Case Studies

We are proud of our clients and the issues we are solving together. Below, we will present some of our clients and the assignments we have worked on in recent years.

ABB

ABB

ABB is a leading company within power and automation technology both in Norway and globally. ABB Norway has approximately 2 300 employees and had a turnover in 2014 of NOK 11 billion. First House is assisting the company's Director of Communication with the overall positioning of ABB as a know-how company and provider of environmentally friendly and climate-friendly technology. We have been involved in developing ABB Norway's communications strategy and strategic narrative. Other deliverables include idea and concept development of reputation building activities as well as media and presentation training. First House also contributes to ABB's contingency work, with maintenance of plans, exercises and seminars, and operationally in situations where ABB needs additional resources.

Color Line

Color Line

Color Line AS is Norway's largest and one of Europe's leading cruise and transport shipping companies. With a fleet of six vessels, the company carries more than four million passengers, nearly 900,000 passenger cars and over 170,000 trucks and semi-trailers each year. The company employs the equivalent of approximately 2,600 person-years in four countries. Annual turnover is approximately NOK  4.7 billion. First House assists Color Line with strategic advice in several areas, including reputation management and analysis of regulatory framework. Our crisis response team is also a part of Color Line's emergency response organization.

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS)

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS)

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) is the global leader in electromagnetic (“EM”) surveying technology in the offshore oil and gas exploration industry. First House assisted EMGS in preparing for the company’s capital markets day in 2014. Our work included development of agenda for the day, story line, key messages and structure for the presentations as well as message training,  media plan and Q&A. The work was performed in close collaboration with the head of IR and the executive management team.

Frivillighet Norge

Frivillighet Norge

The Association of NGOs in Norway (Frivillighet Norge) is an umbrella organization for the voluntary sector in Norway. The mission of the Association is to coordinate the voluntary sector’s dialogue with the authorities on issues that are common to the voluntary sector, and to voice the voluntary sector’s opinions to the public and the authorities. Frivillighet Norge is First House’s preferred pro bono partner. As part of our community involvement, First House performs such services  as lectures and courses, meeting and conference  management.

Geomatikk AS

Geomatikk AS

Geomatikk AS is the major provider of services and solutions for the coordination of excavation work in Norway, supporting the processes of coordination of excavation plans, permit handling, cable location and follow up. Geomatikk AS is also the nation’s leading provider of utility network documentation services, and services for rot control of wooden poles.

First House provides Geomatikk with strategic advice whilst contributing expertise and capacity in specific projects. An important aspect of cooperation is to assist in the processes related to the framework conditions for the company.

Harald A. Møller AS

Harald A. Møller AS

Harald A. Møller AS is Norway's largest car importer and represents the brands Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, SKODA and Audi. Harald A. Møller AS is part of Møllergruppen, which is the largest Nordic auto company with 4107 employees across five countries.

 First House assists Harald A. Møller AS with media management and general sparring guided by the agenda. Through autumn 2015, First House served as adviser to the company in connection with the diesel matter related to the Volkswagen Group. In this regard, First House assisted with extra capacity in a challenging situation, in addition to more strategic advice related to contact with both internal and external audiences. 

Multiconsult

Multiconsult

Multiconsult is one of the country's leading groups within planning and consulting, with approximately 1 750 employees in Norway and internationally. The company was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange on 22 May 2015.

First House has assisted Multiconsult in the IPO process as a hired Investor Relations (IR) resource. We have built up the IR function and contributed both strategic and operational ability. An important part of the work has been to develop reporting materials, procedures and other documentation for the listing application. We have participated in prospect work, helped to develop annual reports, financial accounts, reports for part of the year, and the IR web, all in accordance with stock exchange standards. We have developed policy documents and procedures to satisfy the requirements concerning the handling of insider information and to ensure good communication with the stock market. As a knowledge-based enterprise, Multiconsult puts great emphasis on compliance and competence transmission. We have assisted with e-learning courses and classroom courses to build knowledge internally about new requirements for information management. First House has been a sounding board for the CFO before, during, and after the listing process, and assisted with the establishment and operation of the IR function during the start-up phase. In 2016, we also assisted Multiconsult with their annual report, ongoing consulting and preparation for Capital Markets Day.

Møreaksen and Hafast

Møreaksen and Hafast

Møreaksen and Hafast are two road projects in Møre og Romsdal that will link southern Sunnmøre, the Ålesund region and the Molde region into one, strong labour and business region. First House’s role has been as an adviser on how to position the projects towards the National Transport Plan (NTP).

Noble Energy

Noble Energy

Noble Energy is a U.S. oil company headquartered in Houston, Texas. Noble operates oil production in the United States, Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. Noble was founded in 1932 and has 1.4 billion barrels of oil reserves.

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund (Oljefondet) owns shares in Noble Energy, and First House has given Noble insight into what characterises Oljefondet as an owner, how the fund is managed and operated, and which investment policy it follows. We have also assisted Noble with government relations and understanding of the political framework conditions within which the Norwegian Government Pension Fund operates.


Norges Idrettsforbund

Norges Idrettsforbund

When the Oslo City Council decided that it would conduct a referendum on hosting the Olympics in Oslo in 2022, the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (Norges Idrettsforbund, NIF) conducted extensive work to ensure that a majority would vote in favour. First House was NIF's external main adviser in this process. The commitment involved the design of analyses, strategies and messages, and the prioritising of target groups. Moreover, First House assisted in mobilising elected representatives, involving allies and designing advertising campaigns.The collaboration also involved media advice and assistance for writing feature columns and letters to editors.

Ahead of the election, opinion polls showed a definite majority against. The polling result gave a majority of 55.1 percent in favour of Oslo hosting the Olympics, while 44.9 percent voted against. Voter turnout was at 68 percent, and 323 338 votes were cast.

Since 2012, First House has had a framework agreement with the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF). First House has assisted and assists NIF when needed with work related to, among other things, presentations in connection with international service missions, analyses/reports and, media and marketing. In recent times, First House assisted NIF in its work related to positioning and engagement in connection with mobilization and focusing on young enthusiasts.

Norges Skiforbund

Norges Skiforbund

Norges Skiforbund has been a client of First House since 2005.

Advisory services consist of assistance with positioning and general communications work.

Norwegian Energy Company

Norwegian Energy Company

First House was engaged as investor relations contact and communication consultant for Norwegian Energy Company (Noreco) from July 2013 to September 2015. During this period and in two rounds, the oil company conducted a comprehensive restructuring of both operations and balance sheet, equity issues and conversion of bond debt.

From the outset, First House was engaged as investor contact. Our work in this field has consisted of message development, press releases and presentation materials, for regular quarterly presentations and in connection with transactions. We have also answered emails and phone calls for the IR department on the company’s behalf.

As Noreco does not have its own communications department, our mandate gradually expanded to include corporate communication. We have supported the company in its media relations, government relations and internal communication as well as provided advice on positioning and message development in this regard. In addition, we have been involved in development and production of various communication material for internal and external channels, press inquiries, etc.


OG21

OG21

OG21 aims to ensure an efficient and eco-friendly value creation from Norwegian oil and gas resources through coordinated involvement in the petroleum cluster by way of education, research, development, demonstration, and commercialization of new technologies.

The program manager for OG21 was in the process of a comprehensive strategy update, which was concluded in 2016. The work involved extensive internal communication in OG21 and with different stakeholders in and around the Norwegian oil and gas industry. First House was retained to provide communication advice in this regard.

“The mission was not large in terms of time and cost, but still of great importance to OG21. In First House, we gained access to communication expertise with in-depth knowledge and broad experience of working in the Norwegian oil industry”, said Gunnar Lille, program director of OG21.

The assignment was solved by counseling and consultations in meetings and by telephone in connection with specified milestones in OG21’s work.

Orkla

Orkla

Orkla is a leading supplier of branded products to groceries, bakeries and the catering industry in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The listed group has approximately 13 000 employees and had a turnover of NOK 30 billion in 2014. Orkla has one of the industry's most competent communication departments.

First House has provided Orkla with strategic advice to the communications director, and contributed to specific projects. We have also provided advice on the organisation of resources and work flows, and input to the communication department's policy documents and plans. We have also contributed to the work with Orkla's strategy for positioning and internal communications. An important part of this collaboration has been about assisting in change processes, such as the acquisition and integration of businesses.

Pfizer

Pfizer

Pfizer is the world's leading biopharmaceutical company. First House provides Pfizer Norway with advisers who assist with contingency planning and media management.

Silver

Silver

Silver is a pension insurance company which has been a contender in the Norwegian pension market for a number of years and has provided their customers with among the market's best returns on pension savings. First House provides Silver with insight and guidance in political decision-making processes and with written accounts of complex issues.

Synsam

Synsam

Under new ownership since 2009, the leading Nordic optician group Synsam has achieved stellar growth both in terms of the number of outlets and number of employees. It has become the biggest optician chain in Norway, with a revenue of more than NOK 796 million. Since 2010, First House has assisted Synsam Norway and their CEO as strategic advisers. Services provided by First House have included developing Synsam's communication strategy and various activities aimed at strategic positioning and supporting Synsam's growth initiatives. This work has involved the development of Synsam's strategic narrative and its rollout internally, within the industry and in the wider market.

Tannlegeforeningen

Tannlegeforeningen

The Norwegian Dental Association (Den norske tannlegeforening, NTF) is a professional organisation for Norwegian dentists. The association looks after dentists' professional, economic and social interests, and its main tasks are related to dental health policies, dentists' labour and working conditions, and higher training. The organisation has more than 6 600 members, from both the private and public sectors.

First House is assisting the NTF with analyses and strategic advice on issues affecting the dental health field. We advise on profiling and positioning in the public debate and conduct reputation surveys. An important part of the cooperation consists of designing target group analyses and overviews of measures that support the NTF's strategic objectives. We have also provided advice on internal communications and visibility among its own members.

VG Partnerstudio

VG Partnerstudio

In cooperation with selected advertisers, VG Partnerstudio develops high quality content that is published on VG platforms. VG Partnerstudio is a separate production company unrelated to the editorial VG. Former VG managing editor and now partner in First House, Hans-Christian Vadseth, has been engaged to assist with the launch of the film “Kongens nei”. http://www.vg.no/annonsorinnhold/nordisk-film/kongens-nei/

VimpelCom

VimpelCom

VimpelCom is the world's sixth largest mobile phone operator, with 214 million customers in 18 countries. The company has approximately 60,000 employees and is listed on the NASDAQ exchange in New York.

First House has assisted Vimpelcom with analysis, assessments, and reports on the situation of Vimpelcom in Norway in connection with the corruption case in Ukraine, Telenor's situation, and parliamentary scrutiny.

Virke Trening

Virke Trening

In relation to the 2016 Training Conference, an expert group delivered a report by Virke Trening titled: "A knowledge lift within the exercise industry."

First House has assisted Virke Trening by defining the project that led to the reduction of the selection work  as well as in the implementation of the selection work.

In addition to facilitating the selection work, First House has also produced the rep

Weir American Hydro

Weir American Hydro

Weir American Hydro is headquartered in Pennsylvania, USA, and is a major producer of turbines for hydroelectric power stations. Weir wants to get into the Norwegian market for upgrading of hydropower plants. First House has prepared a market analysis for the company's turbines. We have also assisted Weir in getting in touch with key individuals and companies in the Norwegian hydropower industry, and we have transferred cultural competence about the priorities and working methods of potential clients in the Norwegian hydropower sector.

Øie Medical AS

Øie Medical AS

Øie Medical AS is a Norwegian company that sells medical equipment for cancer treatment. Øie Medical AS has been a client of First House since 2013.

Øie Medical AS has no separate administrative office. First House performs administrative duties and represents the company in different contexts.