We’ve been Gazelled!
Earler this week I received a letter, that Berg & Larsen have been appointed the coveted Gazelle 2017 award, given only to the fastest growing companies in Denmark. I am immensely proud of my team and their support of my vision of growth, which I presented a few years back. Berg & Larsen is now officially part of Denmark’s growth elite.
Berg & Larsen was founded in 1794 as the original rum-tar-and-ropes type of ship chandler in the then newly built Nyhavn area in Copenhagen. Our company history is part of Denmark’s naval history and the aftermath of the bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807. We’ve come a long way as one of the world’s oldest ship chandlers still in business.
The maritime sector has had a rough time these past almost 10 years of the global financial crisis, and is still struggling to rebound to former glory. This is the backdrop of which our growth must be assessed. We are a procurement partner to ship owners and ship managers worldwide, our core business is selling technical spare parts to vessels likely with some years of operating. Same vessels was first in line to be laid up while waiting for the global economic winds to change.
In spite of this we have managed to create a considerable expansion of our activities over the past 6 years.
When I joined Berg & Larsen as a partner in 2004, every process was based on papers printed, passed around and then archived. I saw the potential for digitalizating all business process, and I am very satisfied to now see it fully implemented.
Our near 100% paper-less business processes are not only saving us a lot of time, they are also enabling us to focus on servicing our business partners. Having digitalized every business process is likely also a key factor in achieving the growth that has now given us a Gazelle 2017 award.
Speaking of digitalization…
This week Jyske Bank sent out their periodical magazine targeted at their business clientele. This issue’s subject is Digitalization and Berg & Larsen is featured in an article about successful digitalization as a strategic goal for growth, under the headline “Berg & Larsen: Virksomheden lever kun takket være digitalisering” (Berg & Larsen: Successful digitalization is our survival strategy.)
I am happy to be able to share my views on the digitalization process, it’s pitfalls and it’s successes, in Jyske Bank’s business magazine.
Corporate multi-lingo website gets a fresher look
This week also saw the launch of our new corporate website, with mirrored content in Korean and Japanese, and with yet more language versions on the drawing board.
Please visit our new website at berg-larsen.com
I am so very proud to be at the helm of Berg & Larsen – a company of humble beginnings and now an internationally recognized partner in procurement of technical spare parts for the maritime industry. And to lead a fantastic team, the backbone of our success.
Søren Kristiansen, CEO
Berg & Larsen Group