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Forrit strengthens board of directors

National Apprenticeship Week

Double-digit revenue growth


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Forrit strengthens board of directors

08 June 20

Founded in 2014, Forrit which recently rebranded from the company’s previous name Cortex Worldwide, has developed a cloud-based web content management (WCM) platform that enables clients to create, deploy, analyse and optimise their digital estates. The company secured a management buyout from WPP plc in 2017, counts a number of large UK and international enterprise clients among its customer base and is led by CEO and Founder Peter Proud, formerly a senior executive at Accenture and Microsoft.

In addition, Forrit has announced a series of high profile appointments to its board of directors. Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of AI & ISV Engagement at Microsoft and a recently appointed non-executive director at HSBC Holdings; Austen Mulinder, a former Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, former CEO of Ziosk and veteran of multiple start-up and growth company boards, and; Carolyn Jameson, Chief Legal and Policy Officer at Trustpilot and former Chief Legal Officer at Skyscanner and Head of International M&A at Ctrip.

“We are moving rapidly from a technology services company to a cloud-first global software business” said Peter Proud. “We have a fantastic team, a best-in-class product and some exciting new UK and international client wins to announce over the next few weeks and months. Overall, we’ve got big ambitions and having Steve, Austen and Carolyn join the board demonstrates our aspirations for the business.”

“Forrit has focused on building the level of product truth that most start-ups struggle to accomplish in their initial phase,” said Steven Guggenheimer. “Mix this with strong execution and financial discipline and Forrit is set for substantial growth and scale. I look forward to working with Peter and the other board members to help navigate the next phase of the company’s growth.”

Austen Mulinder said: “My own experience of leading and advising growth businesses has constantly reinforced the critical impact of attracting, retaining and developing strong talent. Peter has led the development of a unique culture at Forrit that emphasizes talent, and especially young talent.”

Carolyn Jameson commented: “I have been really impressed at the clarity of focus shown by the team at Forrit as they build their product and their relationships with customers. I am thoroughly looking forward to working with them more, and with my fellow board members.”

Since the onset of Covid-19, Forrit’s platform has supported a fivefold in-crease in traffic to the Microsoft Education site. Liza Magee, Director, Microsoft Education, commented: “The Forrit CMS was a critical instrument to Microsoft Education’s success in launching resources to help our customers quickly make the transition to remote learning. The CMS is well suited to responding to multiple stakeholder inputs in real time and gave us the tools we needed to roll-out a large site expansion, for multiple markets globally, in a very fast turnaround. The website’s infrastructure Forrit built, on Azure, sup-ported our large traffic spikes, ensuring the user experience was never disrupted.”

Peter Proud added: “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Education team and its global, multi-language site for a number of years now and while it has always experienced high levels of traffic, what the current spike in traffic shows is the robustness and resilience of our platform - a platform we have continually developed and invested in heavily since we started the company.”


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Forrit chief hails company’s Apprenticeship Programme as National Apprenticeship Week begins

02 March 20

As National Apprenticeship Week begins today, Forrit, the digital technology company whose client base includes Microsoft Education, has attributed an important part of its success to date to its apprenticeship initiative. CEO and Founder Peter Proud says: “Starting an apprenticeship scheme is one of the best things we did after starting the company.”

The company’s Apprenticeship Programme blends academic and vocational training, enabling the company to recruit, train, up-skill and retain employees within the digital technologies industry. Forrit is a signatory to both the Microsoft Partner Pledge and Tech Talent Charter, which together promote digital skills, apprenticeships and diversity.

Peter Proud added: “Our Apprentices have become integral to everything we do at Forrit, that’s how important they are to our business. We want to create the best possible work environment for all of our people and that has been built into our DNA from day one. Not only are we building a market-leading product, we’re also building the right values and culture and that’s equally important to us.”

Forrit won SME Apprentice Employer of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Apprenticeship Awards and, this year, is the only Scottish company to have made the shortlist for the National Technology Awards where Forrit is nominated in the Tech Company of the Year, Cloud Product of the Year and Best Tech Place to Work categories.

Forrit marked its 5th year in business in 2019 by recording double-digit revenue growth and upping head-count at its headquarters in Edinburgh. Forrit counts a number of large UK and international enterprise clients among its customer base and is set to announce a series of new business wins, including one of the UK’s leading banks, and high-profile board appointments during the first half of 2020.

Founded in 2014, Forrit has developed a cloud-based web content management (WCM) platform that enables clients to create, deploy, analyze and optimize their digital estates. Forrit, which secured a management buyout from WPP plc in 2017, is led by CEO and Founder Peter Proud, formerly a senior executive at Accenture and Microsoft, and the company’s board includes John Waddell, former CEO of Scottish angel investment group Archangels.

Forrit became carbon neutral in 2019 following an extensive exercise that involved changing suppliers, off-setting emissions and implementing waste management processes.


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Forrit moves forward with double-digit revenue growth in 2019

05 February 20

Forrit, the digital technology company whose client base includes Microsoft Education marked its 5th year in business in 2019 by recording double-digit revenue growth and upping headcount at its headquarters in Edinburgh. Forrit counts a number of large UK and international enterprise clients among its customer base and is set to announce a series of new business wins, including one of the UK’s leading banks, and high-profile board appointments during the first half of 2020.

Founded in 2014, Forrit has developed a cloud-based web content management (WCM) platform that enables clients to create, deploy, analyze and optimize their digital estates. Forrit, which secured a manage-ment buyout from WPP plc in 2017, is led by CEO and Founder Peter Proud, formerly a senior executive at Accenture and Microsoft, and the company’s board includes John Waddell, former CEO of Scottish angel investment group Archangels.

Peter Proud, CEO and Founder of Forrit, said: “We are now moving rapidly from a technology services company to a cloud-native global software business. We have a fantastic team, a best-of-breed product and some exciting new client wins to announce over the next few weeks and months. Overall, we’ve got big ambitions and have set our sights on being one of the next big things to come out of the Scottish tech scene.”

Forrit has attracted VC interest from the US over the last few months and is currently planning to launch offices in New York and London. Peter Proud commented: “While the business continues to be self-funded and we think that’s the right approach at this point in time, we’re not ruling out VC involvement with the right investors if that enables us to really step up our growth trajectory. The offices we are actively planning for New York and London mean we will be closer to our growing customer base in the US and Europe.

Forrit is also undergoing a major rebrand exercise that the company is aiming to launch in Q2. Peter Proud said: “While our values and culture have remained constant, we are rebranding to better reflect how we help our clients drive digital transformation with a product that is now making a big impression with CIOs, CMOs and senior management teams at large corporates in the UK, Europe and the US."

Forrit became carbon neutral in 2019 following an extensive exercise that involved changing suppliers, off-setting emissions and implementing waste management processes.

Peter Proud added: “We have incorporated high standards of ethics and sustainability into the business from day one. Not only do we believe that’s simply the right thing to do in our day and age, but translating these kind of core values into practice is becoming a bona fide requirement if you want to be a global technology company whose overall proposition appeals to a range of stakeholders including clients, employees and partners.”