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 MaaS Global’s Whim smart mobility app in action. Image: MaaS Global

DAILY BRIEF: Smart mobility, craft beer, digitalisation, top entrepreneur, logistics and working in Finland

All the daily Finnish business news that works: MaaS Global, Fat Lizard, Etteplan, Peikko’s Topi Paananen, Nurminen Logistics and Finnish work life make headlines.

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Fat Lizard joins Big Drop’s alcohol-free beer range, Etteplan develops a mobile app for SEO service stations, Peikko CEO Topi Paananen wins a top entrepreneur award in Finland, Nurminen Logistics opens three new train routes to China, MaaS Global and NCC pilot smart mobility in real estate, and Kelly Keodara tells GNF about her career in Finland. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Fat Lizard joins Big Drop’s World Collab series

Four beer cans of Big Drop Brewing's new alcohol-free Nordic beer flavours

Espoo, Finland-based brewery Fat Lizard has joined its three Nordic counterparts to produce an alcohol-free beer range with UK-based Big Drop Brewing. The Nordic breweries are part of Big Drop’s second World Collab Series, which has been curated with beer expert Melissa Cole to cater to the increasingly popular alcohol-free craft beer market. Fat Lizard’s Rye’d Said Fred juniper rye IPA will be accompanied in the range by Icelandic brewer Einstök’s coconut stout, Sweden’s Hop Notch’s elderflower IPA and the Rush Rider pastry sour created with Norwegian brewery Amundsen. The limited-edition brews are available from mid-January in Big Drop’s home market. Image: Big Drop Brewing

Etteplan digitalises SEO service station network

SEO service station

Finnish engineering and software company, Etteplan, is implementing a mobile service for the SEO service station network in Finland. The network consists of more than 200 independently operating distribution stations, service stations and unmanned filling stations. The app will offer a range of services to consumers, corporate customers and service station merchants. The project is also supported by public funding organisation Business Finland. Image: Etteplan

Peikko CEO named EY Entrepreneur of the Year

Peikko CEO Topi Paananen holding up EY Entrepreneur of the Year award

Peikko Group’s CEO, Topi Paananen, has won Finland’s 2020 EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition. He will go on to represent Finland in the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year competition organised later this year, facing off against winning candidates from more than 50 countries. Paananen has held leadership roles in Peikko Group for 15 years, over which time the construction industry business has grown some 200 million euros in revenue, and established manufacturing operations in 15 countries and local service points in 34 countries. Image: Peikko Group

Nurminen Logistics adds train routes to China

A China Railway Express train

Nurminen Logistics will open three new train routes from China to Finland, as its Chinese container train traffic volumes tripled during 2020. The first train has now departed from Suzhou towards Helsinki, while the Ningbo and Jinan routes will open in February. Nurminen Logistics started a regular train service between Finland and China in 2018, when its Hefei route opened. A co-operation with the Port of Narvik in Norway followed in 2020. The train service has been reliable even amidst the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Image: Nurminen Logistics

MaaS Global and NCC pilot smart mobility in real estate

Cars with NCC logo on the side

MaaS Global and Swedish construction company NCC are piloting the smart mobility app Whim in real estate development. Mobility as a service (MAAS) combines different modes of transport, from public transport to car-sharing and city bikes. The partners have set out to discover how the emerging trend could be applied to the real estate sector to potentially replace expensive parking garages in new developments and offer tenants new services. The Finnish company’s app was launched in 2017 and has been used for more than 16 million journeys internationally to date. Image: NCC

My career: From start to Finnish

Kelly Keodara holding a TEDx presentation

In our My Career: From Start to Finnish series, Kelly Keodara tells us how she came to Finland looking for a new adventure and ended up working as a marketing communications manager in the aerospace and systems intelligence industry. Read about her Finnish work life journey by clicking the headline.

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