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  1. Bonuses increasingly part of employees’ pay packet

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    Much has been written about bonuses for senior executives. Now, however, it seems that an increasing number of administrative support functions are also entitled to a bonus. This growth is largely a result of the collective labour agreement of 20 December 2007 concerning non-recurrent result-based bonuses, also called the CAO 90. Bonuses that meet the conditions of this CLA, the most important of which is that the bonuses must be linked to the collective instead of the individual performance, are subject to a favourable (para)fiscal regime. Together with Hudson and Claeys & Engels Vlerick did a study in which 459 companies participated.

  2. New chair with Elia on the future of the energy landscape

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    The Elia Group, one of Europe's top five system operators, has joined forces with Vlerick Business School to establish a Chair that will look closely at the future of the energy landscape, and more specifically the impact on electricity grids. In the near future, the grid operators’ sector will have to face major changes resulting from developments in the field of technology, regulation and market organisation. The Chair will be in place for a five-year period.

  3. Belgian corporates step up the pressure on banks

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    KPMG and Vlerick Business School conducted a study in Belgium in spring 2014 into the expectations Belgian corporates have of their bank(s). The study shows that the corporates surveyed are satisfied with their banks, but that they are also putting more and more (price) pressure on their banks, and that they play them off against one another. Despite globalisation, corporates want to have a personal relationship with their bank. Banks, for their part, will continue to adopt a strict approach to credit supply in the future.

  4. New innovation model puts customer at the centre of business innovation

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    At the Vlerick campus in Brussels this afternoon, Professor Marion Debruyne of Vlerick Business School will be presenting her new book: 'Customer Innovation. Customer-centric strategy for enduring growth’. The book elaborates on a new innovation model, based on a number of innovation studies that were carried out in collaboration with the Flanders DC Knowledge Centre.

  5. Vlerick firmly established among Europe's top management programmes

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    The latest Financial Times Ranking for Executive Education reinforces Vlerick Business School's position as an outstanding partner for management programmes. In the Benelux, Vlerick is and remains the absolute number 1. But Vlerick has also succeeded in strengthening its position in the top group among the 6,000 business schools active on the worldwide stage, as well as within Europe. The school has risen 5 places worldwide, climbing from 39 to 34. In Europe, Vlerick is ranked number 17, rising 3 places from last year.

  6. Having control over our finances makes us happy

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    Those who plan their finances properly enjoy peace of mind according to Vlerick and Optima’s Financial Happiness Barometer. 42 per cent of Belgians consider themselves financially happy. The ability to save, plan and set financial goals are all factors that can positively influence their financial happiness. The research shows that financially happy people are generally also happier, prompting us to conclude that money does, after all, makes us happy.

  7. Belgians still too scared to become entrepreneurs

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    Overall, Belgians have a positive attitude to entrepreneurship as a career choice. However, it is surprising that successful nascent entrepreneurs enjoy little admiration. The status attributed to successful entrepreneurs therefore deserves to be improved. Moreover, the main factor keeping many people from becoming entrepreneurs is fear of failure. That goes mainly for women and youngsters, who need an extra push to take the plunge into the world of entrepreneurship. Finally, the factor of international migration was studied for the first time. These are the results of the most recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, a yearly international study into entrepreneurial mentality, activity ratios of new and budding entrepreneurs, and the ambitions of the latter.

  8. AE and Schoenen Torfs are Belgium's ‘Best Workplaces 2014’

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    AE and Schoenen Torfs are head up the top 10 of Belgium's ‘Best Workplaces 2014’. A ‘Best Workplace’ is a company in which the employees trust their supervisors (management), are proud of their performance (job) and enjoy their working environment (colleagues). The good scores obtained by AE and Schoenen Torfs are mainly due to their employee satisfaction levels. With their title of ‘Best Workplaces 2014’ in Belgium, AE and Schoenen Torfs are good role models when it comes to a people-centred, high-quality personnel policy.

  9. A new tool called “Stevig in de steigers” facilitates the coaching of low-skilled workers

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    Highly trained employees are used to coaching and personal development programmes in the workplace. Lifelong learning, however, is also a must for low-skilled workers, in order to be able to work and survive in the labour market of the future. But it is difficult to organise in practice, and often they are not open to the idea. With the support of the European Social Fund (ESF) Vlerick Business School, together with the not-for-profit association “Wonen en Werken Opleiding”, developed a tool called “Stevig in de steigers”. This fun and user-friendly low-threshold tool provides support to executives during their coaching conversations with their employees.

  10. Management buyout and buy-in market for SMEs in Belgium shows significant improvement

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    The investment climate for buying and selling small to medium-sized Belgian companies improved in 2013, a trend which will also continue this year. More capital is available and the number of players on the M&A market has increased. The increased competition means it is now harder to find high-quality companies. Closing the deal also takes longer than before, as the sales process is becoming more professional and more thorough. As regards financing, the own contribution percentage has increased considerably. This is because banks have become more cautious about lending. Finally, investors are increasingly looking for alternative financing methods. In the new financing climate, the question is whether the proposed returns can be achieved. These are the main conclusions of the first Entrepreneurial Buyout Monitor.

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