“And the winner is … Confiserie Bachmann AG from Lucerne.” On 14 May 2014, in the intoxicating surroundings of the KKL Luzern convention centre, the company was able to step up onto the podium as the winner of the 2014 Swiss Venture Club (SVC) Award for Entrepreneurs.
TV presenter Nik Hartmann hosted the exciting, traditional awards ceremony, which was attended by around 1,200 guests from the world of politics, business and culture.
“This was without a doubt one of the finest and most touching moments in the history of our company and means a great deal to us,” says Raphael Bachmann.
Selection by an expert jury
The Swiss Venture Club Award for Entrepreneurs in Central Switzerland is awarded every two years. An independent jury of experts reviews 70 to 100 companies per region and nominates six for the finals. The company demonstrating the most innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and sustainable success ultimately wins. In addition to providing proof of financial means, the companies are also assessed according to their regional roots, ecological conduct, management quality and local job creation.
During a multi-stage selection process, Confiserie Bachmann was able to outperform 70 companies from Central Switzerland and impress the 11-strong jury. In second and third place were the Leister Group from Kägiswil and Wilhelm Schmidlin AG from Oberarth.
Other award winners of the evening included Crypto AG from Steinhausen, Diwisa Distillerie Willisau SA from Willisau and Sisag AG from Altdorf.
Jury President Niklaus Bleiker was full of praise for the company: “Over the last ten years, Confiserie Bachmann has achieved remarkable growth, more than tripling the number of company employees. The management team, led by brothers Matthias and Raphael Bachmann, have shown that it is possible for even traditional bakeries and patisseries to achieve long-term business success by implementing countless ideas and improvements throughout the company.”
Matthias Bachmann: “The huge amount of positive feedback we continue to receive to this day underlines the significance of this award for the people and for companies. The award is confirmation that we are on the right path. It leads us to new endeavours and developments and motivates the whole team.”
The greatest victory is shared victory!
The nomination and preparations for receiving the SVC jury caused quite a stir within the company. But what happened after winning the SVC Award exceeded all expectations. This victory is a sign of great appreciation and acknowledgement for the daily work and personal performance of all Confiserie Bachmann employees. The effects of the momentum and inspiration gained from winning this award can still be felt to this day.
At the victory celebrations in the Grand Casino Lucerne, every employee was given a gold medal by the management along with a big thank-you.
SVC Award winners from 2006 – 2016
2016 Thermoplan AG, Weggis
2014 Confiseur Bachmann AG, Luzern
2012 LK International AG, Cham
2010 Geistlich Pharma AG, Wolhusen
2008 Max Felchlin AG, Schwyz
2006 maxon motor ag, Sachseln