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The serious attention that energy and climate issues are receiving in politics and wider society is not yet reflected in the business community in Belgium. This is one of the results of the Strategy Trends Survey that management consultancy Berenschot conducted last summer in collaboration with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce for Belgium and Luxembourg (NKVK). The research surveyed 132 entrepreneurs, managers and senior executives from the Belgian business community.
Forty-five Berenschot staff came together in 15 relay teams to take part in the TriTogether Middle Distance triathlon. Through their team efforts they helped to raise € 24,000 for the ‘Familiehuis Daniel den Hoed’ (Rotterdam).
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 summer 2020 Berenschot will move into the ‘Life’ office complex at the Papendorp business park. Our home base will still be Utrecht but we will be leaving our current offices on the Europalaan.
Large-scale production and application of blue hydrogen will enable the Rotterdam industrial area to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions well before 2030. This is the result of a feasibility study carried out by 16 companies and organisations working together in the H-vision project with the support of Berenschot. Minister Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate received the H-vision report on 2 July.
The Dutch civil service has asked Berenschot to develop a leadership training programme for its senior managers. The briefing was that the training programme must reflect the level and influence of the target group. At the same time it must fit seamlessly with other high-quality training courses for civil servants. In response, Berenschot developed the two-day HEAT approach to support these senior public sector managers in their leadership challenge.
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.