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SH association of business promoters founded

The challenges facing the regional economy are huge: digital and climate-neutral transformation, sustainability, attracting skilled workers and companies willing to relocate, as well as communicating the need for tailored funding to politicians.


In order to meet these requirements together, the
Association of Economic Development Agencies in Schleswig-Holstein (VdW.SH)
was founded. These include:

  • EGNO – Entwicklungsgesellschaft Norderstedt mbH
  • Entwicklungsgesellschaft Ostholstein mbH EGOH
  • KielRegion GmbH
  • KiWi, Kieler Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Strukturentwicklungs GmbH
  • Lübeck Economic Development Corporation
  • WEP Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft des Kreises Pinneberg mbH
  • Neumünster Business Agency GmbH
  • Business Development Agency Kreis Plön GmbH
  • Business development company of the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde mbH & Co. KG
  • Business development agency in the district of Herzogtum Lauenburg mbH
  • Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Nordfriesland mbH
  • Wirtschafts- und Aufbaugesellschaft Stormarn mbH


It consists of Werner Kässens, Managing Director of Kieler Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Strukturentwicklungs GmbH (KiWi, photo center), WFG NF Managing Director Dr. Matthias Hüppauff (left) and Ulf Hahn, Managing Director of Wirtschafts- und Aufbaugesellschaft Stormarn mbH (WAS).

A strong voice for the regional economy

“In order to develop Schleswig-Holstein into a sustainable business location, it is becoming increasingly important for the business development agencies to work together in cooperative forms, to deal with the issues of the future together and to actively position themselves for a business-oriented representation of interests with a strong voice in the state,” says the chairman of the association, Werner Kässens (KiWi).

“There is hardly any other area of society where the digital transformation is as evident as in the economy. Companies are increasingly facing up to innovative challenges, and the share of the digital economy, knowledge-intensive services and new technologies is growing in all sectors and regions,” emphasizes the deputy chairman of VdW.SH, Ulf Hahn, Managing Director of Wirtschafts- und Aufbaugesellschaft Stormarn (WAS).

“Innovations, good skilled workers and modern economic areas will be the drivers of competitiveness, value creation and growth in the future,” says the treasurer, Dr. Matthias Hüppauff (WFG NF). “As business development agencies, we can pave the way for this by creating the right framework conditions.”