Graydon has a rich history in helping companies minimise risk and maximise opportunity by offering them specific business information. At the heart of this is Graydon’s belief in transparency; the belief that openness paves the way for confidence and trust in business. Find out more about our history, mission and vision. 

Our History

1862: The first credit information provider in the Netherlands was founded in Amsterdam. It was called Wijs, Muller & Co. 

1888: Pieter Van der Graaf and W.C. van Abcoude Van der Graaf founded a credit information service in Rotterdam and later in Amsterdam (1909). 

1945: Van der Graaf acquires Wijs, Muller & Co. Adriaan van Nooij leaves the company and starts a new enterprise, which is later called nv Dongelmans. 

1981: In Belgium, René De Maeyer together with nv Dongelmans start a new credit information provider called Dongelmans International. 

1986: A merger takes place between Van der Graaf & Co and Dongelmans. Using a combination of the two names, Graydon is born in the Netherlands and Belgium.   

1987: Graydon acquires London information agency Amalgamated Trade Protection and Graydon UK is born. 

1988: Graydon introduces an automated credit report. Reports are now generated directly from the financial database .

1997: Graydon offers online credit reports via the Internet.

2005: Graydon introduces web services. This new technology allows clients to communicate (with their IT systems) directly with the Graydon database.

2015: Graydon has developed into an international business information provider in the field of financial information, marketing information, risk and compliance.

From an early start, Graydon realised the importance of business intelligence. By providing the right information, companies can take better business decisions and become more competitive. In an ever-changing technological environment, it is our ambition to differentiate ourselves through innovation and to deliver accurate business information. 

More About Our Mission and Vision

Data is everywhere around us. For it to become valuable information, it first needs to be cleansed, validated and enriched from a number of sources. But it doesn’t stop there. By interpreting that information, we generate valuable economic, financial and commercial insights for our customers that help companies to make better business decisions. At Graydon, we go beyond being an information provider to being your value added business partner. 

The effectiveness of business decisions can largely be influenced by the right sort of business information. We strive to help businesses with their day-to-day decisions. Whether you need financial or commercial information, Graydon’s business information can help you reduce risks, ensure compliance and protect your business reputation. Moreover, it will enable you to identify and foresee trends and market opportunities, which allows you to become more competitive.

At Graydon, we believe that transparency in business relationships creates the level playing field required for organisations to prosper and economies to thrive.

Our Vision as an Employer

We believe that people are the differentiating factor. In creating an atmosphere that encourages joy and spirit, they contribute to more employee satisfaction and reinforce the brand reputation and perception with clients. Therefore, what is important is not only what we say, but also what Graydon, as an employer, does and has to offer to its employees, both in hard elements (terms of employment, working conditions) and soft elements (culture).