We assist investors in setting up or relocating their businesses, develop concrete site proposals and individual offers. EGC provides reliable support in solving challenges in approval procedures or other issues that need to be clarified with the city administration or other authorities.
Many outstanding companies from a wide range of industries have chosen Cottbus as a business location in recent years. We have been able to accompany a large number of them on their way - from the first steps in founding a company or relocating to the area to the regulation of company succession.
Success stories of our work show that an entrepreneur-friendly environment, excellent transport infrastructure, outstanding science/education and research landscape as well as intensive local support are decisive criteria for entrepreneurial development.
From 2020, the Forsa Institute will be based in Cottbus to research people's opinions throughout Germany. The market and research institute will open a telephone studio with laboratory character at the beginning of the year, making sophisticated surveys possible. Around 40 new jobs are to be created.
The decision to open the fifth telephone studio location of the Forsa Institute in Cottbus was initially preceded by intensive personal consultations with Lord Mayor Holger Kelch. Another decisive factor in the settlement process was the efforts made by EGC Wirtschaftsförderung Cottbus and Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHK) to find a suitable location. With years of experience and the right intuition, the EGC team succeeded in presenting a suitable office space and convincing the decision-makers of the Forsa Institute during the on-site visit.
In order to fill the targeted 40 interviewer positions in a qualitative manner, the employment agency assured its help in recruiting personnel from the very beginning.
[Cottbus, 10/16/18] It took entrepreneur Norman Scholz years to push a new commercial building.
For some time now, a sign has been emblazoned on a business park on Lipezker Strasse in Sachsendorf with the text: "This project is supported by Cottbus Economic Development." The sign is significant in three respects: until now, Cottbus's economic development agencies worked rather covertly, and secondly, they did so under the name Entwicklungsgesellschaft Cottbus. For investor Norman Schulz, the sign is significant in another respect: It marks the end of years of efforts to build a new location in Cottbus.
Norman Scholz, now 33, is a trained IT specialist and has been on the market as an IT service provider for small and medium-sized enterprises since 2009. His company operates from Merzdorfer Weg, the 450-square-meter hall is hard to find, and also difficult to air-condition. "So at some point I decided to build anew," says the former Forster. "Cottbus is a great location for me, the city is a good size." Since he serves many customers from Senftenberg and Hoyerswerda, it was clear: The new company headquarters should be located in the south of Cottbus.
In 2015, Scholz began looking for land, coming across an industrial estate in Sachsendorf on the website of the development company EGC that appealed to him. In December 2016, he bought the 3500-square-meter plot. "At first, the negotiations were a bit tough," the businessman recalls. The problem: The commercial area is not fully developed. A stormwater pipeline ran right through Scholz's property. "And no one could figure out who owned that pipe." However, the pipeline could not be built over so easily either; a responsible party had to be found who would agree to its relocation.
Norman Scholz proved to have patience and staying power; the economic development agency had to solve the problem somehow. "After the EGC was restructured, the processes have improved significantly, something has moved quickly," the entrepreneur is pleased.
ECR European Consumer Rights GmbH from Gräfelfing near Munich opened a location in Cottbus in 2018 after Steffen Matz, founder of VerbraucherRitter, learned of the closure of a large resident call center. The team of 50 employees in Cottbus accompanies aggrieved diesel drivers in consumer law and is to be successively increased.
When Steffen Matz, founder of VerbraucherRitter, heard in faraway Bavaria about the closure of a large call center in Cottbus, his interest was aroused: He wanted to recruit and take over the more than one hundred well-trained specialists for his rapidly growing company. A letter to the mayor of Cottbus, Holger Kelch, followed. Only a short time later, EGC Wirtschaftsförderung Cottbus began its work and intensive investor support.
Success for Cottbus
The relocation of VerbraucherRitter saved the call center, which was threatened with closure, and a large number of jobs. In addition, VerbraucherRitter has since expanded its range of services in the area of consumer protection. Tina Reiche, Managing Director of EGC, sees the new settlement as very positive for Cottbus: "For our city, the format of VerbraucherRitter is a great enrichment on our strategic path to becoming a modern service location."
Arrived in the city
The quick, professional action of EGC Wirtschaftsförderung Cottbus and its partners was what convinced Steffen Matz of the business location "We received a warm welcome and good advice from Dr. Elena Herzog and Marion Hadzik from EGC, and gained trust. These are important decision-making criteria in a foreign city where you don't know your way around."
And the hard location factors also played their part in the settlement: "We were able to rent good premises in a central location, and with the fiber optic line we have a better infrastructure overall than in Munich." Matz sums up further: "We are very satisfied with our new location and our employees."