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Pauwels Consulting celebrates graduates Acceleration Program

14 Jun 2022

On May 31, 2022, Pauwels Consulting celebrated the graduates of the second edition of the Acceleration Program. The Acceleration Program is a high-paced training program for ambitious Pauwels Consultants who want to further hone their professional skills. We organise this yearly program in collaboration with Ormit Talent, our sister company specialized in talent development.

Big shout out to all graduates and the superb trainers of this program. It was a pleasure working with you, feeling your energy, watching you grow and hearing your wonderful feedback on this program. We’re confident you’ll put your newly acquired insights and skills to good use, and we look forward to watching you thrive in your future projects.

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Are you an ambitious Pauwels Consultant and do you want to step out of your comfort zone to take on the bumpy road to growth? Invitations for the third edition will go out at the end of the summer, so keep a close eye on your email, or go ahead and send us a message below. We’ll get in touch with you shortly to discuss your candidacy.

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Stef Bal launches the Green Challenge 2022

24 May 2022

Last year Pauwels Consulting launched the Green Challenge. During the week of World Bicycle Day (June 3rd) we encourage our consultants to leave their cars aside and travel by bike or on foot as much as possible. 

To motivate our colleagues even more, we will donate to Think Pink an amount based on all registered ‘green’ journeys in that week. The more hours our consultants are active, the bigger the amount for Think Pink!

We spoke with Stef Bal, the Pauwels consultant who last year recorded the most green hours. We are curious to see whether he will defend his title this year!

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Stef, can you introduce yourself? 

Stef‘I am Stef Bal, 29 years old and I am a Quality Engineer and Validation Expert.’

Interesting! What exactly do those jobs entail? 

Stef‘I started at Pauwels Consulting as a Validation Expert. In that function, I set up complex analyses and performed risk analyses.

I am currently working as a Quality Engineer on my project. The first months I was lab supervisor. A very varied job in which you deal with many stakeholders and often need to be able to switch quickly.

In the meantime, since February, I have been responsible for Quality Assurance and I handle customer complaints, audits and all other tasks related to quality assurance.’

"Pauwels Consulting is a big player, and that opens the door to big companies and interesting training opportunities."

How did you end up at Pauwels Consulting? 

Stef: ‘In 2020 it was time for the next step in my career. Through my professional network I came across an interesting vacancy at Pauwels Consulting. And look, now I have been working here for 2 years!’

And that makes us very happy! What are the advantages of working for us? 

Stef‘First of all, Pauwels Consulting is a big player, which opens the door to big companies and interesting training opportunities. The internal team is always available and follows up on me, which I would like to thank them for!

Furthermore, I’ve been able to work on a lot of different projects. I could never have gathered that experience as an internal employee, and that is precisely what makes a Pauwels Consultant so valuable.’

Last year you were the winner of our Green Challenge. Are you going to defend your title in 2022? 

Stef‘Of course I am going to defend my title. (laughs) Unfortunately I have less time this year, so it will be more difficult. But in the end, it’s all about the idea behind it. Getting out more, enjoying nature and getting to know your colleagues… Participating is already winning in the Green Challenge.’

Last year you collected 29 green hours in one week. How did you manage that?

Stef‘Wow, I had already forgotten that I had spent 29 hours exercising. Quite crazy actually! 

I mainly walked. I didn’t have a bike at the time and if I had to run all those hours, I would never have made it to the end of the week.’ (laughs)

 

"The Green Challenge is the ideal initiative to bring consultants closer together."

Why did you take part in the Green Challenge? 

Stef: ‘I thought it was a fun challenge and of course I also wanted to do my bit for a good cause. We all know someone who has had to deal with breast cancer, and Think Pink does wonderful things. And of course, sustainability is also important.

Enough reasons to participate! What did you like most about the Green Challenge? 

Stef: ‘The connection with my fellow consultants. We are usually so spread out that we do not always know who our colleagues are. Thanks to the Green Challenge I got to know other Pauwels Consultants via Strava, LinkedIn and other social media. So this is the ideal initiative to bring consultants closer together.

And finally, one more question: what is your ultimate tip for colleagues who also want to participate?

Stef: ‘Everything is about planning. Last year, I worked a full-time job and had a flexi-time on Fridays and Saturdays. So I had to plan in advance on which days I had to perform more in order to move as many hours as possible.

Hence my advice: motivate yourself, make a good plan and go for it. Go crazy!

Stef, thank you for this interview and your tips!

Will you break Stef’s record this year?

Do you, as a Pauwels Consultant, also want to raise money for Think Pink? Quickly check your mailbox, register on Strava and start warming up for the week of 30/5 to 5/6. We wish you the best of luck!

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Pauwels Consulting is once again a Great Place to Work!

20 Jan 2022

Last year, the Great Place to Work™ Institute and Vlerick Business School awarded the Great Place to Work™ label to Pauwels Consulting for the first time. The label is a wonderful recognition of the job satisfaction and other feelings experienced by our colleagues at Pauwels Consulting.

After we achieved the label last year, we took many steps to further improve our internal operations and added value for our consultants. We sent out a new survey to all our permanent staff in November and we could hardly wait for the results.

This year’s feedback from our internal colleagues and external consultants at our customer locations was again very positive and valuable. And as a result, Pauwels Consulting has yet again been named a Great Place to Work™ in 2022, which we continue to be very proud of!

To celebrate this wonderful news, we interviewed Céline Van Puymbrouck, our Learning & Development Coordinator. She is one of the driving forces behind the achievement of the label.

 

First of all, Céline, congratulations on achieving the Great Place to Work label! So what exactly does a Great Place To Work™ mean?

Céline: Thank you! The Great Place to Work™ label is awarded to companies with a sound work culture, companies where employees like to work. Like last year, we worked with the Great Place to Work™ Institute and Vlerick Business School to send out an anonymous survey to our staff. The survey looked at their experiences at Pauwels Consulting. And for a second year in a row, the answers were very positive. That’s why we can now officially call ourselves a Great Place to Work™ for the second year in a row!

Of course, we are very grateful to our consultants and back-office employees for their time and feedback. It is thanks to them that we have received this label again and we can continue to improve our organisation, so a big thank you to everyone who helped make this possible!

Why is the Great Place to Work™ label important to Pauwels Consulting?

Céline: The aim of this survey was to gather anonymous and therefore honest feedback from our staff. That’s important to us to keep improving our internal operations and the added value we offer to our consultants. This year, we were able to add some extra questions ourselves and we could break down the answers from our consultants (at our customer locations) and those from our internal employees (our back office). That has led to some interesting insights! The results from the survey have allowed us to define specific areas for improvement for the future.

We are very happy with the added value of the survey and with the Great Place to Work™ label we received for the second year in a row. It was the icing on the cake for us. The label is a true endorsement of the company and our staff, so we are all very proud of it!

Are there any specific issues that have clearly emerged from the answers?

Céline: It was interesting to compare the new results with last year’s responses. For example, the score of the statement ‘In general, I can say that this is a very good organisation to work for’ went up from 85% to 91%.

That immediately illustrates why we are participating in a Great Place to Work™: we want to continuously improve ourselves and make sure that everyone feels – and continues to feel – happy at Pauwels Consulting. ‘Always challenge the status quo’ is one of our core values. ‘Be a warmhearted family’ is another one. The results show that we are on the right track.

Céline Van Puymbroeck, our Learning & Development Coordinator

Of course, we are also curious about the other answers… So what really makes Pauwels Consulting a Great Place to Work™?

Céline: For that I would like to take a look at this year’s results. Firstly, we score very well on diversity, inclusion and community. That’s because we are actively committed to these issues: we avoid discrimination and encourage inclusive behaviour. The family feeling that pervades our company is very precious to us.

We also keep our work atmosphere very friendly and open. And there are plenty of opportunities for fun as well. Our staff are proud to work for Pauwels Consulting and they don’t mind going the extra mile every now and then. Our people have also indicated in the survey that they can count on each other and everyone feels welcome here. That was wonderful to read!

Pauwels Consulting also received some constructive feedback in the first Great Place to Work™ survey. So what exactly have we done with these areas for improvement?

Céline: We’ve sure been busy this year. To make the management’s communication even more transparent and proactive, we have introduced our six-monthly status update meeting in which Bert and Mélodie inform everyone about Pauwels Consulting’s results and future plans. We are also sending out more surveys, we have created a Culture Book and we are setting up pilot projects on mobility and e-learning. 

We also focus even more on personal follow-up via our Talent Managers, and we have hired a new coach. We also encourage the mentoring of junior consultants by senior consultants even more than before.

We have also noticed that our staff really want to bond with each other. That’s why we are very committed to our ambassadors. They are experienced consultants at customer locations who are always there for the other consultants. They also organise meetings so that even more joint activities are planned. Unfortunately, many meetings couldn’t go ahead because of Covid-19, but we will certainly get back to this again as soon as we are permitted!

Luckily, however, we were able to organise quite a few general after-work drinks at the end of last year. Our consultants and back-office employees had the opportunity to get to know each other better at various events. There were drinks, we went bowling, we broke out of an escape room… And we will resume all these activities as well as soon as it is safe to do so.

Sounds great, Céline! And what will you do with this year’s results?

Céline: Of course, we want to continue to focus on our consultants’ growth with training courses, and we are also committed to mentoring, coaching and our Pauwels Academy. As there is such a wide range of learning opportunities, we would like to draw up a clear overview this year. We will be sending out a learning and development survey to our staff to see how we can best offer such an overview in a transparent way.

We have also noticed that our staff are missing a platform. First, we are going to map out the specific needs and then we will look at how we can meet those needs. Finally, we will also keep expanding the cycling project and get back to our after-work drinks again as soon as the COVID-19 situation allows. That’s a promise!

And on that cheerful note, we will end this interview. Céline, thank you for your time and answers. Congratulations again and we hope to speak to you next year about our third Great Place to Work™ label!

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Pauwels Consulting takes on the Corporate Cycling Challenge

08 Sep 2021

On Sunday, September 12th , Pauwels Consulting will participate in the Corporate Cycling Challengethe unofficial Belgian championship for corporate cycling in Ostend. Our 2 teams, a mix of back-office colleagues and consultants, will compete against other companies in 3 cycling disciplines: a team time trial, a sprint and a criterium.

It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our cycling heroes below!

Meet our riders

Björn Nachtegaele

Senior Accountmanager

Bike: Scott

KM on Strava (2021): 2839

Type of rider: “Kasseifretter”

Favourite race: Paris – Roubaix

Favourite rider: Yves Lampaert

Favourite mountain: Molenberg in Zwalm

Koen De Borle

Senior Accountmanager

Bike: Bianchi

Type of rider: Pedaleur de charme

Favourite race: Ronde Van Vlaanderen

Favourite rider: Miguel Indurain

Favourite mountain: Berendries

Tijs Billemon

Business Coach

Bike: Ridley

Km on Strava (2021): 5023

Type of rider Climber/Puncheur

Favourite race: Giro d’Italia

Favourite rider: Laurens Ten Dam

Favourite mountain: Alpe D’Huez

Jens Vriendt

Mobility Manager

Bike: Scott

KM on Strava (2021): 4105

Type of rider: Baroudeur

Favourite race: Strade Bianchi

Favourite rider: Thomas De Gendt

Favourite mountain: Mont Ventoux from Bedoin

Kurt Quinot

Marketing Manager

Bike: Eddy Merckx

KM on Strava (2021): 3343

Type of rider: domestique

Favourite race: Liège – Bastogne – Liège

Favourite rider: Remco Evenepoel

Favourite mountain: Congoberg in Vollezele

Thomas Bertin

Accountmanager

Bike: Scott

KM on Strava (2021): 1312

Type of rider: Wheelsucker

Favourite race: Ronde Van Vlaanderen

Favourite rider: Wout Van Aert

Favourite mountain: Overpoort in Gent

Frederik Coppens

Recruitment Consultant

Bike: Trek

KM op Strava (2021): 1557

Type of rider: The Wim Vansevenant of Pauwels Consulting

Favourite race: Strade Bianchi

Favourite rider: Alejandro Valverde

Favourite mountain: The Poggio in Sint-Antelinks

Pieter Willenkens

QA Complaint Officer

Bike: Canyon

KM on Strava (2021): 1652

Type of rider: Climber/puncheur

Favourite race: Ronde Van Vlaanderen

Favourite rider: Wout Van Aert

Favourite mountain: La Redoute

Pascal Verbaere

IT Support Officer

Bike: BTWIN

KM on Strava (2021): 2932

Type of rider: Climber

Favourite race: Paris – Roubaix

Favourite rider: Wout Van Aert

Favourite mountain: Mont Ventoux from Bedoin

Join us as VIPs in Ostend!

We can use all the support we can get. So, are you looking for ideas for a fun day out on Sunday? Come and join us at the finish area in Ostend for a full-fledged VIP experience with:

  • food trucks
  • drink stands
  • promotional stands
  • an amazing atmosphere.

Let’s make Sunday a memorable day, and let’s have a great day out with our riders and supporting colleagues.

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Pauwels Consulting is a Trends Gazelle 2021

04 Mar 2021

Every year, Trends Magazine selects the 250 fastest-growing companies in each province in terms of added value, workforce and cash flow. Being selected is no easy feat, but Pauwels Consulting has just managed to receive its 10th nomination. Time for a chat with Bert Pauwels, founder and managing director of Pauwels Consulting.

Congratulations on this new nomination, Bert! Pauwels Consulting is now one of the fastest-growing companies in the province of Flemish Brabant for the 10th year in a row. How does that make you feel?

Bert: Thank you. Every time we’re chosen as one of the Trends Gazelles, it makes me feel happy and proud. All the more since this is a team effort! Pauwels Consulting doesn’t yearn for recognition, but we do know that this award is an external indicator that confirms we are doing a good job. And that’s great!

We do our utmost every day to make sure we support our customers and employees in the best possible way, our figures keep improving and we give something back to society. I’m pleased and grateful that we can offer so many people job security, satisfaction and prospects, especially in these challenging times.

I certainly agree that it was a bizarre year, Bert. How do you look back on the past COVID year?

Bert: 2020 was a challenging year, to put it mildly. And the challenge is still there. Everyone has had to give up some certainties and freedoms, and the lack of future prospects can really wear people down. Many of us have seen loved ones, friends and acquaintances experience problems both on a personal and professional level. I sincerely hope that soon we will all find the resilience to pick up where we left off together. I’m counting on everyone’s understanding, solidarity and sense of civic responsibility, because we need to get through this together.

COVID-19 and the lockdowns also put Pauwels Consulting in a situation that we’d never experienced before. All our consultants usually work at customer locations, and our internal employees are used to going into the office. Suddenly, this was no longer allowed. Or it was allowed, but to a much smaller extent. It was a pretty radical change.
“Business as usual in exceptional circumstances.”
How did Pauwels Consulting respond to COVID?

Bert: We took a calm and well-considered approach with a very clear focus on the long term. We’ve always considered COVID-19 as a temporary situation, a ‘short-term problem’. Short-term issues shouldn’t be tackled by changing our strategy. On the contrary, they require us to stick to our strategy. We talked, evaluated and adjusted a lot over the past year, but our focus and philosophy always remained strong.

This allowed us to continue to recruit people and invest in the training of our staff. We’ve also completed two impressive acquisitions in the past few months. We managed to keep furlough levels to an absolute minimum, and we haven’t had to let anyone go because of COVID-19. It’s been business as usual in exceptional circumstances. It hasn’t been easy, so I’m proud that we succeeded and that we’re now reaping the benefits, which has now been confirmed again by this Trends Gazelle nomination.
Trends Gazellen 2021 - Pauwels Consulting
How do you see 2021?

Bert: Hopeful and ambitious. When spring arrives and we find the right way to live with this virus rather than be controlled by it, our society will be able to move forward again. I look at nature for inspiration. A sunflower doesn’t exactly look its best at night, but during the day it raises its head, follows the sun and displays its colours in all their splendour.

Pauwels Consulting will continue to focus on our momentum. 2021 will be characterised by further growth in Belgium and abroad. Our primary focus in that respect is the Netherlands. Last year, we acquired the ambitious engineering company Bruggenbouwers and two attractive IT companies, Developers.nl and more recently Open Web. We now have five offices in the Netherlands. If we can add a life sciences group to that, that would mean we can also serve our customers in the Netherlands with our three key areas of expertise.

What is the ultimate goal?

Bert: There is no ultimate goal. That would be too final and too restrictive. Over the next five years, we certainly want to become an international consultancy group with more than 2,500 employees and a 250 million turnover. That’s a big but realistic ambition, and I’m convinced that our team will achieve it.

By the way, we’re always looking for extra talent to join our wonderful crew! So if you’re an engineering, life sciences, IT or HR professional with the ambition to step things up a gear, you’re invited to get in touch so that we can get to know each other. We have ambitious plans, and we would love to discuss how you can be part of them!

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Good news in challenging times: Pauwels Consulting acquires DCI IT

01 Mar 2021

2020 was a challenging year and 2021 will be no different. As a result, more and more companies are facing difficulties. One of these companies is DCI IT, the IT consultancy firm in Sint-Niklaas. The company was founded in 1997 but unfortunately went bankrupt recently. We are pleased to announce that we have found a great solution for 18 IT employees: we welcome them to our team today!

This injection of knowledge means a great addition to our IT team, a carefree new start for our new colleagues and an extra boost for our growth ambitions. We spoke with Bert Pauwels, founder and managing director of Pauwels Consulting, about this acquisition.

Bert, congratulations with this acquisition! How are you feeling?

Bert: “Tired but satisfied. The acquisition of DCI IT went very quickly. The company was only declared bankrupt in February 2021. The judge appointed a curator and candidate buyers were sought. We reacted quickly and worked hard, and I am pleased that we can offer a good outcome and future to 18 employees of DCI IT, who are also a welcome reinforcement of our team.

We have already invested considerably in expanding our IT team in recent years. We have hired strong consultants and have also taken over 2 IT companies in the Netherlands last year. Now we are also taking over 18 IT consultants from DCI IT in Belgium. This strengthens us in our ambition to become one of the most complete consultancy companies in Europe.”

Can you tell us more about the services of DCI IT?

Bert: “Until recently, DCI IT offered various IT services. The company consisted of two departments: their Field Service department offered a full service, while their IT Resources department offered consultancy services. The Field Service department was less compatible with the growth plan of Pauwels Consulting, but the consultants of the IT-resources department, with a focus on IT infrastructure, complement our team perfectly.”
Logo DCI IT
How did the acquisition go?

Bert: “It all happened very quickly. DCI IT was declared bankrupt just one week ago. The judge appointed Mr Reyns as curator. Our team immediately went to work to see which components and consultants we could acquire and under which conditions. During the weekend, we came to a respectful proposal that was favourable to the employees and the customers of DCI IT. The employees keep their salaries, and they get new career opportunities at Pauwels Consulting. Moreover, we can guarantee the continuity of services to the customers.

A bankruptcy is a traumatic experience and employees are often hurt and dissatisfied. That’s why we acted quickly, accurately and tactfully. From the start we had a good feeling during our talks with master Reyns. We wanted to create a win-win situation, not drive a bargain. If you don’t do that, then you can’t build a long-term relationship with your new colleagues and customers. We wanted to do things differently. This is the beginning of a great new story for the consultants and customers of DCI IT.”

Where do you envision Pauwels Consulting in 5 years?

Bert: “We are healthily ambitious: in the coming years we want to become one of the most complete providers of consultancy and project sourcing in Europe. In five years’ time, we want to grow to a group of 2,500 consultants and a turnover of 250 million euros. Because our clients operate internationally, we will also continue to support them across borders. That’s why, since our partnership with 3d Investors in 2016, we have been explicitly accelerating our organic growth with strategic acquisitions of interesting life sciences, engineering and IT companies. For example, last year alone, despite the crisis, we acquired a strong engineering company (Bruggenbouwers) and 2 strong IT companies (Developers.nl and Open Web) in the Netherlands.

Now we have taken over another great IT company in Belgium. It will certainly not be our last acquisition, since we see a lot of potential in the market, and we will always enjoy working with interesting customers and specialists, and supporting them as best as we can in their professional growth.”

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Pauwels Consulting takes over DCI

22 Feb 2021


GHENT, February 22, 2021. Pauwels Consulting, the Belgian consulting firm with specialists in engineering, life sciences and IT, realizes another great acquisition. Today we welcome 18 IT consultants from DCI to the Pauwels Consulting family. With the acquisition of DCI Pauwels Consulting realizes a sixth acquisition in 2 years time.

DCI was founded in Sint-Niklaas in 1997. In recent years, DCI grew into a competent player on the Belgian IT consultancy market. Following the recent bankruptcy of DCI in February 2021, Pauwels Consulting is now taking over the 18 IT consultants of DCI IT Resources. DCI Field Services, the department that until recently offered full-service and managed services, is not being taken over.

Logo DCI
Bert Pauwels, Managing Director of Pauwels Consulting, on the acquisition: “With this takeover we welcome 18 IT talents in our team. That is a nice and welcome reinforcement. After all, we still see a lot of growth opportunities within the Belgian and European IT consultancy market.”

Following the recent acquisitions of Developers.nl and Open Web IT in the Netherlands, Pauwels Consulting is now acquiring another Belgian IT player. This acquisition is part of an ambitious growth strategy to become one of the most complete providers of IT consultancy in Europe in the long term.

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Pauwels Consulting acquires Dutch Java specialist Open Web

25 Jan 2021

GHENT, 25 January 2021. Pauwels Consulting, the Belgian consultancy firm specialising in engineering, life sciences and IT, is putting the finishing touches to its third Dutch acquisition in less than a year. Open Web, the Nieuwegein-based Java and Bloomreach specialist, is following hot on the heels of Developers.nl and Bruggenbouwers.

“Open Web is a company with experienced niche specialists, interesting customers and huge growth potential”, says Bert Pauwels, founder and Managing Director of Pauwels Consulting. There was an instant rapport between the two companies. I recognised the same ambitions and people-centric corporate culture as at Pauwels Consulting. 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.”

“With the acquisition of Open Web, we now have a base in Utrecht alongside our offices in Rotterdam and Hoofddorp. This will be beneficial to our ongoing growth in the Netherlands.”​

“It feels good to leave Open Web in the hands of an experienced and warm entrepreneur like Bert Pauwels after seven years”.
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“It feels good to leave Open Web in the hands of an experienced and warm entrepreneur like Bert Pauwels after seven years”, state Levente Bokor and Ebrahim Aharpour, founders of Open Web. “We felt that to develop Open Web and allow our colleagues to grow, it was necessary to join a larger group. We had many options to choose from, but our rapport with Bert and Pauwels Consulting immediately won us over.

This acquisition offers new growth opportunities for our workforce and an expansion in the services we provide to our customers. At the same time, as the founders of Open Web, we now have more time for new ventures. For example, we will be able to pay more attention to the ongoing development of our e-mail security solution kevlarr.io. We look forward to working with Pauwels Consulting and Developers.nl to achieve optimal synergy for our staff and customers.”

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Pauwels Consulting welcomes Open Web to the Group

25 Jan 2021

With the takeover of Open Web, Pauwels Consulting is completing its third acquisition in the Dutch market in just under a year. A remarkable feat, certainly in a time of crisis, but the founders of both companies have ambitious plans.

We asked Bert Pauwels, founder and Managing Director of Pauwels Consulting, along with Levente Bokor and Ebrahim Aharpour, founders and co-CEO and CTO of Open Web, respectively, about their plans and aspirations.

First of all, congratulations on the takeover. I see happy faces all round!

Levente: “That’s right! We had been looking for a larger party for some time to help Open Web continue to grow. We are pleased to have found our ideal growth partner in the form of Pauwels Consulting.”

Bert: “And we are very pleased to welcome another group of experienced IT specialists to the fold. This takeover fits perfectly with our growth strategy for the Dutch market.”

Levente and Ebrahim, can you briefly present Open Web?

Ebrahim: “Levente and I founded Open Web in 2014. We had experience in different IT positions at the time, and we wanted to develop new products together. To finance product development, we focused directly on consulting, too. In a relatively short period of time, Open Web has grown into a team of 35 individuals specialising primarily in Java and Bloomreach.

We mainly perform technical assignments for major clients in the private and public sectors. More than half of our colleagues are senior Java developers. Our team also consists of front-end developers and developers for mobile applications.”

Pauwels Consulting welcomes Open Web to the Group

What makes Open Web unique?

Levente: “We have grown into one of the strongest Java and Bloomreach specialists in the Netherlands in a relatively short period. Our areas of specialisation brought challenging projects and major customers to us, making it increasingly easy to further bolster our team with experienced Java specialists.

We see ourselves as a team of driven experts who take each other to the next level. We like to do more than is expected of us, both for our customers and our professional development.

We have also invested a great deal of time and energy into our people in recent years. Despite the fact that we often work for different customers, we are still a close-knit team – one that enjoys working together, sharing knowledge and, above all, having fun.”

And that appealed to you, Bert?

Bert: “Absolutely. As you know, we are always on the lookout for interesting companies to further strengthen our Group. When Open Web and – in particular – Levente and Ebrahim came onto our radar, we had no doubts. We immediately felt an excellent rapport between us. We recognised the ambitions of Levente and Ebrahim and their clear focus on the development and happiness of the people in their team.”

Why was Open Web looking for a potential buyer?

Levente: “Several reasons. As I mentioned earlier, Ebrahim and I are keen on developing our own products. Having to focus both on consulting and product development hampered the growth opportunities of both activities, which is why we decided to find a partner that could accelerate the growth of our consulting business without changing the DNA and culture of our team. That was the top priority for us.”

Ebrahim: “That’s why we went with Pauwels Consulting. Pauwels Consulting is a major group with big plans in the Netherlands and focuses strongly on the professional and personal development of its consultants. This acquisition gives our people more growth opportunities, enables us to do even more for our customers, and gives us the opportunity to pay more attention to the ongoing development of our e-mail security solution kevlarr.io in the near future.”

What appealed to Open Web besides the ambitions and corporate culture?

Bert: “In early 2020, we acquired Developers.nl and Bruggenbouwers, two strong Dutch consultancy firms with offices in Rotterdam and Hoofddorp. This was an opportunity to attract another IT specialist with complementary knowledge and services, a complementary customer base and a branch in Nieuwegein. The acquisitions complement each other nicely, and the Nieuwegein office is an interesting strategic foundation for our ongoing growth in the Netherlands.”

“Above all, I also see many opportunities for cross-pollination between our IT teams in Belgium, Rotterdam and Nieuwegein. We are getting stronger every time, giving us even more opportunities to help our people develop. Our customers and our employees will all benefit from this.”

It’s a fantastic decision, Bert. Congratulations to all of you once again on this takeover and good luck with your plans.

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Pauwels Consulting is completing its third Dutch takeover in less than a year with the acquisition of Open Web, the Java and Bloomreach specialist based in Nieuwegein.

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Pauwels Consulting recognized by KellyOCG® as a Top Supplier 2019

24 Jul 2020
Pauwels Consulting was recognized by KellyOCG®, the outsourcing and consulting group of Kelly Services®, for the fourth time with a Supplier Excellence Award 2019 at a virtual event. The award is presented to top-performing national and global suppliers that provide superior workforce solutions, and whose service, results and strategic partnerships have made a significant impact on KellyOCG®'s business.

This year, KellyOCG® recognized 25 of its top suppliers from Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific. More than half of the award recipients were diverse suppliers.

Suppliers are evaluated on three criteria:

  • scorecard results of their performance within KellyOCG®-managed programs;
  • compliance with legal and program-specific requirements;
  • and engagement survey results from KellyOCG® stakeholders assessing the ease of doing business with the supplier and the supplier’s partnership approach.

“The partnership we enjoy with our suppliers is pivotal to supporting our global customers as we work together in designing what’s next for their talent needs,” said Pam Sands, Global Lead – Supplier Strategy and Engagement, Professional Services Organisation for KellyOCG®.

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Van Nguyen, Life Sciences Director & Partner, is pleased and honoured to receive this prestigious award. “It shows that we all work hard, are efficient and fast, day in, day out. You don’t just get an award like that, on the contrary. This is a nice confirmation of the work done. And it motivates all of us to continue on our current course.”

“I would also like to thank our customers Johnson & Johnson, Baxter and Amgen for their contribution within this cooperation”, added Jelle Vandemenschbrugge and Thomas Bertin, both Account Manager at Pauwels Consulting. “We have been working with them for many years now, which has allowed us to build a strong bond of trust with them,” tells Adrien Van Drooghenbroeck. “As a result, we know very well what kind of people they need and they know perfectly well for which projects they can reach out to us”.

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Van Nguyen – Life Sciences Director & Partner (in front); Jelle Vandemenschbrugge – Account Manager Life Sciences (left); Thomas Bertin – Account Manager Life Sciences (right)

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KellyOCG® is a leading global advisor of talent supply chain strategies and workforce solutions. They are dedicated to helping clients ditch the script on old ways of thinking about their workforce strategy. They anticipate what’s next in the future of work and apply market insights, data analytics, and supply chain management principles to design customised solutions where businesses and talent thrive. Our commitment to challenging the status quo positions us as a trusted strategic partner for our global client portfolio, which spans leading industries across North America, APAC and EMEA.

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