“We will advise on taxes and accounting processes and provide consultancy on financing, international expansion and other topics that arise in a growing business. At the same time, the firm will continue to help companies that need temporary support. From now on, this service will be offered under the brand name PwC - that is the only change. Clients can continue to use the wide range of services on offer,” says Peter Van Rooy.
Since its foundation in 2002, Handson & Partners had focused on temporary staff support with employees who had an accounting and financial background, and at the same time served as the fiduciary for local companies with a focus on bookkeeping and tax matters. Thanks to the takeover by PwC in 2016, these services were further enriched with expertise in the areas of financing and international expansion. From that time on, thanks to Handson & Partners, PwC has also been able to support its SME and start-up clients expertly and efficiently.
That focus will now be continued under the brand name PwC. The operational management remains unchanged. The same employees will be providing services to clients. Patrick Boone, Managing Partner Tax & Legal Services, emphasises: “PwC believes that future growth will come to a large extent from ambitious family-owned firms and start-up businesses that wish to move towards internationalisation. With this takeover, PwC has further strengthened its services to that market. As an organisation, we have thereby made it clear that we are not only targeting the big multinationals, but also devoting attention to local companies. This approach also fits in with the gradual expansion of our network of offices across Belgium, with Charleroi, Hasselt and Turnhout opening in recent years. Our commitment to start-ups and smaller companies is further underlined by our partnership with Unizo for the ‘SME of the year’ award.