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7 September 2017 - Merle Burghart

Five locational factors that speak for Bremen

Investing in Bremen
Reasons for companies to relocate here

As both Airbus and Mercedes already know, when it comes to infrastructure and commercial property, businesses should look to Germany’s north-west. To Bremen, to be more precise. The Hanseatic city boasts the following five locational factors.

Überseestadt Bremen
© Bremeninvest/Jonas Ginter

1. Locational factor: commercial property

There is no shortage of commercial property in Bremen. Businesses looking to relocate here will find everything from logistics warehouses to office space. In a comparison with other German cities, Bremen lies in fifth place with 2.685 million square metres of warehouse space (2016). If you add to that the warehouse space within a radius of 50 kilometres, there are more than four million square metres.
And this figure is constantly growing: the Hansalinie logistics centre is currently being expanded by 55 hectares. Once the expansion has been completed, a total of 150 hectares will be available – more than 210 football pitches.
In Bremen’s flagship project, the Überseestadt (New Harbour District), new office buildings and residential quarters are currently under construction. And in the Oberneuland office park, more than three hectares of space are ready for new businesses.

Bremeninvest’s relocation service will help you find your perfect property and even accompany you on viewings, if required. If you want to make a start with your search, our property finder has a selection of available properties.

 Hansalinie construction site
The Hansalinie will be extended by 55 hectares © Bremeninvest/Jonas Ginter

2. Locational factor: low rent

In comparison to other urban centres, rents in Germany’s eleventh-largest city are low. Despite a slight upwards trend, the price per square metre for logistics warehouse space remains stable. The average rent for logistics premises is €3.21 per square metre (2016). This is due to the comparatively low price of land, which at €45 per square metre is around 50 per cent below the price in Hamburg, for example.

3. Locational factor: infrastructure

Bremen is famous for being compact and has the perfect infrastructure, whether road, rail, water or air. The twin ports of Bremerhaven and Bremen are two of the largest in the world, and huge volumes of goods arrive in Bremerhaven’s container terminals every day. The direct connection to the North Sea and the proximity to the international ports in Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven make Bremen a global logistics hub. That is one reason why Germany’s largest Cargo Distribution Centre (GVZ) is based in Bremen, from where it facilitates the smooth running of international transport. Bremen’s logistics hubs GVZ, Hansalinie Industrial Estate, Bremer Kreuz and Industriehafen provide comprehensive logistics support for the whole of Germany’s north-west.
Bremen offers many benefits in terms of time and cost savings. The city itself is compact, the international airport is very close, and the large business parks, for example Hansalinie Industrial Estate, have excellent autobahn links.

© Bremeninvest/Jonas Ginter

4. Locational factor: a skilled workforce

Skills shortages? Not here. Bremen has a stable pool of new talent, both of highly qualified science graduates and of skilled workers in the service sector.
More than 30,000 students attend Bremen’s universities. Established names such as Fraunhofer Institute, the German Aerospace Centre and the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence have research facilities here. The close cooperation between universities and companies offers students in the fields of aerospace, logistics and IT the opportunity to gain practical experience during their studies, and students have made a considerable contribution to the achievement of scientific milestones at these institutes. Discover how interdisciplinary collaboration with universities works, using the example of LogDynamics.
New companies should not miss out on the opportunity to collaborate with students and universities, as it enables them to develop skilled workers and encourage them to remain with the business for the long term.
Does your company need more employees? Bremeninvest’s relocation service works closely with the Federal Employment Agency and can assist you with needs analyses and the recruitment of employees.

5. A tailor-made relocation service at your side

Costs, property, contacts, financing – these are some of the factors that businesses must consider before choosing a site for relocation. Bremeninvest’s relocation service can help you throughout the process, from the initial plans to handing over the keys. Whether you are a business start-up or a seasoned entrepreneur, we will support you in your search for suitable retail, office or warehouse premises. Click here for an overview of how our relocation service can help you

Would you like to know more about the quality of life in Bremen?  Seven reasons why business people quickly feel at home in Bremen

You can find an overview of business parks in Bremen that are relevant to the logistics sector.

Bremeninvest’s 2016 real estate market report

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