For FDM Group, the high-technology recruitment sector has been the key to consistent sales growth. FDM is one of only two companies to make it into the Fast Track 100 league table for four consecutive years. Sales have increased at 73% a year, from £7.9m in 1996 to £41.2m in 1999. Rod Flavell, managing director, founded the company in 1990 focusing solely on information-technology recruitment. Its 1995 merger with Mountfield Software saw services expand to include IT consultancy. The national shortage of internet skills prompted FDM to team up with Sussex Enterprise to retrain 150 unemployed students in web design and development. It employed many of the graduates to spearhead FDM’s European expansion. FDM now has offices and training facilities in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain. Coverage in America has expanded with a new office in Washington.
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