18 November 2015
This year marks WYG Türkiye’s twelve-year anniversary as part of the WYG group. We have seen tremendous growth over the years and would like to thank those who have supported and contributed to our development.
Fittingly, as we celebrate this milestone in Turkey, the business has announced its most significant contract win to date in the region. The €8.8m Roma Project, which is a two year technical assistance contract from the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policies on behalf of EuropeAid. This win firmly secures WYG Turkey as the market-leader in their chosen fields.
How it began
WYG’s presence in Turkey was first established as DeLeeuw International in 2003, focusing on project management, Six Sigma and PCM training in the cities of Şanlıurfa and Şırnak in eastern Turkey.
Growing rapidly in terms of staff and clients in the management consultancy field, DeLeeuw International was recognised as one of the fastest growing consulting companies in Turkey, and in 2007, merged with WYG Group and IMC Turkey. The DeLeeuw International brand remained in place until 2012 when it became WYG Türkiye.
Leading the way in socio-economic services
Over the last 12 years, WYG Türkiye has established itself as the market-leader to the EU in socio-economic services and through diversification, is now also the market-leader in the Water & Waste Water sector within Turkey. This diversification continues today as the business has recently broadened its size of services across the construction, engineering, sanitation, planning and transport sectors.
Starting with just two employees, WYG Türkiye, led by Levent Erkan, now boasts over 80 full-time individuals and around 200 project-based consultants made up from 23 different nationalities. The business has offices in seven different locations and all the fields of backstopping teams are available for the Beneficiaries in Ankara as well as in the other provinces of Turkey. WYG Türkiye also respects gender equality in the workplace with 57%:43% female to male ratio.
This success was recognised last year at the Ekonometri and European Business Awards where WYG Türkiye was selected as one of the Best Project Management and Best Consultant companies in the country. Away from the workplace, WYG Türkiye has been running as a team to support the Foundation for the Training and Protection of Mentally Handicapped Children (ZİÇEV) and has completed 10 running events in 4 different provinces over the last 8 years.
When asked about this milestone, Levent Erkan, Regional Managing Director for Turkey, Middle East and North Africa said, “WYG Türkiye has had a great journey of 12 Years. It was a tough start, from a company with no projects, training or any other similar activity for the first seven months, to a very successful company with a vision to be the leader in all its relevant sectors and a role model, with its processes, for many other similar institutions in this region. Congratulations and thanks to all of our teams, associates, partners, and clients who have added value for the past 12 years. We hope to have you all on board for the coming years.”
Photos from top: WYG Türkiye team in 2015; DeLeeuw established in 2003; DeLeeuw merged with WYG in 2007; Levent at Dynamic PM Conference in 2015; Bodrum Global Run Marathon in 2014