Business leaders gathered on Thursday September 25 for the annual election by Voka, Flanders' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, of Voka's Ambassador for Ghent. In an exciting final, Sofico trumped the two other nominees: pharmaceutical company Pharmavize from Mariakerke and chemical specialist Rousselot from Ghent.
With the annual election of the Voka Ambassador, Voka aims to draw attention to excellent SME entrepreneurship that creates prosperity in the region and which can inspire other companies. The annual theme of the Ambassador contest in 2014 is "growth."
Sofico: world leader in it's niche
Sofico conquers the world with its software program 'Miles', a software solution for car leasing and fleet management. This software is used by companies in 16 countries worldwide. With its 150 employees Sofico realizes a turnover of over 20 million euros this year.
The secret of this success? Innovation. Sofico annually invests around 2,500 man-days in product innovation. The software, the user interface and the (mobile) applications are constantly being revised. On top of this, Sofico wants to offer its Miles Solution in new markets.
Sofico was founded in 1988 in Ghent. It evolved from a small, local company to a global market leader. Meanwhile, there are offices in the UK, Australia and Japan. This summer, Sofico acquired the French company Car Systems, a similar specialist company employing 20 employees in Avignon.
Growth companies take care of our social security
The theme of this year's Voka Ambassador Elections is "growth." Since the 2013 Voka Congress, Voka has been repeating this message: "Growth is our only social security."
The three nominated companies were asked about their approach and performance in the categories strategy, innovation, export and HR policy. They received good to excellent figures in the financial screening by Deloitte. ING and the Innovation Centre East Flanders also judged the three candidates, along with a jury. On election night an audience of entrepreneurs, friends and relationships helped to elect the final winner from the trio.