London's Businesses Look to Move after Brexit
Ten London start-up businesses have made inquiries about moving to Berlin since Britain voted to leave the European Union.
The business development group Berlin Partner made the announcement Monday.
Each of the new businesses have between 10 and 18 employees.
These small businesses are concerned about issues such as the cost of commercial property, the labor market, and the availability of accommodations.
Berlin Partner Director Stefan Franzke spoke at a news conference. He said that financial technology companies, known as fintechs, have shown the most interest in moving to Berlin from London.
Along with other European cities, Berlin wants to attract companies in London's fintech industry. The German capital says it is an affordable and resourceful substitute to other cities.
Berlin's Senator for Economics, Technology and Research, Cornelia Yzer, has sent hundreds of letters to British firms. She also has travelled to a conference called London Fintech Week. Yzer wanted to encourage start-up leaders to move their businesses to Berlin.
Other companies, such as Berlin Partner, are also attempting to get start-ups to move to Germany from London. Berlin Partner has launched a website in English that has information about how to set up a business. The company is also going to open an office in London in October to try to woo more companies.
A report by the accounting company Ernst and Young said Berlin attracted more than $2 billion in investment capital for start-up businesses in 2014. That is more than London in the same year.
Franzke said that the cost of living, skilled workers and the widespread use of English give start-up businesses a reason to come to Berlin.
The German capital has about 100 fintech start-ups. These include German mobile financial services firm Number26.
Franzke said he expected Berlin also to get inquiries from foreign start-ups that were interested in London, but are now considering other countries.
The competition among cities that want fintech companies will be tough. Franzke says he considers Amsterdam to be Berlin's biggest competitor. The Dutch city used to be home to a number of global banks and has fast data connections.
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周一，“柏林伙伴”（Berlin Partner）企业宣布了这一消息 。
“柏林伙伴”总监斯特凡·弗兰茨克（Stefan Franzke）在新闻发布会上表示，fintechs金融科技公司对从伦敦外迁至柏林的兴趣尤为浓厚 。
和欧洲其它城市一样，柏林也希望能吸引伦敦的金融科技公司 。作为德国的首都，柏林宣称是自身是一个理想的、资源丰富的备选城市 。
柏林市经济、技术和研究事务部的参议员科妮莉亚·伊泽尔（Cornelia Yzer）给英国公司发了数百封信件 。她还参加了“伦敦金融科技周”的会议 。伊泽尔希望号召初创企业将公司迁往柏林 。
“柏林伙伴”等公司也试图让初创企业从伦敦迁往柏林 。“柏林伙伴”已经推出如何创立企业的英文网站 。10月份，该企业还将在伦敦开设办事处以吸引更多公司 。
柏林约有100家金融科技初创企业 。其中包括德国移动金融服务公司Number26 。
城市之间在吸引金融科技公司方面的竞争将异常激烈 。弗兰茨克认为，柏林最大的竞争对手是阿姆斯特丹 。全球几大银行的总部曾落户于这座荷兰城市，并且这座城市具备高速数据链接 。