Heylen Group nominated for the award of Entrepreneur of the Year 2021

18 Oct 2021 - #Heylen group

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Heylen Group is one of the four nominees for the award of Onderneming van het Jaar 2021 – Entrepreneur of the Year 2021. For over 25 years, EY has been giving this prestigious award to the most innovative, entrepreneurial and game-changing companies in business. Recent winners include Stow, Kinepolis, Ardo, WDP, Vyncke and DEME. Heylen Group is very proud to be nominated for this illustrious prize. For us it would be the icing on our 2021 cake.


We’re already so honoured to be nominated for the award, which will be presented on the 7th of December. Heylen Group has been in business, continually innovating and growing for the past 21 years. At the moment, we are a holding with 32 companies, a more than 850 million Euro turnover and over 2,800 employees.

A future proof business model

Heylen Group is a Belgian industrial holding that invests in ambitious businesses and entrepreneurs. We have a unique buy-build-and-hold strategy built around innovation, internationalisation and operational excellence. 

Heylen Group was founded 21 years ago by a true entrepreneur. Thanks to the right people and a clear vision, Heylen Group grew to become a holding with 32 companies who, together with its entrepreneurs, its partners and the 2,800 employees generated an 877 million Euro turnover. With a strong sense of balance the Group manages over one billion Euro in investments. Today, Heylen Group is active in various European countries. We’ve built up years of experience in a wide number of industries and sectors, including retail, minting and logistics real estate. We also have upcoming ambitions towards the American markets and upgrading our Asian activities.  

Heylen Group has cross generational thinking wired into its DNA. The combination of passionate entrepreneurship, a long term vision and its presence spanning various countries and industries, makes Heylen Group’s business model flexible, shock and future proof.

2021: a dream come true

Being nominated is an honour in and of itself. We hope to bring the trophy for Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 with us to Herentals in December. Heylen Group started exactly 21 years ago at exit 21 in Herentals. The Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 trophy would be the ultimate compliment to the last 21 years of hard work and dedication.  

We’re looking forward to more growth stories in future and we’d like to thank all entrepreneurs, employees, managers, partners, clients, suppliers and numerous contacts that we’ve met on our journey. Without them, we wouldn’t be here today.

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