Mr Gerber, as part of the international team you've been involved in setting up businesses in Bremen since 2006. Which countries does Bremeninvest cover?
We cover all countries – we're happy to hear from any international company interested in setting up a business in Bremen. Our key markets, however, are the USA, China and Turkey, where we have local Bremeninvest offices in which our colleagues actively promote Bremen as a location for inward investment and provide support to our customers. Our commitment doesn't depend on the size of the company or the sector in which it operates. We always offer companies our fullest support, no matter how small the project might appear at the start.
Companies value fast access to comprehensive information. How big is your team?
There are ten members in our team. Seven of us are based in Bremen and three are based in our local offices in Shanghai, Atlanta and Izmir.
How do you support international companies?
Anyone who's decided to set up a business outside their home country has many things to consider. It's our job to support individuals and companies throughout the process. We reach out to people and provide structured support every step of the way, from the initial idea to the successful set up.
You say you provide support throughout the process. What kind of support do you provide?
The process of setting up a business goes through several phases. Put simply, there are three: the decision-making phase, the local consultation in Bremen and the setting up itself.
How does it all start?
First of all, the decision to set up a business must be prepared. We can help with market launch strategies and can find answers to an often broad range of questions, including in regard to the required legal structure and general tax matters. As soon as a decision to visit Bremen has been made, we organise a local meeting with lawyers, tax advisors, banks and potential partners. And finally, a suitable site or office needs to be found in Bremen. We can also help to establish contact with potential partners and institutes, of course.
What happens once I've set up my business in Bremen?
We provide help not only with setting up the business and finding a site or property, but also with any visa issues that may arise. We are here for our customers even after the company has been set up, as the questions don't stop as soon as your site or office is open for business. Far from it.
The WTC in Bremen is part of the World Trade Centers Association, which covers 89 countries
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