Taking into account its size and the number of inhabitants, Joensuu has various well-known family businesses. Laakkonen Group (link in Finnish) has expanded from representing two makes of cars to a diversified company active in magazines, printed goods, real estate and the Kytäjä Golf and housing area. The group employs approximately 1200 people.

Awarded also at the European level, the Broman Group operates internationally. The company has over 1500 employees, and sells, for instance, spare parts and equipment for cars and motorbikes, tools, equipment for boats and fishing, as well as household and leisure goods. Established over 60 years ago, Kekäle sells over one hundred Finnish and foreign clothing brands online and in nine different locations. The traditional clothing store employs approximately 200 persons.

Trade in the Joensuu region has a diverse service structure. In addition to everyday consumer goods, Pohjois-Karjalan Osuuskauppa (link in Finnish) offers accommodation, health care and leisure services. There are hundreds of micro and small businesses in the area in addition to the large operators. Digitalisation opens up new opportunities for companies active in trade and the service sector to grow and succeed, also internationally.

Especially the steady flow of Russian tourists brings additional euros to companies in trade and the service sector. This generates new opportunities for companies to develop international products, events and services.

Interested? Contact us to find out more about the opportunities available to your company in the region.