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Pauwels Consulting acquires IT consulting firm P.I.T.-Advisor

19 Dec 2016
Ghent - Pauwels Consulting, the Belgian consultancy company with subsidiaries in Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland, announces the acquisition of P.I.T.-Advisor. P.I.T.-Advisor is a Belgian IT service provider specialized in ERP solutions, software applications, hardware and project sourcing. Pauwels Consulting strengthens its position as a multidisciplinary IT service provider in Belgium as a result of this acquisition.

Pauwels Consulting and P.I.T.-Advisor have reached an agreement to combine their activities. Both companies were founded in 1999. Pauwels Consulting has since developed into an international provider of project sourcing, business process outsourcing, recruitment and projects in the field of engineering, life sciences and IT. P.I.T.-Advisor has become known to be a multidisciplinary IT service provider in Belgium.

As of today, P.I.T.-Advisor will function as an autonomous company within the Pauwels Consulting group. Marc De Roeck, cofounder and commercial manager for P.I.T.-Advisor, continues to be responsible for the further development of the P.I.T.-Advisor activities. As such, the quality and continuity of the service will be guaranteed.

Growth strategy and acquisition fit perfectly

Johan Mertens, cofounder and managing director of P.I.T.-Advisor, is pleased with the acquisition: “To support the continued growth of P.I.T.-Advisor, we were in search of a strong, reliable and multidisciplinary IT service provider in Belgium with a complementary portfolio of services and clients. Moreover we were looking for a dynamic partner with a high level of experience, a clear strategy, a distinct vision and the same values and ambitions. Pauwels Consulting fitted this profile perfectly.”

Bert Pauwels, general manager of Pauwels Consulting, is also very pleased with this acquisition: “Since the start of our partnership with 3D-Investments in January 2016, we explicitly focus our attention on organic growth and growth by means of strategic acquisitions. We have been interested in P.I.T.-Advisor for a longer period of time since our employees, services and clients are perfectly complementary. This results in a leverage effect. This is a very good day for our clients and our employees.”

Again clients and employees are the most important winners

“Following this acquisition, we have a diverse team of approximately 380 experienced consultants”, says Marc De Roeck, cofounder and commercial manager for P.I.T.-Advisor. “This offers fabulous opportunities for sharing knowledge and for broadening and deepening our services for existing and new clients in Belgium and throughout Europe.”

Bert Pauwels: “I fully endorse this. Another pleasant aspect is the fact that we can now offer the Pauwels Consulting and P.I.T.-Advisor employees even more career perspectives. Our employees will now have the possibility to work on even more different projects with various clients. This will no doubt present an impressive cross-fertilisation, which will benefit both our clients and our employees.”

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Pauwels Consulting and P.I.T.-Advisor join forces

19 Dec 2016
Pauwels Consulting and P.I.T.-Advisor, two successful Belgian consulting companies, have agreed to merge their operations. As of today, P.I.T.-Advisor will be operating as an independent unit within the Pauwels Consulting Group.
Marc De Roeck, co-founder and commercial manager of P.I.T. Advisor, will remain responsible for the further development of P.I.T.-Advisor’s activities. Johan Mertens, co-founder and managing director of P.I.T. Advisor will enjoy a well-deserved retirement.
We had a conversation with Bert Pauwels, founder and Managing Director of Pauwels Consulting and Johan Mertens and Marc De Roeck of P.I.T.-Advisor.
Gentlemen, congratulations on this deal! Can you briefly introduce yourselves?

Marc: Sure. I’m Marc De Roeck, Commercial Engineer by training. I started my career as an auditor and analyst. Over the years, I’ve held various commercial positions and, in 1999, Johan and I founded P.I.T.-Advisor.

Johan: I’m Johan Mertens, 63 and veteran in the IT world (laughs). I have held several IT roles during my career and in 1999, I took the plunge into entrepreneurship and started my own company, P.I.T. Advisor.

Bert: I’m Bert Pauwels, the youngest of us three (laughs). I have always been an entrepreneur at heart and I founded Pauwels Consulting in 1999. At first, I still took on projects myself, but since 2004, I’m fully engaged in the daily management of the company.

Speaking of which, can you briefly introduce P.I.T. Advisor and Pauwels Consulting?

Johan: P.I.T. Advisor is an IT services company from Antwerp. We have 80 fantastic consultants and we deliver integrated ERP applications and software and hardware tailored to our clients’ specific needs.

Marc: In addition, we have increasingly focused on project sourcing in the past 10 years. We support our customers in a wide variety of development and integration projects.

Bert: Pauwels Consulting specializes in project sourcing, business process outsourcing, recruitment and projects in the field of engineering, life sciences and IT. We work for companies in Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

Starting today, both companies will join forces. Why did you decide to work together?

Johan: Due to health reasons, I have decided to step aside this year. My hearing is increasingly deteriorating. This has started to affect my work at P.I.T.-Advisor. I made this decision with mixed feelings but I am sure it is the right decision.

Marc: I still have lots of ideas and energy to continue with P.I.T. Advisor. I see our collaboration with Pauwels Consulting as a catalyst: all of a sudden, our team is five times larger and we can now serve even more customers. This offers many benefits for our customers and excellent career opportunities for our employees.

Bert: At Pauwels Consulting, we note that companies are increasingly entrusting tasks to a smaller number of contractors. Therefore, it is important to continuously develop our services and our customer portfolio. In that regard, this collaboration with P.I.T.-Advisor came at the perfect time.

In what way Bert?

Bert: I have been following P.I.T. Advisor for a while now. The people, projects and customers of P.I.T. Advisor and Pauwels Consulting complement each other perfectly. We understand each other, but we are not competitors. That is a good starting point for a collaboration.

Marc: During our conversations, we quickly noticed that the strategy, vision and ambitions of our companies can be aligned easily. We immediately got along on a personal level as well. In such cases, you should not hesitate.

Johan: I wanted our new partner to be young, dynamic and experienced. Such partners are rare, but Bert Pauwels and Pauwels Consulting fit the profile perfectly.

At what point did you know you would join forces?

Johan: I’m a tough cookie (laughs) and we have had some lively discussions, but in the end we all came to an agreement. That’s how I know it’s going to be all right. Marc and I have a very good feeling about this collaboration.

Bert: Conversations about an acquisition or other forms of co-operation are always a bit precarious. But in the end, we quickly came to an agreement because we had the interest of both our companies in mind. Our employees and customers will benefit from this.

What are the benefits of this partnership for your clients?

Marc: In recent years, P.I.T.-Advisor has built a beautiful and diverse customer portfolio. And this customer base is complementary to that of Pauwels Consulting.

Johan: The same goes for our services and the skills and competences of our consultants. Thanks to this collaboration, we can immediately extend our services and support customers in even more fields. This is an important strategic advantage for the future.

Bert: At Pauwels Consulting, we’re increasingly focusing on Business Process Outsourcing: we are happy to take care of the management of entire departments and processes of our clients. Thanks to the strategic expansion of our workforce and our competence matrix, we can take up increasingly complex departments and projects.

And what are the benefits for the employees?

Bert: We think it’s important that our employees have clear and broad career opportunities. Thanks to this partnership, our customer base grows significantly. This means that the people in our back-office and our consultants can take on new projects, functions and responsibilities in a natural way.

Marc: We also see many opportunities for knowledge sharing. Pauwels Consulting is paying more and more attention to knowledge sharing. The Pauwels Consulting Academy is a great example. I am confident that our people actively can and want to contribute to this.

Sounds great gentlemen! Do you have a final message for our readers?

Bert: I’m really looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues from P.I.T.-Advisor. The same goes for our whole team. During previous acquisitions, the integration and cross-fertilization between colleagues always ran smoothly. I am convinced it won’t be any different this time.

Marc: I really want to start this new chapter. We have already made a beautiful journey with P.I.T.-Advisor and now we have the opportunity to accelerate our business. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Johan: I’m glad I can hand over P.I.T.-Advisor to Marc and Bert with confidence. I really enjoyed building the company and bringing it up to this point. I am also proud and grateful that the company can start a new chapter now. I’m sure this collaboration will turn out fine.

Thanks for this interview gentlemen. Congratulations again and good luck with all of your future projects.

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Diego finished the Al Andalus Ultimate Trail!

20 Jul 2016
Some men get a motorcycle for their 40th birthday, others buy a sports car and others run 230 kilometers under the burning Andalusian sun. We spoke with a man who chose for the last option: Diego De Doncker, Site Inspector at Pauwels Consulting. An incredible story!

Diego, two weeks ago you told us that you would participate in the Al Andalus Ultimate Trail, a 5-day ‘ultrarun’ in Andalusia. Can you briefly tell us again why you set out on this adventure?

Diego: Sure. I didn’t want a typical midlife birthday present for my 40th birthday. That’s why I decided to participate in the Al Andalus Ultimate Trail, a 5-day endurance race of 230 kilometers in Andalusia. It was my goal to explore my limits one more time.

You are back home now. So… How did you experience the Al Andalus Ultimate Trail?

Diego: It was an incredible experience! It was a hard but beautiful trail. I have seen nature at its finest and I have met many wonderful people.

Sounds great Diego. And pretty intense. And if I heard correctly, you even started with an injury?

Diego: That’s right. Three weeks before the start I got an infection in my right knee. As a result, I had to rest until the start of the trail. A few days before the trail I traveled to Andalusia to get accustomed to the heat. Apparently the combination of rest and heat had a positive effect on the injury. I only got into trouble in the fourth stage. After 45 kilometers my knee started to hurt. At that point, I still had 22 kilometers to go, but a painkiller from the medical team has kept me going.

What did a typical day look like?

Diego: Our days started around 6.30 am. There wasn’t any other choice since we had to prepare and eat breakfast with lots of carbohydrates first. After breakfast we started preparing for the race: we filled our Camelbaks and we did some stretching exercises. The trail usually started around 8.30 am or 9.00 am. To my surprise, I was part of the leading group, so I was amongst the last to start every day. After the race we always got water, coke, energy drinks and fruit. And there was always a bucket with ice water to help us recover faster. The day always ended with a great massage, a briefing for the next stage and supper. Most of us were knocked out around 9.30 pm. At that time most of us were sleeping in tents that were way too hot. (laughs)

What was your most difficult moment during the Ultimate trail?

Diego: Day 2! After the 20K mark, I was facing a steep ascent. I had to follow a steep mountain path with the mountain on one side and a ravine on the other. That took a lot of focus and it was not easy in temperatures exceeding 42 degrees and without any water left in my Camelbak.

What kept you going when things got rough?

Diego: With this trail I wanted to explore my limits one more time and I wanted to go above and beyond. So in difficult times, I thought “Well, this is what you can do. Let’s take it up a notch now. Buckle up and keep going!”

What was the hardest part? The physical or mental game?

Diego: Apparently I was well prepared for the trail. I grew stronger every single day. On the first and the second day, I came in 36th, on the third day 33rd, on the fourth day 29th and on the last day 12th. The mental game was more difficult. It is hard to prepare yourself for a heavy stage if you get up with sore legs and blisters on your feet. And during the race, you are on your own because everyone runs at his or her own pace. Since we didn’t cross many villages, there was little distraction during the stages. Quite a challenge!

Have you ever thought of giving up?

Diego: Never! My preparations for the race have taken a considerable amount of time. That was hard for me and my family. Going out in the weekends? Nope, dad has to go out running. A game of football? Nope, dad has to go running and then to the physiotherapist… I just couldn’t give up. That wouldn’t have been fair to myself or my family.

What were you thinking during the different stages of the trail?

Diego: I always ‘clear my head’ when I am running so I didn’t think a lot. (laughs) I had some regrets though that I couldn’t share the beautiful scenery with my family and friends. But I never had the time to think about that for too long. I had to keep moving forward!

What was your best moment during the trail?

Diego: I really got a kick after finishing on ‘the longest day’. That day I ran 67 kilometers. Before that, I had never run more than 44 kilometers in one day, so I was pretty anxious regarding that stage.

What did you think and feel when you crossed the finish line?

Diego: The last stage was my best stage. I came in between and before guys that were way better than me in the previous days. I was particularly proud of the fact that I was still quite OK after 5 hard days. After the finish, I got really emotional.

What will you always remember about this trail?

Diego: There were many different people and nationalities amongst the runners. I ran with construction workers, nurses, top bankers, top engineers (who make skyscrapers in the Middle East), factory workers… At that moment at that place everyone was equal. Everyone had the same goal. Everyone suffered. And everyone helped and comforted each other. A wonderful experience!

Have you already set any new goals?

Diego: No, I haven’t. I think my body will ache for the next few weeks. But I must say that I really liked the experience so I think that I will find a new extreme challenge at some point in time.

Do you have any advice for people who consider taking part in such a ‘crazy’ challenge?

Diego: If you really want to do something like this, choose something that really suits you. And of course, if you really want to go for something, give it your all!

Those are inspiring words, Diego. Thanks for sharing your story with us and all the best of luck with your future challenges and projects!

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Pauwels Consulting honored as WORKSENSE Supplier of the Year

12 Jul 2016
WORKSENSE, the global external workforce solutions program of KellyOCG for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, has honored Pauwels Consulting as WORKSENSE Belgium Supplier of the Year 2015.

The WORKSENSE Supplier program is aimed at selecting the best suppliers of talent in order to get access to the best external talent at the best price and at the right time.

Mélodie Rogiers, Key Account Manager at Pauwels Consulting, received the award at the yearly WORKSENSE summit at Janssen Beerse on July 7, 2016.

Mélodie Rogiers, Key Account Manager, and Van Nguyen, Operations Director and Partner at Pauwels Consulting

“I would like to thank everyone – and especially our team – for their help and their share in making this cooperation with Janssen, Johnson & Johnson and WORKSENSE a success”, says Rogiers. “This award is a team effort. We won it last year, and we won it this year (along with the Supplier Excellence Award of KellyOCG), so we know what we should strive for in the future!

Every day we work hard to supply the WORKSENSE team with the best possible candidates for positions at Johnson & Johnson. Last year, we saw a strong growth of our group of consultants at J&J. We are very happy to be recognized for our hard work.

We will continue to optimize our way of working. Our goal is now to further expand our services to the EMEA WORKSENSE program and other programs of KellyOCG.

Big thanks to the entire team at Pauwels Consulting, our consultants and our partner WORKSENSE for the great teamwork and this wonderful award.”

About KellyOCG®

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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Diego is ready for the Al Andalus Ultimate Trail!

06 Jul 2016
In our series ‘Pauwels People’, our colleagues introduce themselves and talk about how they experience working at Pauwels Consulting. Today, we are going to get acquainted with Diego De Doncker, Site Inspector at Pauwels Consulting. Diego talks about his current project and about the extreme sports challenge he will face in July in honor of his 40th birthday. Curious? Be sure to read on!

Hello Diego, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Diego: Of course! My name is Diego De Doncker. I live in Ruiselede with my wife Ann, my daughter Axelle (12) and my son Jérome (9).

“I will participate in the Al Andalus Ultimate Trail, a 5-day ‘ultrarun’ or ‘ultra-marathon’.”

What is your professional background?

Diego: I studied Engineering. Then I gained experience as a foreman at Christiaens A & J, as a foreman at the ‘High Voltage’ / ‘Low Voltage’ department of Imtech and as a project leader ‘Road Works’ at Norré-Behaegel.

How and when did you get in touch with Pauwels Consulting?

Diego: About 4 years ago, I met Jan Fyens, currently Key Account Director and Parter at Pauwels Consulting. I had a great feeling about the company from the very first moment. Initially, Jan offered me a project at Elia, but eventually I started working on a project at Tuc Rail.

Can you tell us more about your current project?

Diego: Currently, I’m supervising the construction of multi-purpose workplaces and small outbuildings / annexes in Melle. I make sure that everything goes according to plan. I also follow up the different stages of progression.

I heard that your 40th birthday is coming up, and that you will celebrate it in a special way?

Diego: That’s right. I don’t want the go-to midlife birthday present, a motorcycle or something else… (laughs) Instead, I will participate in the Al Andalus Ultimate Trail, a 5-day ‘ultrarun’ or ‘ultra-marathon’.

What exactly is an ‘ultrarun’?

Diego: An ultrarun is an endurance race. In this edition, we will run 230 kilometers through Andalusia between July 11th until July 15th. That means an average of 46 kilometers per day and 7,200 altimeters in total at an average temperature of about 40 degrees.

“I want to explore my limits. That’s my goal.”
Wow, I suppose you are well prepared for this race?

Diego: I lived as a monk for eight months so I hope I am (laughs). That means no alcohol, a healthy diet and plenty of rest. And with ‘plenty of rest’ I mean leaving parties earlier than usual in order to survive a heavy training session the next day.

Why have you decided to participate in this trail?

Diego: I don’t like the idea of working out without a proper goal. It just seems so boring. That’s why I was looking for an extreme event with a friendly atmosphere. I want to explore my limits. That’s my goal.

What are you going to do in the run-up to the event? Pun intended.

Diego: (Laughs) I’m going to take plenty of rest and perform a few short low-intensity training sessions.

When will you leave for Andalusia?

Diego: I will be there two days before the start of the event. This way, I can still have some rest and get used to temperatures of about 40 ° C.

Sounds like a tough challenge, Diego. I’m curious about the outcome of your adventure. Can I contact you after the event to discuss your experiences in Andalusia?

Diego: Absolutely! I’m just as curious as you are! (laughs)

Thanks for the interview Diego. I wish you lots of fun and success in Andalusia and I look forward to hearing about your run soon!

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Pauwels Consulting Recognized by KellyOCG® as a Top Supplier

14 Apr 2016
Pauwels Consulting was recently recognized by KellyOCG, the outsourcing and consulting group of Kelly Services, with the company’s annual Supplier Excellence Award. The award honors national and global suppliers whose outstanding service, superior results and strategic partnerships have made a significant impact on KellyOCG's business.

This is the fourth consecutive year that KellyOCG recognized its top suppliers and granted the Supplier Excellence Award. Twenty-four companies from Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific were recognized at an event at Kelly Services’ world headquarters. On April 11, 2016, Pauwels Consulting attended the award ceremony in London.

“Kelly’s partnership with Pauwels Consulting has enabled us to successfully execute our clients’ talent strategies,” said Thorsten Koletschka, supplier strategy and engagement lead, Global Talent Supply Chain Management, KellyOCG. “The diversity of the delivery models and capabilities of the award winners reflect the importance of recognizing the unique demands of our broad customer base.”

“We are very honored and excited to be recognized as one of the Top Suppliers of KellyOCG,” said Mélodie Rogiers, Key Account Manager and SPOC for KellyOCG at Pauwels Consulting. “Our partnership with KellyOCG started a few years ago. Since then, we have witnessed an enormous evolution at KellyOCG and Pauwels Consulting”, added Van Nguyen, Operations Director and Partner at Pauwels Consulting.

“At Pauwels Consulting we live by the mantra

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’.

Our partnership with KellyOCG perfectly supports this philosophy and we look forward to continuing our journey together.”

About KellyOCG

KellyOCG®, the Outsourcing and Consulting Group of workforce solutions provider, Kelly Services, is a global leader in integrated workforce solution delivery for clients worldwide, utilizing proven talent supply chain strategies. In addition to integrated solutions, KellyOCG specializes in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Contingent Workforce Outsourcing (CWO), Talent Advisory Services, Career Transition and Executive Coaching & Development, and Executive Search.

KellyOCG was named to the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® 2016 Global Outsourcing 100® list, an annual ranking of the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors. Further information about KellyOCG may be found at kellyocg.com.

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Six years in a row: Pauwels Consulting is Trends Gazelle 2016

16 Mar 2016
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.

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Pauwels Consulting is WORKSENSE Supplier of the Year 2014

22 May 2015
WORKSENSE, the global external workforce solutions program of Kelly OCG for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, has honored Pauwels Consulting as WORKSENSE Supplier of the Year 2014.

The WORKSENSE Supplier program is aimed at selecting the best suppliers of talent in order to get access to the best external talent at the best price and at the right time.

Mélodie Rogiers, Account Manager at Pauwels Consulting, and Laila Bajwa, Recruitment Consultant at Pauwels Consulting, received the award at the yearly WORKSENSE summit on May 20, 2015. “We are honored with this recognition”, says Rogiers. “This is a reward for our entire team.

Every day we work hard to supply the WORKSENSE team with the best possible candidates for positions at Johnson & Johnson. We believe that hard work, smart procedures and good and open communication with our partner WORKSENSE are the key to our mutual success.

We will continue to optimize our way of working. In addition we hope that we will be able to expand our services to the EMEA WORKSENSE program and other programs of Kelly OCG in the future.

Thanks again to the entire team at Pauwels Consulting, our consultants and our partner WORKSENSE for the excellent teamwork and this amazing award.”

For further information about this reward, please contact Mélodie Rogiers, Account Manager at Pauwels Consulting, at melodie.rogiers@pauwelsconsulting.com

About KellyOCG®

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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Five years in a row: Pauwels Consulting is Trends Gazellen 2015

02 Mar 2015
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 Gazellen 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 Gazellen 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 Gazellen 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.

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Zermatt Marathon 2014

07 Oct 2014
On Saturday 5 July 2014 Bert Pauwels, Niels Declerck and Pascal Verbaere of Pauwels Consulting ran the Zermatt Marathon and the Zermatt Half Marathon. And all three of them - Bert, Niels and Pascal - achieved their goal! A brilliant performance which has left us with beautiful stories and photos.

Gentlemen, you’ve made it. Tell us all about it! How did you perceive the marathon?

Bert: The Zermatt Marathon was a wonderful experience! The first 20 kilometres from St. Niklaus to Zermatt were gently sloping. I ran those comfortably. But when we were leaving Zermatt …

Niels: There was an extremely steep slope. When we left the village we had to run for about 7 kilometres at an average gradient of 13 to 14%. Pure madness.

Pascal: There seemed to be no end to that slope. I was almost unable to run there. I walked quite long stretches. But because there did not seem to come an end to it, it was very heavy mentally.

So the race was both physically and mentally exhausting?

Bert: Absolutely! That 7 kilometre stretch was heavy as hell. We were running up a large ski slope. I ran the first 300 metres of the slope. I walked the rest of it. I was completely broken (laughs).

And after these 7 kilometres you had a long way to go, of course.

Bert: That’s right. Fortunately, next there was a gently sloping part, which allowed me to alternately run and walk. This made it possible to recover a bit and relax my muscles.

Pascal: But then there was another slope …

Bert: Right, yes. During the race I met a French lady who had already run 25 mountain marathons. She told me there was a ‘surprise’ at the end of this marathon. I was keen to know what the surprise was. I thought something nice was lying ahead, towards the finish. But the ‘surprise’ turned out to be an impossible slope of 3 kilometres long. Straight to the finish.

Pascal: This was a heavy mental blow. It was impossible to run on this slope.

How did you perceive this last slope, Niels?

Niels: It was indeed extremely steep. It really hurt! It was like running up a wall. No one was running at that point. Afterwards I wondered: “I got to the finish in 4h24. The winner in 2h55. How did he run this last part of the race?”

Running in the mountains is clearly a different kind of sport. And that winner ran in a whole other league (laughs).

And yet, I heard you ran up ‘the wall’ twice?

Niels: (laughs) Indeed. Bert called me before the slope. He told me he had 3 more kilometres to go. So I ran down to give him some extra motivation. I had some energy left and at such a time you can really use a mental boost. I walked the last kilometre and a half back up together with Bert.

Bert: Thanks again, Niels. I was mentally and physically exhausted. The last slope was really impossibly steep. It took me a really long time (laughs).

That is team work, Niels! Good. And, so, you had some energy left! Did you run comfortably?

Niels: I did, yes. I do a lot of exercise and I trained well in advance. Also on the treadmill. And I balanced my energy during the race because I knew it was going to be a long effort. I have also consciously enjoyed the environment and the views. We were running in a beautiful setting. I am very glad that everything went well and that I got to the top without problems.

What was the most difficult moment?

Pascal: The slopes after Zermatt and before the finish seemed endless. These were really tough moments.

Bert: The same goes for me. Around kilometre 25 my muscles were about to break down. It was hard to move my muscles. And then I realised I was only halfway through the race and that I had to run a little under 20 kilometres more. That was a difficult moment.

Niels: I had a bit of a rough spot after about 30 kilometres. That was after that long slope. But I did not have a really difficult moment, where I thought I would not make it. I do not have a lot of muscle pain now either. During and after the New York Marathon I had a more difficult time because I was focused on the time. Now I focused on the distance and the track. I just wanted to reach the top decently. The time did not matter.

Did you ever think about giving up?

Pascal: No, never. I always said: “I am going to achieve my goal.” There was no other option. The race was hard mentally, but I would do it again tomorrow.

“I feared that I would be forced to give up.”

What about you, Bert?

Bert: I’m not really sure, as a matter of fact. I don’t think I ever thought about giving up. That wasn’t on my mind. I was concerned about the time, though. I did not want to arrive outside the allocated time. And I was also concerned about my muscles. I feared that I would be forced to give up at a certain point. It would have been difficult to accept that. But I was strong mentally. It is nice that I can always rely on that.

Bert, before the race you said you did not train quite that much. Did that bother you on Saturday?

Bert: Yes (laughs). You could say it bothered me quite a lot (laughs). In an ordinary marathon I usually run the first 30 kilometres comfortably. Then it sometimes gets tougher. But the gradients were phenomenal in this race. It absolutely requires training. Because I didn’t, my muscles were so cramped at some point that I could no longer bend my legs. I forced me to relax, both mentally and physically. At these moments you really learn how to divide your energy to reach the finish. You learn to keep your muscles under control. It requires a lot of energy and concentration.

What were you thinking of during the race, Niels and Pascal?

Niels: I simply enjoyed the mountains and the environment. And I also concentrated on the race. I knew I had to stay calm. I did not force myself. When I was overtaken I consciously chose to not follow the other runners. I ran at my own pace. I constantly kept an eye on my heart rate. All these things turned it into a pleasant race.

Pascal: If you can reach such a goal with your head and your heart: that is just wonderful. I used all of my mental strength to keep on going, while I shouted encouragements for myself. And suddenly you realise what motivation can do for you.

What were your most beautiful moments?

Niels: I remember the public during our passage through Zermatt and when I arrived at 2 585 metres high. The view was amazing. And I was very glad to have successfully completed the race.

Pascal: I really enjoyed it when I took a shower at the top of the mountain and was enjoying the view afterwards. It really feels wonderful: you reached your goal, the sun is out and the view from the Matterhorn is phenomenal.

Bert: I remember several beautiful moments but the arrival was really fantastic. Then you suddenly realise that you are at the top of the mountain. And you also realise what motivation can do for you. This undertaking proves once again that if you really want something and you are really focussed, you can often do even more than what you could have imagined. Looking back I must say that it was probably not very wise to appear at the start without (almost any) training (laughs). But if you go really deep, a lot is possible.

Furthermore, I also really enjoyed the natural surroundings. And the people you meet on the way. During such a race one look is often enough to know that the other runners are having the same problems. Then you know that you are not on your own. I had a few nice chats during the race. Especially after the first ski slope I was really down. I was mentally broken. The chats with the other runners brought me back into the flow. That is what kept me going. That is how the finish line came closer kilometre by kilometre.

What did you think when you reached the top?

Bert: During the race I often thought “‘I’m all in, but I will never do this again.” During the trip I would think: “Good that I did this, but I will never do it again. This is superhuman …”

And what now?

Bert: Well … I am going to do this again (laughs). With the difference that I now realise that I really have to train for the slopes.

What did you think when you reached the top, Pascal?

Pascal: The half marathon was a difficult but beautiful experience. The feeling at the top is indescribable. I will never forget this for as long as I live. I relived fragments of the race in the past couple of days. I see these pieces of the race and the arrival. And of the surroundings. And Zermatt, the village without cars. Participating was a wonderful overall experience.

Have you already set new sports goals?

Pascal: Yes, I have. On 26 July I will probably run l’Ardennaise, a challenging race of 22.5 km near St. Hubert. One of the most beautiful regions in Belgium, if you ask me. If my legs and head have recovered sufficiently I will certainly run. Now I am going to rest some more. And then we will see.

Niels: On 3 August I will be taking part in the half trio-triathlon in Eupen together with my colleagues Tijs Billemon and Dieter Uyttersprot. Dieter will swim 1.9 km, Tijs will cycle 80 km and I will run 21 km. Really looking forward to it.

What about you, Bert? What is your next goal?

Bert: I will be running the Berlin Marathon at the end of September. I’ve definitely caught the running bug. And then …

Then what?

Bert: When we returned to Zermatt in the little train we met 2 people from West Flanders and an Englishman. Three young mountaineers. We had a really pleasant chat. Since that conversation I have been wanting to have a go at mountaineering. I have always been really attracted to nature. And you can’t get much closer than during these trips in the mountains. And if you spend time in the mountains, being a man, you feel so small. Everything around you is beautiful, but there is also a lot that can go wrong. If you do not prepare well or if you are not reading the weather correctly, you can fall prey to nature in no time. These extremes really appeal to me. At work you often encounter problems and challenges. Everything depends on how you solve these problems at that moment. I love these challenges. Searching and finding control. At work and in sports. I think I am going to inquire about mountaineering. To be continued! (laughs)

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