January 18, 2023

FFG Chairman, Dean Forbes interview with Danielle Newnham

Danielle Newnham host of the Danielle Newnham Podcast that interviews leading tech founders and innovators is joined by our Chairman, Dean Forbes.

Dean shares a detailed account of his back-story, what a billion euro exit feels like, critical lessons he has learned along the way, and much more...

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February 17, 2021

Dean Forbes is appointed as Chief Executive of Forterro

Austin, TX, February 16, 2021—Forterro, a group of companies that deliver enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to small- and medium-sized businesses, today announced the appointment of two new executives to lead the company into a new phase of growth in its core market, Europe.

Dean Forbes, a longtime, U.K.-based software executive who was most recently the president of The Access Group, was named Forterro’s chief executive. Paul Smolinski, the former chief financial officer of HR and payroll software firm CoreHR, was named CFO.

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November 19, 2020

A Statement In Response To Negative Feedback On My Powerlist Nomination

I don’t believe in separation. Over the years I have been lucky enough to be considered for many race based accolades. ‘The First Black xxx’ or the ‘top black xxxx’ have all come across my desk at some point and I have always politely declined; for two reasons. Firstly I don’t believe in recognition in this way and secondly because I don’t compete in my profession on irrational criteria like race. I don’t want to be the best black anything. I want to be the best, full stop. However when I was nominated to the Powerlist, I felt quite different and in the wake of some of the negative feedback I’d like to explain why.

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November 17, 2020

Forbes Family Group Chairman and Co-Founder, Dean Forbes named one of the most Influential black people in the UK

Tuesday 17th November 2020. Dean Forbes has been named one of the 100 most influential people of African, African-Caribbean and African-American heritage in the United Kingdom. SEVEN-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton topped the list.

Dean’s drive and determination across a 20 year career in enterprise software and technology has led him to be recognised within the industry as one of Europe’s strongest turn around CEO’s, delivering over $1bn in exit transactions with an average of a 4 x return across three separate transactions.

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October 23, 2020

Forbes Family Group are delighted to appoint Davina Forbes-Williamson as Co-CEO

Davina has been part of FFG from the beginning and will now step up to take ownership of the groups activities alongside existing CEO Danielle Forbes.

‘Davina is literally part of the FFG family and has been pivotal in our early journey so far. We have been inundated with requests, proposals and opportunities so it became necessary to bring on an additional leader so that we can capitalise on the opportunities in front of us’ said Danielle Forbes, CEO.

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September 15, 2020

Lloyds Bank National Business Awards have nominated Dean for ‘The Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year Award’

I am both honoured and humbled at being considered for this prestigious award and would like to express my thanks to Lloyds Bank and Inflexion . I was devastated when my football career didn’t go as planned and had to draw upon determination and resilience to redirect my life and career. Thankfully, I was given an opportunity in the Telco and IT industry by Dean Dennis and I took it with both hands.

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August 11, 2020

Forbes Family Group Acquire significant stake in Foxberry, one of the UK’s up and coming fashion houses

Forbes Family Group today successfully closed an investment into ‘Foxberry Boys’, contemporary ready-to-wear brand

Established in 2008 Foxberry Boys has gained a solid following and significant attention for their stand out, edgy designs that often lean on political moments and movements. Notoriety and momentum were gained when a number of celebrities and well known influencers began adopted some of the brands iconic designs such as the limited edition Barack Obama t-shirts and contemporary headwear.

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June 25, 2020

Forbes Family Group Acquire Minority Stake In ‘OurGame’

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June 2, 2020

Forbes Family Group ‘Help 4 1000’ Program

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