paraDIGMA Group and BlijWerkt are to enter into collaboration and will form a new group. Investor Mentha Capital will take a majority stake in the combination of the two service providers which operate in the field of sustainable employability and provide employment to over 400 employees. The transaction is subject to the approval of the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa).
The collaboration creates a strong and fast-growing combination which challenges the established order with its innovative methods. The combination offers a wide range of services where an integral approach and personal approach are central. The two companies already have 500,000 affiliated employees throughout the country. Customers will benefit from the complementary service package of both companies and the focus on sharing knowledge and capacity.
paraDIGMA Group is a fast-growing group of companies operating in the field of sustainable employability. Its occupational health and safety services provider Argo Advies takes a unique approach to absenteeism, leading to progressive and highly effective absenteeism and health policies within organizations. The group also offers psychological interventions, outplacement and reintegration, labour research and advice, and business training. The paraDIGMA Group was founded in 2000 by Rudo Vissers. Mr Vissers will stay on as director and remain a shareholder in the combination.
BlijWerkt is an occupational health and safety service currently under the control of investment company Gilde Healthcare. It has become a successful, leading and nationally operating player where personal attention to its clients is central.
Mentha Capital will take over the shares in both companies from the current shareholders. Mentha invests in established, profitable companies which demonstrate clear potential for further expansion through organic growth, expansion into new markets and/or acquisitions. Mentha has 15 participations, active in various end-markets.
Rudo Vissers of paraDIGMA Group: “We are very pleased to have taken this step. The result is a unique and very solid company with a strong position in the market and major social significance. We continue to look at sustainable employability from the perspective of leadership and culture in organizations, reinforced by a high-quality medical base.”
Ruud Pels, BlijWerkt: “I am grateful to Gilde for having supported the development of our company. I look forward to working with Mentha and the paraDIGMA Group. Utilizing the expertise of the paraDIGMA Group in areas in which we at BlijWerkt are less active, enables us to serve our customers even better in the future.”
Barend Rutten, Mentha Capital: “Sustainable employability is an increasingly important theme for companies and society where the demand for effective and innovative service is increasing. By joining forces, paraDIGMA and BlijWerkt can further improve the quality and service they provide to customers and lay a solid foundation for further growth.
About paraDIGMA Group
paraDIGMA group is an innovative and trend-setting group of collaborating companies with expertise in all areas of sustainable employability. All our labels work from the same vision and belief; it’s all about human work. We think creatively and look at your organization differently.
We do this proactively, honestly and critically. Dare to change!
BlijWerkt is the health and safety service that combines the power of the bigger players with the flexibility and personal attention of smaller players. With 120 BlijWerkers, we are known as a vibrant leader, energizing employers and employees alike, so that ultimately everyone is and remains happy at work.
About Mentha Capital
Mentha Capital is an independent investment company that focuses on the lower-end of the mid-market in the Benelux. Mentha invests in established, medium-sized and profitable companies that have the opportunity to grow further through a buy-and-build strategy,
expansion into new markets or an organizational transition. With more than EUR 400 million under management, Mentha works actively with entrepreneurs to support their companies in realizing their ambitious growth plans.
About Gilde Healthcare
Gilde Healthcare is a specialized European healthcare investor managing EUR 1 billion (USD 1.2 billion) across two fund strategies: venture & growth capital and private equity. Gilde Healthcare’s venture & growth capital fund invests in health tech and therapeutics. The venture & growth companies are based in Europe and North America. Gilde Healthcare’s private equity fund invests in profitable European lower mid-market healthcare companies with a focus on the Benelux and DACH region. The private equity fund targets healthcare providers, suppliers of medical products and service providers in the healthcare market.