Together with the Norwegian School of Economics, the NBCC is currently hosting a webinar series called Cultural Awareness, which focuses on work environments and cultures in Norway and the UK. The speakers are non other than Agnes Bamford, Intercultural Business Coach and PhD Scholar in intercultural business communication at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and the President of NBCC, Annett Åbø. With their in-depth analysis’ and excellent observations, we are very pleased to welcome Bamford’s company Culture-lens, to the NBCC.
Welcome Agnes, how are you?
Thank you very much, I am doing very well despite the strange times.
We are very happy to welcome Culture-lens to the NBCC, can you please tell us a bit about the company?
I am delighted that Culture-lens is now a member of the NBCC. I recently launched the company after having worked in intercultural coaching and training for more than 10 years, and Culture-lens has received a very warm welcome.
To be a member of the NBCC fits very well with our company’s mission, which is to deliver intercultural business coaching to individuals and groups. Culture-lens has so far welcomed clients from a range of industries and especially executives in global corporations. The companies are based in various sectors, including energy, financial services, pharmaceuticals, FMCG and manufacturing, to name a few (please click here if you would like to visit the Culture-lens website, red).
What are your and Culture-lens’ main focus areas at the moment?
Culture-lens’ main products are currently expatriation, leadership and repatriation programmes in Norway and the UK. Online repatriation programmes have really taken off during the last year, and most expats have embraced Zoom sessions. Before March 2020, 75% of the coaching was carried out offline and in a training room. The transition to 100% online coaching has been very smooth and beneficial for both parties involved. I believe that the clients are enjoying shorter, more focussed sessions, and I am now able to live and work from London and Bergen.
Why did you chose to become a member of the NBCC?
For me, the benefits are so many, both on a personal and professional level, and I have actually been a member of the NBCC since 2005.
I really enjoy being a part of both the Norwegian-British and Nordic business community in the UK because I have met so many interesting and different people there. As a member of the NBCC I have obtained exposure and paid work, and I am grateful for having been able to attend the fun and interesting events that the NBCC has arranged over the years. Now I really enjoy the social media networking and your webinars.
Thank you so much for your time, Agnes, and welcome to the NBCC.