French Chamber of Commerce lauds Sia Partners for fast Dutch growth

01 June 2018 4 min. read

Each year, France’s Chamber of Commerce gives awards across the globe to French companies that have grown successfully abroad. The FR-Dutch Chamber of Commerce zooms in on French companies that do well in Netherlands, in order to celebrate the trade ties between the two nations, and this year French consultancy Sia Partners is among those shortlisted for the Business Development Award.

The 7th edition of the Trophies of Commerce France Netherlands further displays the importance of France and Holland’s close economic ties – with around 400 French subsidiaries located in the Netherlands, and some 650 Dutch subsidiaries returning the favour in France. For the Dutch economy as a whole, France is the sixth largest economic partner, and the third largest customer of all the Netherlands’ trade partners.

Every year, the CCI France Pays-Bas (or the French Chamber of Commerce) organises the event to herald the leading businesses present in both the Netherlands and France. This year’s annual award ceremony will be organised on Monday, June 11, 2018, hosted at The Grand Hotel in Amsterdam. In order to value and celebrate ​​the economic and commercial relations between the two countries, companies whose performances are adjudged to illustrate the dynamism of Franco-Dutch exchanges have been nominated for gold in six categories. The Business Development Award, the Partnership Award, the Startup award, the Tech Award, the FinTech Award and the Social Enterprise Award have all previously been used to demonstrate how the likes of famous collaborations including Remy Cointreau and Bols, Air France and KLM, Danone and Numico, Pierre & Vacances and Center Parks stimulate both economies.French Chamber of Commerce lauds Sia Partners for fast Dutch growth

Sia Partners among the finalists

This year, in the Business Development Award shortlist, are dairy producer Lactalis, wine label Les Domaines d’Auriol, transport partners Naxco Logistics Benelux, ecommerce firm, and Paris-headquartered management consultancy Sia Partners. Founded in 1999, almost 20 years later the consulting firm is one of the globe’s larger management consulting firms. The consultancy has seen rapid growth in recent years, and while Sia Partners is continuing to expand into new markets including North America at present, the firm launched its Dutch office relatively early in its cross-border growth plans. Arriving in the capital city of Amsterdam in 2009, Sia now boasts over 35 consultants in the rapidly growing office, boosted largely by the firm’s concerted focus on the energy and financial services sectors in the Netherlands.

Sia Partners’ quick growth in the Netherlands mirrors the firm’s meteoric ascendancy world-wide. Today the firm employs more than 1,000 consultants globally, in over 20 different locales. The firm’s key mission statement is to enhance and innovate the business strategies of their clients, which primarily sit in the Energy & Utilities, Banking, Insurance, Telecom & Media and Industrial sectors. A strong advocate of the introduction of what the firm calls ‘consulting 4.0’, Sia Partners also stands committed to wielding innovation to yield concrete results for their clients. Consulting 4.0 reportedly represents new possibilities for consulting thanks to the use of technologies such as data science.

The growth resulting from an upsurge in interest from clients in digitalisation work was further boosted by a campaign of targeted acquisitions by Sia Partners. Purchasing firms such as digital marketing agency Fove in France, E3 in North America and ShiftIn Partners in the Middle East, have not only allowed for an increased revenue stream, but also presented a larger foothold in (new) markets. As such, in less than 20 years the group has taken itself from being a local presence in Paris to a global brand for implementing strategy and project execution.

Following the presentation of the France Netherlands Trade Trophies on June 11, 2018, in front of a public of international professionals as well as personalities of the economic world and representatives of the Dutch press, the winners will be presented in an article to be published on the CCI France Netherlands website, and that of the French Embassy in the Netherlands as well as that of the Dutch Embassy in France.

Commenting on the news, Robert Jan van Vliet, Managing Partner for Sia Partners in the Netherlands, said “We have booked consecutive years of double-digit growth in the Dutch consulting market and are delighted with the recognition.”