Gary Lewis, Process Team Leader at Jaguar Land Rover‘s new £500m engine manufacturing facility in Wolverhampton, discusses some insights gained from the tour of four German ‘Mittelstand’ companies in July.
How do German family-owned companies compare with those in Britain?
Directors from British companies Gripple and PP Electrical Systems give their impressions of four German manufacturing companies near Stuttgart on the ‘Mittelstand Best Practice Tour July 2014’
Bernard Molloy, Global Logistics Director for Unipart Logistics and board member of the German British Forum, explains his plans for a ‘Dual Education’ pilot in the North West with the help of sensor manufacturer BALLUFF, on a tour of four German companies, July 8-10 2014.
Thomas Kielinger, M.A., OBE is an author and journalist who for many years has served as UK correspondent for the German national daily DIE WELT, after earlier-on reporting from the US between 1977 – 1985. He became subsequently editor-in-chief of the national weekly “Rheinischer Merkur”. In the 1960s he taught for three years as Lektor at the German Department of the University of South Wales and Monmouthshire in Cardiff.
Kielinger’s books testify to his abiding interest in Anglo-German history: “Die Kreuzung und der Kreisverkehr” (also available in English: “Crossroads and Roundabouts. Junctions in German-British Relations”) 1997; “Großbritannien”, a country portrait as part of a series called “Die Deutschen und ihre Nachbarn” / The Germans and Their Neighbours, 2009; a Life of “Elizabeth II. – Das Leben der Queen”, 2011, as well as a highly-acclaimed biography “Winston Churchill – Der späte Held”, 2014, which also exists in an audio version; a Polish and Danish translation are to appear shortly.
In March 2016, the updated and enlarged edition of the 2009 title, a portrait of Great Britain, came out as “Kleine Geschichte Großbritanniens” (A Short History of Great Britain). His books are published by C. H. Beck, Munich.
For his contributions to Anglo-German relations he was awarded an Honorary OBE in 1995 as well as the German Order of Merit, in 2001. Both Cardiff University and Queen Mary of London awarded him an Honorary Fellowship in 2016. He is a frequent contributor to German and British radio and TV programmes.
Kielinger was born in Danzig, modern-day Gdańsk, in 1940. He is married with four children.
Christian is the chairman of the UK Regional Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany (BCCG). Christian has been involved with the BCCG since 2012 and became chairman of the London-based UK Regional Committee in 2015.
Christian studied business administration in Berlin, Vienna and Birmingham and moved to the UK in 2013.
In 2004 he started his own company with his partner Guido which has since evolved to become 2K Business Intelligence Solutions – an IT consulting company with offices in Berlin and the UK.
Christian also set up various other companies along the way both in Germany and the UK and was responsible for the German market entry of a UK based franchised consulting company.
He has helped organise numerous events and is especially interested in furthering the intercultural and economic ties between the UK and Germany.
2K Business Intelligence Solutions
2K develops business intelligence solutions that help companies and organisations to get transparency across their relevant data to make better decisions and to automate cumbersome planning and forecasting processes.
Another key area of expertise are predictive and advanced analytics that complement the planning and forecasting solutions as well as give companies deeper insight to their data. Examples of this are gaining a better understanding of customer behaviour and requirements, forecasting more accurately or being able to predict demand for products or production materials more precisely.
Antonia Wunnerlich is a student of Modern Languages (combination German and Russian) at University College London (UCL). Born in Brussels to Anglo-German parents, she completed her Baccalaureate at the European School of Brussels in 2015.
At UCL, she has been an active member of the UCL German Society committee, having been voted First Year Representative 2015-2016 and Summit Executive 2016-2017. As Summit Executive, Antonia organised the UCL German Society’s Summit 2017 entitled ‘Crossroads: Anglo-German Relations in the Wake of the European Crisis’, a two-day platform for politicians, economists, academics and students to discuss the state and future of Anglo-German and European relations in the light of Brexit.
In June 2017, Antonia participated in the Young Königswinter Conference in Berlin with working groups focusing on the UK and EU in a post-Brexit Europe, on economic stability, and on safety and security. Antonia has also undertaken internships at the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) representation to the EU in Brussels and at the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft of the Universität der Künste in Berlin.