Founded by Neil Hutchinson, 35, as an online marketing agency, this firm has since evolved into an investor and grown rapidly by acquiring businesses such as Factory Media for £10m and uSwitch for £6.5m. It has two investment vehicles: Forward Private Equity, which takes majority stakes in growing businesses; and Forward Partners, which invests in media and technology. Profits hit £25.3m in 2012, and it sold a majority stake in uSwitch for an undisclosed sum to private equity firm LDC last August.
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