October 2017 was the month of the entrepreneurial awards. Both the “Entrepreneur of the Year” and the “Most Promising Entrepreneur of the Year” were chosen. The first honor was awarded to two companies: Spadel and WPD. The second honor was awarded to Trasis and PlayPass.
Both the “Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Most Promising Entrepreneur of the Year” are organized by EY in partnership with De Tijd/L’Echo and BNP Paribas Fortis.
Let’s take a deeper look at the winners.
Spadel is a European group whose mission it is to provide natural answers to their customers’ needs for hydration and desires for refreshment, throughout the course of the customer lifecycle. It produces brands of natural mineral water, spring water and refreshing beverages with natural water: Spa and Bru in the Benelux, Devin in Bulgaria, Wattwiller and Carola in France and Brecon Carred in the United Kingdom.
Creativity, flexibility and solutions make up the core of WDP’s DNA. Building new warehouses in logistical hotspots tailored to logistical or industrial demands of companies is just one facet of what WPD does. WPD also rents out an extensive portfolio of semi-industrial real estate on a permanent or temporary basis, all in excellent locations. WPD refurbishes existing buildings in line with the needs of the consumers, drives down customers’ energy costs, and so much more. WPD can also set up a sale & rent-back operation.
Trasis is a designer and manufacturer of radiopharma instruments. They consider their customers’ performance as their own and put everything in place to improve it. Every aspect of the product design and production is under their full control. Their goal is to enable patients to have access to a wide range of radiotracers in the safest and most timely manner.
At PlayPass events and technology take the center stage. They provide RFID solutions to help their clients gain valuable insight into the operational flow of an event. Their offer is bundled into one modular platform that consists of four different services, that are each individually available as well. The strength of the platform lies in the cohesion between all services achieved. From the moment gates open at an event real-time reporting tracks and displays the number of visitors on-site, which brands and activations are of interest to that visitor and what they consume and purchase.
Congratulations to the winners and to all the finalists!
BNP Paribas Group, first quarter 2019 results
The business of BNP Paribas was up this quarter for the three operating divisions with in particular a gradual upturn in the business of CIB. Economic growth slowed down in Europe but remained positive. After the crisis in the markets at the end of 2018, the market context remained lackluster at the beginning of the quarter, but improved towards the end of the period.
Director and Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé:
“BNP Paribas delivered a good level of result this quarter, at 1.9 billion euros. Revenues were up thanks to business growth in the operating divisions with in particular an upturn in client business at CIB. Operating expenses were well contained and benefitted from cost saving measures, generating a positive jaws effect.”
Do companies really want a more sustainable world?
Yes, the success of our Sustainable Business Ateliers is good proof of that. Most companies are aware of their social responsibility, but some are in need of information. To help them on their way, BNP Paribas Fortis organises regular regional Sustainable Business Workshops. Last year, our bank organised two pilot sessions in Liège and Limburg and more recently it was the turn of Namur, Gits (in West Flanders) and Ghent. Other Belgian cities will be announced soon.
During the Sustainable Business Workshops the invited clients are inspired by the experts from our Sustainable Business Competence Centre, and by other clients who speak about the actions they have already taken with their business.
After the presentations, participants are divided into groups and share experiences led by a moderator.
How do clients rate them?
Feedback from the participants revealed that the focus on cooperation and networking opportunities are the greatest advantages of the Workshops. Those attending always include representatives of small, medium-sized and large businesses from a variety of sectors - a diversity which participants find highly enriching. After all, no single company can overcome all of the present challenges on its own. Companies will not only have to cooperate with one another, but also with the government, universities, startups, etc. to make progress.
According to the participants, BNP Paribas Fortis is also the only financial service provider that goes great lengths to support companies in the area of sustainable business, by analysing at which stage of the sustainable business path the companies are and by guiding them to use sustainability as an opportunity for their activities.
Do you want to participate in one of our Sustainable Business Workshops? Please contact your Relationship Manager for the practical details.
Not a client yet? And do you want to know more about the guidance we offer and the benefits of sustainability for your company? Discover what our Sustainable Business Competence Centre can do for you.
Solvay links the cost of credit to a reduction in greenhouse gases
Solvay has agreed new terms in an existing €2 billion revolving credit facility, linking the cost of credit to a reduction in greenhouse gases. Solvay concluded this positive incentive agreement with its syndicate of nine banks. BNP Paribas Fortis is acting as Sustainability Coordinator and agent bank to Solvay’s long-term banking partners.
Solvay announced in September 2018 a commitment to cut greenhouse gases from its own operations by 1 million tonnes by 2025 relative to 2017 levels. The Group intends to achieve this reduction by further improving energy efficiency, energy mix and by investing in clean technologies. “We seek to integrate sustainability into all key aspects of our business, including financing. Associating Solvay's ambitious greenhouse gas emissions target to the cost of credit is a logical step. The successful teaming up with our banks shows that the way towards more sustainability is a collective effort," said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.
“I am proud that Solvay has mandated BNP Paribas Fortis to introduce a Positive Incentive Loan mechanism that supports Solvay’s ambitions in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This innovative solution is a clear example of how we and the syndicated banks we represent aim to serve our clients in terms of value creation. Collaboration between banks and clients is key in driving the economy forward to a more sustainable future,” said Max Jadot, CEO of BNP Paribas Fortis.