City of Berlin puts together aid package of 140 million euros

The Red City Hall in Berlin

The capital wants to protect the local start-up industry.

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Berlin Berlin start-ups can hope for financial aid in the corona crisis. “Berlin is the start-up capital and we want it to stay that way,” says State Secretary in the Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Barbro Dreher, explaining the initiative for a € 140 million aid project. This is intended to support start-ups who have come into need through no fault of their own due to the corona crisis.

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Airbus will test its air taxi in Bavaria from August


Airbus has been working on the passenger drone for several years. D

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Donauwörth Airbus will shortly begin testing its air taxi model at the test airport in Manching, Bavaria. The CityAirbus will be relocated from the helicopter plant in Donauwörth, Swabia, to the airfield just outside Ingolstadt at the end of August, a company spokesman said on Monday during a visit by Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) to Donauwörth.

Airbus had previously tested the demonstration flying object with short flights in Donauwörth; further flights are possible in Manching. Airbus has been working on the passenger drone for several years. The city of Ingolstadt is to become a model region for air taxis in the future. Other manufacturers are also currently working on the technology and plan to launch such aircraft in the next few years.

The CityAirbus is an electric aircraft with eight rotors that can take off and land vertically. It is intended to transport up to four passengers on fixed routes without pilots and, for example, take them from city centers to airports. The small passenger airbus would not be a real flight taxi. Because the flight route cannot be chosen freely by the passengers.

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Bruno Le Maire confirms a lasting decrease of 10 billion per year

The news should have satisfied the employers but a hiccup of communication spoiled the element of surprise.

Bruno Le Maire.

The industry has been asking for it for ten years. As part of its recovery plan, the government is preparing to go in its direction. In the finance law for 2021 will appear a drop of 10 billion euros in production taxes, confirmed Bruno Le Maire, Thursday before the Senate. The news should have been greeted by the cheers of the employers but a hiccup of communication broke all the effect of surprise.

In the wake of Jean Castex’s general policy speech on Wednesday evening, Matignon leaked the announcement of a 20 billion euro drop in these taxes, which weigh on turnover or the added value generated by businesses. The amount then advanced astounded: such a figure was never mentioned. Rightly so, because this decrease of 20 billion corresponds in fact to the budgetary cost of the reduction of 10 billion in direct debits over two consecutive years, namely in 2021 and 2022.

“We were asking for 15 billion but it’s a first step, commented this Friday

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Investment despite Corona crisis: digital agency elements expands Gusswerk office to 4,000 m² and creates jobs


Salzburg (OTS) – location of the casting plant: Where once Salzburg’s defining history was written, one of the leading digital agencies in Europe is implementing an architecturally impressive office expansion for more creativity, communication and promising visions. Under the roof of the former bell foundry, elements made his dream come true and expanded the loft office, which has existed since 2013, to over 4,000 square meters. With its subsidiary agency Punkt & komma, elements has created a real work-life base for the more than 130 employees that is hard to beat in terms of style and taste.

Corona crisis: opportunity for investment and progress

The elements agency management, consisting of Patrick Edelmayr, Roland Dessovic and Dietmar Rietsch, is known for their unrestrained curiosity and passion for putting great ideas into practice. However, the fact that the realization of their great vision directly affects the lockdown of the corona crisis presented the company with major, unplanned challenges. But the actual schedule was deliberately adhered to – despite or precisely because of all adversities. Extending the existing office space on the Gusswerk site to more than 4,000 square meters was an important step planned for 2020, which the pandemic did not want to postpone. elements decided to think ahead, tackle visionary projects and invest proactively – even in the midst of a global crisis – and create new jobs. True to the motto “now more than ever”. Because the digital market continues to grow, does not stop at a crisis, and it needs space for future experts.

2020: Accepting challenges, rethinking concepts

“As unexpectedly as the Corona crisis hit us, it was so progressive, creative and flexible that it made us develop organizationally. Collected home office experiences flow into a new, future work concept, video conferences have become socially acceptable, and the team has moved even closer together in the shortest possible time. Priceless learning processes that greatly enrich us as an agency, ”says Managing Director Patrick Edelmayr.

A formative time that also left its mark on the full-service digital agency and its subsidiary Punkt & komma. A lot has had to be thoroughly rethought, redesigned and implemented in recent months, not to mention the technical requirements that had to be met in the course of the home office era. But as agencies of the digital scene, their daily motivation is to think in the future, to accept challenges and to grow with them – however big they are.

Architectural office makeover: Gusswerk heritage reinterpreted

The extensive renovation work started at the beginning of February and only a few months later the new foundry premises could be occupied. The idea: An innovative work-life concept that resembles a creative platform that enables flexible working and creates space for different ways of thinking and visions.

The architectural challenge was clear and challenging at the same time: a headquarters with a loft character in stylish contrast to the historical cast iron heritage. Combining both under one roof, elements now impresses with an impressive makeover and hits the nerve of the times.

There are 200 possible workplaces, ten meeting rooms, two swings and a digital signage system

Corten steel, concrete and glass emerge as the protagonists of the conversion and are complemented by charming supporting actors such as bricks, real wood and seemingly endless steel stairs. Even the reception area is like an experience zone: Embedded in a spacious lobby in industrial style, the impressive Meeting Point presents itself: a spacious agency bar that invites you to linger at the sight of it. Opulent, targeted lighting fixtures with a room height of up to 15 meters as well as indirect lighting components create a relaxed atmosphere in the foyer and give the entire office the individual character of a city loft. As a matter of course integrated into the new ambience, the management offices are located two levels above the lobby. A skilful space ensemble made of glass, which further underlines the intelligent architecture and promises transparency. The subtle color concept is unobtrusively and at the same time charmingly embedded in the furniture and infrastructure, while clear forms ensure that the view is always focused.

Daily work becomes a kind of experience here: spacious, modern workplaces, ten individually designed meeting rooms and open office structures inspire and encourage different thinking. While the customer points are reminiscent of modern business concepts, the employee hotspots have an industrial flair – open and calm at the same time. Using a digital signage system, the entire team is informed about news, successes or awards on several screens in-house every day. But personal communication as an indispensable tool is also promoted by relaxation zones, the atrium or the terrace – and if you want to clear your head, look for the way to the swing.

The architectural concept, which is continued here, obviously meets with resonance. Because the Gusswerk Office, which has existed since 2013, was already awarded the “Office of the Year” award for large companies in 2019.

The major construction project was once again accompanied by the Salzburg architecture and design office AREA CI Design. Managing Director and co-owner Jakob Mayr and his team are long-term partners of elements and know how to cleverly implement the agency’s sophisticated concepts.

The well-being of employees is a top priority at elements: Generous, modern workplaces in a safe environment are a must – especially if the currently required hygiene measures are observed. 3-toque chef Andreas Senn takes care of your physical well-being by spoiling the 130-strong team with delicious, regional lunch dishes.

Middle: Gusswerk Home Base: Birthplace of Austria’s second largest bell

The historic building in Salzburg finds its second purpose and celebrates its renaissance as the home of a digital agency, respecting its past. Where once, after the Pummerin, Austria’s second largest bell was cast, there is now an innovative creative forge that is not afraid to think big.

The result is an image that could not be more coherent: While highly sophisticated digital solutions are being developed today, only a few years ago, real works of art were forged from 2,400 degrees hot steel under physically hard work. A special place in Austria, on the foundation of which it is obviously extremely easy to work.

Short journey through time

In 1919, the 300-year-old company of the Oberascher family moved from the city center to the suburb of Salzburg. Founded with the addition of “prince archbishop’s court and bourgeois bell foundry”, countless bells were cast in the heaviest manual work, some of which can still be heard today in the towers of international churches. The bell foundry closed its doors in 2004 and created the ultimate hotspot for fashion, design, lifestyle and creativity on the factory premises.

In 2013, elements moved into the first premises of the casting plant and, with a great passion for the “extraordinary,” bridged the gap between historical heritage and technical innovation. Today, almost 100 years later, elements doubles the office space. Faithful to the concept of industrial character, a think tank à la Silicon Valley was created here.

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