Getting a strong partner on board to take in all sixteen entities of the Zonnemarkt Groep and get them all to sing from the same song sheet – that was the request of Dennis Valkenburg and Siebe Evers as they knocked at Marktlink’s door. A dynamic process followed, attracting much interest from international heavyweights. The choice fell on the family office of Green & Durable Group in Belgium. With this acquisition, it is able to further extend its growth ambitions in the Benelux region.
Saying that businesses in the sustainability sector have grown fast in the past few years has quickly become an understatement. From its origins as a facilities service provider, entrepreneurs Remko de Wit and Sieve Evers, founders of Zonnemarkt B.V., kept adding new businesses, each with its own service offering. And each with its own entrepreneurs. “In the end, that resulted in sixteen entities with ten shareholders, among whom conflicting interests emerged,” Jeffrey Scholtens explains, who formed the dealteam together with Lars de Ruiter, Simon Hevink, Simone Kriekaart and Sem Wouters. “In addition to the search for a strong partner, creating shared objectives among all shareholders was essential. During the sale process, we presented the Zonnemarkt Groep as a unified group.”