Business Worldwide Magazine has just announced that Quiver Management is the winner of their Global Corporate Excellence award and has been recognised as the Best Executive Coaching Company in the UK.

Managing Director Jan Bowen-Nielsen says “I’m delighted to receive this award. It means a lot to me and my team to be valued for the work that we do in enabling leaders and business owners to develop and be successful in their roles.”

He goes on to say “more importantly, this is good news for our customers too, because they now know that if they choose us to deliver coaching and leadership development in their organisation, they will be working with a company judged independently as the best in its field.


To win this accolade is a true reflection of our ethos: to put coaching at the heart of leadership and be the best provider of leadership coaching and training in the UK.”

Business Worldwide has published an in depth interview with Jan Bowen-Nielsen in its latest issue where Jan reveals more about the benefits of coaching and his passion for developing a coaching culture in businesses. You can read this article here.

A full list of award winners is published here.

This is just one of three awards bestowed on Quiver Management in as many months.

For the second year in a row, Quiver Management has also been recognised for its work in leadership and coaching by CV Magazine (Corporate Vision).

At the end of 2017 it was awarded Best Business Coaching Company - UK & Excellence Award for Leadership Training and the 2017 Coaching Top 50 in the World Award. This follows hot on the heels of the previous year’s award: The UK’s Finest in HR and Training 2016’.

Jan comments “To win 3 awards is very exciting, and gives us the opportunity to reach a wider audience with our message that all ambitious companies should utlilise coaching to nurture and challenge individuals and teams to perform at their best”.


Not only has Quiver Management received their own awards, but they are also supporting the recognition of exceptional talent in the legal sector by sponsoring the Scottish Legal awards Quiver Management Rising Star of the Year award. Jan will present the award to the winner at a ceremony in Glasgow in March 2018.

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Ocorian to acquire Jersey-based private client and corporate services provider, Capco Trust. 

Acquisition expands capability across all aspects of international maritime structuring

Ocorian, a leading global financial services provider, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Capco Trust (“Capco”), an independent Jersey-based private client and corporate services business.
The acquisition expands Ocorian's service capabilities, increasing its client base and the scope of service offering to include expertise in all aspects of international maritime structuring. In turn, Capco’s clients will now benefit from an enhanced range of specialist financial services across a much wider range of international jurisdictions.

Expected to close before the end of February 2018, the transaction will realise the next stage of a progressive trajectory for Ocorian, following the management buyout and successful rebrand of Bedell Trust in 2016. All 29 staff from Capco will join Ocorian’s 350+ strong international team to support and grow the strong client relationships that are at the core of this acquisition.

Commenting on the acquisition Nick Cawley, CEO of Ocorian, said:

“This transaction reflects the sustained expansion and diversification of Ocorian's newly defined business and our commitment to growth in leading jurisdictions. It will further strengthen our position as a leading global financial services provider and complement our existing private client and corporate services business with additional expertise and capability in international shipping.”

David Capps, Group Chairman of Capco Trust added:

"Our ambition for this transaction was to find a partner that would sustain and strengthen the development of our private client and specialist corporate services businesses, to the benefit of our clients – who will now be able to access a far greater range of specialist financial services across a much wider range of international jurisdictions.”

Deloitte and Bedell Cristin acted as advisors to Ocorian in this transaction. Capco were advised by Wyvern and Carey Olsen.

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Pointvoucher & Bea's of Bloomsbury Collaboration

As a trade organisation, there is nothing better than seeing members taking advantage of the 1-to-1 connections we are happy to make on a daily basis!


You can now, claim your free coffee for zero points! Free coffee offer at any of Bea's of Bloomsbury's locations if you are a player of the mobile game Play London.

The finest cakes, pastries, afternoon tea, and coffee, tasty breakfasts and lunches, in great locations around London, 7 days a week.

Locations: Marylebone, St Pauls, and Bloomsbury. Takeaway at Farringdon or Maida Vale. Bea’s tea room is famed for its afternoon offerings, which include signature cakes as well as traditional finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones with heaps of clotted cream and jam, and a choice of fine tea blend. A flute of chilled champagne can be enjoyed for extra-special indulgence, and gluten-free and vegetarian teas are available at prior request.

Read "Where to redeem" and "Terms & Conditions" on the following website. 

Pointvoucher & Bea's of Bloomsbury is a highly valued member of the Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce. Feel free to check out their company profiles.

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Death of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik

It is with great sadness that we have received the message that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik has passed away. We would like to express our sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and the rest of HRH Prince Henrik's family.


Press release (english-version): http://kongehuset.dk/en/news/prince-henrik-of-denmark 

Press release (danish-version): http://kongehuset.dk/nyheder/prins-henrik-af-danmark 


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Books of condolences

His Royal Highness Prince Henrik has passed away


Books of condolences will be open for signing at the Embassy of Denmark, 55 Sloane Street London SW1X 9SR

Thursday 15 February 10 am-12 am and 2.30-4.30 pm
Friday 16 February 13-16 pm

Condolences may also be send/forwarded electronically to the following e-mail address: lonamb@um.dk.


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Cultural - Nordic London Festival

Welcome to the third Nordic London Festival. This year the theme is Exit Strategy, as the festival returns to the fabulous Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall at the half-way point of the Article 50 process.

It will be a short stroll from Westminster were Britain’s official Exit Strategy is supposedly developing amid secrecy and discord. We EU and EEA Londoners also need to figure out how to prepare our personal lives for the morning of 30 March 2019.

But does anyone know what we are preparing for?

In the meantime we keep developing our Nordic team spirit. As of habit by now, we start by letting our hair down at the Nordic Open Mic and close the festival with some serious talk at the Nordic Question Time. In between we introduce this year’s new feature: the Nordic Book Fair.

Box office is open at www.ticketsource.co.uk/nordiclondonfestival All events start at 8pm. The event details are below. Find us on Facebook as "Nordic London Festival".


More information can be found here 


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IPM Global Mobility appoints new Head of Nordic Region for Scandinavia subsidiary office

IPM Global Mobility (Scandinavia) ApS is delighted to announce the appointment of Lone Skriver as Head of Nordic Region for Scandinavia.


In welcoming Lone, Alan Bentley, Executive Chairman, said that “I am delighted that Lone has joined IPM as Head of Nordics Region. Lone is a highly experienced and influential Manager having previously worked with Grundfos, Vestas and Siemens and has significant international experience. Lone’s appointment further strengthens IPM’s representation and commitment to the Region. Everyone at IPM welcomes Lone who will make a strong contribution to our ambitious growth plans as well as adding strength to the Senior Management team.”

Lone said “For many years, and having started at a young age, I have always had an interest and worked with cultural exchange and international interactions, which in my adult life lead to a career in the Global Mobility industry. I am fortunate to have experienced and learnt about the industry from an in-house role gaining skills and knowledge with multinational companies, as well as through my work with private and public institutions improving Denmark’s framework for receiving international employees from abroad.

Throughout these years, I have seen the many challenges that companies face, so when I met IPM and their people, I immediately liked and saw their passion in their work and how their service is offered with a personal touch, which is what I believe is often a challenge in the industry. The change from in-house to a supplier role will offer a great chance to develop Global Mobility services in a new way as IPM’s offering understands this viewpoint and our client’s needs. The company and the team have great potential, to which I am greatly proud to now be part of.”

At IPM, Lone is responsible for institutionalizing the company’s relationship with its clients, maintaining a regular dialogue with Senior Management and ensuring that we are connecting at the strategic level as well as at the operational level.

Having lived and studied in Germany, Switzerland, Australia and Japan, Lone has worked with international relations for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience with Global Mobility in multinational companies developing her into an expert in finding the optimal solutions for the business as well as for the individual or family when going global. In addition, Lone has been part of Denmark’s internationalization process on national, regional and local level since 2008.

IPM Global Mobility has seen clients expand their global offices throughout the recent years with an increasing proportion of employees working abroad. However, the way global assignments are managed is also changing. This can be very challenging for HR teams who are responsible for selecting, planning and managing the movement and assignment arrangements of personnel working overseas as part of their job. IPM Global Mobility (Scandinavia) ApS will provide much needed local services to the many Scandinavian companies who have employees working across the globe.

For further information, please contact lone.skriver@ipmglobalmobility.com or visit www.ipmglobalmobility.com

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According to a new statement from IHS Markit, Denmark is now the sixth biggest shipping nation in the world judged by the amount of operated tonnage.

The statement proves that the Danish shipping industry thrives. Danish shipping companies grow; they both own and charter an increasing number of ships, which has now led to Denmark overtaking Germany on the list. A list which now has Greece in the leading position, followed by Japan, China, Singapore and the United States.The statement reveals that the difference between the fifth place, the US, and Denmark is only 700 million gross tons – but this lead may soon be offset. On 22 January 2018 the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs presented their growth agreement, which aims to make Denmark a global maritime hub by the end of 2025. The initiatives in the agreement include the abolishment of the registration fee for merchant ships.Partner in Kromann Reumert's department for maritime and transport law, Henrik Thal Jantzen, sees great potential for the industry following the new political agreement.

"I believe that the future of the shipping industry in general is bright. I expect to see an increase in shipping activities in Denmark; as always, this places great demands on legal aspects such as review of maritime contracts and assistance in disputes. Marine disputes or casualties often involve marine and cargo insurance issues, which will also in the future be a key factor. These are areas in which our department has expertise and provide advice to both Danish and international shipping companies and marine insurance companies," Henrik Thal Jantzen, partner at Kromann Reumert, says.

Written and published by Kromann Reumert - Source: https://en.kromannreumert.com/apiv2/news/?id={AC1A789B-BC67-47D9-A7E2-EA47B562232A}&type=pdf

Kromann Reumert is part of the Chamber's Premier Membership - The Advisory Board

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The Anglo-Danish Society’s Scholarships & The Ove Arup Foundation Scholarship.

The closing date for submission of scholarship applications is Thursday 1st March 2018. These grants will be for postgraduate studies during the academic year from Oct 2018 to July 2019.
You are eligible to apply if you are a Danish graduate with a first degree from a Danish university planning to or already studying postgraduate at a university in the UK,
- or vice-versa – if you are a British graduate planning to do postgraduate research at a university in Denmark.
For guidelines, criteria and an application form please visit our webpage
E-mail contact: scholars@anglo-danishsociety.org.uk


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Ørsted continues Olympic partnership

Since 2015, Ørsted has as Olympic partner supported Danish athletes and helped provide optimum conditions for them in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The partnership with the Sports Confederation of Denmark and Team Danmark will now continue for three more years until end of 2020.

A new three-year partnership agreement has just been signed, which officially extends Ørsted’s collaboration with Danish sport. Over the past three years, the collaboration has been evaluated and continuously modified to meet Ørsted's wishes. In this way, Ørsted has succeeded in drawing on the unique knowledge and competencies of the sporting world for the benefit of the company. 

"We've been extremely pleased with our cooperation with Danish sport over the past three years, and we want to continue to help Danish Olympic athletes perform at the highest level. At the same time, we're looking forward to further developing and continuing to make use of the unique knowledge and resources which can be found within the world of sport. In Ørsted, we have benefited hugely from the arrangement, making sure that it has made a positive difference throughout our company, not least in our work with employee health and well-being," says Jakob Askou Bøss, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Stakeholder Relations at Ørsted. 

While working to support the Olympic athletes, Ørsted and the Sports Confederation of Denmark have also worked together on the awarding of sports prizes. 

"We're obviously proud to be continuing our cooperation with the Sports Confederation of Denmark on the 'Energiser of the Year' award, which for the second time was presented last Saturday at the the Sport 2017 awards ceremony to one of the many dedicated volunteers working for the Danish sports associations," says Jakob Askou Bøss. 

Optimum conditions for athletes

As an Olympic partner, Ørsted helps to optimise conditions for athletes training to bring home gold medals to Denmark. The company also did this in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

"Ørsted makes a big difference for Danish sport by continuing to support our Olympic work, and we're very grateful for this. Without the support of Ørsted and our other Olympic partners, we wouldn't have been able to achieve the results that we did at Rio 2016," says Niels Nygaard, Chairman of the Sports Confederation of Denmark and the National Olympic Committee, adding: 

"I'm delighted that the sporting world can also can give something back to Ørsted. Danish athletes, coaches and managers are building up a body of knowledge and experience on, for example, what it means to be goal-oriented, on teamwork and on talent development, skills which are also important in the corporate world, when companies have to develop and perform at the highest level. We're sharing this knowledge with Ørsted, which makes it a win-win partnership." 

Sporting knowledge and skills 

The new agreement reflects how Ørsted will activate the partnership over the coming years. Among other things, the world of sport will provide input for Ørsted's health strategy as well as becoming involved in Ørsted's existing management and talent programmes. 

"We've been working closely with Ørsted for a number of years. For example, several of Team Danmark's experts have inspired Ørsted by telling them how we develop world-class athletes and coaches together with the federations. We have high ambitions for Danish elite sport, and to realise these ambitions, we need strong partners. 

Therefore, I'm delighted that Ørsted is committed to our work with Danish elite sport. The backing and support we receive from Ørsted and our other commercial partners is enabling us to optimise the athletes' and the national coaches' training possibilities between now and 2020," says Frank Jensen, Chairman of Team Danmark. 

The partnership agreement for 2018-2020 with Ørsted has been concluded by Sport One Denmark (SODK), which is owned by the Sports Confederation of Denmark and Team Danmark. SODK handles the commercial interests of the world of sport, and its purpose is to create the best possible platform for interaction between the Danish business community and the unique competencies which are found in Danish sport. The partnerships are based on individual solutions to arrive at the perfect match.

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Ilnort Rueda appointed Chief Services Officer at Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie, the leading global law firm, is delighted to announce that Ilnort Rueda has been appointed Chief Services Officer.

Ilnort joins the Firm from A.T. Kearney where he has been since 2000 in the Financial Institutions practice based in Zurich, Sao Paulo and New York, acting the last six years as a partner. Previous to that he was an investment advisor at UBS. He was educated in Germany and Switzerland and holds a MSc from the University of St Gallen. He will take up his new role today  and will be primarily based in New York.

In his new role Ilnort will be responsible for defining and leading the implementation of new services, business models, and revenue sources, and will oversee the continued development of the Firm's Global Practice Group strategies and services. Along with Erik Scheer our EMEA Chair he will co-lead on the Firm's overall Innovation Initiative and will work with the Innovation Committee to develop and implement a broad program of activities to ensure that Baker McKenzie adapts faster and more successfully than other firms to changes in the legal industry and leads the market in providing world class solutions to client challenges.

Ilnort says, "Baker McKenzie has a deserved reputation as a leading innovative law firm and I am excited to be part of the next stage of that journey, working with colleagues around the world. I decided to join because I see substantial investments and an authentic commitment especially at the most senior levels to move forward with an ambitious transformation agenda.”

Paul Rawlinson, Global Chair at Baker McKenzie says, "As a firm Baker McKenzie is a leader in the legal sector in innovation, project management, pricing, and our approach to new services which we estimate is already creating an annual revenue impact  of more than $50m.  This appointment reflects a desire  to build on these strengths in a strategic and combined way – to meet and exceed our clients’ changing demands and to capture the opportunities that disruption in the legal industry provides.”

Erik Scheer, EMEA Chair and co-Chair of the Firm's Innovation Committee says, "As an experienced consulting leader, Ilnort will provide both practical insights from within professional services as well as leading clients in the Financial Services, Healthcare and other sectors through their own transformations and innovation programs.”

Jason Marty, Chief Operating Officer says, "Ilnort will be an important part of our global leadership team, helping to advance all aspects of our ambitious strategy. I look forward to working with him as we continue to build our market leading alternative services and to be the New Lawyers for our clients."

Source: http://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/newsroom/2018/01/ilnort-rueda-appointed-chief-services-officer 

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Maersk and IBM to form joint venture applying blockchain to improve global trade and digitise supply chains

A.P. Moller - Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced their intent to establish a joint venture to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade using blockchain technology.  

The aim of the new company will be to offer a jointly developed global trade digitization platform built on open standards and designed for use by the entire global shipping ecosystem. It will address the need to provide more transparency and simplicity in the movement of goods across borders and trading zones.

The cost and size of the world's trading ecosystems continues to grow in complexity. More than $4 trillion in goods are shipped each year, and more than 80 percent of the goods consumers use daily are carried by the ocean shipping industry. The maximum cost of the required trade documentation to process and administer many of these goods is estimated to reach one-fifth of the actual physical transportation costs. According to The World Economic Forum, by reducing barriers within the international supply chain, global trade could increase by nearly 15 percent, boosting economies and creating jobs.

The attributes of blockchain technology are ideally suited to large networks of disparate partners. A distributed ledger technology, blockchain establishes a shared, immutable record of all the transactions that take place within a network and then enables permissioned parties access to trusted data in real time. By applying the technology to digitize global trade processes, a new form of command and consent can be introduced into the flow of information, empowering multiple trading partners to collaborate and establishing a single shared view of a transaction without compromising details, privacy or confidentiality.

Maersk, a global leader in container logistics, and IBM, a leading provider of blockchain, supply chain visibility and interoperability solutions for the enterprise, will use blockchain technology to power the new platform, as well as employ other cloud-based open source technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), IoT and analytics, delivered via IBM Services, in order to help companies move and track goods digitally across international borders. Manufacturers, shipping lines, freight forwarders, port and terminal operators and customs authorities can all benefit from these new technologies -and ultimately consumers.

"This new company marks a milestone in our strategic efforts to drive the digitization of global trade. The potential from offering a neutral, open digital platform for safe and easy ways of exchanging information is huge, and all players across the supply chain stand to benefit," said Vincent Clerc, chief commercial officer at Maersk and future chairman of the board of the new joint venture. "By joining our knowledge of trade with IBM's capabilities in blockchain and enterprise technology, we are confident this new company can make a real difference in shaping the future of global trade."

IBM's blockchain platform is enabling hundreds of clients and thousands of developers to build and scale active networks across complex use cases, including cross border payments, supply chains, and digital identification.

"The major advances IBM has made in blockchain have shown that the technology can foster new business models and play an important role in how the world works by building smarter businesses," said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Industries, Solutions and Blockchain. "Our joint venture with Maersk means we can now speed adoption of this exciting technology with the millions of organizations who play vital roles in one of the most complex and important networks in the world, the global supply chain. We believe blockchain will now emerge in this market as the leading way companies seize new untapped economic opportunities."

IBM and Maersk began a collaboration in June 2016 to build new blockchain- and cloud-based technologies. Since then, multiple parties have piloted the platform including DuPont, Dow Chemical, Tetra Pak, Port Houston, Rotterdam Port Community System Portbase, the Customs Administration of the Netherlands, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The joint venture will now enable IBM and Maersk to commercialize and scale their solutions to a broader group of global corporations, many of whom have already expressed interest in the capabilities and are exploring ways to use the new platform, including: General Motors and Procter and Gamble to streamline the complex supply chains they operate; and freight forwarder and logistic company, Agility Logistics, to provide improved customer services including customs clearance brokerage.

Additional customs and government authorities, including Singapore Customs and Peruvian Customs, will explore collaborating with the platform to facilitate trade flows and enhance supply chain security. The global terminal operators APM Terminals and PSA International will use the platform to enrich port collaboration and improve terminal planning. With support from Guangdong Inspection and Quarantine Bureau by connecting to its Global Quality Traceability System for import and export goods, the platform can also link users to important trade corridors in and out of China.

To address the specific needs of the industry, Maersk and IBM are establishing an advisory board of industry experts to help further shape the platform and services, provide guidance and feedback on important industry factors, and drive open standards.

Maersk and IBM have named Michael J. White, former president of Maersk Line in North America, as CEO of the new company. He commented, "Today, a vast amount of resources are wasted due to inefficient and error-prone manual processes. The pilots confirmed our expectations that, across the industry, there is considerable demand for efficiency gains and opportunities coming from streamlining and standardizing information flows using digital solutions. Our ambition is to apply these learnings to establish a fully open platform whereby all players in the global supply chain can participate and extract significant value. We look forward to further expanding our ecosystem of partners as we progress toward a global solution."

The new company initially plans to commercialize two core capabilities aimed at digitizing the global supply chain from end-to-end:

  • A shipping information pipeline will provide end-to-end supply chain visibility to enable all actors involved in managing a supply chain to securely and seamlessly exchange information about shipment events in real time.
  • Paperless Trade will digitize and automate paperwork filings by enabling end-users to securely submit, validate and approve documents across organizational boundaries, ultimately helping to reduce the time and cost for clearance and cargo movement. Blockchain-based smart contracts ensure all required approvals are in place, helping speed up approvals and reducing mistakes.

Upon regulatory clearance, solutions from the joint venture are expected to become available within six months.

The new company will be headquartered in the New York metropolitan area.

The platform is built on IBM Blockchain technology, which is provided through the IBM Cloud and powered by Hyperledger Fabric 1.0, a blockchain framework and one of the Hyperledger projects hosted by the Linux Foundation.

For more information about the joint venture visit: www.ibm.com/blogs/blockchain/2018/01/digitizing-global-trade-maersk-ibm


Source: https://maersk.com/press/press-release-archive/maersk-and-ibm-to-form-joint-venture

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