• 595908 inhabitants of the city of Essen
  • 10 th largest city in Germany
  • 23155 companies
  • 9 of the 100 largest companies in Germany

EWG – Essen Economic Development Agency:

For Essen, for companies, for you

Essen is one of the largest cities in Germany with a population of approximately 590,000. The city is also a strong business location in the heart of the Ruhr metropolis – one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe with a population of 5.1 million.
Essen offers excellent conditions for business and investment and is a top business location with nine of the 100 highest turnover companies in Germany, high performing and internationally-oriented mid-range businesses and innovative start-ups. The central location guarantees the proximity to high-performance suppliers and customers, as well as, the availability of skilled workers. Essen is not just a business, service and trade center. Essen is also a university city, was the European Capital of Culture in 2010 and the European Green Capital in 2017 and still much more. In a nutshell: Essen is a metropolis with many qualities and the right location for your business commitment.

You want to settle your company in Essen or execute a clever investment? Then take advantage of our services:

  • We provide all the relevant information for your choice of location which is free of charge, confidential and non-bureaucratic
  • We help you to find the right building or suitable property either for purchase or rent
  • Support in finding real-estate and commercial sites
  • We provide information relating to public funding and advice on financing
  • We offer advice, support and guidance relating to official permits, problems and/or issues that need to be clarified with the city administration and other local departments
  • Support with local authorities and approval procedure
  • Tailor-made Welcome Packages
  • Multilingual location information and direct support
  • Contacts, networking and cooperation agreements
  • Location marketing & public relations

Your Contact Persons


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Ariane Bauer

Head of Communications and International Business


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Jennifer Ermert

International Business


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Go Theisen

International Business