A very dynamic first half-year 2011!
As noted already last year, Micropole's strong growth has continued in 2011 with the first quarter up by 15% and the second looking equally impressive. During this first half-year , our strategy of launching new businesses and setting up in new markets has resulted in the integration of the Belgian company, Oasis Consultants in January, the acquisition of the Wide digital communication agency in May and our recent subsidiary in China, with bases in Shanghai and Hong Kong. These external growth operations strengthen our positioning on high value added services.
We are also on target to meet 2011's overall recruitment goal of 450 new hires since, as from the end of June, over 250 employees, of whom 40% are in middle-management positions, have already joined the group. Lastly, the creation in April of a Research & Innovation department fits perfectly into our differentiation strategy: anticipating the development of business practices accelerated by technological innovations in order to bring you increasingly cutting-edge, agile and durable solutions. The Micropole group is on an excellent track, in line with our three-year development plan!