Ganter Interior GmbH

Ganter Interior wins the ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes’ (Grand Prize for SMEs)

This signifies Ganter Interior's position among the eight best small and medium-sized enterprises in the region.

Waldkirch_Ganter Interior GmbH, an expert in exclusive interior conversions, from shop furnishings and office buildings to elegant restaurants and hotels, has been awarded the ‘Großer Preis des Mittelstandes’. From a total of 874 renowned businesses, this Waldkirch company and its colleagues in Tauberbischofsheim – together with two prize-winners and five finalists – is hence one of the most exemplary and best small/medium-sized businesses in Baden-Württemberg.

The Großer Preis des Mittelstandes, given by the Oskar-Patzelt Foundation, has been highly sought-after for many years, and is also now considered Germany's most important and renowned business award. Since 1995, this nationwide prize has been awarded to small and medium-sized companies that not only enjoy financial success but also set themselves apart with dedicated customer service, innovation, the creation and safeguarding of jobs, an exemplary working environment and broad employee development, combined with social and societal commitment.
With its individual, premium interior space concepts, the company from the south-west Black Forest region is the expert in perfectly implementing clever ideas for rooms. The company realises unique interior furnishings and complete interior conversions, managing all aspects including general contractor services and newly designed furnishing elements from prototypes to pieces ready for production – all in accordance with customer designs and in close collaboration with architects, designers and project teams. Ganter Interior GmbH gives a face to brand, trade and company concepts.

It has more than 400 employees and 20 trainees (in 2015) as well as a network of suppliers and specialists. Ganter Interior brings fascinating interior worlds to life across the globe in the retail, commercial and residential sectors. Founded by Michael Ganter and a business partner in 1995, the company has won such renowned clients and brands as Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc and Tom Ford, as well as an ever-increasing number of builders from the public and private sector.

Collaborations with various university institutions such as Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences or Letterfrack University in Ireland bring additional fresh ideas into the company. With the award of final papers and internships, the interior decorator provides constant and lively exchange between theory and practice. This cooperation often results in Ganter finding talented individuals who then put their expertise to work in service of the company. Young people are trained in various professions such as industrial management, technical product design or architectural draughting. As the company limits the number of candidates to what is needed, the ideal outcome is that all trainees take up permanent employment.

The company also collaborates with the Waldkirch Vocational School Centre, where a Ganter Interior training firm has been set up. The training firm is a virtual company that conveys learning content through ‘Learning by Doing’. The company's own Ganter Interior Academy offers a wide-ranging selection of training, for example specialist courses such as in dry construction, metal, wood and language, as well as courses in self-management and management training.

It's not just training that's close to Ganter Interior's heart, but also the health of its employees. As a result, back fitness, workplace ergonomics and driving safety training are offered as part of health management. Discounted gym memberships are also available to employees. Nutrition advice, sight and hearing tests as well as talks given by health insurance companies are also part of the health day that takes place every two years.

Under the cycle to work scheme, employees can also lease bikes at discounted rates, and – with respect to mental fitness – the company provides hardware and software for private use free of charge. The positive effect these steps have can be seen for itself – employees are healthier and more motivated, and this is also clear in the sales trend with growth rates of a healthy 2 to 3%.