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Company succession in Münsterland: What was it like for master hairdresser André Wesker from Gronau and the Schmänk family from Bocholt?

New podcast episodes of the joint project Gründergeist #Youngstarts Münsterland.

André Wesker runs a hair salon in Schöppingen and a wig shop in Münster. He has taken over both businesses as an external company successor and has had good experiences. The Schmänk family from Bocholt has found an internal successor in their daughter Constanze. The 27-year-old is still in the middle of the takeover and brings a breath of fresh air to her father's company. In the new podcast episodes of the joint project Gründergeist #Youngstarts Münsterland, they talk about their experiences and the tasks facing successors.

André Wesker was born into the hairdressing trade: His grandfather, father, brother and he himself are hairdressers and share a passion for perfectly styled hair and unusual hairstyles. After passing his master's examination, the man from Gronau took over a hairdressing salon in Schöppingen. But the classic hairdressing salon was not enough for him. After further training as a second hair specialist, Wesker took over the business Hoge Haarberatung in Münster, which specialises in wigs, hairpieces and patients with hair loss. In episode 26 of the Succession Podcast he reports on his positive experiences with external company takeovers.

Succession within the family has not been a matter of course for a long time. This is also the case in the Schmänk family from Bocholt. Father and managing director Martin Schmänk did not put any pressure on his children, because neither Constanze Schmänk nor her brother could imagine following in their father's footsteps. The Wollkontor company in Bocholt specialises in industrial and hand-knitting yarns - and has done so since the 1950s. One and a half years ago, Constanze Schmänk joined her father's company. With her ideas for new articles and better IT structures, she brought a breath of fresh air into the company. The fact that the 27-year-old is not a passionate knitter herself was no obstacle to the succession. "My father always says that it's not what you sell, but how you sell it," Schmänk says in an interview with the Youngstarts team. She tells listeners in episode 27 of the podcast "How was it with you ...?" what ultimately motivated her to succeed and what tasks she will take on as a junior boss. - Company succession in Münsterland".

You can listen to this and all other podcast episodes at as well as on various well-known audio platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud, Apple Podcast and Google Podcast. Even more episodes are already being planned.

Behind the production of the podcast is the joint project Gründergeist #Youngstarts Münsterland. The project 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

The project 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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