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November 2, 2021

Forbes Family Group are delighted to welcome Dave McQueen to the team as an Advisor

David McQueen is passionate about developing leaders. A family man first, he is the husband of one, father of two and friend of many. He has founded and cofounded successful businesses including Q Squared Ltd, Black Founders Hub Ltd and Evermoor Ltd and sits as a non-exec Director on the advisory board of several companies offering support on leadership and financial competence.

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October 15, 2021

For the 2nd consecutive year, our Chairman, Dean Forbes is named on JP Morgan and Powerful Media’s #powerlist2022 as one of Britain’s 100 most influential Black people

As CEO of Forbes Family Group, it is my immense honour to share the news that our founder and chairman, Dean Forbes, has been named on The Powerlist 2021, as one the most influential Black people in the UK, for a second consecutive year.

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October 14, 2021

Transformational tech leader & Forbes Family Group Founder, Dean Forbes named as one of Britain’s most influential black people in the new Powerlist

CEO of Forterro named alongside Marcus Rashford, Sir Lenny Henry and Dame Sharon White in the list of the UK’s most powerful people of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage. Tech leader Dean Forbes has today been named as one of the UK’s most influential black people in The Powerlist 2022.

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July 28, 2021

Forbes Family Group Acquire Minority Stake In ‘Our Game’

Forbes Family Group (FFG) today secured a sizeable minority position in "Our Game" the UKs leading provider of products and support services for the thriving semi professional and recreational athlete community. The investment will be made from FFG’s new ‘Ace Fund’ and is against an Our Game pre money valuation of £1,000,000. Dean Forbes, FFG Chairman will take up a formal seat on the board of directors having previously served as an ‘Advisor’ to the company.

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July 28, 2021

How it all started: Our Game

Today, we know Francis Duku as the owner and CEO of Our Game, an organisation that is dedicated to providing effective support to, and addressing the gaps in the semi-professional and amateur game. What a lot of people don't know is that the concept of Our Game goes all the way back to Francis Duku's years as a football player for Gravesend. 

In a pre-season fixture for Gravesend, Francis Duku broke his ankle attempting an overhead kick. This misfortune put an end to his childhood dream of playing professional football, but proved to be the inspiration behind his plans to revolutionise the game for many others.

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June 4, 2021

Forbes Family Group & Ten Em Bee Sponsorship Announcement

Forbes Family Group are delighted to announce that they have entered into a two-year partnership agreement making them Ten Em Bee’s main sponsor and social responsibility partner.

Ten Em Bee, a long-standing community centre and football club based in the London Borough of Lewisham has long provided a place for young boys and girls from the surrounding areas a safe and progressive place to come and play football, alongside other activities. The club has lifted and elevated over 10,000 young people since being established in 1975.

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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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