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 seventh consecutive year, Pauwels Consulting was honored as a Trends Gazelles for the province of Flemish Brabant.
We had a brief conversation with Bert Pauwels, founder and Managing Director of Pauwels Consulting.
“I am very proud of everything we have achieved so far, but we remain ambitious. We are going to do everything we possibly can to make 2017 a great success!”
Bert, congratulations on your latest Trends Gazelle award. How does it feel to be honored – once again – as one of the fastest-growing companies in Flemish Brabant?
Bert: It feels great to be on this list again. It’s a nice reward for the entire organization. Just as every year, everyone has worked very hard. And it’s nice to see that – each year – our efforts are rewarded with great business results. 2016 was no exception.
This is the eighth Trends Gazelles award in 7 years’ time. Aren’t you getting used to it by now?
Bert: Absolutely not. And we will make sure we will never get used to it. We must be sharp and stay sharp. Every year, we set new goals and we are only satisfied if and when these goals have been achieved.
We try to stay on top of what is happening around us. We want to continue to grow organically, and if we see interesting opportunities for strategic acquisitions, we won’t hesitate to look into them.
We have a strong team that gives its 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.
How do you look back on 2016?
Bert: We ended 2015 with a turnover of almost 26 million euros, and last year, we grew even more with a turnover of more than 30 million euros. In the end, thanks to the attractive acquisition of P.I.T.-Advisor, we even achieved a turnover of more than 38 million euros. Together, we now form a great group of more than 380 employees. A very nice result, I would say!
But what makes me equally happy are the happy and enthusiastic colleagues I see every day. People who love to go to work, day in day out, and people who want to go the extra mile. An infectious enthusiasm, so to say. I am particularly grateful to be able to work with such great people.
How do you see the future of Pauwels Consulting?
Bert: We want to continue growing in a healthy way in Belgium and its surrounding countries. In 2017, we will pay special attention to our further growth in Belgium and France.
Since the start of our collaboration with 3D Investments in January 2016, we are focusing on organic growth and growth through strategic acquisitions. The acquisition of P.I.T.-Advisor last December is a great example.
In the future, we plan on making similar strategic acquisitions. That way, we will be able to offer our clients extended services and our employees even more attractive career opportunities. The latter is and remains a very important priority for the future.
Is there anything else you want to share with our readers, Bert?
Bert: I am very proud of everything we have achieved so far, but we remain ambitious. We are going to do everything we possibly can to make 2017 a great success!
Those are nice words, Bert. Again, congratulations on this Trends Gazelles award and good luck with the further development of Pauwels Consulting.