Dear Reader,

The availability of suitable commercial areas and properties for businesses is of particular importance for dynamic economic regions such as Basel. A business can only grow if there is enough space or room for it to do so. The Canton of Basel-Stadt is fully aware of the importance of this factor and therefore supports businesses by offering or brokering commercial land and property itself. It also offers advice to companies in establishing their business and with expansion projects. This is true for both current as well as future needs for space.

In the present edition of the AWA-Newsletter, we have introduced the portfolio of commercial areas issued by the AWA, in addition to the direct real estate brokerage for companies in the Basel area. This gives companies who have an interest in development projects and commercial plots/property that will be available in the future, an overview of the future commercial areas available in the Canton of Basel-Stadt.

Furthermore, we will be outlining the next milestones of the Swiss Innovation Park Northwest Switzerland, SIP NWCH, which will be opened this year at its initial location in Allschwil. The SIP NWCH plays an important role in the promotion of regional and national innovation and makes it possible for new kinds research collaborations and partnerships to take off.

This newsletter edition is also full of other interesting topics and announcements relating to the business location of Basel.

The next edition of the AWA-Newsletter will be published in autumn 2015.

Samuel Hess
Member of the Management Board
Office of Economy and Labour of the Canton of Basel-Stadt

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Commercial areas in the Canton of Basel-Stadt

The Economic Development of the Canton of Basel-Stadt has been most rewarding in recent years thanks to successful businesses. This growth has led to an increasing number of jobs and, naturally, companies requiring more space to expand. The Canton of Basel-Stadt has taken various measures to ensure that these successful companies will be able to find suitable areas and premises for their future business activities, and it also supports the companies in their search for more space in an advisory capacity.

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The Swiss Innovation Park Northwest Switzerland becomes a reality

The offices and laboratories at the initial location of Bachgraben in Allschwil are to be renovated and occupied by the middle of the year by the first research units. The official opening is scheduled for the second half of 2015.

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The Basel Region Logistics Cluster Initiative

The Canton of Basel-Stadt recognises the economic importance of the logistics industry and would like to actively support its development, so that the logistics centre of Basel can continue to be competitive in the long term.

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Business delegation trips by the Cantons of Jura and Basel-Stadt to China 18-24 May 2015

The China Business Platform is organising a business delegation trip for May 2015 aimed at export-oriented companies in Northwestern Switzerland who want to explore their market opportunities in China, and establish specific contacts.

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First network event "Spotlight on Administration"

November 2014 heralded the first event in the "Spotlight on Administration" series held at the Technologiepark Basel. The series of events aims to deepen the canton’s internal network and to talk to employees from the most varied departments of the canton’s administration about their experiences with companies.

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Representatives of the regional employment centre: personal and professional

Are you looking for new employees? Do you have a job vacancy that needs to be filled quickly? Our team of representatives is here for you. Tell us your personnel needs. We are your point of contact for professional personnel selection and recruitment.

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Economic outlook under a new light

Due to the abolition of the Swiss currency ceiling, BAK Basel Economics expects the Swiss economy to grow significantly less than predicted in the years 2015 and 2016 since the Swiss National Bank made its decision.

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EVENTS - Outlook

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Swiss-China Life Sciences event on 8th April 2015

The China Business Platform has organised an event for interested business people about the life sciences market in China. It is to be held on 8th of April 2015 at Technologiepark Basel.

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Awards Ceremony for the Basel Social Award on 23rd April 2015

The award ceremony for the 2015 winners is open to the public and will be held on 23rd of April 2015 in the auditorium of Technologiepark Basel. Councillor Christoph Brutschin will be awarding the Basel Social Award to the winning companies.

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Absolventenmesse Basel on 11th November 2015

The Absolventenmesse Basel will be held for the second time on the 11th November 2015, at the Messe Basel exhibition site. Companies hoping to attract motivated college and university students have the opportunity to present themselves as attractive employers at exhibition stands from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

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10th Swiss Innovation Forum on 19th November 2015

Important decision makers from the areas of business, science, research, education, politics and media come together at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) to actively exchange ideas and talk. The 10th edition of the SIF will take place on 19th of November 2015, at the Congress Center Basel.

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