Roeselare
July 29, 2021

Cohedron to acquire Vanberkel Professionals

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Cohedron to acquire Vanberkel Professionals

House of HR’s Dutch PowerHouse Cohedron is to acquire Vanberkel Professionals. This is Cohedron’s first takeover since it was acquired by House of HR earlier this summer. The acquisition of Vanberkel Professionals strengthens Cohedron’s position on the Dutch public sector consultancy market with financial professionals for the central government. Vanberkel Professionals will continue its operations under the same name and with the same management. The recent takeover of Cohedron by House of HR has now officially been approved by the Dutch competition authority ACM and is fully closed.

Dutch Cohedron, one of the Powerhouses within House of HR, is to take over Vanberkel Professionals. Vanberkel Professionals is offering financial specialists in the broader public sector. It has a focus on five sectors: central government, local authorities, housing cooperatives, care and education. The acquisition is House of HR’s first successful takeover with Cohedron on the Dutch market. House of HR took over Cohedron in june 2021. Now, this takeover has been officially approved by the Dutch competition authority ACM, and is fully closed.

Jeroen Ekkel, Cohedron’s CEO, is happy with the takeover of Vanberkel Professionals: ‘we are proud with Vanberkel Professionals entering our group, one of the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands and market leader in public authorities consultancy, with a large network of financial specialists within the central government. By optimizing our service offerings in outsourcing, secondment and consultancy, we can help public authorities to become stronger. The acquisition is a showcase of our buy-and-build strategy and vision. We are happy to get the support and expertise from House of HR in doing so.’ 

Bob van Berkel, Vanberkel Professionals’ CEO: ‘every change is an opportunity, but this one really puts us into pole position, as our common ambitions are strengthening each other. We are both fueled with drive, positive energy and trust. Needless to say, I look forward to an exciting cooperation and future.’

Rika Coppens, CEO of the holding House of HR, is welcoming the new Boutique in the PowerHouse Cohedron: ‘it’s just fantastic to see that a company we just took over, is showing so much dynamics itself. By taking over Vanberkel Professionals, we strengthen our position in the public authorities consultancy business, not only for local but also for governmental authorities. This is a stable and strong market, where we are planning to continue our growth.’ The acquisition of Vanberkel Professionals is House of HR’s fifth takeover in 2021.

The acquisitions of both Cohedron and Vanberkel Professionals underpin House of HR’s solid position and perseverance. This is also reflected in the results House of HR presents for June 2021: sales volume was 20 % higher than in June 2019, the strongest month ever.

Questions? Interview with House of HR’s CEO Rika Coppens?

Aart De Zitter, managing partner BeSpoken, PR-partner House of HR, +46 725 890 972, aart@bespoken.be
Victoria Hemelaer, CMO House of HR, +32 492 97 35 50, victoria.hemelaer@houseofhr.com

About House of HR

House of HR is a leading services group active in the world of HR. Headquartered in Roeselare, the group consists of nine companies that together represent 41 brands, all focusing on ‘Specialised Talent Solutions’ and ‘Engineering&Consulting’. ‘Specialised Talent Solutions’ provides temporary workers with an emphasis on ‘temp to perm’, international recruitment and permanent placements for clients in need of people with specific profiles. Companies involved in ‘Engineering&Consulting’ recruit medium to highly skilled candidates such as engineers, technicians and other business consultants to work on projects at clients in a wide range of market segments.

In 2020, House of HR realised a turnover of €1.6 billion and EBITDA of €179 million. The group provides work to over 43,000 people and has 3,400 employees spread over more than 600 offices in Europe. These offices serve small, medium-sized and large clients. House of HR is a talent powerhouse with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship, digitisation and innovation, but always with a distinctive human touch.