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Forward Role celebrates 10th anniversary

Forward Role is celebrating its tenth anniversary.


Forward Role was launched in 2008 at the height of the credit crunch by founder and managing director, Steve Thompson. He set up in his bedroom at home in Bolton and by the end of year one, the business had two staff and a dozen exclusive big brand clients.


Thompson (pictured) said, “It was a tough time to start a business but I felt confident there was a place in the market for a recruitment consultancy that stood for something different - with a major focus on building long term client partnerships and treating candidates the way I would like to be treated if I were in their shoes.


“By focusing on things I felt were missing from my own experiences with the established players in the market from my days as a marketer, we quickly built a strong brand and reputation.


“We’ve developed our proposition and brand over the years but those values that served me well at the start have remained.”


Growth was slow at first for the consultancy, but in 2012, after winning a large contract with BPP Professional Education to build a 40-person marketing team from scratch, the business began to grow. Since then, turnover and the team has increased ten-fold (with turnover in 2017 up 56%). The firm also re-located in 2017 to a Manchester city centre office.


Thompson added, “Out of the more than 200 businesses we placed candidates with last year, 12 were with the original dozen who bought into our brand in our first 12 months.


“Clients like AO.com have been with us from the beginning and we’d like to think we’ve played a small part in their monumental success due to the great talent we’ve placed with them.”


“2017 was a fantastic, record-breaking year,” added sales director, Brian Johnson. “But we’re always looking to grow and build the business and we won’t be resting on our laurels.


“Here’s to another ten years!”

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