of the UK’s most, if not the most important location for energy production. In doing so it is set to play a lead role in maintaining a sustainable nation and supporting the UK’s contribution to European energy policy, transforming its own economy in the process. Invest in Cumbria – the county’s inward investment organisation – is putting real focus on the renewable energy nucleus being created to extend the wealth of energy related organisations based in the area.
“Back and joint pain can have many causes and so there must be many solutions.” This is the firm belief of Danish chiropractor Alan Jordan. In conversation with Scan Magazine he reveals how the Scandinavian approach to healthcare inspired him to set up his own multi-discipline clinic in London.