AlphaZ is a sustainable company that is part of the TEG Group, founded by Niels Colson and Dieter Aelvoet in 2015. They are experts in recruiting and outsourcing of technical experts and safety specialists. “AlphaZ truly represents quality, proactivity, and expertise, which has resulted in stealthy growth in recent years”, says CEO Niels Colson. “Our values and work ethic are well in line with the vision of Bert Pauwels and Pauwels Consulting. We are therefore really happy that we can leave our firm in capable hands.” Niels Colson will focus on the further expansion of the 2 other businesses: DD Engineering and INDIGI.
Bert Pauwels, CEO of Pauwels Consulting on the merger: “With this acquisition, we welcome 27 engineering talents into our family, a nice and welcome reinforcement of our team. After all, we still see a lot of growth potential in this domain”. The announcement of this acquisition follows on the successful integration of the previous takeovers and fits into the strategy of becoming one of the market leaders in Belgium.
Pauwels Consulting is a Belgian consultancy firm with over 600 experts in IT, engineering and life sciences. We offer consulting, project management and recruitment services to leading companies in Belgium and beyond. We have offices in Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland.
Congratulations on the acquisition! Can you briefly introduce yourself?
Niels: I am Niels Colson, 36 years old, father of two rascals that lives in Ghent as a ‘Limburger’. I have a degree as an aerospace & aviation engineer with a Master in Business from Vlerick. After my studies, I started working as a business consultant but after a while, I missed the technical aspect in my job.
Together with my Vlerick fellow student Dieter Aelvoet, I started a new adventure by taking over DD engineering that was based in Ypres. Business went so well, we decided to expand our activities a year later with AlphaZ.
How does AlphaZ distinguish itself from the competition?
Bert: From the first contact, I knew Niels and Dieter were young and ambitious entrepreneurs that had built out a great company. The two professionals hired very capable employees, and lifted AlphaZ to the next level, together with their employees, in just a few years.
Niels: AlphaZ arose from market demand, a need that we quickly identified with our customers. Project sourcing of technical experts (engineering, piping, mechanics, work planners, etc.) and safety specialists is a niche in which few consultancy companies are specialized. This, combined with our expertise and the values that our people carry out on a daily basis, was a recipe for success.
How would you describe those values and work ethics?
Niels: We highly value respect and trust in all its facets. Giving our employees the space to develop themselves and to assume their responsibilities, plays a major role in this. In addition, our drive to excellence is very important, we are always 200% committed to our projects. We do what we say and we say what we do. Personal communication and ‘straight talk’ is, therefore, the third pillar within AlphaZ.
Bert: It was very clear from our first contact: Niels and Dieter focus on the quality of their business in combination with the right values. All these ingredients are of importance if you want to succeed! AlphaZ has a strong company culture that perfectly matches Pauwels Consulting’s. A match made in heaven?
After such a successful path, you nevertheless make the decision to merge AlphaZ with Pauwels Consulting?
Niels: Yes, I always want to commit fully to my companies. Focus is very important, which is not always easy with 3 successful companies. I am convinced that the
consultancy trend will continue strongly and the demand for technical experts will only increase. Hence the decision to look for the right partner for AlphaZ, so we can go back to our core activities. In Pauwels Consulting, we have found the ideal partner that can offer added value to both our consultants and our customers.
The talks and negotiations went very smoothly and I’m proud of what we achieved in the short term. I can, therefore ‘hand over’ my colleagues and activities to Pauwels Consulting with confidence. I know it will feel as much as ‘a coming home’ for them, as for me.
In what way can Pauwels Consulting definitely be of added value?
Niels: With Pauwels Consulting, our customers certainly get a quality partner in terms of reputation and continuity. A large number of experts in engineering, but also in IT and life sciences can be a great addition to our big clients.
Our employees will certainly find the number and the type of projects, the large network and the new customers they can work at, very interesting. In addition, there are countless training courses, events, academies, etc. The company DNA will feel unchanged but their possibilities are much greater.
Bert: We want to continue the good work and guarantee continuity. We hope that Pauwels will feel like a 2nd home to them. We want to further support and guide all 27 employees in their specialization. On top of that, we can certainly offer additional career opportunities or challenging projects abroad.
The customers, we want to convince with our personal approach and our talented team of more than 600 experts. Above all, the fact that we can assist them in multiple domains: IT, life sciences and engineering should be of added value.
What does the future hold?
Niels: Dieter and I will continue to focus on successfully developing our two other companies: DD Engineering and INDIGI. We simply want to remain the high-quality partner that we have always been.
Bert: I have had great ambitions for over 20 years. I live and work according to the philosophy that you should try to be better today than yesterday. With this passion and dedication, I want to work hard, and together with my wonderful team, make Pauwels Consulting a European player active in Engineering, Life Sciences and IT. Becoming the biggest is not our ambition, but becoming and remaining the best, is. And I believe that this vision will surely translate in continued growth over the coming years.