Werkraum Bregenzerwald is a craft and trade association established in 1999, uniting craftspeople of different guilds, promoting cooperation and exchange of ideas. Today, it consists of around 100 members representing different crafts and trades such as carpentry, cabinet making, metal work, plumbing, electrical engineering, upholstery, construction, clothing, shoemaking, goldsmith and other service sectors. Most workshops are small enterprises with fewer than 10 employees. The activities of Werkraum are financed through annual membership fees and funds from government and the EU, and regional subsidies and private sponsorships.
Werkraum Bregenzerwald strives for sustainable development of crafts and trade of the region through:
-economic sustainability by maintaining and creating local jobs and training opportunities
-ecological sustainability by producing long-term goods for daily use
-social sustainability by establishing trusting relationships and personal connections
-cultural sustainability by preserving the quality of crafts and ensuring cultural continuity
What started as a regional initiative now receives international acknowledgement as a model for modern craft professions.
Chairman: Martin Bereuter
Vice Chairman: Claus Schwarzmann
Anton Mohr, Alois Berchtold, Harald Berchtold, Gaby Fetz, Helmut Fink, Martin Greussing, Alois Mätzler, Tobias Sutterlüty