The consulting firm "Hellenic Investments S.A.- Business Consultants" was founded in 1987 by a group of managers with extensive experience in management, investment planning, project management, export promotion, industrial restructuring and human resource development. From its inception the firm has operated internationally providing services to public and private entities, including the European Commission and central, regional and local authorities in Greece. The firm is continuously growing and expanding the scope of its activities to cover the needs of its client base.
The rich prior experience and knowledge gained by the company's consultants as "hands-on" managers in enterprises in various sectors has assisted many companies, particularly small and medium size enterprises, to become more competitive through restructuring programmes, technology transfers, new investments, export programmes and training. The company designs the changes and also supports the clients during the implementation phase with highly developed change management techniques and project management skills. In addition consultants with experience in the financial services sector support private firms engaged in mergers and acquisitions, capital restructuring and investment financing.
In 1996, the company started cooperating with the Greek public sector providing technical assistance to the authorities responsible for implementing the European Community Support Framework restructuring programmes. Specifically the company participated in a consortium responsible for managing and monitoring the Operational Programme for Industry and the Operational Programme for Education and Initial Vocational Training. The company also offers services to local and regional governmental bodies particularly in their search for additional financing from the public or private sector to support their ever expanding needs. Public Private Partnerships (PPP) have become a financing tool applied by our company successfully in several large projects such as health spas and marinas that were undertaken by municipal and regional authorities.
Supporting the European Commission Technical Assistance to Central European and Former Soviet States through the PHARE/TACIS Programmes, the company began providing programme planning services to the European Commission and later participated in the implementation of several projects aimed at transforming the centrally planned command economies to free market economies. The company has been involved in projects that dealt with enterprise privatization, institution building, entrepreneurship, management development and export promotion.
For the European Commission the company also undertakes research and studies that underpin the policies adopted by the officials in Brussels. Evaluations undertaken measure the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of the EC co-financed programmes and projects that are carried out by the Member States in the course of implementing EC policies in their countries. The evaluations assist all the stakeholders involved in a programme or project to improve their performance and therefore the impact of EC policies.
In addition to our business consulting activity, the company is actively
involved in developing and promoting the Management Consulting industry.
From 1999-2007, the company served on the Board of Directors of the Hellenic
Association of Management Consulting Firms (SESMA), holding the Vice Presidency
from 2003-2007.The Firm holds the Presidency of the Hellenic Management
Consulting Association (ELESMA) and is also a member of the Executive
Committee of the Federation of Management Consultancies Associations (FEACO).
In addition the company is an active member of the Hellenic Chamber of
Industry and Commerce, the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce, the
European Evaluation Society and the European Grid Association.