Globalization, digitalization, demographic change: The mega trends of our time are causing changes the world has not seen since the Industrial Revolution. The way we live, work and do business is changing fundamentally. Innovative technologies create new industries and business models and shake up the labor markets. Cross-border competition is becoming tougher. Companies are challenged to constantly put their processes to the test and to develop them further, and are dependent on the best ideas and the best minds, particularly in the field of IT. The current corona crisis relentlessly reveals that many companies have to catch up.
A development that has a direct impact on the personnel service provider sector: after all, it provides those companies that need external advice and support with the right, highly qualified specialists. For personnel services, social and economic disruption primarily means one thing: an enormous opportunity to tap new business potential and generate sustainable growth. The Westhouse Group is also seizing this opportunity – and is joining forces with Future Consulting from Frankfurt am Main.
Westhouse and Future – “It’s a match!”
Why particularly these two companies?
“We complement each other perfectly, both in our business models and in our customer and location structure,” says René Troche, Managing Director of Westhouse Consulting and Westhouse Engineering. Julian Schotten, managing director of Future Consulting, is confident that the two companies will also quickly grow together culturally.
“We share the same values and the same quality standards, which are good prerequisites,” he says. After the merger, Troche and Schotten form the management duo for the German business.
The Westhouse Group has so far specialized in the placement of experts in the area of IT, but also in the areas of engineering, finance and life science, with a particular focus on mid-tier sized corporate customers. It is currently number 7 in the Lünendonk ranking of the top-selling IT freelance agencies. Future Consulting has a relatively small but stable business in the placement of self-employed IT experts, but with a focus on corporate group customers (DAX and MDAX) from different industries.
An ideal combination:
“We want to bundle the know-how of both companies and learn from each other in order to become more efficient and therefore even more attractive for customers,” says Guido Sieber, who manages the Swiss corporations of Westhouse and will continue to be responsible for the central functions of Westhouse (i.a. HR, Marketing, IT).
Customers benefit from an expanded candidate pool
The first feedback from customers is also positive:
“We are pleased that in the future we will be able to benefit from an expanded Westhouse candidate pool when looking for specialists for our projects,” says Hans-Georg Schulz, director of the management and technology consultancy BearingPoint, which has been using Westhouse’s placement expertise for years.
The integration of Future into the Westhouse cosmos thereby takes place in two steps: At the beginning of May 2020, both companies and their subsidiaries were bundled under the Westhouse roof. Since then, the Future Group will gradually be incorporated into the Westhouse Group technically and organizationally but will initially remain active on the market under its own name. The merger of names will be carried out in summer 2020. The companies with their respective subsidiaries are then united under the roof of the new “Westhouse Holding”.
The new Westhouse will continue to advance in the ranking of the top-selling agencies in IT freelancing through the merger – and is even targeting for the top 3 with its expanded pool of experts and a sales offensive for 2025.