Forerunner Magazine: Chamber of Commerce builds networks

​- The Riihimäki-Hyvinkää economic area has been a tight, compact economic and business area throughout the ages, explains Anne Pevkur, Managing Director at the Riihimäki-Hyvinkää Chamber of Commerce.

Anne Pevkur knows the area covered by the chamber like the back of her hand. She has been managing director of the chamber of commerce since 2007, but she has worked in regional development and improving the conditions for business in the area since the mid-1980s.

- For several years I ran a number of networking projects including a metal industries network project which aimed to create a network among the small and large metal industry and technology companies in the area, Anne Pevkur explains.
- In addition, I was involved in many projects to promote the development of local companies’ quality and competences, as well as marketing companies, tourism and the whole region. All of this has been combined in regional development work for the benefit of the region’s companies and municipalities.

Promoting the interests of 450 member companies

The Riihimäki-Hyvinkää Chamber of Commerce is one of Finland's 19 chambers. It operates in an economic area formed by Riihimäki, Hyvinkää, Hausjärvi and Loppi up to the border of the Uusimaa and Kanta-Häme provinces.

The chamber has been a force in the Riihimäki and Hyvinkää areas and represented the interests of local companies since 1953. At the moment its membership is almost 450 companies led by the international quoted companies Kone and Konecranes.

The chamber’s activities can be divided into three areas: advocacy, training and official duties. The most important of the advocacy tools is the work of the committees which will be carried out by eight committees in the coming year.

- The committees are groups made up of member companies who consider issues related to their theme, for example internationalisation, training and workforce issues or questions of transport and logistics and look for solutions to them, explains Anne Pevkur.

In addition to advocacy and large part of the work of the chamber of commerce is training. The aim is to offer member companies modern and useful training. The third area of the chamber’s operations consists of its official duties, which include tasks such as certifying documents relating to foreign trade as well as monitoring and approving the area’s auditors.

- Our objective in the Riihimäki-Hyvinkää Chamber of Commerce is to represent and promote the interests of the whole economic area and its companies. We have been very successful in this work, summarises Ms Pevkur.
- In the latest member satisfaction survey by the Central Chamber of Commerce, our members considered that we were Finland’s best chamber of commerce. We received special thanks for our work in promoting members’ interests and we have raised issues for discussion that are important for our members.


Read the whole article in the latest issue of Forerunner Magazine here.

Modified 3/8/2016 2:56 PM

​Anne Pevkur.