Heylen Group is a Belgian industrial holding company that invests in ambitious companies and entrepreneurs. It uses a buy-build-and-hold strategy focused on innovation, internationalisation and operational excellence.
Heylen Group was founded 21 years ago by a born entrepreneur, Wim Heylen. Thanks to a clear vision and the right people, Heylen Group has grown into a holding company consisting of 32 companies and approximately 2,800 employees. Today, Heylen Group is active in several European countries and a wide range of industries including consumer products, staffing, food, minting, fintech, business & events and logistics real estate.
Heylen Group’s DNA backbone is formed by cross-generational thinking. The combination of passionate entrepreneurship, a long-term vision and a presence in various countries and sectors makes Heylen Group’s business model flexible, shockproof and future-proof.
What we stand for
We invest, we create, we live our passion. We are entrepreneurs who care for added value on an economic, social and ecological level.
We have a clear long term investment strategy and focus on sustainable investments through innovation, internationalisation and operational excellence. By implementing a decisive buy-and-build strategy, Heylen Group is eager to combine forces and cultivate entrepreneurial spirit to create leading players in their markets.
the three capital Cs (3Cs) of Heylen Group
We believe in strong management, by nurturing entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.
New investments provide established companies with the strength to improve and expand their business.
Many years of experience give us the know-how to inspire entrepreneurs on a strategic level.
THIS IS HOW WE WORK AND WHAT WE LOOK FOR
We invest in companies with an autonomous management team that have a strong market position and solid busines model and help them to accelerate their growth ambitions by providing support on a strategic level with new insights and knowledge.
We start from financially stable companies and require a minimum EBITDA level of EUR 3m in order to build strong business clusters through a buy-and-build strategy to solidify our international market positions.
Being part of a group creates a great opportunity to share knowledge and to learn from fellow entrepreneurs. Our goal is to inspire our partner entrepreneurs and to help them to excel in their growth and the companies they manage.
When entering new sectors, we aim to create market leaders in our home market and then roll-out an international expansion strategy to become leaders in their markets.
Backed by entrepreneurs, we apply a hands-on approach focused on innovation, internationalisation and operational excellence to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit within our companies.