The rise of the B2B-service sector is a main driver for the development of a service economy in Germany. The sector is composed of all companies that provide services to professional customers. These include, among others legal, tax, ICT and management consultants, consulting engineers, research and development businesses, marketing agencies, personnel recruiters, business process outsourcing companies and facility management providers.
Following a global trend, the dynamic development of the B2B-services sector in Germany is mainly due to an increasing number of manufacturing companies outsourcing their knowledge-intensive and managerial business functions. Especially the small and medium sized enterprises that form the backbone of the German economy benefit from economies of scale and the high innovative potential of external providers.
As Germany is well known for its highly qualified service personnel, it ranks first among the exporting nations in skill-intensive B2B-services worldwide.