Germany Trade and Invest Sponsors CNBC's Brand New 25 List: 'Family Affair, Rise of the Mittelstand'

LONDON, 28 October 2014 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced that Germany Trade and Invest will sponsor its new special report and three-part video series showcasing 25 innovative global companies who embrace the successful German Mittelstand model. The series launched this week across CNBC's TV and digital platforms: and is a continuation of CNBC's hugely successful 25 Lists franchise, celebrating the network's 25 thAnniversary.

The series will look at small to medium sized, single discipline companies that are successful both at home and abroad – known as Mittelstand in Germany – and whether this model can be successful on a large, global scale.

This new two and a half minute video segment series, will exclusively air on CNBC in the United States, and on CNBC World. Video episodes will also be available on demand across all CNBC's digital and mobile platforms.

Family Affair: Rise of The Mittelstand will showcase 25 unique businesses, selected by CNBC and a panel of experts, whose family-run model has positively impacted their growth. The series and report will look at what makes a successful mid-market company worldwide, and how key tenets of the successful German Mittelstand model contribute to business successes internationally.

Each video episode will look at THE OWNERS, THE BUSINESS and THE FUTURE, with additional video content explaining the Mittelstand model and its success as the backbone to the German economy.

The cross-platform sponsorship of the series and digital special report series which starts this month, builds awareness of Germany Trade and Invest as a key part of its campaign to promote businesses abroad, and its support measures offered to companies looking to enter Germany with expert advice to key decision makers in businesses.

Justin Davison, Vice President, Sales at CNBC UK and Western Europe commented, "We are delighted that Germany Trade and Invest has chosen to partner CNBC as sponsor of this new series. Family Affair: Rise of the Mittelstand is a first; the series reveals an untold story to our business audience who crave firsts. Through their sponsorship, Germany Trade & Invest can tell their own powerful and compelling stories to US investors that watch CNBC on TV, digital, and mobile screes around the world."

Germany Trade & Invest Managing Director Marketing & Communications, Robert Hermann, believes that the partnership will successfully communicate the Mittelstand message to a wider international audience. "Germany's 'Mittelstand' model is a byword for international market success. Although not always household names, the 'hidden champions' of the SME economy are often world leaders in their field. In Germany, they contribute almost 52% of total economic output and account for almost 98% of exporting companies. We are proud to be associated with CNBC's Family Affair: Rise of the Mittelstand and the 'Made in Germany' Mittelstand message being promoted."

For more information, please contact:

Hugo Foulds, Director of Communications, EMEA
D: +44 (0)20 7653 9398

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