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  1. 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.

  2. Decrease in the salaries of top managers in the past five years

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    The United Kingdom has the best-paid CEOs of our neighbouring countries. Belgium features at the bottom of the list, but is not really lagging behind much. It is worth noting that share-related remuneration is decreasing in all countries. In Belgium, salaries in general have dropped, save for those in the smallest listed companies, which are clearly gaining ground. Finally, the fixed-salary share of the total package has registered a sharp increase in 2012. These are the main conclusions of the yearly study into the salaries of top managers conducted by Vlerick Business School’s Executive Remuneration Research Centre.

  3. Vlerick Business School and KBC institute an academic chair on the role and positioning of financial institutions

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    Together with KBC, Vlerick Business School's Centre for Financial Services is instituting a five-year academic chair on the role and positioning of financial institutions in the current financial and economic environment. The KBC Chair on Customer Insight is a clear win-win for both parties. Vlerick Business School is taking care of the academic underpinning, and KBC is inputting the practice-relevant aspects.

  4. Belgians do not envisage themselves retiring at 65

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    Only one in five Belgians wants to work 80% or more between the ages of 60 and 65. The special system for certain older employees, which allows them to work fewer hours towards the end of their career without affecting their pension entitlement, but also the prospect of salary increases as they get older, could positively influence people’s willingness to work for longer. Belgians are also good at estimating the benefits they can expect, both from their state pensions and their supplementary pensions. This is what can be concluded from research on the perception that Belgian employees between the ages of 45 and 65 have of the end of their career.

  5. Vlerick heading to China on trade mission with 27 top entrepreneurs

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    For the first time, the Impulse Centre “Growth Management for Medium-Sized Enterprises” (or iGMO for short) at Vlerick Business School is organising a trade mission for its members. From 19 to 25 October, Vlerick professor Hans Crijns and 27 managers from companies such as LS Bedding, Sarens Group, Soudal, Terre Bleue, Theo Eyewear, Vyncke, Transics and Verhelst Bouwmaterialen will travel around China, with stops in Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai.

  6. Masters in General Management at Vlerick rises a further three places in Financial Times ranking

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    The Masters in General Management at Vlerick Business School has risen three places in the ‘Global Masters in Management’ ranking for the second year running. The Financial Times publishes this list featuring a total of 70 courses worldwide every year. Vlerick is currently in 29th position, entering the top 30 for the first time.

  7. Official start of the academic year at the brand-new Vlerick campus in Brussels

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    Yesterday evening the Vlerick Business School celebrated the start of the new academic year at its new campus in Brussels. Pascal Smet, Flemish Minister of Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels, President Louis Verbeke, Dean Philippe Haspeslagh, General Manager Patrick De Greve, professors and students attended the event, which also marked the inauguration of the new Brussels campus by cutting the ribbon.

  8. Belgium is stable in the World Economic Forum 2013 ranking

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    The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) ‘Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014’ reveals that Belgium is stably ranked as the 17th most competitive country in the world. Last year we slipped two places, after having reached the 15th position, the highest ranking Belgium had ever achieved.

  9. Vlerick Business School opens its 4800 m² campus in Brussels

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    In a world where virtualisation and digitalisation are becoming more and more important, one could wonder why Vlerick Business School has built a brand-new 4800 m² state-of-the-art learning, research and networking facility, at an investment of €5.7 million, in bricks and mortar. Or is there something more to it?

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