Dear Members & Readers,

If I had been told a year ago that I would now be sitting amongst the lovely streets of London working for The Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce (now: The Danish-UK Association) – I would not have believed it. But then, how did I end up here?

Networking is not just a fancy word!

Around this time last year, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to take a gap year from studies to go and work abroad somewhere – a decision I am pleased I took. I wanted to put the Danish standard into perspective, and to learn new cultures, while competing in an international environment has always fascinated me. But then, how did I end up here?

I needed to step out of my comfort zone and contact people I did not know at all, hadn’t spoken to for ages or people I did not know well enough to ask for help. Through a family member, I was put I in touch with a person I had never talked to or met before, and within the next couple of days we had our first skype call. The man I talked to was London-based and happened to be a private member of The Chamber (now: Association), which quickly caught my interest. My contact promised to make a one-to-one email introduction to my current boss Gunnar, and I soon found myself in a meeting room at Sloane Street for a job interview. A week later I was offered the job. All this because I went out on a limb and contacted a person I had never heard about/met/talked to before, and whose name I got through networking.

The Importance of networking

Last summer, I came to visit the team and work on the preparations for our Annual Summer Reception in early July. With butterflies in my stomach, I was ready to go to my first DKUK networking event with high expectations. When the event started, I remember how nervous I was, walking up to an attendee, but as the evening went on I realised that it was not that bad. I learned that if you can be just a little brave and show your interest in others, stay in touch with them, then you can move your career and business development in the right direction.

I have learned that the essence of networking is: you give more than you get. Take advantage of every chance you have of meeting someone, and I am sure that you will not only enjoy making new friends, connections and maybe even new colleagues, but you will take great pleasure in supporting and helping others in their careers.

Use and expand your network! You have nothing to lose and everything to win!

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Come and meet me

I hope you will all come and network with me in the future, and in fact we have a wide variety of events coming up where I would love to meet those of you who have not yet crossed my path.

I am pleased to announce that the date for The Queen’s Birthday Dinner is confirmed: it will be on April 18th at fellow member 1 Lombard Bar & Brasserie. Event information will appear on our website soon.

This year’s Summer reception is now confirmed and will take place on the terrace of the imposing House of Lords with about 200 invited guests on 4th July. One of the most iconic buildings in the world, no other venue is more instantly recognisable than the Palace of Westminster. DFDS Seaways have already confirmed their support as one of our Official Event Partners - we are looking forward to working with them!

Finally, our Annual Christmas Lunch, always a highlight in everyone’s calendar, is all about traditions, surprises, festive spirit and good company! Save the 14th of December!

We welcome members and the extended network to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information on how your company could get involved.

I hope to see you all soon!

Kind regards,
Simon Lundby Pedersen
Intern
The Danish-UK Association 

 

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