Credits: By News Now Staff February 18, 2019
“If there is a startup company and they’re thinking of starting in Porvoo, the costs are much cheaper, and there’s a cost advantage compared to Helsinki and Espoo” says Darren Trofimczuk, who lectures on international business, aviation and tourism courses at Haaga-Helia’s Porvoo campus.
Another advantage Trofimczuk explains, is that with a growing number of students from Asia, Finnish companies have local expertise on hand when they want to look at strategies for breaking new markets in China, South Korea or Japan. Expertise that comes at a fraction of the cost of big name consulting firms.
But one “game changer” he says, would be a train link from Provoo to the capital city region. It’s lacking right now, and although the motorway is fast – Trofimczuk drives it every day to and from work – he thinks better transport options would bring even more international companies, startups and students to the town. “If they had a train link it would change instantly. Porvoo is a very nice place, it’s one of the most beautiful places in southern Finland and there’s lots of tourists who go there just to see the old town. It’s just that getting there is a bit of a disadvantage compared to Helsinki and Espoo. It will always be seen as a negative” he tells News Now Finland.
Full article by News Now Finland can be found here: newsnowfinland.fi/startups-tech/porvoo-carves-a-space-in-the-crowded-startup-market
Before the UK 2016 EU referendum I debated with some family and friends living in the UK my reasons why I strongly believed the UK should remain in the EU, but after returning back to Finland from my holiday, I already had a strong sense that the referendum result was highly likely to vote leave. My worse nightmares and predictions came true on 24th June at 04:40 when the result was announced on BBC News. The result ruined the rest of my summer holiday and I struggled to process why many of my country men and women voted to leave-my nightmare had come true!
Over two years later I think I have finally accepted the result and I have now concluded a hard Brexit is most probably required to reset the mindset of the British nation. In my opinion the political system (class system) in the UK needs to be removed and measures put in place to help reduce the many people that live in poverty. In a recent Finnish Yle news article published on 26.01.2019 the title read "Broken Britain." The article is only in Finnish but in summary it stated “The UK is the 5th biggest economy in the world but one fifth of its people live in poverty including 4.5 million children! The Conservative government continue to deny the facts even when a recent UN report highlighted these truths.” https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10606354?fbclid=IwAR1-o7F-u-A57xydBHROu7pQfwjp49pomodO9kf67jqSGIGlj0yFcqOD8A8
In my opinion the constant denial by previous and current governments about these sad facts is so they can fill their pockets and support the elite. Many of the main campaigners supporting the leave campaign were from an elite group in UK society such as Jacob Rees Mogg, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage. I have said this once before to those close around me but I really do feel the whole UK political system needs to change and move away from a system of unelected elites (House of Lords and Royal family etc), to a type of a republic/presidential style system. However, this can only happen when people have faced the realities of how these elite have no better solutions compared to what the EU actually offered the working class areas around the UK.
Therefore, maybe Brexit isn't such a bad thing if it does finally wake the working class people up to the reality of the small elite that have suppressed them all these centuries? Yes there will pain, increased poverty and possible public disturbances in cities around the UK, but in the long term the whole UK system might rebalance to a more fairer society? It is even possible if the EU political institutions in Brussels reform their bureaucracy, properly deal with migration issues and the big differences in fiscal policies between the northern and southern EU members, the UK may even one day rejoin back. There is a possibility Theresa May might get her withdrawal agreement passed before the March 29th Brexit deadline, but even this would still just delay the Brexit process until 2020. Brexit is therefore going to happen and possibly change the UK for good, but it will likely take a generation or two to fully go through the necessary changes to bare fruit. Nobody really knows what will happen, but I guess I hope something good will come out of this mess.