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  • How the Corona crisis affected a diagnostics start-up in Basel-Stadt

    daygnostics AG is a start-up based in Basel-Stadt focusing on the genetics-based, fast and accurate detection of pathogens in non-human, industrial applications like in the food processing industry, for instance. Founded only in February 2020, daygnostics AG essentially consisted of four people, including the CEO designate elected by the company’s advisory board. Now, five months and a lockdown later, the company employs a workforce of seven at the Technologiepark Basel.

  • Mixed results and mixed feelings in the region’s business sector; substantial discrepancies between industries

    How are companies from the Basel region coping with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic? Which industries are confident, what kind of companies unsure about their future or even existentially threatened – despite support and relief by the Cantons and the Federal Government? A joint survey by trade associations and economic development agencies of the Cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft has picked up and sorted throught the mixed messages coming from the economy of the Basel region.

  • „Basel-Stadt: Land of Opportunity“

    Image: Mark Niedermann for Basel Area Business & Innovation

    "113 Hectares of Opportunity" was the title that the architectural journal Hochparterre had coined for a feature about the Canton of Basel-Stadt in autumn 2019 – the opportunity being the city’s many vast and centrally located transformation and development areas. That has not changed a bit: On the basis of its eminently positive economic development in recent years and excellent long-term prospects, the business location Basel-Stadt continues to offer plenty of opportunities – despite the current uncertainty caused by the COVID-19- pandemic.

  • In the spotlight: the Office of Economy and Labour AWA

    Two out of many: Highlighting the work of the Economic Development and the Labour Inspectorate (AI), our next two contributions shed light on how the many departments of the AWA are striving to deliver outstanding and COVID-19-specific services – all of them directly benefiting the companies in Basel-Stadt.

  • Short-time work compensation scheme

    Employees whose working hours have to be reduced for economic reasons or their work has to be set for a specific amount of time may be entitled to claim short-time work compensation.

  • Basel is Europe’s most important Life Sciences centre

    The Basel region is Europe’s most important centre for the life sciences. No other location can boast a similarly high cluster density of life sciences companies and match Basel’s diversity of industry-specific job types.

  • The University of Basel is a strong supporter of start-ups and innovation

    (Contributed by Christian Schneider, Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Basel) In 2019, nine new start-ups were launched at the University of Basel, «more than twice than the year before», says Christian Schneider, Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Basel.

  • Apprenticeship and Vocational Training: How companies benefit

    (Contributed by aprentas) Companies offering apprenticeships train and gain seasoned professionals able to interconnect and integrate theory and practice. These firms are better positioned to realize their full innovative potential. In order to do so, many of them count on the services of aprentas.

  • An attractive business location in need of even more attractive areas

    Several recent studies have confirmed once again: Fortunately, the Canton of Basel-Stadt is well-positioned to provide companies with outstanding location benefits and an excellent economic development framework. Given the ongoing limitations of spatial resources, the objective to keep developing additional economic areas remains a top priority for the Office of Economy and Labour.

  • Compulsory registration of job vacancies starting 1 January 2020

    Effective on 1 January 2020, the threshold for occupations subject to mandatory registration of job vacancies will be lowered to an unemployment rate in the respective occupation of 5%. Here you can find all the information pertinent to this change.

  • Veranstaltungskalender (in German only)

    Vorankündigungen und save-the-dates zu Veranstaltungen des Amts für Wirtschaft und Arbeit finden Sie hier.