“Landwerkstatt” Pilot Project

Supporting the Trades

This project, which is funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), was launched in early 2018. The goal of the “Landwerkstatt” project is to support start-ups and company successors in the trades and crafts-related sector in the district of Lüchow-Dannenberg. The project was initiated by Süderelbe AG and the economic development agency of Lüchow-Dannenberg, together with their project partners from the Braunschweig-Lüneburg-Stade Chamber of Handicrafts, the IfU initiative group for business talks, the Grünen Werkstatt Wendland and the Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

The two-stage programme makes it easier for craftspersons to set up their own business or take over a company by making available courses on how to run a business in addition to region-specific advanced and continuing education. The framework for providing close support to businesses serves to supply precisely tailored information and occupational skills to the target group of “founders and company successors”.

The pilot project results from the fact that craftsmanship and services closely related to the trades are in increasingly short supply in the Lüchow-Dannenberg district. The project’s planned activities aim to counter this trend. What’s more, in addition to having a positive impact on the performance and competitiveness of the companies, these efforts will improve the quality of the location as a place to live and work.