Deloitte has again proclaimed Vanbreda Risk & Benefits as a Best Managed Company for the sixth year in a row. “The renewal of the Gold label is a great moment for us. We are being commended for the efforts we have made in the past year to achieve sustainable growth and strengthen our social engagement. We also received valuable insights to do even better in certain respects. This keeps us on our toes as a company, and helps to shape our ambitions for the coming years,” says CEO Pedro Matthynssens.
Vanbreda strengthens its position in West Flanders through Soenen Verzekeringskantoor
Vanbreda Risk & Benefits has acquired Soenen Verzekeringen, which has offices in Poperinge, Ypres and Roeselare. Soenen Verzekeringen specializes in insurance for companies mainly in the SME market. “This partnership once again enables us to expand our geographic footprint. Being the leading insurance broker in Belgium, we strongly believe in our buying power combined with excellent local customer service,” Pedro Matthynssens, the Vanbreda CEO, explained.
Pedro Matthynssens, the CEO of Vanbreda: “We are currently a leading player in the field of SME insurance with a central base in Antwerp and a local presence in all Flemish provinces. The acquisition of Soenen Verzekeringen aligns with our strategy to grow sustainably, both organically and through targeted acquisitions. We are thus strengthening our position in the province of West Flanders.
Pascal Joosten, Director of Risk & Broker Services at Vanbreda: “The acquisition of these three branches in the West Flanders real estate landscape significantly enhances our regional presence. Soenen Verzekeringen specializes in insurance solutions for small and medium-sized companies, the self-employed and sole traders. Not only do their expertise and target groups align with our organization, Soenen Verzekeringen is also, just like us, a service-oriented broker with a focus on strong, personal relationships with clients.”
Kenneth Rommens, Managing Director of Soenen Verzekeringen: “We aim to be part of a larger entity with more resources and expertise, for example, in the field of IT and compliance. Vanbreda Risk & Benefits’ specialist knowledge of more complex insurance risks and the international network it is part of also provide additional benefits for us and most definitely for our clients. We are, therefore, particularly pleased to enter into this partnership and look forward to our future collaboration.”
About Soenen Verzekeringen
Soenen Verzekeringen is managed by its directors, Kenneth Rommens and Luc Vanoverberghe. Today the team includes 16 employees and the company has an annual turnover of 2.3 million euro. Soenen Verzekeringen will continue to operate going forward under the name of ‘Vanbreda Soenen’, led by its current directors, who will also remain minority shareholders.
For decades now we have invested in Corporate Social Responsibility with People, Environment and Society as the pillars. In order to direct those efforts even more effectively, we entered in early 2022 into a project with Voka to obtain the “Charter for Sustainable Business”. Today, we can announce with pride, but at the same time with modesty, that Vanbreda has received recognition as a Sustainable Entrepreneur.
Vanbreda Risk & Benefits acquires a substantial part of the insurance portfolio of Driesassur in Antwerp. Driesassur is a leading insurance broker in the diamond and jewellery trade, and additionally offers the more traditional insurance products for private clients, small businesses and large companies. “With the acquisition of this part of their insurance portfolio we strengthen our position as largest insurance broker in Belgium,’ says Pedro Matthynssens, CEO of Vanbreda.
Vanbreda Risk & Benefits has been proclaimed Best Managed Company by Deloitte for the fifth year running. “We are very proud to have been awarded the Gold Label again. Our recognition as Best Managed Company, for five years in a row, proves that we have strong assets to steer the company through difficult times, realize sustainable growth and further prepare ourselves for the future in the digital area. It underlines our continuing high resilience, our clear vision and our social commitment, year after year”, says CEO Pedro Matthynssens