The finish line is hoving into view; you’re almost there! You’ve got some paperwork to get through first, though, but with the right people to help you, it won’t hold you up. If you’re not an EU citizen, there will be some questions with regard to your right to live and work here, so the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce has compiled an overview of the most important aspects to consider; citizens of other EU countries, on the other hand, enjoy all the same rights as German citizens when it comes to setting up and running a business. A key question at this stage is what precise form business activity is envisioned, and once again, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce provides a wealth of information on this issue. As well as the right to work and commercial registration, various other questions may surface depending on the company and business model it will be operating.
If you need finance, the Fintech Hamburg team are happy to be your first sounding board and put you in contact with potential investors. What is more, the Förderlotsen guides at IFB Hamburg, the city’s development bank, can offer an overview of the types of projects and concepts linked to company set-ups which benefit from public investments.
When it comes to moving employees to Hamburg, your first port of call should be the Hamburg Welcome Centre: in face-to-face sessions, it offers all sorts of advice to new arrivals in the city on everything from the city’s school system through to registering with a dentist; it can also be advisable to speak to specialists for a range of tax and legal issues, and our team will be happy to put you in contact with the right people.
So here you are! Now you need help for the actual set-up. If you’re already in town, then we’d be delighted to make your acquaintance in person and talk about your specific needs.
Other ways to help you find your feet and meet people when you get here are the various international communities and networks. Just ask us and we’ll be happy to put you in contact with a network which matches your profile.