Looking back on a successful season of NBCC events

By Agnes Bamford, Chair of the NBCC Events Committee


The autumn got off to a brilliant start with ONS in Stavanger, which was attended by many of our member companies and our GM Jan Bertelsen, in addition to council members Tom Norland, Martin Blindheim and Jamie Stark.

“Doing Business in the UK’ on 5thSeptember, was a ground-breaking event for the NBCC as it took place in Oslo. Speakers includedNorwegian Minister for Trade, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen and British Ambassador, Richard Wood.  The event brought together Norwegian, British and International Businesses and individuals for an afternoon of presentations aimed at companies based in Norway who were looking to expand or relocate to the UK and who welcomed the chance to meet with established UK based companies that could assist with advice, support and expertise.

On 19thSeptember Equinor hosted the annual Nordic Chambers’ Nordic Business Forum. The topic for this year’s Business Forum was business agility. The event was moderated by Elisabeth Braw, an associate fellow at RUSI. Speakers were Ulrika Axelsson, Partner at Centigo, Michael Clark, Client Director with Mannaz, Laurent Poncet, Head of Business Model Innovation at @Equinor UK, Cormac Whelan, CEO of Nokia UK and Ireland and H.E. Stefan Haukur Johannesson,Iceland’s Ambassador to the UK.

On 1stOctober our mentoring programme was launched with a group-workshop for the mentors and mentees. The mentoring programme is a new initiative and collaboration between the NBCC and our member organizations, including DNB, Equinor, DNV GL and Goodwille.

On 11thOctober new and thought-provoking ideas were discussed under the title “Human Rights & Business” The NBCC organised the event in collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy in London, The Institute for Human Rights and Business, the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights and the NHH Symposium.

We were lucky to have the following eminent speakers:

Charlotte Wolff-Bye, Vice President Sustainability, Equinor.

Kevin HylandOBE, CEO of ChildFund Ireland and previously the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, appointed by Theresa May.

Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt, the Executive Director of the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights.

Frances House, Deputy Chief Executive, IHRB and

Nelly-Elvira Andrée Tranaas, 3rdyear BSc student and Project Manager at the NHH Symposium.

We wish the students at NHH and the Rafto Foundation the best of luck with the 2019 NHH Symposium in March, which aims to give particular attention to the issue of business and human rights.

The 30thNovember we hosted our annual Christmas Lunch at The Rembrandt Hotel, with a sumptuous selection of Norwegian Christmas specialities, a lively ´pakkelek´ and good company. Thank you for celebrating with us, and we are looking forward to seeing you again the 29thNovember 2019 to do it all again.

We are grateful for all your support for us in 2018 and look forward to sharing an eventful 2019 with you.

Takk for det gamle! Thank you, 2018!

Agnes Bamford

Chair of the NBCC Events Committee