As part of the Vebego 2025 strategy, in 2020 we started various new initiatives and projects under the heading “One family. One culture. One language”. The aim here is keeping Vebego fit and healthy, so that we can continue to provide the best quality service after 2025, and that we are able to offer meaningful work to as many people as possible. The most important project within Vebego 2025 is Designing our Future, which began at the end of 2020.
Designing our Future
The principle of Designing our Future (DoF) is that, by 2023, Vebego will be made up of eleven large companies in four countries, active in care, landscaping, cleaning and facility management. We gave shape to this in 2021 this by merging and selling existing companies, as well as by purchasing new companies.
In the Netherlands there will be five large companies in landscaping, healthcare, facility management, cleaning and products & systems. The companies active in healthcare, facility management and products & systems already have sufficient scope and continue along the same road that they have set out on. We will strengthen the organisation where necessary, for example Yask has renewed its management team and acquired CoSource, where the technical expertise will be housed.
The three Vebego landscaping companies (Axent Groen, Attender Groen and Brouwers Groenaannemers) are working together towards becoming the most fun, smart and green landscaping company in the Netherlands – a goal we want to have attained by 2023. A new management team will be appointed as of the end of 2021. We will formulate the request for advice regarding the new organisation and the integration of the three companies midway through 2022.
From 1 January 2023, we will be serving our customers in the Netherlands as one large cleaning company, to be formed by the existing companies Balanz Facilitair, Fortron, Hago Nederland, Hago Airport Services, Hago Rail Services, Hago Food & Industry, Stoffels Bleijenberg and Westerveld. A new management team was appointed at the beginning of 2022. The year 2022 will be centred around the further design of the new organisation and the continuation of the existing business.
In 2021, preparations were made to transfer all employees with expertise in the areas of IT, procurement, recruitment, legal affairs and sustainable employability from the holding company to the new Vebego Service & Expertise (VSE) company. Officially launched in January 2022, VSE wants to further optimise customer management, processes and the organisational model in 2022.
For Belgium, it was decided to create one company in healthcare (Altrio) and one company in facility services (Care). The two Belgian companies Assist at Home and De Mangelaar, both active in the service vouchers (private cleaning), were acquired by TRIXXO dienstencheques in October 2021, including all employees and customers.
In order to further strengthen the activities in facility services in Germany, Vebego acquired the German cleaning group hectas Facility Services in its entirety, including all employees (8,100 in total), customers and ongoing contracts, as of January 2022. In 2022, we are working towards gradually integrating our current German company Servico Gruppe and hectas into one large new facility services company on the German market. The Dutch hectas organisation will be integrated into our Dutch cleaning company in 2023.
Vebego Germany also sold its 50% interest in Personal-Profi and Pflege-Profi as of 1 July 2021.
Vebego in Switzerland is focused on setting up IT and back-office processes to be simpler and more efficient. All supporting services will be managed centrally. Once this transformation is complete, we will formulate an approach to bring about further synergies through the formation of a single, strong and large facility services company. For niches activities (data models for property information) or activities with a strong local focus in Western Switzerland, specialised companies will remain active.