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Langen Mayor Werner finds out about modern forms of labour from receivables manager atriga

In mid-February, the Mayor of Langen, Prof Dr Jan Werner, visited the receivables manager atriga to personally congratulate the trainees and the entire team on their impressive achievements. The company was recently awarded the “TOP training company” label by the Offenbach Chamber of Industry and Commerce.  atriga not only fulfils high standards in this area, but also attaches great importance to a good work-life balance for its employees. The company therefore offers flexible working options such as working from home and organising activities in the office on site according to individual needs.


The mayor’s visit was originally intended to honour the outstanding achievements of the atriga trainees, who regularly complete their IHK examinations with very good results. Mayor Prof Dr Jan Werner was not only interested in this, but also took the opportunity to find out about atriga’s innovative way of working. Particular attention was paid to the organisation of the working environment for employees.

However, we were also able to talk to the mayor of Langen about other exciting topics:

Mayor Prof. Dr Jan Werner (centre): “I am delighted that atriga is investing in the future of young people. As a professor of economics, I know that 1 euro in education means 2 euros in economic growth.”

Ausgabe 09 2024-04-22 Interview Bürgermeister Prof. Werner

From left to right: Chiara Schöpp, Fabian Fiedler, Prof Dr Jan Werner, Peter Pigetzki and Oliver Burgis.

What are the current challenges when it comes to Langen as a business location?

Mayor Prof Dr Jan Werner: “The biggest challenge is the provision of commercial space. We have an influx of good companies and, above all, expansion from companies based here, to which we offer optimal location conditions. Since I took office on 1 July 2020, we have increased our trade tax revenue from 13 million to 26 million and the number of employees has risen from 13,000 to 16,900. However, we now have a shortage of commercial development sites. Economic success is therefore both a blessing and a curse for Langen. We also need to improve the accessibility of our city, above all by extending the B 486 to the A5 motorway with four lanes and connecting it to the Regional Tangent West (RTW). In both cases, we are pressing the decision-makers at state level for rapid implementation.”


How do you define your role in terms of the attractiveness of Langen as a location?

“The mayor is the top business promoter. Together with my business development team, I am the first point of contact for large, medium-sized and small companies in Langen. This is honoured by many companies, as the results of the latest IHK location survey once again prove.”


Childcare is an important issue for employees. You are particularly active in this field and have campaigned for the expansion of childcare places. How important is this location factor in your view?

“Good childcare is extremely important to ensure a good work-life balance. That’s why eleven childcare centres have been built or expanded since I took office. It is important to me that we have also successfully recruited the necessary staff. We have also opened company kindergartens at two locations in Neurott, namely at the Arbeiterwohlfahrt daycare centre on the Advancis campus and the WaldseeSchwan daycare centre run by Terminal for Kids. This is a significant locational advantage for the companies in our business centre.”


The Langen-based company atriga has been recognised as a ‘TOP training company’ by the Offenbach Chamber of Industry and Commerce. What importance do you attach to training and further education?

“In addition to the need for space, the shortage of skilled labour is the biggest challenge to further growth for tradespeople in our city. I am therefore delighted that atriga is investing in the future of young people. As a professor of economics, I know that 1 euro in education means 2 euros in economic growth.”


Trainees should have the opportunity to work and live close to their company. What is the city of Langen doing to achieve this?

“On the one hand, we want to further expand the mobility of young people to Langen, be it through the new direct cycle connection Frankfurt – Darmstadt and the aggressive promotion of a connection to the RTW and the expansion of the B 486. On the other hand, I am trying to persuade property developers to create more housing for trainees and students. The “Social rental housing promotion: student households and trainee households” programme from WIBank, the development bank of the state of Hesse, is a useful tool for the construction industry.”


You were able to gain an impression during your visit to atriga’s premises: What importance do you attach to a modern organisation of the working world and the home office regulation, which many companies have withdrawn again after Corona?

“A modern working environment is the be-all and end-all for satisfied employees and a successful company. This also includes an excellent digital connection. That’s why we have a triple fibre optic connection in our Neurott business centre. When it comes to working from home, employees and employers need to find the best way together.”


To conclude: The activities of debt collection and receivables management companies are not always portrayed favourably in public. How do you rate their role from a macroeconomic perspective?

“Unfortunately, the ideal situation where everyone pays their bills immediately doesn’t exist. So if companies and private individuals do not receive the money for their services, this is detrimental to the economy and to mutual trust. Customer-friendly, digital and efficient receivables management therefore ensures that our economy can continue to prosper.”

Thank you for the interview!

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