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Service Provider Competition 2008

On 12th December 2007, Minister of Economic Affairs, Ernst Pfister, launched the Service Provider Competition 2008 of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs. Outstanding and model companies from the service sector can from now on apply for the Ministry’s "Service Provider 2008" award. The deadline for submitting applications is the 14th March 2008.

The three winners will receive prizes to the tune of €10,000 each. The applicants can chose between the categories service innovation, customer service or service cooperations. Another six finalists will receive a recognition award of €1,500 each. The prize money is sponsored by Bürgschaftsbank Baden-Württemberg GmbH and SRH Holding in Heidelberg.

"With this competition we are hoping to strengthen the environment and climate for service providers in Baden-Württemberg as well as to highlight the huge innovation, growth and employment potential in the service sector,” said Ernst Pfister. In Baden-Württemberg, nearly 60 per cent of all trainees do their apprenticeship in the service sector. Two thirds of all jobs are found in the service sector; nearly 80 per cent of all newly founded companies focus on the provision of services.

The Service Provider Competition goes into its 5th year. Service companies from any sector in Baden-Württemberg can apply for the award. The participants will be given the possibility to present the particular strengths and advantages of their company. It is hoped that the successful applicants will serve as role models for the Baden-Württemberg service industry.

An expert jury composed of representatives from the economic sector, research, media, economic organisations and sponsors will select the winners after a presentation round. Minister of Economic Affairs, Ernst Pfister, will present the awards at a “Service Forum” which will be held on 22nd July 2008 in the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart, where the best 20 participants will present their services at booths.

The Service Provider Competition is supported by the Working Group of the Baden-Württemberg Service Associations, the Baden-Württemberg Association of Handicrafts, the Baden-Württemberg Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce and the Baden-Württemberg Association of Free Professions.

The application forms for the Service Provider Competition 2008 can be downloaded from this site. They can also be downloaded from www.dienstleistungsoffensive.de
or ordered from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Theodor-Heuss-Straße 4, 70174 Stuttgart, under the keyword “Dienstleister des Jahres 2008”.

Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, 14th March 2008 (postmark). Please send your application to the following address:

Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs
Keyword: ”Dienstleister des Jahres 2008”
Theodor-Heuss-Str. 4, 70174 Stuttgart

Source: State Ministry - 13.12.2007
Further information:
Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs
Angelika Oyen
Theodor-Heuss-Str. 4, 70174 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 (0)711/123-2104
Fax: +49 (0)711/123-2174
E-mail: angelika.oyen@wm.bwl.de
Website address: https://www.biooekonomie-bw.de/en/articles/news/service-provider-competition-2008