Thursday 10th October 2024
Showground, Wadebridge

Headforwards 10 Key Goals and Targets

On its 5th anniversary Headforwards have laid out 10 targets and goals it is aiming to achieve in the next 5 years.

Setting targets is part of good business planning for growing businesses. In 2011 the directors, Craig Girvan and Toby Parkins set a 3 year target of 3 software development teams totaling 20 employees by May 2014. In July 2013 there were 30. 18 months later there were 50. Headforwards currently employ 60.

On Friday, at Pool Innovation Centre, Headforwards announced 10 more targets and goals that will not only mark significant growth aspirations but also demonstrate a commitment to supporting Cornwall in the process.

This was part of a full down of events starting with a “Software Squad” held for students from Newquay Treviglas College where they build some robots and programmed them to carry out various stunts.

The targets and goals are:

No.1 – To reach 100 employees by May 2017

No.2 – To reach 250 employees by May 2021

No.3 – Launching an e-Health division – this will support the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEPs’ Smart Specialisation strategy of growing a strong e-health industry in the area.

No.4 – Special Projects division – This will focus on individual and separate projects including a new app technology as well as providing support for other business’s who need a shorter term software team who can quickly deliver an Agile prototype or smaller IT solution.

No.5 – Create The Fibre Park Digital Academy – this will be a combined education business space. It will be the largest employment space project in Cornwall for many decades with space for many other businesses employing approximately 1200 people. There will be business innovation space and

No.6 – Increase numbers of students on computing degrees in Cornwall by 10x by 2020. This is essential to be able to fill the jobs that will be created by the whole sector

No.7 – With Software Cornwall we need to help grow the whole sector by 300%. It’s essential to Headforwards that the whole software industry continues to grow. By presenting a greater cluster in Cornwall we will attract more people to return to Cornwall or to relocate here.

No.8 – Drive relevance and excellence within graduate level training. Both University and Advanced Apprenticeships. Headforwards believes in working closely with Universities and Colleges to drive forward continual improvement within courses.

No.9 – Inspire 1000 young people and cause significant social change in our local areas. Both primary and secondary school age young people need to be inspired into wanting to learn computing skills so that they may be able to move into great careers whilst staying in Cornwall

No.10 – To have fun, supporting team members’ professions and lifestyles.