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Tower Bridge cannot be moved to Düsseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund or Essen but your business can grow there. Check out Europe‘s best location: North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) Germany‘s most populous state. More foreign investments flows into NRW than into any other German state. Over 20,000 international companies have already decided in favor of NRW and control their German or European operations from NRW. Apart from well-known companies like AO, Dyson, GKN, Lush and Vodafone, we host global companies such as 3M, Ford, Huawei, QVC, Toyota. 1,100 Chinese, 650 Japanese, 100 Indian and 1,600 US companies already feel at home in NRW. Profit from the countless possibilities and conditions the state has to offer you.
How to get your business to North Rhine-Westphalia | NRW
NRW is unique in many ways. Profit from the countless possibilities and conditions the state has to offer you. Regardless of your industry or the project concerned, this is where you find the ideal prerequisites for new opportunities. Contact us – we will gladly convince you, too.
We, the state-owned economic development agency NRW.INVEST, support companies to invest and to set up in Germany‘s number one investment location: NRW. With our „One Stop Service“, we accompany you and your investment project from the first step to successful completion and beyond.
In 4 easy steps to North Rhine-Westphalia | NRW
How can we support you?
We will gladly support and analyze your plans. Primarily we will draw upon your key business indicators and future plans, amongst other factors. Should there be any questions on your agenda pertaining to the financing of the project, we will advise you with regard to the preliminary provision of necessary documents potential financial organizations, such as the business plan, for example. In addition, we will discuss and provide information on funding opportunities or taxes and fees.
We will help you to refine your requirements for your new location, including transport and logistics connections, proximity to sales and procurement markets, specialist workers and personnel, business partners, customers and suppliers, permits and land or real estate requirements.
Do you need market data and want to know more about sales potential? We will help you to understand your specific market and industry environment in your location. To do this, we will provide market and contact data and sources of information. In addition, we can put you in touch with experts and decision-makers from relevant business sectors, according to your requirements.
Are you looking for a wide variety of partners for your investment project? We will identify potential candidates for you, from project developers, suppliers or development partners to cluster organizations.
We will organize your search for the right location, based on your requirements. We will do this with the support of a wide network of experts in the area of local and regional economic development in NRW, as well as established project developers and real estate specialists.
We will suggest sites suitable for your requirements from our wide-ranging portfolio. If necessary, we will also check any funding or financial matters. We are happy to accompany you on your site viewings and will put you in touch with relevant local authority contacts.
After you have chosen your location, we will naturally remain on hand to support you with all the key issues relating to your settlement and to accompany you up to the official opening of your establishment, and thereafter.
Is an approval or licensing procedure necessary for your build or your factory at your new location? Do you need certification or authorization for your product/service or business processes? We will put you in touch with experts, moderate processes and endeavor to speed them up. Your success is our goal!
Are you looking for personnel for your new establishment in NRW? We will put you in touch with partners who can support you. In addition, we will provide you with information about recruitment tools and methods. Together with our partners we will check for potential and keep you informed about funding opportunities for recruitment and qualification.
There are many different factors involved in a settlement process. We hold all the treads together for you. Whether politics, administration or business, it is important to bring your interests and schedules in line with all participants.
If you wish, we can help you to work with the press during the run-up to your official opening in NRW. We are happy to advise you on how best to involve the public and inform the press, according to your requirements.
After you have settled, your business is flourishing and you are feeling at home in NRW, we still remain at your side. We are happy to communicate with you regularly regarding your business situation and development in NRW.
If you are planning to expand your business at your location, we are glad to offer support and advice with your expansion and investment plans. It is important to us that your business is successful in NRW and that you, like the around 20,000 other foreign investors in the state, feel comfortable here.
Information is key to success in business. We organize and attend events so that expert focus groups from your industry can exchange information. Feel free to use them. You are most welcome.
Outstanding investment projects of British companies
AO, the United Kingdom's leading online retailer for household appliances, moved to Elsdorf near Cologne in 2014. In 2016, an additional new European headquarters was built in Bergheim which has a large central warehouse and an administration building covering an area of 84,000 square meters. AO currently has more than 650 employees in NRW who will be joined by new colleagues in future: in the medium term, around 2,500 jobs are to be created here.
The British cosmetics manufacturer Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics opened its first production plant in Düsseldorf in June 2016 – its largest investment in continental Europe to date. The company now manufactures products for Germany, France, Benelux and Sweden on an area of 10,700 square meters. Currently, more than 300 employees work in sales and production.
Site locator NRW
To help you make the most of your business opportunities in NRW, you can now find the business location that is best-suited to your individual preferences and needs using just a few clicks. The NRW site locator lets you pick and rate the location factors that are most relevant to your business. Your preferences are then matched with data on up to 40 different indicators to determine the top 3 regions in NRW that are the best fit for your business.
Start the site locator now, to find the regions in NRW that are best-suited to your individual business needs!
Top places in the "fDi - European Cities and Regions of the Future 2020/2021" Award
Both the figures and the survey results confirm NRW as the No. 1 investment location: North Rhine-Westphalia is one of Europe's leading regions for business and investment – this is confirmed by the "European Cities and Regions of the Future 2020/2021" ranking of fDi Magazine, a subsidiary of the Financial Times Group. In the European location comparison conducted every two years, North Rhine-Westphalia once again demonstrates its strengths in numerous categories. For example, the state took first place in the "FDI Strategy" category for attracting foreign direct investment and second place in the overall result of the most sustainable "Large" or "Western European Regions" with more than four million inhabitants behind the Paris region. The location also does well in the overall ranking, coming in third behind the Paris and Dublin metropolitan areas.