BDO Advisory acquires two digital consultancy companies in Belgium

19 April 2018 Authored by Consultancy.eu

The Belgian member firm of BDO has in recent weeks acquired two consulting companies. Following integration of the two new arms – Ideas at Work and Crossroad – BDO Belgium has seen its headcount surpass the mark of 700 employees, almost a fifth more compared to the end of last year, with BDO Advisory now counting over 170 consultants.

Ideas at Work

The firm’s latest acquisition is that of Ideas at Work, a consultancy firm founded in 2000 specialised in supporting companies with their digital transformation projects. The firm, which now operates under the BDO Ideas at Work brand, support clients with topics such as digital-driven reorganisations, process optimisation, Lean transformations, customer experience, performance management and the introduction of new ways of working. Ideas at Work’s forty consultants have all made the transition to BDO, where they have been integrated into the Advisory wing of BDO Belgium.

Commenting on the bolt-on, Johan Vandenbroeck, Partner Advisory at BDO in Belgium, said, “The addition of Ideas at Work helps us broaden and deepen our consulting services. By bundling their expertise with our existing ‘Organization & Performance Management’ practice, we can now end-to-end help clients with their growth and optimisation matters, from strategy through execution. 

Eddy Janssen, Managing Partner at Ideas at Work added; “This is an important step in our further development. We look forward to supporting entrepreneurs and large organisations with the realisation of their strategies, and to guide them in the challenging transformation processes that are facing against the backdrop of rapid economic and technological change.” 

BDO Advisory acquires two digital consultancy companies in Belgium

With the addition of Ideas At Work, BDO’s Advisory practice has grown to over 170 consultants. BDO Belgium now employs more than 700 professionals, including about seventy partners. In comparison, BDO has over 2,150 professionals in the Netherlands, while it employs 1,200 professionals in France, around 700 in Italy, over 550 in Austria and around 950 employees in Switzerland – one of the firm’s strongest country organisations in Europe vis a vis the competition. 

Crossroad

BDO Belgium had already acquired Crossroad earlier this year, another boutique consulting firm that operates in the digital consulting segment of the industry. Crossroad helps clients with digital transformation and systems implementation, as well as with embracing new technologies including Blockchain, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and Process & Data Mining. 

Hans Wilmots, CEO at BDO Belgium, said of the previous bolt-on; “In addition to the traditional services that BDO has been offering for fifty years in Belgium, companies need guidance and advice from specialists on modern and digital technologies. Crossroad helps BDO improve its footprint in these areas. Both our clients and employees will benefit from the combination of the two organsiations.” 

Crossroad will continue to operate from its office in Mechelen and its hub in Thor Park in Genk. 

Earlier this month, BDO Belgium also invested in mobility software startup Eurides.

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