E.T.B Cas Sombroek was an ideal company to the buyer, VDK Group. “This is what they do, they buy smaller companies that do not have to do concessions in terms of name or philosophy. It is exactly the desired safe haven: nothing changes for customers and employees. Marco will stay on as managing director and will join VDK Group’s management in the western part of the Netherlands in a few years’ time. In the meantime he will transfer his tasks to the current operational director.”
CONFIDENCE IN THE ACQUISITION
The fact that both parties came to an agreement smoothly, does not automatically mean that this news lands well in the company. “Because it concerns a close-knit family business, a careful approach is required,” Jelle Ruthers emphasises. “We have seen this before, of course, and assist our client in this process. When the employees were being informed of the changes, VDK Group’s Frans van der Kolk was introduced straight away. Pretty quickly everyone had confidence in the acquisition and the future of the company, because nothing will actually change.”
CONSOLIDATION IN THE INSTALLATION SECTOR
The urgency of sustainability is growing, and with it the role of companies in the installation sector, as opposed to construction companies. “These companies are at the table much earlier in the construction process,” Jelle Rutgers points out. “There is plenty of work in this sector. Formally all offices need to have energy label C, by 1 January 2023, but because of large shortages in staff this is almost impossible to achieve. The only way to grow is by way of acquisitions, not by hiring more people. The consolidation in this sector will continue for the foreseeable future.