Our expertise and strong market position are no coincidence. They are forged from the same entrepreneurial spirit that distinguishes our customers and partners.
In 1978, Wolfgang Grenke had an idea. Modern telephone systems, copiers and computers were finding their way into more and more offices. So he decided to make the associated investments easier by offering companies attractive leases. Having established his one-man business in Baden-Baden, he began a success story that shows no sign of slowing down. Even in the first year, Wolfgang Grenke and two employees oversaw 21 resellers and 198 leases. He saw massive potential in leasing low-cost office equipment (small-ticket IT leasing).
In April 2000, GRENKE went public. The company remains faithful to its promise to work with small and mid-sized businesses on an equal footing and as a reliable partner. In 2005, the company set up its Invoice Finance business area.
In 2002, GRENKE made its move in the UK setting up a branch in Guildford in the Home Counties outside London. Guildford has been its Headquarters to this day.
New branches are established in Bristol 2010, Manchester and Hemel Hempstead 2011, Tamworth 2012, Glasgow 2013, Newport 2015, Leeds 2018 and Newcastle 2020. Belfast became part of GRENKE in 2022.
GRENKE is celebrating 40 years in business. At the end of February, Wolfgang Grenke stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Antje Leminsky, his former deputy, became our new Chair and is taking the company forward with our founder’s spirit. In May 2018, Wolfgang Grenke was elected to the GRENKE AG Supervisory Board.
After over 10 years in our central Guildford office, with our continued growth as a business, our team moved into a new Headquarters at No2 London Square.
GRENKE spans the globe with a presence in 33 countries and is now listed on the MDAX. What was once a one-man business is now a multinational group of companies with a wide range of services. Invoice Finance and banking services completes our comprehensive portfolio for start-ups, mid-sized businesses and private individuals.
In August 2021, Michael Bücker became the new CEO of the listed GRENKE AG. His mission is to
sustainably align the leasing specialist for small and medium-sized enterprises with the megatrends
of society. In particular, the focus is now on "ESG" (environment, social and governance) and digitalisation.