New life in the old Wiehl
Finally! The long-yearned-for child was on its way. And Silvana knew immediately what she wanted: to get out of the small, dark basement apartment, and into a large apartment with its own bedroom for the little one, and especially with plenty of light for new life. Above all, she wanted to stay in Wiehl, where she had become so well integrated into the local community, and where she had her new family and friends around her.
When her son Rafael was born, Silvana gave up her job in the bank and took three years' maternity leave. Between changing diapers, breastfeeding, sleeping, and looking after baby and home, little time remained to look for a new apartment. But Silvana wanted to find a larger and more pleasant home at all costs before her child was ready to walk. The small town of Wiehl didn't seem to have many free apartments available to rent, however. And the few apartments on offer never seemed to fit her precise ideas. Silvana was slowly beginning to despair.
While they were still at the old apartment, the time for their summer vacation had almost arrived. A few days before jetting off on holiday, Silvana took another look in the small ads on ImmobilienScout24. And there it was: the perfect apartment. The important thing was not to dither, so her husband arranged to view the apartment before they left on vacation. And as soon as they saw the apartment it was clear for Silvana: she had to have it at all costs. There was a separate room for the little one. And even a large terrace, sunlit from midday until evening. They received the news while they were still on holiday – their small family would get the apartment.
When Silvana moved into the new home with her family, Rafael was not yet one year old. The larger apartment proved to be a real gift. As if he had been waiting for it, the little boy investigated the new apartment for the first time on his own feet just a week after moving in. Still cautiously at first, gripping on to the new tables and chairs for stability. And to this day Silvana still has fond memories of that moment: her son was walking freely for the first time, with light and space in the new home.
Less hectic outside Berlin
The contrast with the hectic busyness in the centre of Berlin could hardly be greater. Marco travels with his family regularly to their small dacha in Brandenburg. The idyllic Biesenthal district is situated here, around half an hour's car journey from Berlin. And the small weekend cottage is close by. Here, the "hare and fox bid each other good night", as a German reference to somewhere far from the madding crowd. Marco enjoys the peace, and time with his family out in the countryside.
Marco is now looking for the ideal place to live somewhere situated between Berlin city centre life and the out-of-town idyll. When he starts to look on Immobilienscout24, he is soon attracted to a property developer's advert. Buyers for a multi-family house are already being sought for a new project in Berlin Weissensee even before the start of construction. He notes that Berlin's north-east is well connected with the city via its S-Bahn railway network. So, that would work.
Together with another interested party, Marco leads the search for potential buyers for the building project, and helps select them. The priority is to have the right people living together within the same property. Around twelve months later, they have drawn together a suitable little community to allow the construction project to start. By the time summer 2015 arrives, the house has been completed without any major delays.
A new feeling of "we"
The large maisonette apartment proves to be a dream come true for Marco and his family. When the weather is fine, the energy-saving adviser is in the habit of cycling to work. Everything a family needs can also be found in the apartment's immediate vicinity: a supermarket just opposite, and a kindergarten and several schools to choose from. The simple fact is that life here is less hectic than in the city centre. Marco discovers that he and his family are living in a very special housing community. The shared common room and a large garden offer frequent venues for joint and relaxed hours spent with neighbours (and this not only during small "public viewings" when Germany's national football team plays). Marco had never imagined that life on the fringes of Berlin could be so pleasant and lively.
Turbo – the main thing
Christian's mother doesn't allow him to drive her car. She's too worried about scratches and scrapes, and traffic fines. And perhaps also because of Christian's temperament. So, he needs to get something of his own. When the hotel-manager-to-be first saw an Abarth Fiat 500 on the street, he knew: that is going to be my first car. The name of legendary sports car maker manufacturer "Abarth" – the company with the scorpion logo whose cars have won thousands of races – still stands today for sportiness and for small, temperamental cars. And for pure racing passion.
Although the son of Italian parents still has to take his driving test, Christian already starts to look for his dream car on the website of AutoScout24 Belgium. He gets 100 hits straight away. Full sports extras are very important to Christian – so that leaves five cars. Out of these five cars, he goes to inspect one at the dealer's – a magical moment for this car-mad, auto racing sports fan.
Having a genuine Italian car as his first car pleased him. And super-sporty as well, which is clear to see from the car's exterior. The small black-and-white car is four years old, has just 35,000 kilometres on the clock, and comes with full sports extras: large light-metal rims, imposing side sills, an air intake stretching across the entire car front, double exhaust pipes, rear diffuser, as well as sports seats and turbo engine. When the 500 starts up, it sounds like a Ferrari. Christian would never have found such a car for this price anywhere other than at AutoScout24. He is over the moon. A car almost like one from his favourite film, "The Fast and the Furious".
Full speed into a new phase of life
From the initial search until the purchase of car took hardly longer than a week. And his plan succeeded: just in time for passing his driving test, Christian already has his dream car parked in front of the house. Christian is also sure that his last year of training will also fly by. He will then join his parents' restaurant business to ensure that business there continues to run well in the future – at least as well as his new car.
On and off road: A rep's life on the road
An affinity with driving and a passion for cars accompanied the chemist during his entire professional life. Werner spent a lot of time on the road as a commercial representative, first in environmental protection and later in the medical laboratory area. He drove a total of around 15 different private and company cars during his professional life. SUVs particularly attracted him.
Werner discovered the fun of off-road driving. Always with care, of course. Finally, by the mid-90s, Werner was imparting driving safety instruction sessions at the Hockenheimring in his spare time, including in the motion and braking simulator. And it's only a short way from the Hockenheimring to off-road. Off-road driving became his hobby.
Now it's his
The end of his professional life in early 2015 represents the start of a new life for the chemist. For the former salesman, it also means: Goodbye, company car! Hello, private car! Werner enjoys his search on AutoScout24. For more than half a year, he monitors offers on the platform. Then he's ready. Werner finds exactly what he's looking for: a second-hand BMW X3. The diesel SUV has all the extras he wants: four-wheel-drive, automatic transmission, satnav, climate control and lots more. And soon he is standing in the dealer's showroom. Only a few days pass between his phone call and the first drive in his own car. The first few kilometres in his newly acquired second-hand car feel great. The pride of ownership is what makes it really special. Werner is happy that the car really belongs to him.
The former driving safety instructor isn't inclined to make lots of plans for his retirement – he prefers to "see what life brings his way". Springtime drives along the Weinstrasse, around Sinsheim, and at the Hockenheimring, as well as some light off-road driving are always fun for him – it's there that the four-wheel drive can show just what it's capable of.
We are OneScout24
With the OneScout24 approach, the former holding company structure has transformed into a fully integrated organisation. Equity interests that were no longer relevant were spun off, operations were focused on the two core market-leading businesses ImmobilienScout24 (IS24) and Autoscout24 (AS24), synergies were leveraged as far as possible, and small acquisitions that support the core business were implemented. Scout24 Media, the Group's new area, is driving ahead with lead-generation and advertising sales activities Groupwide. Individual organisations are being amalgamated gradually to form a powerful team, with joint objectives, joint resources, joint management and a joint strategy: OneScout24. A team that has convinced investors, and will also give people something to talk about in the future.
The Art of Being Public
With its continuous stock market listing, Scout24 is now exposed to constant monitoring and observation by capital markets. Investors wish to be looked after as professionally after the IPO, as before it. The investor relations area at Scout24 has been restructured completely, in terms of both personnel and organisation, as a consequence. And with the company's first quarterly report being published just five weeks after the admission to stock market listing, there is little time to draw breath. But Being Public also means a lot more than financial reporting and investor relations. It concerns the entire organisation. Sets of regulations have to be complied with, and processes need to be established. It's all very different to how things were before the stock market flotation. But there's also a payoff: since December 2015, Scout24 AG has been a new member of the SDAX equity market index family.
Scout 24 provides digital marketplaces that help people make their property and car dreams come true – simply, efficiently and stress-free. We generate revenues from these marketplaces by selling classified ads and advertising space, along with other services and tools for our customers and users.
Our aim is to offer users the largest selection of properties and vehicles, along with a unique range of services to buy, finance and maintain real estate and vehicles. As OneScout24, we benefit from the fact that an estimated more than one in every three ImmobilienScout24 users are also looking for a vehicle at the same time, while almost one in every three AutoScout24 users are also looking for a new property.
We are partners during life's moments of change, which is when we are there to help people – and through their whole lives. Finding a new home or buying a car are some of life's important, recurring events. Intelligent data evaluation enables such life events to be planned to a certain extent, and users' latest purchasing requirements to be researched. This makes Scout24 a particularly attractive place for other service providers to advertise their products and services.
Together with partners, we can achieve a lot. Which is why we support selected NGOs in their commitment: with our human resources, know-how, money and other resources. And because frequent get-togethers are a distinguishing feature of good partnerships, we work together particularly with NGOs, associations and initiatives directly at our locations in Munich and Berlin. We have already maintained relationships with some of our partners for several years – and often without a "marriage contract". Sealed with a handshake – with a lot of mutual trust – and with a joint objective and joint work.
Corporate Volunteering has become a focus of our social commitment. Staff work locally for, and together with, our partners. We are an innovative and dynamic IT company. Our employees' experience and expertise constitute a valuable asset for us – and for others. Consequently, the "pro bono" transfer of expert knowledge comprises a further important contribution to our Corporate Citizenship (CC) activities.
We encourage all employees at Scout24 to contribute with campaigns and projects. Scout24 has an eight-member Cares Team to coordinate its very varied activities. The team members work in various areas of our company, providing support to CC projects alongside their actual work at Scout24. The team is headed by a CC manager who exclusively looks after Corporate Citizenship for us. The Cares Team are constantly implementing all our employees' new activities and suggested projects. This enables us to structure our social commitment increasingly effectively.
We initiated the Berlin Social Academy in 2013, with the third already being held in 2015. Between October 12 and 15, numerous Berlin companies and staff from not not-for-profit organisations met to swap knowledge and ideas. Participants included the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), Reporters Without Borders (Reporter ohne Grenzen), the Berlin City Mission (Berliner Stadtmission) and the Education Foundation (Stiftung Bildung), with further training sessions including social media, content marketing, image rights, video communication and crowdfunding.
The Social Academy is to be established as a fixed institution in Berlin, and is intended to provide Berlin-based companies and organisations with a forum to develop long-term partnerships. Together, we can tackle social challenges and develop solutions. The Berlin Academy will also be held in 2016, already the fourth occasion on which it will convene.
The "WheelMap Campaign" is one of the most important projects operated by Sozialhelden that we support. Together with the World Health Organisation, this campaign has been preparing a map since 2010 to aid wheelchair users and individuals with other mobility restrictions plan and structure their days, and already features more than 170,000 cafes, libraries, swimming pools and many other public locations. The WheelMap is available as a free app for mobile devices, and can be used easily on a smartphone while on the move. On special action days, Scout24 staff regularly help investigate whether locations and railway stations are barrier-free, transferring the information they gather to the map.
The cooperation between Scout24 and the Sozialhelden Association has been based on trust and a handshake for the last five years. Scout24 received the "CSR Job Award" in 2015 for its exemplary cooperation.
On the occasion of the Social Day's fifth anniversary, the Cares Team and our staff arranged an entire "Social Week" for the first time. During this anniversary week, staff participated at various campaigns related to the topic of social commitment at Scout24. We thereby wanted to say thank you – including for our colleagues' energetic and effective commitment, and to our partners of many years' standing for our trusting collaboration. For five days, five associations with which we have been working together for five years were supported by daily charity campaigns – and by our employees, and a lot of money-raising ideas for our partners:
- Immobilienscout24 rounds up
Every cent counts! During the Social Week, staff had the opportunity at the Scout Casino to round up for a good cause.
- Wish balloon – starting Social Week
Let your wishes rise up and away and into the sky! The balloon campaign was the Care Team's first campaign five years ago. It marked the starting point for our Corporate Commitment, and was repeated for the opening. Scout24 staff bought hot air balloons, wrote wishes on postcards, attached the postcards to the balloons, and then let them float off into open skies.
- Commitment Market
Five partner organisations with which we have already worked together successfully for up to five years presented themselves at the "Commitment Market".
- Cake fair
Staff baked for a good cause and sold more than 30 cakes to colleagues.
- Social Week – Fotobox
In our Social Week Fotobox, employees got dressed up in costumes, took creative team photos, and then sold the pictures. This money was also donated.
Example projects that we supported as part of the 2015 Social Day:
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