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Leipzig targets safe and prosperous environment for start-ups

Leipzig boasts a close proximity to Berlin but comes without the capital’s costs, factors behind the city boasting about 200 start-ups covering a diverse number of fields. Wendy Atkins reports.

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Leipzig auto industry goes from strength to strength

Leipzig’s location near major road and air connections has helped it build a substantial automotive hub over the past 15 years, attracting such high-profile names as Porsche and BMW, as well as parts suppliers and logistics companies. Wendy Atkins reports.

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Côte d’Ivoire rises again

With GDP growth averaging 8.5% between 2012 and 2015, Côte d’Ivoire is drawing a line under the troubled civil war era. Wendy Atkins reports. 

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How Hessen plans to thrive from post-Brexit foreign investment

With Brexit expected to lead to a number of companies and employees from a variety of sectors relocating away from the UK, the region of Hessen in Germany – which contains financial centre Frankfurt within its borders – is positioning itself as the economic gateway to the EU. Wendy Atkins reports.

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UK dependencies and territories ride out Brexit worries

UK dependencies such as the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar are already feeling the impact of the 2016 Brexit referendum. So far, however, all are reporting greater interest from investors since last June, writes Wendy Atkins.

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Chief minister explains why Brexit will not rock Gibraltar

Although Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU in the 2016 UK referendum, the British overseas territory pragmatically prepared in advance for a Brexit outcome, says chief minister Fabian Picardo. He tells Wendy Atkins why he is optimistic about future opportunities.

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Düsseldorf's subtle charm wins over investors and workers alike

Not one of the more renowned cities in Europe for culture or tourism, Düsseldorf in north-west Germany nevertheless has forged a name for itself as an FDI hotspot. Wendy Atkins looks at how the city's accessibility, highly skilled workforce and quality of life are drawing in investors from all over the world.

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Düsseldorf mayor uses tradition to fuel city's ambition

Düsseldorf mayor Thomas Geisel tells Wendy Atkins how the city has built on its history of manufacturing and appetite for innovation to stay at the forefront of industrial developments.

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The Trivago template: why tech start-ups in Düsseldorf can aim for the top

Düsseldorf's start-up scene has a huge success story to boast of in the shape of globally successful hotel search brand Trivago. However, as Wendy Atkins discovers, the city's collaborative approach to telecoms, ICT and all things digital means that hopes are high that many more multinational players will emerge in the coming years.

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Chamber of Commerce president looks to add value to Düsseldorf's offering

Its central location has helped attract foreign investors to Düsseldorf, but proactive measures such as creating a one-stop shop for Chinese investors are crucial to spread the word, Andreas Schmitz, the president of the Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce, tells Wendy Atkins.

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