“The partnership with Dekegeleer is a very conscious and strategically complementary choice,” emphasises Peter Van Laer, CEO BDO Belgium. “We have a network of 11 offices in Belgium that allows us to capitalise on our proximity. That will now become 12, giving us a firm footing all over the country. Moreover, thanks to the partnership with a local office such as Dekegeleer, we can acquire new customers from our larger structure in their area of operation. The province of Hainaut has at least as much potential as Liège and Limburg, two provinces in which we already have a strong presence. Conversely, existing customers – some 800 of them – will receive a broader service from the office because, in addition to accounting and tax matters, BDO also offers a wide range of non-regulated consultancy services.”
Since the founding of his company in 1984, Yves Dekegeleer has succeeded in developing his accounting firm into a team of 30 experts, spread over 3 branches: the headquarters in Mouscron, and two satellites in Tournai and Mons. Today, Dekegeleer is even the largest independent accounting firm in Wallonia-Picardy (WAPI). “Our customer base is made up primarily of medium-sized SMEs and family businesses active in the wider region and just across the French border. Local presence is both an asset and a necessity in this regard. As an adviser, you have to stand with both feet in their world to understand what the needs and requirements are. And to gain their trust.”
The strategic location in an economically important region and the office’s focus on one of BDO’s core segments – medium-sized companies – matches exactly with our growth strategy.