Help / Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Brandenburg Business Guide?
The Brandenburg Business Guide (BBG) online portal outlines in detail why Brandenburg is attractive as a business location. It provides georeferenced information, including with just a few clicks about specific regions, industries and location factors.
Maps created by the Brandenburg Surveying and Geoinformation Office (LGB) are linked with relevant data (for example, the university database of WFBB Brandenburg, the school database of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the KWIS industrial estate database, and Creditreform and Chambers of Crafts company data) and can also be accessed on a cluster and sector basis. Editorial content (text, photos, movies, downloads) on hard and soft location factors supplement the information on offer.
The homepage displays the latest business news from the capital region along with various portal entry points to the "Region" (1), "Company" ("Unternehmen", 2), and "Location factors" ("Standortfaktoren", 3) areas.
Users can also access the geo-portal using the red "Go to map" ("Zur Karte") button. In addition, they can search for companies, industries, locations, contacts or industry classifications (WZ codes) using the "Keywords" ("Suchbegriffe", 4) field.
How do you carry out a search, and what can you search for in the Brandenburg Business Guide?
On the right the navigation menu is expanded. It can be closed again by clicking on the arrow in the middle. Using this navigation menu you can set filters to channel data within the Brandenburg Business Guide. You can search
1. by region ("REGIONEN")
2. by company ("UNTERNEHMEN")
3. by local factors ("STANDORTFAKTOREN")
4.using the search window ("SUCHE").
Different filters can be combined. You can search for a metal manufacturing company in Teltow-Fläming, for example, and simultaneously display the closest university or college.
How do I search for regions?
Below the "Regions" button (1.) you can find the subcategories "Berlin", "Brandenburg" and "Regional growth area". The small arrows in front of the latter two indicate that there are additional filter options. "Brandenburg" is subdivided into the individual rural and urban districts, and the "Regional growth areas" into the actual areas.
In order to select a rural district, in our example the Uckermark, click as shown in the first image on "Regions" (arrow 1), the small arrow in front of "Brandenburg" (arrow 2), and "Uckermark" (arrow 3). The map zooms in on the north-east of the state, and simultaneously a small overview map appears in the top right (arrow 4).
This mini-map is the second option for selecting a rural or urban district. Simply click on the desired region. The regional growth areas can only be selected via the navigation menu on the right.
At the same time, the editorial content of the portal changes in the content streamer at the bottom (see Figure 2) of the Regions list. You will find links to texts about the Uckermark and the main clusters and sectors in the district. On the right of the streamer you can click on the small black triangle to scroll through other relevant texts. Click on the highlighted red arrow in the middle of the content streamer to view the header of the text and contact information.
Click on the heading to call up the corresponding text as in the example of Figure 3. In addition, relevant contact persons will be displayed in the margin column on the right, and below there will be links to other texts on the subject within the portal ("Internal links", arrow 1) and to relevant topics outside the portal ("External links", arrow 2).
Figure 4 shows "External links". Often relevant downloads such as area profiles and cluster brochures are included as "External links" (arrow 1). You can open videos, downloads, or image galleries by clicking on the corresponding light-grey buttons at the bottom of the margin column (arrow 2).
Arrow 3 denotes a user-friendly additional function: Click on the black arrow button to return to the previously visited page of the Brandenburg Business Guide. In this way, if you have used an "internal link" in the Brandenburg Business Guide, you can always return to the starting point of your virtual journey.
How do I search for companies?
Under the "Companies" button you can find Creditreform and Chambers of Crafts data on companies in the region. After clicking on the "Companies" ("Unternehmen") button you can use the "Clusters", "Sectors" ("Wirtschaftszweige") and "Craft enterprises" ("Handwerksbetriebe") tabs to filter the more than 100,000 data items.
To the left of the coloured cluster icons you can specify your search requirements. Click on the triangular marks (arrow 1) to open the submenu (in our example on Figure 1: "Food industry" ("Ernährungswirtschaft") for each cluster. Click on the checkbox to select and unselect it (arrow 2).
This filter narrows the selection of companies within a cluster significantly (Figure 2)..
The map (Figure 3) now displays all the companies which according to their industry classifcations (WZ codes) belong to the food industry cluster. Click on one of these icons to open an information box that contains information and contact details (address, phone number, and if available, website and e-mail address).
Experts can filter data via the "Industry classification" ("Wirtschaftszweige") tab, which includes descriptions of all the industrial sectors.:
WZ codes can also be entered directly into the search box (see also "Can I also search for WZ and NACE codes?").
Members of the Brandenburg Chambers of Crafts are integrated under the third tab, "Craft enterprises" ("Handwerksbetriebe"). These too are divided up into the respective trades and areas, and can be selected or deselected by clicking on them. Click on the Chamber of Crafts logo in the map to open a box with more information on the company.
How do I search for location factors?
The "Location factors" button ("Standortfaktoren", Figure 1, arrow 1) hides additional categories (*) that can be displayed by clicking on the button, for example, "Business parks" ("Gewerbegebiete", arrow 2), The corresponding icons appear on the map (arrow 3).
Click on these clustered data points or zoom in on the map to find the individual business parks, which have a polygon-shaped icon. Click on the polygon to open the information window (Figure 2).
Click again on the grey text or photo icon to see photos of the site or documents with additional information (Figure 3). These include available areas, building code information, the distance to motorways, train stations and airports, as well as information on local property taxes and business rates and contact details if this data has been supplied by the respective sources. The information on the business parks is taken from the following sources: "KWIS Business Park Database", "State Agency for Construction and Transport" (LBV) and the "Federal Statistical Office".
The other "Location factors" work in the same way. Under "Science and Education" ("Wissenschaft und Bildung") you can display schools, sixth-form colleges and day-care centers in certain areas (source: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the State of Brandenburg). The university data with the cluster-related courses are taken from the database of the "Directory of Academic Professionals". TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH (TMB) data is hidden behind the square tourism ("Freizeit") icon. Click on it to select, for example, tourist attractions, cycling tours or golf courses. Individual government agencies and ministries can be found using the "Administration" ("Verwaltung") filter, and the Chambers of Commerce and economic development agencies under "Economy" ("Wirtschaft"). "Health" ("Gesundheit") shows hospitals and rehabilitation centres, while a click on the "Transport infrastructure" ("Verkehrsinfrastruktur") icon shows ports and airports. Click again on the "Regions", "Companies" ("Unternehmen") or "Location factors" ("Standortfaktoren") buttons to close the selection menus.
*Some of the Location factors are available only in the german version of the Brandenburg business guide at the moment.
How should I use the search box?
In the navigation menu you can carry out a keyword search. Click on the "Selected search filters" ("Ausgewählte Suchfilter") tab to display the search options (Figure 1) and remove individual filters (click on the "x"). Displaying the search results as a list is also possible.
You can, as seen in Figure 2, also search for specific locations.
If, for example, you enter "Fürstenberg" into the search window, all the towns and districts with the name "Fürstenberg" will be listed. If you now click on "Fuerstenberg/Havel", the system navigates to that municipality and, as shown in Figure 3, highlights it for a few seconds in colour including all its districts. Similarly, all points of interest (POIs) are displayed that contain "Fürstenberg" in their name or address.
A targeted search for a contact in the Brandenburg Business Guide is also possible. Simply enter the name of the searched-for individual into the search window and click on the search result. You can store this information (Figure 4), too, in the information folder ("Information folder", "Infomappe").
Can I also search for WZ and NACE codes?
You can enter a specific WZ code directly into the search window. Enter: wz:wxyz - it doesn't matter whether you enter the WZ code with, or the NACE without full stops. Pay close attention to correct spelling, however.
The letters wz should be non-capital, followed by a colon and the WZ code (no spaces between the colon and code): wz:47.10
The search only encompasses the entered WZ/NACE. This means, when you enter wz:47.11 all the companies with precisely this sector number will be displayed. If you want to see all the companies in the categories above, you can enter wz:471*, for example. The asterisk serves as a flexible variable. In this case, therefore, all the companies beginning with the numbers 471, i.e. also including 47.10, 47.11, etc., are filtered out.
The "Selected search filter" ("Aktivierte Suchfilter") button also helps you keep track of your searches. Click on the tab to see which search filters you have selected.
Why does my search return no or not enough results?
Click on the "Selected search filters" ("Aktivierte Suchfilter") button to see the search filters you have selected. If there are hardly any search results, your search may be too restrictive.
In this case, simply remove some of the filters by clicking on the "x" to increase your chances of being found.
Also, check whether a term is already entered in the search box that is affecting your current search results and which may need to be deleted first.
How do I compile my information folder?
Almost all the information provided in the Brandenburg Business Guide can be printed, saved as a PDF document or placed in an information folder, and then sent as a link, converted into a PDF document, or printed. The command buttons for this in the case of editorial elements can be found at the top of the marginal column as shown in the first figure.
With industrial estates and individual company POIs (Points of Interest), click inside the window on the line "Place in the information folder" ("Zur Infomappe hinzufügen", Figure 2, arrow 1). You can also place the complete map with all the additional information into the information folder. Once you have selected a map area and all the filters, click on the "Save map view in the information folder" ("Kartenansicht in Infomappe speichern", arrow 2).
Please note that all the maps and many of the photos that we use are subject to copyright. The maps used in the Brandenburg Business Guide are a web service provided by the Brandenburg Surveying and Geoinformation Office (LGB). The LGB maps may only be used with the following copyright notice:
"© GeoBasis-DE/LGB & SenStadtUm (2016) The map background in this printout includes geospatial information provided by the Brandenburg Surveying and Geoinformation Office. This printout does not represent legally binding information and may not be used as an official extract. This extract is protected by copyright."
The date of the printout must be indicated on the extract.
When you call up your information folder (top right, "Go to information folder", "Zur Infomappe"), you can check your results, delete information that is no longer relevant ("x"), or alter the listing order using the arrow icons next to the preview elements.
In the margin column (right) you can subsequently add items to the information folder. To do this, click to the right of the title on the little folder with the plus sign.
Once you are satisfied with the result, you can send the entire information folder as a link (Figure 3, arrow 1), save it locally as a PDF file (arrow 2), or print it out (arrow 3):
Where can I find the driving time calculator?
Another feature is the integrated driving time calculator. The driving time from any "Company" or "Location factor" point of interest (POI) to another POI in the system can be calculated by clicking in the info box on the "Calculate driving time" ("Fahrtzeit berechnen") button bottom right (Figure 1):
The driving time calculator then opens and takes the selected POI as the starting point for the calculation. You can now enter the desired destination under "Destination" ("Ziel"). Please note that you can only calculate the driving times for destinations that are included in the Brandenburg Business Guide (Figure 2, arrow 1). Frequently selected destinations such as airports and freight villages can be added from the "Destination" menu ("Zielauswahl") included below (arrow 2).
You can request the driving times to several destinations in one query. In addition, the calculator takes into account the vehicle type and truck-specific factors. With one click you can also switch between car and truck driving times (Figure 2, arrow 3). Click on the black "Driving time calculator" button ("Fahrzeiten berechnen", arrow 4) to complete the procedure.
You can store the results of the query in the information folder as shown in Figure 3 and add them to your dossier: