What will be the family business of the year?  - Family Business

What will be the family business of the year? – Family Business

On May 29, at the Royal Opera of Wallonia, “Trends-Tendances” will award a Family Business Award to the Walloon family business of the year. Presentation of the five finalists: Cartonnage Lammerant, the Conserverie et Moutarderie Belge, the Gobert group, the Nonet group and Tricobel. Guy Van den Noortgate

The Trends Family Business Award which will be awarded next Tuesday at the Royal Opera of Wallonia in Liège will reward the Walloon family business which has distinguished itself by its vision, its career, its values ​​and its family business. The five finalist companies in this first edition had to meet the following criteria: a majority capital held by the family, at least one member of the family in the management of the company, a turnover of more than 3 million euros and /or at least 30 employees. Furthermore, the jury, made up of representatives of BDO Belgium, Trends Business Information, Inoopa and Trends-Tendancesalso took into account the management “as a good father”, the corporate culture, the governance of the company and the family and the preparation for the future.

Lammerant cardboard

Established in the Europe zone in Leuze, Cartonnage Lammerant was founded in 1964 by Roger and Elvire Lammerant in Thulin. It originally transformed solid cardboard into folding boxes for earthenware factories, glass factories, shoe factories as well as poultry slaughterhouses and salsify producers. When his father died in 1977, Etienne Lammerant, then aged 17, joined the company, followed later by his younger brother Roland. With their mother, they will relaunch the activity and develop it. The company will know in the 1980s a good progression thanks to the rise of the industry of the transformation of the voracious potato in boxes, henceforth corrugated.

Today, its factory operates 24 hours a day, five days a week, and its boxes are distributed within a radius of 300 km to companies active, among other things, in the food industry, the production of cleaning products, breweries, luxury and cosmetics. Several hundred thousand boxes are produced daily. Cartonnage Lammerant has around a hundred workers and generates a turnover of 40 million euros. Since the beginning of the 2010s, the third generation has entered the company with Etienne’s children, Mathias and Sophie.

Cannery and Belgian Mustard Factory

Founded in 1953 by Franz and Maria Schumacher, the Nouvelle Moutarderie Belge originally specialized solely in the production and marketing of mustard. In the 1980s, it will gradually expand the range of its products. In particular under the impetus of one of the sons-in-law, Philippe Renson who, with his wife Elvira, will diversify his activities by offering new sauces and ready meals. In particular the traditional vol-au-vent which will become one of the spearheads of its growth. Based in Raeren, Conserverie et Moutarderie Belge produces and markets food products divided into four branches: mustard, emulsified sauces, hot sauces and ready meals.

The company is present within the major brands of Belgian food distribution, mainly under the distributor’s brand. The third generation is now fully active within the SME which is not lacking in ambition. The three children share the responsibilities alongside their parents: Laurent manages the production, Raphaël the commercial and Rachel the marketing. Elected family business of the German-speaking Community in 2017, Conserverie et Moutarderie Belge has a turnover of 4.5 million euros and employs around twenty people.

Gobert Group

It was after the Second World War that Marie and Georges Gobert laid the foundations of their company in Thieusies. The latter is active in the trade of coal and fuel oil. In the years that followed, their two eldest sons, Ghislain and Gérard, joined them first before the youngest, Hubert. At the same time, the company will diversify and gradually form a group. A group that is developing in the fields of transport, building materials, civil engineering, hydraulic works and the rental of machinery. In 2002, Hubert’s son, Ronald, now managing director, joined the family fold.

The Gobert group comprises five companies: Gobert Matériaux, Hanneuse, Gobert & fils, Transmanumat and Mazzucato. Gobert Matériaux specializes in building materials trading for professionals and individuals. The company has 12 stores in Wallonia and Brussels and plans to have twenty in the next five years. Gobert & Fils, Transmanumat and Hanneuse are the group’s transport and civil engineering companies which rely on a fleet of varied vehicles including trucks, tractors, semi-trailers and other crushers. Mazzucato specializes in hydraulic works. The Gobert group employs more than 350 people and has a turnover of 120 million euros.

Nonet Group

It was in 1958 that Jean Nonet started in Bois-de-Villers as an independent entrepreneur in public and private works, with a shovel, a wheelbarrow and a worker. The first works they carry out concern the repair of paths in cemeteries. His son Jean-Jacques joined the company in 1973. It then had about fifteen workers. Today, the group employs 150 people and has a turnover of 25 million euros. The family business has recorded strong growth in recent years, winning the title of Namur Gazelle ambassador in 2016 in the category of large companies.

The Nonet group is active in road works, landscaping, laying and connection of cables and pipes, construction of sports and leisure grounds and soil stabilization. In 2015, it moved from Bois-de-Villers to new facilities in Floreffe. The family group today revolves around three areas of activity: the worksites area with Nonet, the recycling area with Hublet and the natural materials area with Argibat. Last but not leastnote that eight family members currently hold operational positions within the group.

Tricobel

The Tricobel company was born in 1938 when Louis Meeckers opened his first hosiery workshop in the center of Aubel. Based today in Thimister, the Tricobel group has three complementary brands: Espace Mode, Signé Nature and Goupil. Created 30 years ago, the Espace Mode brand offers a selection of trendy, affordable and up-to-date brands for ladies, men and children in eight stores across Wallonia. Signé Nature is a brand aimed at active women through a collection of 200 items. Launched in the early 2000s, it is available in a network of nearly 200 stores in Belgium, the Netherlands, and recently in France. Goupil is a cash management system developed in-house that allows textile professionals to have a tailor-made and 100% customized solution.

The family group employs more than 130 people and has a consolidated turnover of 30 million euros. The general management of the group is occupied by Christophe Meeckers, grandson of the founder. The fourth generation entered in 2017 with Maxime who holds the position of commercial manager and precedes his sister Justine who should soon also join the group in the HR unit.

The Trends Family Business Award which will be awarded next Tuesday at the Royal Opera of Wallonia in Liège will reward the Walloon family business which has distinguished itself by its vision, its career, its values ​​and its family business. The five finalist companies in this first edition had to meet the following criteria: a majority capital held by the family, at least one member of the family in the management of the company, a turnover of more than 3 million euros and /or at least 30 employees. In addition, the jury, made up of representatives of BDO Belgium, Trends Business Information, Inoopa and Trends-Tendances, also took into account the management “as a good father”, the corporate culture, the governance of the company and family and preparing for the future.

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