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In September, Berenschot expanded its consultancy practice to the European Union. In the heart of the European district in Brussels, Berenschot has now opened a new office in the Holland House (Rue d’Arlon 20). During the launch event Robert Wester, Managing Director of Berenschot-EU, presented a whitepaper with recommendations how to design and execute an ambitious Green Deal.
From 1 September, Berenschot is expanding its current range of consultancy services towards the European Union and Dutch clients who wish to spread their wings in Europe. The new Berenschot EU team will provide clients with strategic European advice and training on EU influence and help them to evaluate European policy at all levels. Additionally, an EU impact scan is being developed for organisations in the Netherlands.
In January 2018, 11 companies started two seamlessly aligned Joint Innovation Projects (JIPs). The group has grown to 18 partners by June 2019. The JIPs goal is to develop a guideline for the qualification of spare parts produced by Additive Manufacturing technologies, and an accompanying economic model, to be used in the Oil & Gas and Maritime industries. Recently, the JIPs have been extended till December 2019 to gain learnings from a 2nd round of part production and to allow maturing of draft guideline through the use by the partners.
Berenschot prepared two Climate Roadmaps for FME, the business association for the technological industry, the VNMI (Dutch Metallurgical Industry Association) and the AVNeG (Dutch Foundries Sector Association) to demonstrate how these objectives could be achieved. This gives the sectors and their members a clear answer as to how they should get started with the energy transition.
The position of communications within the organisation has become stronger, stated 73% of participants in the fourth Berenschot Communications Benchmark 2018-2019. As well as acting as content expert, the Communications department is increasingly acting as strategic dialogue partner and uses this role to offer added value for the organisation: increasing trust, offering support to achieve organisational objectives and improving the organisation’s communications.
The Brexit hurricane has hit Europe over the past months. As long as the British parliament does not agree with the withdrawal agreement, the danger of a no-deal Brexit - and the adverse consequences of this - is not over. In this fascinating process, Berenschot, together with involved ministries and implementing bodies, investigated the existing inventory of possible effects of a no-deal, including measures to manage this.
The Netherlands’ blockchain ecosystem currently includes more than 300 companies. The market is becoming more professional, producing more standard solutions. Companies are also applying blockchain technology more widely in their organisations or chains. This is revealed in the third update of ‘Blockchain Ecosystem Netherlands’ which Berenschot publishes today.
Negotiation is an important skill for managers and administrators. That is why on Thursday 27 June, Robert C. Bordone, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and negotiation guru, will visit the Berenschot Academy. He will give an exclusive master-class about negotiating.
In 2020 and for the first time in five years, HR professionals’ top priority will no longer be the recruitment of new employees, but rather training and retention of current staff. This was shown in the ‘HR Trends 2019-2020’ research report by AFAS Software, Berenschot and Performa. Although 2019 is still all about recruiting new talent, this trend is expected to stagnate next year.
As of September this year, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences has a new profile, Applied Data Science, within the Master of Informatics (M.Sc.). In doing so, the university of applied sciences is responding to the increased need for data scientists in the business community and government agencies. The new profile is being developed in cooperation with Oracle and Berenschot.