A few months ago, the Federal Ministry of Economics & Energy launched the #unternehmerbleiben campaign to honour companies that have developed particularly creative business ideas during the Corona crisis. The creation of new business fields secures the jobs of companies and guides them through the crisis even stronger. At the beginning of the Coronacrises, thenex GmbH already had a large number of suppliers of disposable masks, face masks, disinfectants, disposable gloves and more and donated more than 80,000 mouth and nose protection masks to the city of Bocholt, social organisations, schools, nursing homes and institutions for the disabled. The family company thenex usually supplies industrial clients with capital goods and spare parts, but since Corona it has also been active in the trade with protective equipment. The donated face masks went to the Verein Förderkreis Kriegskinder e.V. für das Friedensdorf in Oberhausen, for example. «By supporting such institutions, we want to set an example of solidarity in our society,» says Managing Director Henry-Johann Nientimp.

In addition, the operation of two online shops started in April: The B2B online shop www.thenex-medical.de provides businesses such as clinics, practices, trade & Co. and the online shop www.henrysmasken.de provides private customers with disposable masks & Co. to enable everyone to access medical accessories.

Despite the crisis, thenex GmbH was able to continue to employ all employees full-time and to manage normal business operations.

Now the out-of-home campaign #unternehmerbleiben starts with a huge poster at the Federal Ministry of Economics & Energy in Berlin and the photo of managing director Henry-Johann Nientimp.