Each year, the financial-economic weekly Trends nominates the 200 fastest-growing and financially sound companies in each Belgian province. Each of these companies contributes significantly to the dynamics, employment and innovation in their region. Trends ranks the fastest-growing companies according to turnover, workforce and cash flow during the past five years. For the 2016 edition, the 2014 business figures were compared with the figures from 2010.
For the sixth consecutive year, Pauwels Consulting was honoured as a Trends Gazelle for the province of Flemish Brabant.
We had a brief conversation with Bert Pauwels, founder and Managing Director of Pauwels Consulting.
“A great achievement of a fantastic team”
Bert, congratulations on your latest Trends Gazelle award. How does it feel to be honoured – once again – as one of the fastest-growing companies in Flemish Brabant?
Bert: It feels good. Great, actually. I am pleased and honoured to receive this award. We knew that our growth and overall results were great, but that doesn’t make this year’s nomination any less special.
This is the seventh Trends Gazelle award in 6 years’ time. Aren’t you getting used to it by now?
Bert: Never! We make sure that we will never get used to it. The moment you get used to success, you will take it for granted and you will lose focus. And if you lose focus you will eventually start to underperform. We want to avoid that at all costs.
We have a strong team that gives their very best every single day. We keep each other focused and we often go ‘the extra mile’. We owe that to ourselves and to our customers. It is a crucial part of our company culture.
What makes this Trends Gazelle award different from the other awards?
Bert: In 2011, we received our first two Trends Gazelle awards. In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, another four followed. But this new nomination really is something special!
In 2011, we were honoured as one of the 25 fastest-growing ‘small’ companies. These are companies with a turnover or gross margin of less than 1 million euros. In 2012, we were honoured as the fastest-growing medium-sized company with a turnover ranging between 1 and 10 million euros.
Now, 4 years later, we are honoured as one of the fastest-growing ‘large’ companies for the first time! These are companies with a turnover exceeding 10 million euros.
Our list of Trends Gazelle accolades looks better every year:
- 2011: Trends Gazelle for small enterprises in Flemish Brabant
- 2011: Trends ICT Gazelle in Flanders
- 2012: Trends Gazelle Ambassador for medium enterprises in Flemish Brabant
- 2013: Trends Gazelle for medium enterprises in Flemish Brabant
- 2014: Trends Gazelle for medium enterprises in Flemish Brabant
- 2015: Trends Gazelle for medium enterprises in Flemish Brabant
- 2016: Trends Gazelle for large enterprises in Flemish Brabant
“We have already written a great story, but the best is yet to come.”
You have now received 7 Trends Gazelle awards. How do you see the future of Pauwels Consulting?
Bert: Last year, I told you there was still a lot of room for growth in Belgium and abroad. Our life sciences unit, in particular, is doing very well abroad.
This is still the case. Our team is constantly growing, in Belgium and abroad. And as of this year, we will pay special attention to our growth in France.
Our partnership with 3D Investments will also boost our growth considerably. Of course, we will continue to focus on our natural growth, but we will also try to acquire companies to strategically expand our services in Belgium and abroad.
The additional support and know-how of 3D Investments will offer additional opportunities for our customers and attractive growth opportunities for our employees.
Pauwels Consulting has already written a great story, but the best is yet to come. It’s a fantastic feeling we all work very hard for and for which I’m very grateful!
Those are nice words, Bert. Again, congratulations on this Trends Gazelle award and good luck with the further development of Pauwels Consulting.