We at SOMAG AG Jena were nominated for the award "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes" (Grand Prix of Small and Medium-Sized Business) for the third time in a row. This is one of the most coveted business awards in Germany. The prize is awarded by the Oskar Patzelt Foundation. A total of 4,970 companies have been nominated throughout Germany this year. From our state of Thuringia, we have been nominated along with 148 other medium-sized companies.
Our special thanks go to Günter Rehm, from the district association "Jena/Saale-Holzland-Kreis" of the "Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft", for the nomination. It is a great pleasure and honor for us that we have been nominated for the third time after our award as finalist the year before last and reaching the second level last year.
The motto for the 26th year of the competition is "Setting milestones". We now have until April to compile informative documents and submit them online. An independent jury will then select the winners and finalists. The business performance is evaluated on the basis of five criteria:
1. Total development of the company
2. Creation and protection of jobs and traineeships/apprenticeships
3. Innovation and modernisation
4. Commitment to the local region (corporate citizenship)
5. Service, customer focus, marketing
The award ceremonies will take place in September, followed by the Federal Gala in October. We wish all participants every success and hope to take home a prize again this year.