It is hard to believe, but after two years plus of absence, it will be possible for SwedCham Singapore to throw a real party again. The Annual Midwinter Ball is just around the corner, and we are incredibly busy right now to make this gala dinner very, very special for our 200 guests. We will host this signature event in style at one of Singapore's most distinguished heritage landmarks: The Goodwood Park Hotel. It will be an evening of exquisite cuisine, great company and first class entertainment. Add some Gatsby vibes to that, and what can go wrong? Don't miss this party - buy your ticket HERE.
Please find below the latest news from our business community.
Your dedicated SwedCham team,
Lisa & Anna
SwedCham welcomes the following new member to its business community:
Stora Enso: Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world. The company has approximately 22,000 employees and sales in 2021 amounted to EUR 10.2 billion.
Only four weeks left to the Midwinter Ball. Ticket sales close on 15 October. Grab your ticket HERE.
|Mats Rahmström to SwedCham APAC|
SwedCham's APAC CEO Series, which was launched in February this year, continues to gain momentum. The Series was created to give a platform for Sweden's most prominent business leaders to speak to SwedCham Members in the whole of APAC.
Founded in Stockholm in 1873, Atlas Copco remains one of Sweden's flagship industrial companies - a market leader within its industrial segments, consistently churning out strong financial performance. In 2021, the company had revenues of SEK111 bn and 43,000 employees.
Innovation will be in focus during our 60 min with Mr Rahmström. He will give us an insight into how Atlas Copco is collaborating with customers to drive innovation, including giving some background on how this very hands-on approach to innovation helps the Group to develop highly efficient and sustainable products that meet the needs of customers, society and the world.
Register for this event HERE. Exclusively for SwedCham Members.
|Women4Women goes cross-chamber|
SwedCham's Women4Women Forum has teamed up with Sofitel Sentosa to host a cross-chamber After Work on 10 November for 12 European Chambers in Singapore. This will be a great opportunity not only to have a fabulous, resort-style night out in the beautiful setting of Sofitel Sentosa, but also to expand your network by connecting with professional women from a number of other Chambers in Singapore. Venez nombreux! Register for this AW HERE.
|Corporate venturing in Singapore|
SwedCham recently had the opportunity to dig into corporate venturing - an emerging leading tool for companies to incubate and test new business ideas before transforming them into viable ventures. Together with Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Electrolux, 16 business leaders spent a morning in September learning about EDB's Corporate Venture Launchpad 2.0 (CVL), an expanded S$20 million programme designed to enable companies to launch a new venture from Singapore, and hear from a live business case through Electrolux's new venture Levande Subscription & Services, where the company partnered with one of the programme’s appointed venture studios FutureLabs Ventures on a CVL sprint. The discussion focused on areas such as how to secure buy-in from regional and global management, how to empower entrepreneurs in the internal organisation and where to start when examining emerging opportunities in the region.
Home appliances as a subscription? Try out Levande's services with an exclusive SwedCham discount code!
Electrolux is on a mission to empower people to live more sustainably and help reduce electronic waste in landfills. Through its new corporate venture LEVANDE, where all-in-one appliance subscription services are offered to consumers, the company is re-shaping how people own appliances today.
The appliance subscription covers installation, delivery, servicing, and a 48-hour replacement guarantee. As the aim is to maximise resource efficiency by recycling and reusing appliances, by subscribing, you can help reduce the growing mountains of e-waste and contribute to a more sustainable future.
Click HERE to try out a Levande subscription service today with an exclusive SwedCham discount.
|Regional HR Directors' Luncheon|
Last month at OTTO Ristorante, SwedCham hosted its first ever Regional HR Directors' Luncheon. After two years plus of health scare, lock-downs, WFH, great resignations, race for talent and general turbulence in the global markets, HR directors have had to keep their heads cool to keep businesses and organisations running. By creating avenues for HR professionals to meet and connect cross-industry, SwedCham hopes to bring value to our membership base within the incredibly important field of human resources and people management.
From left to right: Barrie Knight, H&M; Jennifer Asuncion, Sinch; Koh Gek Hoon, Hexagon; Gloria Ngooi, IKEA; Rickard Levin, Business Sweden; Cindy Wee, Axis; Helen Sun, SKF; Lisa Ferraton, SwedCham.
|Member news: Axis opens experience centre in Singapore|
has launched its first Axis Experience Center (AEC) in Singapore. Representing the first AEC in Southeast Asia, the state-of-the-art facility is designed to showcase cutting-edge security innovations and solutions, reaffirming Axis' commitment to elevating security standards not only in Singapore, but also the broader region, for a smarter and safer world.
The S$1M Experience Center was unveiled at Axis Communications’ Singapore headquarters in Suntec City on 30 September. The opening was graced by Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), as the Guest-of-Honour. Other distinguished guests included His Excellency Kent Härstedt, Sweden's Ambassador to Singapore as well as senior leadership representatives from Axis Communications, Boudewijn Pesch, Vice President, Asia Pacific, and Carl Malmqvist, Regional Director, South Asia Pacific.
As the 25th AEC globally, the Singapore facility is envisioned to serve as the center of excellence for the region. It will be joined by new AECs across key cities in Asia Pacific such as Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Delhi among others, unlocking further opportunities for growth and partnerships.
|2022 Business Climate Survey is available|
It's out! This year's Business Climate Survey for Swedish companies in Singapore can now be downloaded via THIS LINK.
The Business Climate Survey is a study authored by Team Sweden for Swedish companies to understand the opportunities and challenges that they face when doing business in Singapore.
This year, 86 local executives representing Swedish companies in Singapore participated in the study. The answers were collected between 15 March and 22 April 2022.
What are the opportunities for Swedish companies to participate in the Asian Development Bank's work to develop the energy sector in the Asia Pacific region? This ADB Business Opportunities Seminar, organised together with Business Sweden, brings together different stakeholders to assist Swedish businesses, from start-ups to established multinationals, understand how to participate in ADB's projects. Register for this online session HERE.
NORDIC INNOVATION HOUSE
Nordic Green Talk returns to Singapore on 26 October with ‘Green Transition and Energy Resilience’. The event will focus on carbon-neutral ambitions and experiences with energy transition in the Nordics and Southeast Asia region. To join the live stream, register HERE. Would you like to sign up for the Nordic Innovation House newsletter? Please use THIS LINK.
Saturday 5 November 2022: The Midwinter Ball, Goodwood Park Hotel. Theme: The Roaring 20s. Almost sold out - hurry to get your ticket!
Tuesday 8 November
Kick-off SwedCham Female Mentorship program, season 2.
Thursday 10 November
November/December (date TBC)
Market Outlook Malaysia with Trade Commissioner Emma Broms and Ambassador Joachim Bergström.
Thursday 1 December
Christmas Drinks at Goodwood Park Hotel.
Wednesday 18 January 2023
The COMPASS Framework - Immigration Considerations for Businesses in Singapore, with Paul Barret and Jesper Albrekt from K2 Corporate Mobility.
Monday 26 September: Women4Women Working Committee hosted an information session about the Sounding Board Program for season 3.
Fredag 23 September: Regional HR Directors' Luncheon at Otto Ristorante.