Bremen was considered the gateway to the world even back in the days of emigration. More than seven million people emigrated by ship from Bremerhaven to the United States between 1830 and 1974. Bremen remains a gateway to the world today. With its 540,000 inhabitants, Bremen is among Germany’s ten largest cities and is located a mere 60 kilometres from the North Sea. Its immediate proximity to the Weser river, its ideal connection to the motorways A1 and A27 and railways, the container terminal in Bremerhaven and the City Airport Bremen – all together result in a perfect combination for a strong business location in the Northwest of Germany. Nowhere else in Germany will you find an international airport that is located so close to the city centre. Every year, around 2.6 million business and holiday travellers are counted at the airport, who take advantage of one of over 40 connections from and to Bremen.
The companies comprising our three innovation clusters, which we in particular promote in Bremen, benefit from the excellent connections, too. The aerospace industry is among the city’s future-oriented sectors. Bremen is the second-largest site for Airbus in Germany after Hamburg. Around 3,200 employees work at the production facility at Airport City, where a focus is on the development, construction and production of high-lift systems for wings needed in almost all Airbus programmes. Bremen has also developed into a renowned location for aerospace transport, manned space travel and robotics: for example, the Spacelab, the space laboratory Columbus and the space transporter series ATV were developed and built by Astrium in Bremen. The OHB AG with around 2,200 employees specialises in the development and assembly of satellites.
The Airbus plant in Bremen delivers fully equipped wings and landing flaps/pitch elevator systems for final assembly to the Airbus facilities in Toulouse and Hamburg.[/caption]
Bremen’s economic promoters and their subsidiary, the Bremer Aufbau-Bank GmbH (BAB), with their targeted investment promotion, together support companies with attractive programmes: for existing companies, start-ups and for “those new to Bremen”. From supporting the market introduction of new products to assistance in modernising company infrastructures and growth financing for SMEs all the way to participation in international trade fairs – the promotion options provided by the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen are multifaceted.
Here, the BAB serves as a development bank for the state of Bremen and finances, in close, non-competitive partnership with local banks and savings banks, all types of business-related activities which comply with the interests of the state of Bremen. Particularly SMEs can benefit from the promotion measures offered by the Bremer Aufbau-Bank. Especially in critical phases such as establishment, growth, restructuring, but also consolidation or reorganisation does the Aufbau Bank supplement the involvement of house banks with loans, investments
The banker worked for the Sparkasse Nienburg, from 1993 as deputy bank department head for the Norddeutsche Landesbank in Hannover and from 2000 as director of the Sparkasse Hannover. Before joining the WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH as chairman of the management board in 2009, he had already acquired relevant experience as CEO of the hannoverimpuls GmbH.