Bremeninvest recorded some impressive figures for 2017 too. The business development agency of Bremen assisted 34 new companies in settling in the city-state, helped secure more than 4,600 jobs, and had a hand in creating over 1,400 new jobs subject to social insurance contributions. What’s more, the agency marketed 57 hectares (140 acres) of commercial property, its best result in 15 years. Of the new companies settling in Bremen, 21 came from abroad, including 13 from China and five from Turkey. Bremen’s BAB development bank also authorized EUR 5.2 million in grants and EUR 20 million in loans.