A total of 239 new companies were established through LADEC last year


A total of 239 new companies were established in the Lahti region through LADEC in 2018, which is an increase of 8 per cent compared to the previous year. LADEC’s start-up advice services are a part of the Finnish Enterprise Agencies network, which operates in 29 locations in Finland. 

Last year, 7,771 new companies were established in Finland through the Enterprise Agencies, which is an increase of 4 per cent compared to 2017. 

Of the people who started a business through the Enterprise Agencies in 2018, approximately 50 per cent were under 36 years old, 30 per cent were unemployed and 10 per cent were students. The percentage of pensioners grew from 1 per cent to 3 per cent. Furthermore, 35 per cent of the new entrepreneurs had been employed in the private sector prior to starting their own business. 

According to Päivi Leppänen, the director of start-up and development services at LADEC, new companies in the Lahti region concentrated particularly on the service sector, following the same trend as in previous years.

LADEC’s confidential advisory services now available in 7 municipalities, free of charge 

LADEC advises both aspiring and more experienced entrepreneurs in Lahti, Asikkala, Hartola, Hollola, Iitti, Orimattila and Padasjoki in all matters regarding the establishment, growth, development, internationalisation and relocation of a company. The services are confidential and free of charge.

LADEC’s business consultants are available on weekdays from 8:30am to 4pm, at two offices in Lahti: by appointment at Lahti Science Park on Niemenkatu, and without appointment at Dooroom, on Rautatienkatu in the city centre.

LADEC’s advisory services are also available in Asikkala, Hartola, Iitti, Orimattila and Padasjoki in early 2019 according to the following schedule – both by appointment and without appointment:

At Asikkala Office Hub at Kustaantalo on Tuesdays from 9am to 3:30pm
19 February | 5 March | 19 March | 2 April | 16 April | 7 May | 21 May | 4 June | 18 June

At Hartola Town Hall on Mondays from 9am to 3:30pm
25 February | 25 March | 29 April | 27 May | 24 June

At Iitti Town Hall on Tuesdays from 9am to 3:30pm 
26 February | 12 March | 26 March | 9 April | 23 April | 14 May | 28 May | 11 June | 25 June

At Orimattila City Hall on Tuesdays from 9am to 11am (no appointment bookings)
5 March | 2 April | 7 May | 4 June

At Padasjoki Town Hall “Kuntala” on Mondays from 9am to 3:30pm
18 February | 18 March | 15 April | 20 May | 17 June

The LADEC business consultants are easy to reach: You can make an appointment by calling the service line, +358 44 702 2700, or using the chat option on the www.ladec.fi website. 

More information:
Päivi Leppänen
Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd
+358 50 568 7446 | paivi.leppanen(at)ladec.fi
Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd – Boost your Business!
LADEC’s role involves developing the conditions for business growth and competitiveness in the Lahti region, as well as marketing the region as an attractive business environment. We help entrepreneurs and businesses with everything from founding a business, growth, development and internationalisation, to relocation to the Lahti region. Our advisory services are free of charge. Every year, we offer advisory services to almost 1,000 individual customers, and more than 200 new businesses are established in the Lahti region every year with our help. Around 700 business customers use our business development services every year. Our customers have given our services excellent ratings for years (average of over 9/10 in the weekly feedback for the advisory services).  www.ladec.fi | www.lahtibusinessregion.fi
Finnish Enterprise Agencies is a joint private and public sector endeavour, established in 1989 by Finnish businesses. The establishing parties and background forces of the organisation represent society at large, but the activities are business-driven. The Finnish Enterprise Agencies members comprise the 29 regional enterprise agencies set up around Finland, as well as a number of companies, entities and experts who want to be involved in the first steps of successful new companies. The regional centres offer free-of-charge, confidential advisory services for new entrepreneurs and those planning to start a business. The advisory services are ISO 9001:2015 certified. After the first year, 90 per cent of new companies established with the help of the enterprise agencies are still in operation, and after five years, the figure is an impressive 80 per cent. www.uusyrityskeskus.fi