We at SOMAG AG Jena were nominated for the award "Großer Preis des Mittelstandes" for the second time in a row. This is one of the most coveted business awards in Germany. The prize is awarded by the Oskar Patzelt Foundation. The competition contributes to the public appreciation of the medium-sized business as a bearer of hope and economic factor, promotes the formation of networks in the medium-sized business sector and popularizes examples of success.
The nomination for this competition, to which one cannot apply oneself, is regarded as an admission ticket to the "Network of the Best". Only every thousandth company in Germany reaches the nomination list. As in previous years, ministries, federal associations, chambers of commerce, business development agencies, associations, personalities from politics, business and administration as well as manufacturing companies took part in the nominations, thus publicly thanking their business partners and paying tribute to years of reliable cooperation.
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 both a great pleasure and an honour for us that we were nominated for the second time after our award as a finalist last year.
In the 25th anniversary year of the competition, this year's motto is "Sustainable Management". We now have until April to compile informative documents and submit them online. An independent jury will then select the winners and finalists. The award ceremonies will take place in September, followed by the Federal Gala in October.
We wish all participants every success and hope that we will reach the second stage of the competition again this year.