Can we start with an introduction of yourself and an overview of your company?
As a Dane with IT and a book-keeping background I was involved in several projects in textile industry. I have always had an adventurous spirit, so that’s how I ended in Ukraine in 2001. My task was to start a greenfield project for Danish textile company «Joha Ukraine» in Lviv region. After my contract was finished I got few more similar requests. Actually, that position gave me a greater understanding of the issues that my future clients were facing.
Many foreign companies were finding Ukraine of early 2000’s as a new Klondike for their activity. That’s how the idea to create J&L Consulting, a local partner for foreign companies, appeared in 2003. Our first clients where mostly production companies seeking for good outsourcing conditions in Ukraine. The area of our practices included legal and accounting support, but also has been growing with time and today varies from export-import support to HR and business analytics. 14 full-time employees are now working for the company.
I have always wanted to bring the European principles into sphere of business in Ukraine. Therefore, one of my goals was to build a company, which main policy would be a total care for the client and fulfillment of all its needs. Now I can state that 12 years of our activity proves we are successfully achieving this goal.
How do you position your company on the market?
J&L Consulting is a mid-sized consulting firm with a solid background. Mostly we are serving foreign companies, which are operating in Ukraine. Our clients want to be certain that they have access to the most modern and innovative solutions – and they get it – that’s our products and high quality of our services. We can act on many levels meanwhile paying attention to the smallest details of our client’s cases. Whether it is a production unit for 100+ or less, or it is a sales representative office in agriculture or IT, we will handle all the practical things to ensure that our clients are successful in doing business in Ukraine.
What are your top priorities for the next 12 months?
In changing surroundings, where Ukraine is at the moment, it is my top priority to focus on understanding of clients’ needs and provide them with evaluation of their specific businesses and all-round service both with the aim of risk diversification and identification of new opportunities. I therefore will strive to be at the very cutting edge of the consulting industry.
There are a lot of new challenges in front of the company, and therefore I want the company to concentrate on employees’ development and create comfortable and inviting atmosphere for our potential clients. Moreover, I would like to invite our present and prospective clients and business partners to see what our new office is like and celebrate our 12 years anniversary together.