The story of Nicols begins in 1890, on a small Greek Island called Kalymnos, heart of a natural sponge fishery in the Mediterranean sea.
Jean Klimis, a young 15-year-old man leaves his country and his family for a brighter future. After a long journey, he arrived in Belgium in 1897 and founded his company. 20 years later, his company became the European leader in the sector of sponges.
In 1939, the worldwide war put an end to the business but in 1947, the founder’s son, Nicolas, rebuilt everything from scratch, in a small house in Brussels. He used to say “I owned nothing but the one thing I held on to : a crazy will to succeed !”. He then created his own brand, “Nicols”, and within 20 years , he became leader of the Belgian market…. 30 years after this, Nicolas was joined by his two sons, Pierre and Jean. Nicols started manufacturing and began its conquest with the French market and one priority : Private labels. In 20 years-time, Nicols became the leader of Private Label business in France and then in Europe !
What do these three generations of Nicols’ directors have in common? One single word : Passion! Passion to win together in excellence. One of our three values.
The second characteristic of Nicols’ teams is integrity and transparence. In a family culture, we share everything with one another. No politics, no hidden agenda… We share the same objectives and help each other to win.
The third value is also linked to the family history : respect. Respect of his/her colleagues, from the top to the bottom of the pyramid, but also of his/her external partners. This value for respect does not mean that we are not demanding. And we expect a lot from ourselves to begin with.
Nicols attaches considerable importance to creating a friendly working atmosphere where everyone feels good and can grow. This state of mind is reflected in our motto : “a family company, where we feel home!”
A friendly whilst demanding working environment, respectful of people, encouraging diversity, a passion to win, an entrepreneurship mind, here are a few values that define Nicols and its teams. And certainly the keys to our success in 70 years of existence!
I joined Nicols 16 years ago. I've started as a specialist responsible for launching new products in Polish factory. During the next few years, I had the opportunity to work as R&D Project Manager in multinational teams with fantastic, fully engaged people. I get the chance to work in different projects, areas and locations. My last role is Category Manager, where again I experience every day new challenges and possibilities to grow. The biggest Nicols value is people: their passion, support and family atmosphere they create. This all makes you enjoy diversity, opportunities and Teamwork you experience from the very beginning of your work.
I have been Business customer development for the last 15 years ago. I started working in Nicols in May 2008. At the beginning, my area was only related to Spain & Portugal buy overtime this area has been extended to other countries like Italy, UK, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Belgium, Israel and some French customer…not only in private label products but also with Nicols products for Export customers.
In Nicols the important thing is the family spirit, transparency and an open mind. We are free to be ourselves and to contribute with our qualities and also differences to build a real and authentic human Company.
I started my career in Nicols as an Accounting assistant. Thanks to all kind people in Nicols, I could learn many things, refine my skills and improve my workday after day. After a few satisfying months as an assistant, Nicols gave me the chance to improve my skills and myself as an A/P & Treasury specialist. This position gives me the opportunity to work with many people that are closely linked to my job or not, inside or outside the firm. I also dedicate my success story to all my friendly colleagues that make Nicols a family. And I like it!
With almost 20 years of experience in the FMCG industry, I have been a part of the growth of Nicols since 2004 when I joined as a fresh graduate. At that time, I worked in the Quality Department, focusing on the implementation of mature solutions in the field of quality systems derived from the global P&G company, and later I managed the Production Department along with supervision of investment and cost-saving projects. Seeking transversal role in the organization I joined Controlling, where I had the opportunity to combine my financial education with production experience. During this period, together with my colleagues, we ran one of the largest projects - the implementation and launch of a brand-new, fully cloud-based ERP & BI system. My recent role as Head of IT allows me to work with a team of passionate people and business partners to oversee business process transformation and apply technology to every aspect of our business, from strategy to execution to performance management. Nicols success story depends on the commitment of its employees to embody the core values of Passion, Excellence, Respect and Integrity and I appreciate to be a part of this story.
I joined Nicols in 2020 after an experience in heavy industry where the spirit of teamworking was very present. From the first moments I understood that within Nicols I was going to find this spirit so important to me. Within the company I started as method coordinator. After a few months I received a promotion and became Technical Manager. Nicols support me for my development by bringing the strengths of a group while remaining on a human scale. This allows you to develop fundamentals and deepen your professional knowledge in a climate of kindness and understanding.