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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.
On 25 February, the Trends Gazelles for the province of Flemish Brabant were honoured. For the fifth consecutive year, Pauwels Consulting was one of the winners. Pauwels Consulting has received an amazing six Trends Gazelle awards in the last five years. A remarkable achievement.
We spoke with Bert Pauwels, founder and CEO of Pauwels Consulting.
“I am very grateful to all my colleagues.”
Bert, congratulations on this latest Trends Gazelle award. How does it feel to again be among the fastest-growing companies in Flemish Brabant?
Bert: It makes me happy and proud, and yet it still overwhelms me every year. At Pauwels Consulting, we are not focused on recognition. Our focus is on our customers, our employees and our figures.
These Trends Gazelle awards are, of course, a nice incentive. They confirm we are doing the things well and that I have a great team around me. I am very grateful to all my colleagues.
If I’m not mistaken, this is your sixth Trends Gazelle award in 5 years’ time?
Bert: That’s correct. In 2011, we received our first two Trends Gazelle awards. In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, another four followed. Our list of Trends Gazelle accolades grows ever more impressive:
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
How did you hear the news?
Bert: On 24 January, I received confirmation from Trends that we were one of the Trends Gazelles for 2015. That was just in time for our annual New Year’s party.
I found it particularly satisfying that I could immediately share the news with my colleagues during our party that evening. After all, they are the ones who have made this possible. I am very grateful to them.
You have now received six Trends Gazelle awards. How do you see the future of Pauwels Consulting?
Bert: The future of Pauwels Consulting looks very good. We still have a lot of room for growth in Belgium and our life sciences unit is doing very well abroad.
We have now also opened offices in Switzerland, France and Germany, and we expect new offices in the Netherlands and Scandinavia will follow.
And the great thing is that we can open these offices at the express request of our clients in those countries. That is a luxury position that we are very grateful for.
“It keeps us sharp, and that’s good.”
What does such significant internationalisation do to a company like Pauwels Consulting?
Bert: It keeps us sharp, and that’s good. We constantly think about targeted expansion and further specialisation of our services, both home and abroad.
It is also very good for our employees as it naturally leads to more responsibilities and challenges for my colleagues in the office, and our consultants enjoy international career opportunities. It is a fantastic situation for us all.
And as I already said at our New Year’s party: it has been an amazing journey so far, but the best is yet to come! Pauwels Consulting is dynamic, sound and ready for the future.
We have amazing potential. And we will continue to develop that in the coming years. Step by step. And with a lot of passion (laughs).
Those are nice words, Bert. Again, congratulations on this Trends Gazelle award and good luck with the further development of Pauwels Consulting.