|12.02.14 Helsinki to be Finland’s most business friendly city by 2016
New enterprise service centre is a big step forward in services to businesses
The City of Helsinki wants Helsinki to become the most business friendly city in Finland by 2016. The City seeks to serve local entrepreneurs increasingly efficiently and flexibly at all stages of business operations. A new service centre to open in April, Yrityslinna (“enterprise caste”), will gather entrepreneurs, business services and business know-how under one roof.
The number of start-ups in Helsinki increased in late 2012 from previous levels, and strong growth in start-ups continued in 2013. The trend in Helsinki is reverse compared with the rest of the metropolitan area and Finland as a whole; outside Helsinki, the numbers of start-ups have declined remarkably.
“The favourable trend in entrepreneurship in Helsinki has increased the number of customers at our business services,” says Timo Onnela, manager of the Enterprise Services unit at the City Executive Office’s Economic Development division. “The new centre will provide a new type of ecosystem for enterprise services that will consolidate the operations of public-sector and private service providers. The result will be new strength for the development of business operations.”
Yrityslinna will serve entrepreneurs at Ensi linja 1 in the Kallio inner-city district of Helsinki. The name was inspired by the magnificent, castle-like Art Nouveu building completed in 1898 that will house the centre. The main operator at Yrityslinna will be EnterpriseHelsinki, a business service that is part of the City Executive Office’s Economic Development.
“The City seeks to develop Yrityslinna into a visible and functional centre to promote entrepreneurship assisting both start-ups and growth enterprises,” says the City of Helsinki Director of Economic Development Marja-Leena Rinkineva. “Yrityslinna will be a place for networking and exchange of ideas. We want to offer entrepreneurs a firm foundation for growth, which will help us to create new vitality and new jobs for the entire region.”