In the competition "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes” (Grand Prix of Small and Medium Business) the evaluation of companies is not only based on business criteria, but on their entirety as company including their role in society. Taking account of the Zedler-Group the award was presented for an innovative business model and the operations management of strongly increasing the owner’s capital share during an enormous growth while binding the employees for many years at the same time.
The Awards Gala of the Oskar-Patzelt-Foundation took place under the motto “Shaping the Future“ on the occasion of the 24th competition for the competing German federal states Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse, Bavaria and Thuringia. The executive board members of the Oskar-Patzelt-Foundation, Dr. Helfried Schmidt and Petra Troeger, presented the prestigious statue to 14 companies - four of which were presented to companies from Baden-Wuerttemberg. All winners had prevailed over 2,436 competitors which had been nominated in the four competing regions. All in all 4,917 small and medium-sized companies as well as banks and local communities had been nominated for the competition nationwide in 2018.
“Zedler-Institut is possibly the smallest major corporation in the world and has shown a double-digit growth for many years in succession”, Gunther Jahnke of Jahnke & Hofmann Partnerschaft Steuerberatungsgesellschaft justifies the nomination. “It is not only the economic success that characterises the Zedler-Group, it is also their commitment to social and sustainable issues - on a local level as well as worldwide. In addition to an educational partnership with three schools in the vicinity, the group has also been donating bicycles for Africa for years.”
The comment of company owner and managing directore Dirk Zedler on the ceremony: “This award is a great gift for our 25th company anniversary and confirms once again our performance. At the same time it is a motivation to present us with innovative ideas and entrepreneurship in the industry and to continuously further develop our business fields.”
Author: Jo Beckendorff/Zedler-Group,
Photos: Boris Löffert