This is the last of nine episodes we are publishing ahead of the german elections.
We are in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt. The interview is filmed in the company of the interviewee.
Martin Menz, CEO Relaxdays: “My name is Martin Menz, I am 32 years old, I’m an entrepreneur from Halle. The name of my company is relaxdays and we sell house, garden and leisure products, online and all over Europe.”
Julius Lukas, journalist at “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung”
Relaxdays is ten years old now, has been on the market for ten years. When you think back, was there a moment, where you said, it would have been good, if I would have gotten more support, or where you were confronted with bureaucracy? A moment where you said, man, it would be more simple with more support or help?”
Martin Menz, CEO Relaxdays: “As an entrepreneur I don’t look at the things that don’t work, but quickly try to find a solution. Most of the times this solution is not a political one. I think politics in the end has to take care of the general environment, the basics. Things like guaranteeing that we live in peace, that we are a respected country from a political point of view.
“These are the things that are very important to me, that have to be taken care of. Which is a given thing at the moment. This is the thing about the current government that means a lot to me and I want it to stay. That’s why, me personally, I am satisfied with the politics of Missus Merkel.”
Julius Lukas: “What political support do you as an entrepreneur need? What can politicians do better to make your company grow? You already have enormous growth rates, but to make sure it stays that way?”
Martin Menz: “Good question. Politics need to deal with the issue of the digitalization, to reinforce the internet infrastructure.
“I drove home from Frankfurt (Main) as a passenger recently and I tried to work on the internet. But you pass through gaps with no connection. I think this is something to work on, so that we got a good connection for the whole nation. In the end, this part of the infrastructure is as important as a motorway, electricity and water.”
Germany is struggling with high speed internet coverage for the whole country, what experts see as a growing disadvantage for the economy. Martin Menz started ten years ago selling head massage tools on ebay. Today he has 80 employees and sells around 2,000 products.