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Fundraising 5th Berk Partners Fund in preparation

Berk Partners is expected to launch its 5th fund in 2018.
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Strengthening team Berk Partners

Berk Partners congratulates Life & Mobility with successful sale

20160628_project-k3_tombstone-berk-page-001-300x300Investment company Berk Partners congratulates Life & Mobility with the successful sale to investment company Synergia.

In 2010, Berk Partners IV together with the management acquired all shares in this producer of wheelchairs and mobility scooters in Doetinchem. In recent years, the company has experienced strong growth, partly through organic growth and partly through a number of acquisitions. In addition to the Netherlands and Belgium, the company is now active in Western Europe and has an annual turnover of over € 30 million with approx. 110 employees.

Life & Mobility has the ambition to grow into a prominent European player. Because this is accompanied by the necessary extra investments, last year, the process started to find a successor for our holdings. We are pleased that with the new investor Synergia and two managers the conditions have been created to enable further growth.

Start of New Berk Partners at Busy Haringparty

berk_haring_2016_2a-200x300On Tuesday 21 June, more than 140 guests gathered at Brasserie Paardenburg in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel for the festive new start of Berk Partners. With a Haringparty, the renewed independence was celebrated in the presence of numerous relations (shareholders of the funds, participation boards and corporate finance advisers). Managing partner Willem Kamps opened with a word of welcome and briefly told about the plans for the new Berk Partners fund. Then former hockey international and RTL presenter Elsemieke Havenga provided a fascinating and instructive interview with former SC Heereveen trainer Foppe de Haan. Topics discussed included the similarities and differences between sport and business life. The extensive knowledge of Foppe about the football profession, supplemented with interesting anecdotes from his time at football club Heereveen, turned out to be a great combination. Of course, attention was also paid to the Foppe Fund. This fund is committed to children for whom sports or play is not self-evident because of their physical or mental disability.

While enjoying a drink, a snack and of course a herring people mingled extensively. We look back on a very successful Haringparty and a good start of the renewed, independent Berk Partners.

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Investment company Berk Partners independent again

As of 1 May 2016, Berk Partners will be independently engaged again. Of course we remain active in the management of the existing participations, with a part of the portfolio remaining with the merger partner. A new start also offers new opportunities. For example, we are fully engaged in the preparations for a new investment fund. This will be the fifth fund since the founding of Berk Partners in 1992.

In this new fund we want to focus on companies active in the (innovative) manufacturing industry, in addition to the more regular management buy-outs and management buy-ins. , companies in transition and companies that are ready or need to be prepared for the ‘next step’. So we have even more new, refreshing ideas about investing that we would like to share with you at another time. At the same time with our independence we also introduce a new house style and a new logo.

* Berk Partners, the investment company that comes from the investment vehicle of Ben Pon, has always focused on investments in longer-existing, medium-sized, well-run (family) companies from the early 1990s. After several successful investments (gin producer Koninklijke Joh. De Kuyper & Zn. And AC Restaurants) third parties, especially experienced entrepreneurs, joined the funds as shareholders. For example, investments were made in (portion) packaging company W. van Oordt & Co and games manufacturer Jumbo (Hausseman & Hötte B.V.).

Hein Bronk resigns as CEO of publishing company MYbusinessmedia

After more than eight years of commitment to the multimedia B2B publishing company MYbusinessmedia, Hein Bronk has decided to step down as CEO

As a Founding Father, Hein Bronk, together with informal investor Berk Partners, started MYbusinessmedia in 2007. Through acquisitions of former Wolters Kluwer and VNU brands such as Schuttevaer, Vraag & Supply, Textilia and Schoenvisie, and further through the acquisition of Media Business Press, Bronk steadily expanded the company further. Strong brands, linked to online initiatives, events and internet marketing services brought the company to the position of fourth B2B publisher in the Netherlands with offices in Deventer and Capelle a / d IJssel.

The daily management of MYbusinessmedia is now taken over by Joachim Driessen as managing director and Pascal van Sluijs as managing director.

Bronk: “As a shareholder and investor, I stay involved with MYbusinessmedia, but more remotely. I found it after 8 years managing time to pass on the entrepreneurial stick. It is a company with really a lot op opportunities for employees with many energetic people and brands that I am proud of”.

Capital injection for new service platform for hospital patients

From your hospital bed, after your knee operation, order an extra meal for your family so that you can eat together during the visit. Reserve a parking space close to the entrance. Or discuss the results of the doctor’s visit from your hospital bed directly with your children via video calling. The Brabant company Patientline brings together such services, infotainment and medical information after the summer on their own online platform.

With its arrival, Patiëntline is expanding its original market, the rental of televisions and telephones, into a business model that is in line with the ‘bring your own device’ principle that is supported by more and more hospitals. Investors have given a capital injection to accelerate the development of the platform.

“We have access to 40 hospitals throughout the Netherlands, reach 12,000 beds and have a good micro payment system. This platform brings all our expertise together, “explains general manager Marco Paans the turnaround. Together with financial director Hans Kwa, he was recruited a year ago to make the company future-oriented. Hospitals take out licenses for the use of the online platform, which can be fully coordinated per institution or even department.

Paans: “Our platform works closely with highly qualified partners, who have earned their respect in healthcare in recent years. Together we found that by combining our strengths we can offer a unique proposition to the market. The hospital cannot only communicate better, but also more efficiently with its patients. ”

The changed course of Patiëntline coincides with the installation of a new Supervisory Board. This exists alongside chairman Theo Huibers, Willem Kamps, Peter Blom and Henk de Boer. Huibers looks at the new course with confidence. “As an experienced and trusted player, Patiëntline is using existing knowledge and expertise with a new proposition in the changing healthcare market. The platform fits the demand from the hospitals. “According to director Paans, the investment and the appointed supervisors, all with knowledge of ICT, media or healthcare, secure the future of the twenty-year-old company.

The system is available in several languages, including English, Spanish, Turkish and Moroccan. With this, a transfer to abroad is promising. The first discussions with institutions in Belgium, Ireland and Spain are already taking place.
Invoicing to patients takes place centrally via the Patientline micropayment system. The company wants to further develop this protection of this process together with its partner Fujitsu. “We are working on the possibility to make identification possible using palm scanning. This method further automates the registration and payment process. Our experience is already that patients rarely commit fraud, because they are afraid that medical data will also be exchanged. However, the scan method can also be used by the hospitals themselves. “

Investor Ben Pon ‘Only winners please!’ (BDO Anders magazine)