Scan Magazine | Issue 76 | May 2015

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Scan Magazine | Business | Business Calendar

Scandinavian Business Calendar

By Caroline Edwards

– Highlights of Scandinavian business events Plunging oil prices – is it all bad news?

the Danish and UK markets. Don’t miss out on the

Join the Norwegian-British Chamber of Com-

chance to get first class advice from the Cham-

merce for yet another enlightening event. DNB,

ber’s advisors.

Each spring the Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Norway’s largest financial services group, takes a

Time and date: 21 May, 9.30 am – 2 pm

tempts you with the Young Professional’s Spring

look at the future of the oil industry by digging into

Venue: SEB Offices:

Party, taking place at the Roof Gardens in Kens-

the current oil prices and analysing the state of the

1 Carter Ln, London EC4V 5AN

ington. Let work and play go hand in hand at the

market. Sit back and listen to experts in the field

Work and play: Network with young professionals

best party of the season. Enjoy delicious BBQ, fabulous cocktails and meet fellow young profes-

working reception where you can mingle with the

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce presents: Entrepreneurship Forum 2015

other attendees.

Sweden and Britain share a proud history of en-

early to avoid disappointment.

Time and date: 27 May, 6 pm – 8.30 pm

trepreneurial spirit that has resulted in flourishing

Time and date: 16 May, 7 pm.

Venue: Copthorne Hotel, Aberdeen. Venue

business industries. However, all start-ups face

Venue: The Roof Gardens,

details will be published

the same issue in the early stages: funding. Come

99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA

closer to event.

along to this year’s Entrepreneurship Forum at

as they present to the audience, followed by a net-

sionals in their best party mood. Get your ticket

the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and learn

Extending your business to Denmark or the UK? Get advice

business idea. Get inspiration from the people who

The Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce, the

made it.

Chamber’s Advisory Board and partners are proud

Time and date: 7 May, 6 pm – 9.30 pm

to announce the Helping New Entrants initiative,

Venue: Grange St. Pauls Hotel,

hosted by SEB UK. This is the chance for new

10 Godliman Street,

business owners to receive advice on extending to

London EC4V 5AJ

more about how to acquire funding for your bright

Are there to be rules...? By Steve Flinders

When do you break the rules? How do you feel when someone else breaks the rules? As I follow the complicated manoeuvres involving Greece, Germany and the rest of Europe, I’ve been wondering whether a lot of the friction within the European Union (EU) isn’t simply due to a basic cultural difference concerning rules. Fons Trompenaars, the Dutch interculturalist, tells us that in universalist cultures, rules are seen as binding; while in particularist cultures, rules can be broken if they don’t really suit your own special needs. The problem in the EU, in business and in life, is when universalists and particularists have to work together. In the United Kingdom, where I come from, a long tradition of deference has only recently started to fracture; in France, the spirit is less respectful. Once, at the start of a Paris marathon when the organisers decided that 20,000 runners were standing in the wrong place, I naturally turned round immediately to move back when asked to do so, only to be

faced with 19,999 other runners whistling and shouting abuse. In the UK, everyone would have done what they were told. In France, we started the race from where we were. The modern world does seem to require us to resist the idea that we are the exception, and yet over-rigid rules, and too many of them, may risk provoking an even stronger reaction

against them. As in every clash of cultures, rule respecters and rule breakers must try to understand each other. Scandinavians should understand that people in some EU countries are deeply suspicious of the state and its intentions. We need to surface these differences and then sign up to a consensus which we can all buy into. Which, I guess, works okay until someone decides that in their particular case...

Steve Flinders is a freelance trainer, writer and coach, now based in Malta, who helps people develop their communication and leadership skills for working internationally: steve-flinders

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