On October 29, 2019, the award, an initiative of Telekom Deutschland and Wirtschaftswoche, was presented at Digital X 2019 in Cologne.
For this reason, the patron of the award is none other than Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier, who in a personal message to the companies once again emphasized the importance of SMEs for the German economy and thanked the nominated companies for their performance.
The long wait and the excitement of the last few weeks came to an end at 1:50 p.m. when Hagen Rickmann, Managing Director of Deutsche Telekom’s Business Customer Division, announced: “It is BEULCO GmbH & Co. KG”.
A goose bump moment also for shareholder Axel Beul: “We have received an award that I would not have thought possible in this form five years ago. It is a confirmation that shows us that we are on the right track. With the company’s new orientation, we are moving further into the future. We spared no effort and resolutely met the very demanding challenge. This could only succeed if all Beulco employees took part and actively supported it. I take my hat off to these employees and can only say thank you for all that has been achieved. I am proud of you”.
On stage, Managing Director Jürgen Christian Schütz first announced his thanks to the entire staff in Attendorn, because behind this prize stands the entire team of 180 employees.
BEULCO received the award in the category “Transformation Mittelstand”. The jury chose the Attendorn-based company because it placed the entire corporate strategy under the heading of digitization – throughout the entire organization. It was also impressive that Beulco ventured to take new steps in such an “old economy”, i.e. in such an old, analogue branch of industry as the water supply.
The corporate strategy BEULCO2025 deals with digitization topics of production, processes, products and distribution. But the focus is also and above all on the employees. Managing Director Schütz recognized early on that this essential change for the company also requires a change in the management system. For this reason, BEULCO already started two years ago to work out a way how the change into a new, agile kind of management can succeed. “As a medium-sized company, approaching an agile transformation in such a holistic and structured way is very special,” sums up Prof. Dr. Karin Schnitker, who has accompanied the process from the very beginning.
“Ina Scheppe, Head of Marketing at BEULCO, asked the audience on Tuesday: “Why are we doing this actually? “Only 2.5% of the world’s water is drinking water – and only 0.008% of it is easily accessible to us.” Global water consumption will continue to rise – at the same time water resources are dwindling. “Our aim is to provide people around the world with access to clean and, above all, affordable drinking water through our solutions.
With this claim, BEULCO is now moving further into the future.