Editorial by Dan Porter, Creative Director, Scriberia
Gathering inspiration: what do you keep in a drawer marked ‘potentially useful’?
Scriberia is soon to bid farewell to our studio of three and a half years, moving to a brand new space that we can truly call our own. It’s an incredibly exciting new chapter for the company, but there’s also a hint of sadness at leaving a place that’s enabled us to grow up and find a confident sense of identity as a business. And while we won’t miss the schlepp up three flights of stairs every morning, we will miss the visuals that accompany the climb.
Soon after we moved into the studio, we filled the walls of our stairway with drawings. The brief to the team was simple: gather nuggets of information that you find surprising, interesting or inspiring - and illustrate them. Soon the walls were covered with a wildly eclectic mix of images depicting everything from the formation of snowflakes to the inner workings of the domestic washing machine.
Though they look great, the purpose of these drawings was not decorative. The challenge of finding a creative solution is one we at Scriberia face many times a day. Over the years we’ve noticed how often a recent experience or learning emerges from the shadows of our consciousness and provide the key to unlocking the problem at hand. A magazine article read on the train home, a documentary discovered late-night channel hopping or a conversation with someone at a party: These small departures into other fields of interest leave useful fragments of knowledge behind that collect in a mental drawer marked ‘potentially useful.’ One day, often quite soon afterwards, one of those fragments turns out to be just the thing you need when you’re seeking inspiration.
Some people are better at accessing that drawer than others (it gets harder to open if not used regularly), but our illustrated stairway was an attempt to keep our team’s ‘potentially useful’ drawer well-oiled and well-stocked, or at least to remind them that inspiration can come from anywhere.
Because, as every world-changing innovator, from Henry Ford to Pablo Picasso, has acknowledged, there’s no such thing as a new idea, just new combinations of existing ones. It’s impossible to pluck a ‘eureka’ moment out of thin air. “The big idea is not an act of inspiration,” says the legendary art director George Lois, “but an act of discovery.” Its components are already out there, just waiting to be found and fused into something greater than the sum of its parts.
That’s why creativity favours the curious. As you reach out beyond your field of expertise into more unfamiliar territory, your drawer of potentially useful knowledge fills; the fuller it gets, the number of ways to combine its contents grows, ideas meet that have never met before and the chances of you hitting upon something useful or exciting increase dramatically.
At Scriberia, our job is to create images that connect people to the ideas their business or organisation needs them to engage with. Often, engagement comes when those ideas are combined with other, more surprising ones, so that what is meaningful and relevant becomes, simultaneously, fresh and memorable, too.
That’s why, for us, meeting people from other fields and industries, through organisations like DUCC (ed: now DKUK) and the Knowledge Quarter, is vitally important. Neither our creativity, nor our clients’, can exist in a bubble. We all need constant supply of new experiences, information, stories and perspectives, to fuel our minds and generate the ideas that will drive us forward.
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Scriberia’s founders and creative directors Chris Wilson (left) and Dan Porter
Editorial by Louis de Courcy Wheeler, Vice Chairman, Danish-UK Association
Godt Nytår/Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have all had a great Christmas break.
For us it is a very exciting time, as we begin the journey for the new Danish-UK Association, formed through the merger of the DUCC and the Danish Club. Above you will see our new logo, which represents the heritage of the organisations, with the Club’s long history, and the trading links between Denmark and the UK. It also represents the craftsmanship and endeavour of our two nations and the human connections we foster and make thrive. We hope you like it! The new merged organisation is already working on this year’s programme, and to develop offers for each category of our membership, through a better resourced organisation supporting our diverse membership.
As we start 2018, I’d like to take a moment to remember what has been a very successful year at the Chamber. On the social side, we held a spectacular annual dinner in the amazing surroundings of the Middle Temple, a wonderful summer reception kindly hosted by Gowling WLG at their offices overlooking the Thames, and of course our famous Christmas lunch at Banking Hall. There was also the continuing success of the monthly Nordic Drinks with our friends from the Norwegian and Finnish Chambers.
For our Premier Membership, we held two special dinners, one at the iconic Fulham Football Club, and one at the House of Lords superbly hosted by Lady Ann McIntosh. The Human Capital and Organisational Development Network for our Premier members went from strength to strength. Our thanks to Lani Bannach for her support on this successful initiative.
Other events of note were Nordic Business Forum on Nation Branding, a special DUCC art event hosted by SEB, our presence at Food Matters Live at ExCeL, and our well attended annual Offshore Wind seminar held together with the Royal Danish Embassy.
In 2017 we said goodbye to a few friends. His Excellency Claus Grube stepped down as ambassador, and we were able to say thank you with a dinner at 1 Lombard Street, together with the Danish Club and the Anglo-Danish Society. In the Chamber Jan Bertelsen, who after supporting us so well with his energy and humour, moved on to become General Manager of the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce, and we wish him well. We were lucky enough to have an exceptional intern placed with us for 12 months, Karen Boserup, who performed way beyond her years. Thanks to them both.
Then in September 2017 we were delighted to welcome a new ambassador, His Excellency Lars Thuesen. Within the Chamber Deanne Lintorn arrived as our new Events Manager, and Simon Lundby Pedersen as our intern, both fantastic additions. Along with them, we are delighted to have the support of Lone Mohr Curtis and Nina Ravn from the Danish Club, all to assist Gunnar in the brilliant work he does in leading and managing the Chamber, and now the Danish-UK Association.
Finally, I would like to take a moment to thank the members of the Council for their support and time in guiding the DUCC over recent years. We now move to a transitionary board until the first AGM of the Danish-UK Association.
So, now we look with renewed energy to the year ahead for the Danish-UK Association. As well as social events, we already have planned a Food Network for members interested in that sector, a Round Table meeting kindly requested and hosted by Mark Prisk MP, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade & Investment Envoy to the Nordic and Baltic Countries, and a dinner for our Premier members at the Michelin-starred Nordic restaurant, Aquavit. There will be much more for all of you to enjoy, as well as the one-to-one connections we pride ourselves in making across our membership and extended network.
May I personally wish you all a happy, fun-packed and successful 2018!
Louis De Courcy Wheeler
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DUCC Christmas Lunch 2017 - Raffle Winners
On behalf of EBS, DISM, Flying Tiger Copenhagen & Carlsberg and the Chamber, we would like to thank those who attended The DUCC Annual Christmas Lunch. We hope you had a great time and made some relevant connections. If you attended, feel free to share your thoughts on email and please do consider writing a testimonial.
Save the date! Next year's Christmas Lunch 14th December 2018.
Huge congratulations to all those who won raffle prizes this year and a huge thank you to the kind donators as well. We have gathered a brief overview of who won raffleprizes this year as well as who donated the prize. We hope to see all of you again next year.
Raffle prize winners
|1 Lombard||Voucher for dinner/lunch for 4 at 1 Lombard||Richard Buttrey||Moller Centre|
|ACU21||One acupunture session||Sarah Neate||LEGO|
|Aquavit||Voucher for afternoon teafor 4 with champagne||Bodil McBurnett||Danske Bank|
|Arena Pursuits||Voucher for a quad bike session for 5||Lauren Charman||LEGO|
|BoConcept||£300 voucher to spend in store||???||???|
|Danske Bank||Rosé Champagne||Søren Kjær Petersen||CENTRICA|
|Danske Bank||Rosé Champagne||Paul Crayford||AON|
|Ørsted Energy||4 tickets to the Globe Theatre||Rowi Mortimer||Ørsted|
|DSV||GJ Ice Bucket||Mads Birkeland||Corren Troen Law LLP|
|DSV||GJ Moneyfant money box||Chris Moore||WSP|
|DSV||GJ Small Bowl||Niko Ek||SAS|
|DSV||GJ Modern picture frame||Joost Overwijk||St. Ermins|
|DISM||Aquavit||Dennis Englund||Visit Denmark|
|Fulham FC + Viking Invest||5 tickets to Fulham FC + 1 years membership to Nordic Sports Club||Rasmus Stokholm||Hansen Shipping UK Limited|
|Fulham FC||5 tickets to Fulham FC||David Sørensen|
|Georg Jensen||GJ Water jug||Jemma Kaczmarska||LEGO|
Jet boat ride and dinner for 2 at Marco Pierre White
Echo Dot plus echo show
representation of the faroes
|LEGO||LEGO set||Karolina Staniak||EBS|
|LEGO||LEGO set||Anne Owen||Anne Owen Consulting|
|LEGO||LEGO set||Charlotte Lor||LEGO|
|Moller Centre||Hotel stay x 2 and breakfast||Lasse Bjørnestad||ECCO|
|Nordic London||Sjorn necklaces in rose gold and silver||Jane Cooper||Ørsted|
|Pearl Stories||Pearl Necklace||Pia Dalziel||ebl miller rosenfalck|
|Point Voucher||Bed Light||Bo Sjøholm||Eikon Management|
|Point Voucher||Bed Light||Stuart Websdale||Moller Centre|
|Point Voucher||Bed Light||Richard Buttrey||Moller Centre|
|Point Voucher||Bed Light||Giovanni Massa||Georg Jensen|
|Point Voucher||Bed Light||Klaus Bach||Juhl Bach Holdings APS|
|Royds Withy King||Bottle of Lanson Champagne 2008 Vintage||Luis Navarrete Gomez||LEGO|
|Royds Withy King||Bottle of Lanson Champagne 2008 Vintage||Pieter Swart||Grundfos Pumps Ltd|
|SAS||Flight gift voucher from London to Copenhagen/Stockholm/Oslo for 2||Matt Thompson||Ecco|
|St. Ermins||Overnight stay and afternoon tea for 2||Stuart Thomson||Bircham Dyson Bell|
|Ole & Steen||Ole & Steen Voucher for £200||Gareth Baker||Gowling|
|Snaps and Rye||Dinner for 4||Anne Owen||Anne Owen Consulting|
|SEB||Wine book and fine wine||Claire Howe||DSV|
|ECCO||ECCO EDAY FOLIO bag||Tina Gloggengieser||Hoogly Tea|
|Sticks and Sushi||Sticks and sushi voucher for £100||Rasmus Stokholm||Hansen Shipping UK Limited|
|Sticks and Sushi||Sticks and sushi voucher for £100||Chris Maylon||DSV|
Here are some pictures of the lucky raffle prize winners
DUCC sponsorship opportunities
The DUCC is actively seeking sponsors for its 2018 schedule of high profile events.
We would like to offer our valued members and extended network the opportunity to be part of the DUCC’s most prestigious Events in 2018 , notably the Gala Dinner our most prestigious event of the year which will coincide with the Danish Queens birthday in April and will be attended by 250 strong group of business leaders and professionals within and beyond the DUCC, typically comprised of: Premier members, The Advisory Board, Honorary Chamber members, Council members, Corporate members their colleagues, partners, spouses and clients many of whom rank amongst the world’s most famous names.
Next year’s Summer reception in July will be taking place on the terrace at the impressive House of Lords in the presence of up to 200 invited guests. One of the most iconic buildings in the world, no other venue is more instantly recognised than the Palace of Westminster. This unique space offers uninterrupted views of the river Thames; an idyllic setting for this unique event and a perfect opportunity to promote your brand.
Finally, our annual Christmas lunch, always a highlight in everyone’s calendar and is all about traditions, surprises, festive spirit and good company!
These events provide a stage not only for high-level networking but also can help to further position your company as one that helps to foster important trade and investment relationships between Denmark and the UK. There are opportunities to partner at a variety of different levels, from simple branding through to a wider strategic alignment. Please contact Deanne for further information and specific rates.
Some of our previous/current event partners include:
Editorial by Martin Williams, Managing Director, EBS
It was a great honour to be asked to contribute the Editorial for the DUCC Newsletter, particularly the edition before Christmas. I have been visiting Denmark and the Scandinavian countries since I was about 5 years old, and my company EBS is still involved with Danish companies entering the UK market.
We went by car through France, Netherlands, Germany and Denmark to visit family friends in Sweden. In those far off days it needed three ferry crossings just to get from Jylland to Helsingborg, so these journeys were not easy. This journey, together with those to other European countries, continued for about 15 years, and I consider myself very fortunate to have had parents who had the confidence to travel and who seemed to know people in many places.
This allowed me to enjoy a wide range of experiences not often available at that time. I saw the different cultures, cuisines, architecture and Christmas traditions across Europe.
Some Christmas celebration periods may begin earlier than others, and in many parts of Europe 6th December is celebrated as St Nicholas Day, when good children are rewarded with festive gifts. In Spain Epiphany on December 8th signals the start, and in Denmark and Sweden Santa Lucia on December 13th can signify the start.
One concept which seems to have spread is Christkindl market, or German Christmas market- street markets with various stalls celebrating Christmas time. In the UK, the longest established and the biggest is Birmingham Christmas Market, where you can try authentic Weisswurst and Glühwein.
Most countries certainly have the main meal and present giving on Christmas Eve. This can vary from Carp in Poland, or lamb in Iceland, through the Christmas buffet or Julbord in Sweden to a rather large meal traditionally involving turkey in the UK. If you want to experience what the Danes have for Christmas, DUCC Christmas lunch is a perfect occasion to do so.
This year again EBS is supporting the DUCC Christmas Lunch, and I hope to have the pleasure of seeing many of you there. We also sponsor the annual Santa Lucia service at Birmingham Cathedral, which this year is on Monday 11th December. This most spectacular and moving event is free of charge and I look forward to seeing you there also.
Photos by: Jonathan Hipkiss
Christmas is a stimulus time to reflect on and to remind ourselves that, with all the turmoil in our world, it is above all the future of our children which we hold in our hands.
The diversity of culture and traditions we have across Europe should be celebrated and enjoyed, because this makes Europe such an interesting and vibrant place to live.
A happy Christmas to you and your families.
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Members are hereby notified that an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of The Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce Limited (DUCC/the Chamber), will be held at the offices of Danske Bank, 75 King William Street, London EC4N 7DT on 29th November 2017 at 17.30.
Each corporate member's main membership contact will also have received this notice by direct email. If you believe you are the Chamber's main contact and have not received it, please get in touch with the Chamber right away by email to Managing Director Gunnar P Larsen.
The full notice is shown further down.
As per the Articles of Association clause 14, the Chairman of the Council calls for the passing of the resolution to be held by a poll submitted by email or post to the Chamber no later than 48 hours prior the meeting (17.00hrs 27 November 2017), or by show of hands on the day.
Number of votes
The number of votes each member category has is set out as follows per the Articles of Association clause 22:
- Individual Members 1 vote
- Small Corporate Members 2 votes
- Large Corporate Members 5 votes
- Patrons/Advisory Board Members 10 votes
Entitlement to vote
Every fully paid up member of DUCC is entitled to vote and attend. A member is entitled to appoint another person as their proxy to exercise all or any of their rights to attend, to speak and to vote by proxy or vote at the meeting.
There will be an opportunity for members to ask questions on the Resolution prior to the EGM via email to either Chairman of the Council Louis de Courcy Wheeler email@example.com or Managing Director Gunnar P Larsen firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is for members only. All attendees at the EGM must register no later than 48 hours prior (17.00hrs, 25th November) to the meeting. To get access code please request access link by email. There are no charge to attend.
29th November 2017
17.00 Registration – only members can attend.
17.30 EGM Chairman bidding Welcome
- Presentation of Resolution – merger
- Vote of Resolution
18.00 End of EGM – followed by joint drinks reception with members from the Danish Club
20.00 End of event.
Free to attend – strictly for members only.
The Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce Limited (The “Company”)
Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Extraordinary General 17.30 (Registration 17.00), 29th November 2017 at held at the offices of Danske Bank, 75 King William Street, London EC4N 7DT – for the purposes of considering and, if thought fit, passing the following resolution:
As Extraordinary business:
1. To vote on the resolution:
That the Council are authorised to agree terms for the merger of The Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce Limited (“Existing Company Vehicle”) with The Danish Club and to take such steps as are necessary or desirable to complete the Merger including:
(a) the incorporation of a company limited by guarantee with the name “1” (“New Company Vehicle”) and adopt the Articles of Association in the form made available for inspection at the Chamber’s registered office at 55 Sloane Street, London and via the website (Articles) from the date of this notice and this the Extraordinary General Meeting;
(b) the transfer of the Chamber’s assets from the Existing Company Vehicle to the New Company Vehicle on and subject to such terms as the Council may determine; and
(c) to take such steps as are necessary or desirable before or after completion of the Merger to dissolve the Existing Company Vehicle.
2. To transact any other business of the company.
DATE: Monday, November 06, 2017
BY ORDER OF THE COUNCIL
NOTE: A member entitled to attend and vote at the Meeting may appoint a proxy to attend and vote on his behalf. A proxy need not be a member of the Company. A form of proxy can be requested by email
Editorial by Matthew Wright, Managing Director Dong Energy UK
Let’s create a world that runs entirely on green energy
What’s in a name? Well, for companies around the world a name can mean an awful lot.
A company name is a snapshot of what an organisation stands for, embodying the spirit, direction or ambition of that business.
We’ve just announced that at DONG Energy, we’re changing our name. That’s because as DONG (Danish Oil and Natural Gas), we’ve outgrown our fossil fuel roots and the name no longer stands for who we are.
We’ve divested our upstream oil and gas business, decided to stop all use of coal and have become the world’s largest developer of offshore wind. Our journey on this green transformation means that our old name no longer fits – for obvious reasons.
Our new name is Ørsted, after Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted who helped lay the foundations for the way we produce power today. He spearheaded several key scientific discoveries, including the discovery of electromagnetism in 1820.
Inspired by his curiosity, innovation and dedication, we think this new name truly reflects our transformation into a fully-fledged renewable energy company, and the path we have already begun laying for our future direction.
Our offshore wind business is part of a hugely successful and growing UK industry, providing a substantial source of green energy, as well as high quality jobs across the country and a thriving supply chain for businesses.
2017 has been a significant year for our offshore wind operation too. In May, we completed work on our Burbo Bank Extension wind farm, featuring the world’s biggest offshore turbines, opened a new £6 million base on the Wirral to support its operation and took our first steps into battery storage.
In July, the first ever wind turbine blades manufactured at the Siemens blade factory in Hull were fitted at our Race Bank project, off the coast of North Norfolk.
August saw first power generated at our 659 megawatt Walney Extension project, off the Cumbrian coast, which will become the world’s largest operational wind farm on its completion next year.
And in September we were awarded a contract to build an even larger offshore wind farm – Hornsea Project Two – at the lowest ever price for offshore wind in the UK. This project alone will be capable of bringing green energy to more than 1.5 million UK homes, supporting more than 2,000 jobs throughout its construction and up to a further 130 permanent jobs during its long-term operation.
In addition to these fantastic milestones for our offshore wind business, we’re also nearing completion of our world first bio-energy plant in Northwich. The project is a brand-new waste treatment facility, which will separate recyclable materials from household waste and generate green electricity at the same time.
So 2017 has been a great year for us, but with our new name comes an even greater determination to continue leading the energy transformation in the UK, and across the globe.
As Ørsted, we look forward to continuing our great relationship with the DUCC. And we hope to inspire other members to help realise our vision of a world that runs entirely on green energy.
Discover more at orsted.co.uk
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Editorial by Lars Thuesen, new Ambassador to the UK
As the new Danish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, I am honoured to have the opportunity to write this editorial and reach out to the distinguished members of the Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce.
During the past six years, I worked as the Director of the Trade Council at the MFA, Denmark’s governmental export and investment organization under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our main mission is to support Danish companies in expanding their businesses internationally and attract foreign investments to Denmark. The value of Danish export corresponds to approximately 55% of our GNP. Our growth and welfare depend on the success of our Danish companies’ ability to grow their business globally and it is therefore one of my primary tasks to support Danish businesses in the UK. With over 700 subsidiaries in the UK employing close to 90.000 workers and Danish investments amounting to DKK 5.6 billion, the UK remains one of our most important trading partners.
Nevertheless, it is clear that Danish businesses are concerned about the future consequences of Brexit. The UK is our fifth largest trading partner and 50.000 Danish workplaces depend on our exports to the UK. Despite the depreciation of the British pound, we are pleased – and to an extent surprised – that Danish exports to the UK increased by 20% in the first half of 2017 in comparison to the same period last year.
Brexit will certainly create challenges, but the UK will continue to be an attractive export market for Danish companies due to its position as the fifth most populated European country and the largest EU capital with over 8.7 million living in London. The UK luxury market is expected to double in size over the next five years and Danish companies in this segment are experiencing tremendous interest for their products. We are furthermore witnessing major growth in the British manufacturing sector, where Danish companies are experiencing demand for new technologies aimed to support the productivity and competitiveness of these companies on the global market. The UK will continue to need state-of-the-art technologies and innovative services to further support the challenges faced in sectors such as healthcare, energy, environment and ICT and Denmark is positioned strongly as a leading supplier in these industries.
It is in all of our interests that Brexit be smooth and transparent. At the Embassy, it is our priority that we support both Danish citizens and companies navigating in the new state of affairs and ensure the best framework conditions for our nation’s future growth. Regardless of the outcome of the negotiations, Denmark will aim to remain a strong and reliable trade and investment partner and I look forward to some productive years ahead representing Denmark in the UK.
Here, Lars is with the board of Danish Export Association at the Royal Danish Embassy to discuss consequences of different Brexit scenarios.
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Editorial by Gunnar Larsen, DUCC
Dear Members and Readers,
We are back! After a little break over the summer, the Chamber is now back in full gear and with new colleagues too.
New DUCC Colleagues
I am pleased to welcome Deanne Lintorn, Events Manager. Her role is mainly events management focusing on the 3rd of the Chamber's key offerings - Events.
We have over the last couple of years seen an increasing interest from members who would like to take the lead arranging groupings within the membership, to exchange knowledge within particular industry or job functions. A great example of that has been with the Premier Membership - The Advisory Board's Human Capital and Organisational Development gatherings for Senior Leadership focusing on HR and Strategy. A new group is currently being initiated around food. With Deanne in place, we can now also support these kinds of initiatives a lot more effectively and we want to encourage more events like this, as they provide a great business focus for our members.
I am also pleased to welcome Simon Lundby Pedersen, who took over the role as intern with a primary focus on the Chamber's 2nd key offering - Profiling.
Profiling of the membership is an important role we wish to put more emphasis on. We are in a unique position in having a platform where membership companies can introduce themselves to an international business network. Using the Chamber's web and Social Media websites, Simon helps to push your messages out to the membership and a wider international audience.
To see how you can make the most of your membership with this offering, please consult our interactive document here, designed to help you swiftly maximise your company profile and brands via the Chamber. Interactive document
Personally, I will of course still very much be involved across the board, but will increasingly look to make the connections you need - the Chamber's primary key offering - Connections.
The biggest event for the 2nd half of the years is of course the Annual Christmas Lunch, and with over 60 confirmed we aim to make it a good afternoon again at The Banking Hall.
We are actively looking for companies who would like to sponsor the event this year - up to 2 Official Event Partners, and 3-4 Supporting Partners. Why not use this unique platform to promote your company and brand(s)? For a modest contribution, your brand will be in front of an international audience of business leaders and well-known companies - last year we had over 200 attendees. Do contact Deanne or me to find out how you and your company can get involved.
We are also looking for donors for the "Pakkelej" and the Raffle – a fantastic way to place your company products and the sooner you commit the more time we have to tell members about it through the Chamber's digital outlets.
Our founding belief is that our Chamber is a 'Forening' - a Danish word that best translates as 'Association' or 'Fellowship', meaning we are member-driven. The more you put in, the more you'll get out.
We are back and I welcome members to get in touch, and anyone who could be interested in becoming member - Join here.
Gunnar P Larsen
Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce Ltd
55 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SR
+44 (0)20 7259 6795
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Louis de Courcy Wheeler, Chairman of The Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce, awarded HE Ambassador Claus Grube Life Membership as Honorary Member of the Chamber.
Louis Wheeler stated:
“His Excellency Clause Grube comes to the end of his tenure this summer 2017. So on behalf of the Chamber, and from me personally, I would like to thank you for the support you have given us over that time. I have personally been very grateful for your advice, support and friendship in my role as Chairman”.
His Excellency Ambassador Claus Grube has been a strong supporter of the membership of the Chamber and the award was presented to him at the Chamber’s Annual Gala Dinner 2017 at the Middle Temple, where the Ambassador was the Guest of Honour and Guest Speaker.
Claus Grube has been the Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s since 1st October 2013 and Lord-in-Waiting to Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark since January 2016.
The Ambassador has had an extensive career within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he has held several senior positions. He graduated in Law from Copenhagen University in 1976. After a short stint in the Ministry of Justice he entered the Danish Foreign Service in 1977.
From 2000-2009 he was Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the EU in Brussels and from 2009-2013 he was Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark.
The Ambassador joins an exclusive group of people who have gone out of their way to support the Chamber. An Honorary membership is awarded at the discretion of the Chamber Council for true and loyal support to the membership and the raison d'être of the Chamber.
The Møller Centre "HCOD Symposium"
Danish UK Chamber of Commerce – Operating in dynamic complexity.
Around 30 Danish senior leaders from some of Denmark’s largest organisations including LEGO; Scandinavian Airline Systems; Novo Nordisk UK Ltd and Schneider Electric met at the Møller Centre (13/6) for their quarterly Human Resource Forum to discuss ‘Operating in dynamic complexity.’ As a member of the Danish UK Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, the Møller Executive Education team provided leadership development content for the Forum which included a session from Møller Senior Associate Sudhanshu Palsule exploring ‘Leading Change in an uncertain world.”
Gunnar Larsen, Managing Director of Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce explained, “Our HCOD Network is a platform for Human Resource management within membership of the Danish UK Chamber of Commerce Premier Membership – the Advisory Board – to share organisational and managerial best-practice, expertise and develop business opportunities in an inspiring way, and there could be few places as inspiring as the iconic Danish-designed leadership development and conferencing centre.
Sudhanshu’s talk focused on building the resources to lead change in times of complexity and how to inspire people through authenticity and purpose. For his talk to be delivered in a place inspired by the connection between two great leaders, Sir Winston Churchill and Danish shipping magnate Maersk McKinney Møller, was very special and resonated with the Danish business leaders present. The group also heard from Lone Jacobson, Analyst Relations Director at Schneider Electric on their Thought Leadership Journey.
They were preceded by HCOD Network Chair Lani Bannach, Essenta, who set the scene of the Symposium. Her talk focused on how to analyse the environment, assess the effectiveness of the strategy, and how to be prepared to rise to the challenge of speed and complexity!”
Møller Executive Education typically partner with CEOs, Heads of Learning & Development and other senior executives to design and deliver practical leadership development programmes for their current and future leaders. Their experienced faculty work alongside these clients to understand and address specific business needs and challenges through practical, highly-customised programmes, which create positive outcomes for individuals, organisations and their communities that have a lasting impact.
Marketing Manager, The Møller Centre
The Møller Centre is a valued member of the Chamber. Visit their member profile for more information.
Jan leaving the DUCC
Dear members and extended network,
It is with great sadness I am leaving the Chamber after having been an active and loyal part of it for over 19 years and especially in the past 2 ½ year as the marketing and events manager. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for making my time at the Chamber a fun and memorable one. The great opportunities and interesting initiatives I have been part of in terms of the LuxHub, Creative Hub, the Energy event and lately the HCOD network together with getting to know you and your amazing businesses has been a true privilege.
I would also like to thank the Council, Louis, Gunnar and not least Karen as well as our previous interns and scholar for the past 2 ½ years. It has been a great working with all of you and I am sure we will meet again at the Nordic Drinks as I take up my new and exciting position as General Manager at the Norwegian British Chamber of Commerce at the end of the month.
All the very best,