Headforwards hits 50

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Cornwall’s fastest-growing tech startup has become a medium sized enterprise by taking on its 50th employee, just three and a half years after starting the business.

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Chris Browne is the latest person to join the software development company, bringing his skills as a specialist user interface programmer.

Recruitment has been a challenge for the company; while over half of these new jobs have been taken up by people already based in Cornwall, others have relocated from varied parts of the UK, Europe, and further afield.

Headforwards now boasts a workforce with a broad multicultural mix of 16 nationalities, now employed and working together out of Pool Innovation Centre, near Redruth.

In addition, the company has a higher than average female to male ratio, which the company says is encouraging in a traditionally male-dominated occupation.

Commenting on the recruitment strategy, director Toby Parkins said: “It’s great to have such diversity and also to be able to provide so many jobs to local people at the same time.

“There are not quite enough highly-skilled people in Cornwall to fully satisfy recruitment demand but it is encouraging that we’ve managed to find so many.

“Being able to also attract people from across Europe, easily and quickly, is a very important complementary part of our growth and recruitment strategy which has to occur extremely quickly to meet demand.”