Forward Internet Group

Founded by Neil Hutchinson, 35, in 2004 as an online marketing agency, this firm has since evolved into an investor, and has grown rapidly by launching and acquiring web businesses such as Factory Media and uSwitch, which it sold to LDC in August. It has three divisions: Forward Private Equity, which buys brands; Forward Investment Partners, which invests in media and technology companies; and Forward Labs, which helps start-up businesses.

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Company details
Year2013
Rank141
CompanyForward Internet Group
ActivityMedia developer and investor
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*202.9
Operating profit £m*25.0
Main shareholdersNeil Hutchinson (90%), employee share option scheme (10%)
Staff460
Founded2004
Websitewww.forward.co.uk

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