We are Pauwels

Let's grow together!

“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”

Our vision on growth

Bert Pauwels - Pauwels Consulting

“At Pauwels Consulting we invest in the continuous personal and professional growth of our consultants, so that they can make a difference to our clients every day. We also invest in long-term relationships with our clients and partners. Long-term loyalty is extremely important in our business.

As a multidisciplinary team, we help our clients grow within and across national borders. We always focus on quality and we are constantly available to unburden our consultants and clients. We don’t need to grow fast, we want to grow together with our consultants and clients, one important step at a time.”

Bert Pauwels

Managing Director

Our values

As a company, we live by following values:

We shoot for the moon

We are curious, ambitious, eager to learn, we think long-term and we do everything in our power to enable the mutual growth of our consultants and clients. We intend to excel in everything we do. We keep pushing ourselves to exceed your expectations day after day.

We challenge the status quo

We firmly believe that change leads to progress. We love challenges and we focus on solutions. We either win or we learn. Every day we challenge ourselves to come up with fresh ideas and new initiatives to help you thrive, even in the most challenging times.
challenge the status quo

Authentic with a twist

We say what we will do, and then we do what we say. We are a unique, high-energy team, and we enjoy taking a sideways look at ourselves and what we do. While our business is a serious matter, we always ensure our work includes plenty of fun and enjoyment.

Our history

Pauwels Consulting was founded in 1999 by Bert Pauwels, a joyful young man with an ambitious plan. The IT market was booming and there was a big need for experts who could bridge the gap between technology and business. Bert started matching IT experts with projects and clients and Pauwels Consulting was born. In 2004 and 2005, we expanded our scope to the engineering and pharmaceutical industries. Our backoffice team grew and we set of for a double-digit growth year after year.

Over the years, our values and our meticulous focus on quality have never changed. We still focus on our human approach, good matches between our consultants and clients, and enabling personal and professional growth for both our consultants and clients. We still want to be the best at what we do, not necessarily the biggest. This will never change.

Still, we are proud to have been awarded the Trends Gazelle award for being one of the fastest growing companies in Flanders 10 years in a row (2011-2021). At first we grew organically, but since the start of our partnership with 3D Investors in 2016 we have accelerated our growth considerably through the acquisition of ambitious companies such as Vandycke & Partners – Mediconsult, P.I.T.-Advisor, Akros Solutions, AlphaZ, HCM, Developers.nl, Bruggenbouwers, Open Web and DCI IT in Belgium and the Netherlands.

At the moment, our team consists of more than 1084 consultants. We enable growth from our offices in Ghent, Brussels, Diegem, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hoofddorp, Capelle aan den Ijssel, Nieuwegein, Paris, Lille, Lyon, Frankfurt and Basel, and we would be honored if we could also help you unlock your full potential.

Enabling growth since 1999

Great Place to Work
At Pauwels Consulting, we go to great lengths to make our consultants feel at home, support them in every way possible and help them establish personal and professional growth. After an employee survey and a culture audit, the Great Place to Work™ Institute and Vlerick Business School rewarded us with the title of Great Place to Work®. Read more
2021
2021
Acquisition of Open Web
In January 2021, we acquired Open Web IT, the Dutch Java and Bloomreach specialist. The strong grasp of Java, Bloomreach, front-end and mobile development and Open Web’s customer base complement the expertise and customers at Developers.nl – which we welcomed to the Group at the beginning of 2020. Read more
Acquisition of Bruggenbouwers
In February 2020, we acquired Bruggenbouwers, the Dutch contract staffing firm. With offices in Hoofddorp and Breda, Bruggenbouwers has specialised in civil engineering contract staffing since 2011. A great addition to our international engineering team! Read more
2020
2020
Acquisition of Developers.nl
In January 2020, we acquired Developers.nl, the Dutch contract staffing firm specialised in IT projects. This acquisition was our first strategic acquisition in the Netherlands, soon to be followed by the acquisition of Bruggenbouwers. Read more
Acquisition of HCM
In October 2019, we acquired Health Care Management (HCM), the Belgian specialist in the outsourcing of medical representatives. HCM’s consultants work as medical liaisons for pharmaceutical and other life sciences companies. Their expertise forms a welcome addition to our life sciences offerings. Read more
2019
2019
Acquisition of AlphaZ
In July 2019, we acquired AlphaZ, the Ghent-based consulting firm specialised in engineering. It only took AlphaZ 4 years to become an established value in the consultancy world. AlphaZ's knowhow regarding the recruitment and outsourcing of technical experts and safety specialists on the one hand and their steep ambitions on the other hand match perfectly with our vision for the future. Read more
Trends Gazelle Large Enterprises
In 2018, Pauwels Consulting once again nominated as one of the 200 fastest-growing and financially sound companies in the province of Flemish Brabant. The financial-economic weekly Trends nominated us based on our turnover, workforce and cash flow over the past five years. Read more
2018
2018
Pauwels Consulting and ORMIT
In October 2018, Pyramid NV took a 75 % stake in ORMIT, the Dutch HR company specialising in traineeships and leadership development. Pyramid NV is the HR investment group behind Pauwels Consulting. This transaction laid the foundation for future  collaborations between Pauwels Consulting and ORMIT. Read more
Acquisition of Akros Solutions
In October 2017, Pauwels Consulting acquired Akros Solutions, the Belgian IT recruitment and consultancy firm. With this acquisition we strengthened our position as IT project sourcing expert in Brussels and Wallonia. Read more
2017
2017
Trends Gazelle Large Enterprises
In 2017, Pauwels Consulting was nominated as one of the fastest-growing and financially sound companies in the province of Flemish Brabant for the 7th time in a row. The financial-economic weekly Trends nominated us based on our turnover, workforce and cash flow over the past five years. Read more
Acquisition of P.I.T.-Advisor
In December 2016, Pauwels Consulting acquired P.I.T.-Advisor, the Antwerp-based IT service provider specialised in ERP solutions, software applications, hardware and project sourcing. With this acquisition we strengthened our position as a multidisciplinary IT service provider in Belgium. Read more
2016
2016
Trends Gazelle Large enterprises
In 2016, Pauwels Consulting was nominated as one of the fastest-growing and financially sound companies in the province of Flemish Brabant for the 6th time in a row. This was our first nomination as Trends Gazelle with the large companies, based on our turnover, workforce and cash flow over the past five years. Read more
Partnership with 3D Investors

In 2016, we welcomed 3D Investors to support our ambitious growth plans.  The partnership with 3D Investors marked the beginning of a series of strategic acquisitions to boost our growth in Belgium and the rest of Europe. 

2016
2015
Acquisition of Pyramid

In July 2015, Pauwels Consulting acquired Pyramid, the Belgian IT service provider. With this acquisition, we strengthened our position as IT service provider in the Belgian market. 

Trends Gazelle Mid-sized enterprises
In 2015, Pauwels Consulting was nominated as one of the fastest-growing and financially sound companies in the province of Flemish Brabant for the 5th time in a row. The financial-economic weekly Trends nominated us based on our turnover, workforce and cash flow over the past five years. Read more
2015
2014
Trends Gazelle Mid-sized enterprises
In 2014, Pauwels Consulting was nominated as one of the fastest-growing and financially sound companies in the province of Flemish Brabant for the 4th time in a row. The financial-economic weekly Trends nominated us based on our turnover, workforce and cash flow over the past five years. Read more
Acquisition of Itelco
In November 2013, we acquired Itelco, the Ghent-based project sourcing, corporate recruitment and executive search specialist for companies in Europe and the Middle East. Read more
2013
2013
Trends Gazelle Mid-sized enterprises

In 2013, Pauwels Consulting was nominated as one of the fastest-growing and financially sound companies in the province of Flemish Brabant for the 3rd time in a row. The financial-economic weekly Trends nominated us based on our turnover, workforce and cash flow over the past five years. 

Acquisition of Indicta Europe

In September 2012, we acquired the Antwerp-based IT service provider Indicta Europe. Indicta was specialised in IT sourcing, internet and intranet solutions, datacleansing and AS/400-tooling.

2012
2012
Trends Gazelle Ambassador Mid-sized enterprises
In 2012, the financial-economic weekly Trends named Pauwels Consulting "Trends Gazelles Ambassador of the medium-sized enterprises in the province of Flemish Brabant". We received this award for being the fastest-growing operationally independent enterprise in the Province of Flemish Brabant between 2006 and 2010. Read more
Trends Gazelle Small enterprises

In 2011, Pauwels Consulting was nominated as one of the fastest-growing and financially sound companies in the province of Flemish Brabant for the 1st time. Pauwels Consulting was also nominated as one of the fastest-growing ICT companies in Flanders. 

2011
2008
Acquisition of Telco

In 2008, we acquired the Diegem-based IT service provider Telco. 

Acquisition of Blue Star Consultants

In 2008, we acquired the Belgian IT service provider Blue Star Consultants. 

2008
2005
Focus on Life Sciences

In 2005, we founded our Life Sciences unit. This was the start of what would later become the fastest-growing and largest unit of our company. 

Focus on Engineering

In 2004, we started our engineering unit. Our first engineering consultants started helping companies in Belgium. 

2004
2004
Second office in Ghent

In 2004, we opened our office in Ghent. This office would later become our unofficial headquarters with the largest number of back-office staff to support our consultants and clients. 

Start of Pauwels Consulting

In 1999, Bert Pauwels started Pauwels Consulting in Diegem as the follow-up of a student job in IT. At first Bert worked as IT consultant, but he started building his dream team soon. The company has been growing and diversifying its services ever since. 

1999

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