Matthias Schneider came from the outside, Janina Weiper-Rösmann succeeded him in the family business: Now both are at the helm of a company, managing employees and setting the course for the future. One at Autohaus Schneider in Schöppingen, the other at Weiper Friseure in Havixbeck. They report on their path there in the new podcast episodes of the joint project Gründergeist #Youngstarts Münsterland.
Matthias Schneider was no stranger when he took over his current car dealership in Schöppingen in 2021. At that time, the company still traded under the name Roßbach, where the 26-year-old did his apprenticeship in 2011 and then worked as a journeyman in the workshop. Along the way, he completed his master craftsman's diploma over four years at night school. With the title in his pocket, he went straight to work - the takeover was just around the corner. In an interview with Lea Wilkens (TAFH Münster) and Nikolai Brinkmöller (opwoco Media), he explains how it came about that his boss at the time targeted him as a potential successor.
He didn't have to think long about it, as he makes clear in the interview: "It was clear to me relatively quickly that I wanted to do this. I felt comfortable here, knew the customers and we had a good team." How things went on after his decision, what challenges he had to overcome and how important smart time management is for him as a boss, Matthias Schneider talks about in the approximately 40-minute podcast episode.
In another episode, we went to Havixbeck to the family business Weiper Friseure. There, Janina Weiper-Rösmann is at the helm of the business, which has existed for more than 120 years and which she took over from her parents. The 39-year-old did not do her first practical training in hairdressing, but as a teenager she realised that the profession of hairdresser was "exactly my thing", as she explains in conversation.
After her training, she first worked in Düsseldorf before returning home for the time being. However, in the interview with Andrea Severiens (WFG Borken) and Katharina Stemmer (Münsterland e.V.) from the Youngstarts team, she talks about the difficulties she faced when joining a company as a "young boss's daughter" and why she left again to return later.
You can listen to this and all other podcast episodes at www.youngstarts-muensterland.com and on various well-known audio platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud, Apple Podcast and Google Podcast. Even more episodes are already being planned.
The joint project Gründergeist #Youngstarts Münsterland is behind the production of the podcast. "We are always surprised at how many different ways there are with regard to business succession," emphasises Frank Sibbing, head of the Gründergeist #Youngstarts Münsterland project at Münsterland e.V. "Sometimes the former employee takes over, sometimes the boss's daughter. And there are many other successor models besides." This is clear from the podcast episodes that have appeared so far.
The project Gründergeist #Youngstarts Münsterland strengthens the intensity of start-ups in Münsterland and opens up new start-up potential and target groups with its offers. More information is available at www.youngstarts-muensterland.com. It is funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Economics of North Rhine-Westphalia within the framework of the ERDF call "Regio.NRW". Münsterland e.V. is implementing it as lead partner together with the following partners: Wirtschaftsförderung Kreis Coesfeld GmbH (wfc), Wirtschaftsförderung im Kreis Warendorf (gfw), Technologieförderung Münster GmbH, TAFH Münster GmbH, Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft Steinfurt mbH (WESt) and Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft für den Kreis Borken mbH (WFG).
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