In a recent article published by Trade Global Finance, HEG was named in the top companies to watch out for in 2016. In addition, Group CEO Patrick Pulvermuller was named as one of the 8 CEOs to watch in 2016.
Here is what Patrick had to say:
How is your company changing or making a difference in the world?
HEG is at the forefront of helping small and medium-sized businesses make the most of the online world. Our role in this transformation is to enable businesses to succeed online. We focus on small, medium and enterprise businesses. We know that the companies that put the web at their heart are redefining commercial success. We believe that every company can benefit from harnessing the power of the internet, whoever they are and whatever their needs. Our focus is to empower our customers, in order to get the most out of the web, whether that is through our products, our customer support or our ‘how to guides.’
What was your top highlight of 2015?
To name just one highlight in 2015 would be too hard! At the start of the year we completed the acquisition of intergenia AG in Germany, and following this, our collective businesses has grown to become the largest provider of managed hosting services in Germany, and second largest in Europe. In 2015, we reached two highly significant landmarks: registering our 7 millionth domain name and growing our direct customer base past the 1.5m mark. Additionally, we have hired great people, from within and outside of our industry, which helped us to strengthen our enterprise customer base, and focus on delivering industry leading customer support.
What are your biggest plans for 2016?
This year we will perform vital work to develop our great brands across Europe and our teams have been working incredibly hard to deliver this. We will also continue to develop and launch great products to continue to help small businesses make the most of the internet. Added to this, we will continue our focus on improving diversity across the business through engaging in various initiatives which will help us to better support the needs of our employees and the communities that they work in.
What’s your top prediction for 2016?
I believe that technology will continue to transform the way we live. I have fully embraced it and so it is really important in my life outside of work. I think that we will see more a lot more with regards to the internet of things. For example, my home is fully connected from the ease of my smartphone – this is a trend that I think will grow and become the ‘norm’. Consumers will continue to be on the lookout for new technologies to make their lives easier, and Kickstarter projects will go from strength to strength.