ENERGETIX in the Kingdom of Happiness

Bhutan welcomes first-category qualifiers with the greatest of warmth 

It was probably the most emotional training trip that ENERGETIX has ever arranged for its top business partners in a competition. Deeply impressed, the participants describe their experiences. They experienced what it means when a country actively promotes ‘gross national happiness’. This happiness radiated from the sparkling eyes of every resident of Bhutan.

The country’s former education minister said that it was a world first that a company had organised a training trip to Bhutan. The minister helped our business partners to see and understand what it means to place the people themselves at the centre of all decisions. All projects revolve around the happiness of individuals – a focus that in Bhutan has delivered astonishing results.

Buddhism is the spiritual basis for this strategy of happiness, which was apparent in all its warmth in our personal encounters with monks and nuns in their monasteries and abbeys. A trip to the largest Buddha statue was arranged – as was an outing to the Dzong-style Monastery of Punakha, the most important sacred site in Buddhism.

The business partners were able to experience that geniality and warmth also characterise personal interaction at the home of a farming family.  The residents prepared dishes typical of the country for the visitors and offered an insight into the very special world of the spices and plants that are to be found there.

Yes, the ascent was difficult – first on horseback and then on foot – but the guides’ attention and warmth made the effort seem small.  And so everyone made their way to the country’s landmark, the famous Tiger’s Nest. This is a monastery that incredibly holds on to steep rocks and provides an insight to architecture that is unique in the world and that presents indescribable views. Undoubtedly the highlight of a trip to a country where the philosophy of the state has much in common with ENERGETIX’s own vision. Namely, the goal of providing people with the opportunity of a fulfilled life in a profession that’s fun and enjoyable – something that could have come straight from Bhutan’s principles.

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Gutenberg Marathon on 6 May – a unique experience!

ENERGETIX once again fielded the largest group of athletes at this year’s half marathon in Mainz. It was a true celebration for the runners in the company shirts in blue – which matched the bright blue sky.

And it was much more than just a run: the entire management was present, several members of the STARCLUB, ENERGETIX employees – all in the ‘goose-pimple’ atmosphere of a sporting event at which several thousand participants let themselves be carried across the finishing line by the spectator’s thunderous applause and the powerful music from the loudspeakers. It’s something you need to have experienced for yourself!

EXERGETIX’s runners also enjoyed additional support: extreme sports personality Joey Kelly had also donned the blue ENERGETIX shirt to again keep to his promise that he would to help every team member across the finishing line. To be accompanied across the line by this charismatic person after 21 km: pure emotion!

CEO and Sole Shareholder Roland Förster took the opportunity that an interview on the SWR stage presented to explain what made ENERGETIX’s presence at the Mainz Marathon so special: for every kilometre run, the company donates two euros to its charity partner, the Hugo Tempelman Foundation. So Roland Förster was able to hand over the rounded-up figure of 5,000 euros to Liesje Tempelman, the wife of the charity’s founder, who – along with her sons – had also joined the runners.

Living at and with ENERGETIX brings many warm and moving moments – and everyone is able to enjoy a whole range of them at the Gutenberg Marathon. That’s why ‘See you next year’ is simply the natural way of saying goodbye at the end of this event. And, as mentioned above, it’s something that you have to experience first hand – whether as a fast or slow runner or as a spectator on the sidelines. So make a note of the next run and join us for a unique experience in 2019 – the 20th Gutenberg Marathon.

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ENERGETIX in the Paris of the East: Bucharest – and through Transylvania

In April, winners of ENERGETIX’s HAPPY FUTURE competition from the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland took part in a training trip to Transylvania and experienced impressive landscapes, medieval cities and legendary castles.

It all started with the departure on 19 April 2018 from Frankfurt to Bucharest, the capital of Romania, also known for its magnificent boulevards and impressive buildings as the Paris of the East. The participants were able to explore the old town on a guided walk. Many traditional pubs, cafés and bars line the narrow alleyways. The first evening was concluded in a very atmospheric setting – at the ‘Caru’ cu Bere’, the city’s most famous restaurant, which – with its two-storey vault and colourful glass windows – is more reminiscent of a cathedral than a restaurant.

Endless expanses and forests
The next morning commenced for ENERGETIX’s business partners with a programme of contrasts: the group left Bucharest to travel through the unspoilt nature of the Transylvanian Carpathians to Sinaia, a small mountain resort in the Prahova Valley. Peleș Castle, King Carol’s former summer residence, is situated near here. King Carol, who was born a prince of Hohenzollern and who was later crowned King of Romania, built one of the most modern castles in Europe in the second half of the 19th century – with lots of light and an indoor lift – and so took a piece of his home with him to Romania.

The trip continued on to Brașov, one of the largest cities in Transylvania, where the group stopped off at the traditional Rhein Vineyard in Azuga – a former supplier to the court. This is where Romania’s oldest sparkling wine that is made using the champagne method is produced. The tasting also helped our business partners get into a proper sparkling mood before they set off again towards the south east.

A small challenge awaited the group in Brașov: it was divided into four teams, which were tasked with finding the city’s sights, speaking to local residents and buying small souvenirs. Everyone rose to the challenge and were so later rewarded with chocolate medals at dinner.

Fabled and full of mystery: Bran Castle
The next day started with a trip to the countryside where ENERGETIX’s team was given a warm welcome by a local family and treated to typical local specialities from the family’s own gardens. Lunch in a small vineyard built up the group’s strength for a special highlight of the trip: Bran Castle, where, according to legend, the famous vampire Count Dracula is said to have struck terror into people’s hearts. The formidable castle, built on steep cliffs at the old border between Transylvania and Wallachia, attracts many tourists and vampire fans from all over the world.

The final farewell meal gave the participants the opportunity to swap notes with other partners both about the eerily beautiful travel impressions and business matters in a relaxed atmosphere before their return to Frankfurt the next morning.
Perhaps you’ll be joining us on our next trip? ENERGETIX expresses its gratitude towards its successful business partners with extraordinary trips around the world.

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