Tampere Ambassador: Timo Lahti

Where are you from?
I was born in Saarijärvi, but I moved to Sweden at a very young age.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I live in Siivikkala, Ylöjärvi, with my wife and two sons. Interests: Bicycling, skiing, fishing, good food & wine.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
I have lived in several places, but Tampere is just the right size, plenty of services, not too big and not too small, few traffic jams and friendly people.

Tell about your professional activities?
I work as an Innovation Manager for Regus Kora at Tampere and Espoo, we have started a new type of Business Centre on these locations, with strong emphasis on networking and introductions to international business contacts for our tenants.

What is your involvement in international activities?
Kora tampere (subsidiary of Regus) is the largest workspace provider in the world, with operations in 125 countries, 900 cities and some 3000 centres, these are all now available for companies from the Tampere region.

What is your mission as a Tampere - All Bright! Ambassador?
I want to help companies from this region to find new business contacts & markets through the network on business centres that I can provide. Real growth often comes from expanding abroad - and we do have a brilliant tool for that now, with very low costs.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
The companies in this region must specialize on products and services that are hard or difficult to create; we have no change in mass production, only trough specialization and high technology can we be competitive in the future. Despite the economic situation at the moment, we must look ahead and be innovative, and keep the Tampere flag high!

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