• Top of the Class, Elite Capital & Co

    After being awarded Infrastructure Project Finance Provider 2018, Henry Martin sits down with George Matharu President and CEO of Elite Capital & Co. Elite Capital & Co’s services are suitable for all types of Infrastructure Projects in either Greenfield (Pre Operations Stage) or Brownfield (Operations Stage) including but not limited
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  • The Rise of Tax Technology

    As new tax rules proliferate and governments call on companies to demonstrate greater tax transparency, corporate tax functions need to strengthen their tax determination, tax data management and tax reporting capabilities. This need drives more chief tax officers to weigh investments in cloud-based tax technology solutions. Getting the highest returns
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  • Economic Factor

    As an international and cosmopolitan city, Berlin attracts founders, entrepreneurs, investors and talented individuals from all over the world. James Brown interviews the CEO of Berlin's economic development organisation, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, Dr. Stefan Franzke, regarding Brexit, the election of Trump and a city where the spirit
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  • Lisbon Hits the Top Spot

    1st Lisbon Forget London or Stockholm - everyone is upping sticks to the new capital of cool. Lisbon, once regarded as a second class city, promotes an enviable can-do entrepreneurial spirit and lays claim to the most exciting creative scene in mainland Europe right now. Undervalue Western Europe's oldest city at
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  • Direct Access

    Henry Martin interviews Michael Sturm, Managing Director at Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH (Invest in MV) Henry Martin: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has a very established and reputable knowledge and skills base with both a solid research base and established clusters in advanced industry sectors. How do you consider these factors to influence potential
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  • Hamburg: Gateway to Europe

    Henry Martin spoke to Rolf Strittmatter, managing director of the HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has led to insecurity and relocation considerations in the corporate world. It is widely anticipated that companies that generate their revenue mainly within the European Union will
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  • Leader of the Pack

    We speak with Mikael Spuhl, CEO at 3D Interactive Sthlm AB James Brown: Could you give us a brief introduction to AR and its benefits? The usual technical description of augmented reality (AR) is “a technology that layers computer generated enhancements on top of an existing reality”. I would introduce
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Winter 2018
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Category Archives: FDI

A Year of Superlatives for Hamburg

With more than 550 businesses from China, 100 from Japan and 50 from Taiwan, Hamburg is also Germany’s major location for Asia-related expertise 2017 is proving to be a year of superlatives for Hamburg. In January, the Elbphilharmonie, one of the world’s most spectacular concert halls, was inaugurated atop a former port warehouse. For more than 100 years, the Kaispeicher A warehouse was a symbol of Hamburg’s mercantile trade.

Transformed into a temple of culture, it has been reborn as a new icon. Fusing the old brick walls of the port warehouse with the modern glass structure of the concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie is the architectural symbol of Hamburg’s future and a new landmark for the city. And as if the Elbphilharmonie wasn’t enough of a superlative, the European XFEL is now launching a science project that is unrivalled anywhere in the world. With investment twice as high as that of the Elbphilharmonie, this project, in which 11 countries are participating, will create the basis for new discoveries e.g. in the areas of disease processes and energy research. Further research institutes, especially from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are currently being founded or expanded.

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The Floating Industry

This year markets may well be volatile due to the changing of the guard in Washington, but where are the safer bets being hedged?

Despite persistent economic uncertainty, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association is forecasting continued growth in Europe’s cruise market. The sector has grown by approximately 50% since 2008 and continues to develop year on year.  And, as more cruise ships get distributed to European operators, the cruise market will continue to expand, and the CLIA expects an estimated 25.3 million passengers to take to the high seas this year alone.

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Dynamic Glasgow

Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is an economic and property powerhouse which generated £19.6 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) in 2015, the greatest of any Scottish city. It had the fastest growing economy in the UK 2013-14 (ONS), significantly outperforming all other UK core cities, and is set to grow by 7.2% by 2022. The city’s buoyant economy is founded on a diverse set of sectors which include digital technology, financial and business services, life sciences, low carbon, engineering, advanced manufacturing and design, tourism and major events, and the creative industries. This very diversity has been the key to the city’s economic resilience, through the impacts of global recession, and growth in recent years.

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Full Steam Ahead

Redeveloping port infrastructure is an important driver of FDI .Opinion is split on Ireland’s FDI prospects in light of Brexit, but the Celtic Tiger has reason to be optimistic, as the country aims to exploit the uncertainty surrounding the UK and leverage its new status as the only significant English-speaking EU economy.

This is reflected in the mood in the country which is becoming more buoyant. A recent survey by Dublin Chamber of Commerce testifies to this, with only 39% of firms now believing Brexit will have a negative effect, down from 50% six months previously. Investors can expect to enjoy corporate tax advantages and access to a rich reservoir of skilled labour. This has led to renewed commitments to the country from major international tech firms since the UK’s decision to leave the EU, evidencing that this is a time of opportunity for Ireland as it looks to attract talent and increase its share of the pie across the board.

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Dublin Port

Ongoing developments at Dublin Port are working to cement its status as the undisputed trade gateway into and out of Ireland. Yet, its standing as a cruise liner port of distinction is less well known. 2016 saw Dublin Port experience record throughput of 34.9 million gross tonnes and in the four preceding years recorded 25% growth. The trajectory looks set to continue too with growth of 4.2% for Q1 2017 already posted, while the fact it will be paying a dividend to the State of €11.7 million in 2017 bears testament to its ongoing success.

2016 also saw over 100 cruise ship vessels visit the port, drawn in part by improved facilities at Alexandra Quay, ongoing redevelopment and the ten year €600m capital investment programme. Yet, perhaps the biggest feather in its cap to date is having attracted Celebrity Cruises to make it their home port for the early summer season in 2018, an investment worth almost €6m to Dublin and surrounds in terms of knock-on impact.

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