Factory Media is Europe's leading lifestyle sports media owner, focused on producing and distributing the best digital and broadcast content; and experiential activations across its markets of outdoor adventure, bike and board sports. Based on authenticity and insight, Factory provides access and inspiration to its 300m global reach every month. The Company also conceives, creates and delivers outstanding campaigns for brands wishing to engage with its audiences; distributed through its owned websites, broadcasters, and vast social footprint. Brands include MPORA, Sidewalk skateboarding, Road Cycling UK, WhiteLines snowboarding, Dirt mountain bike, Surfers, and Ride BMX. Clients include HTC, Nintendo, Jeep, PepsiCo, O2, Nike, Northface and Vans. Factory has offices in both London and Munich to service its pan-European operations.
www.forward3d.com is a leading independent digital marketing agency, with offices in London, New York, Seoul and Shanghai. Forward 3D designs and runs global direct response strategies for multinational brands across search, display, social and mobile channels, using sophisticated technology and big data to deliver market-leading ROI. Clients include British Airways, Hilton, Asos, Net A Porter and Gucci. Forward 3D runs multilingual campaigns across more than 40 territories globally.
Founded in 2010, Gigaclear plc is a privately funded telecommunications operator dedicated to building and operating ultrafast fibre optic networks directly to customer premises in rural communities, where there are a significant number of homes and businesses that are effectively cut off from the broadband revolution. With pure fibre connectivity to every property in a community delivering ultrafast broadband, all of Gigaclear's customers have the opportunity to fully participate in the increasingly wide array of digital internet services available to them, both now and in the foreseeable future.
Founded in October 2007 by Ivan Retzignac and Andrew Bucher, MedicAnimal.com offers a comprehensive catalogue of pet products that range from prescription medicines to premium quality pet foods and accessories. Over the last few years, MedicAnimal has been listed 11th in the Top 100 Tech Track of the Sunday Times, ranking 15th in the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50, and featuring in the Red Herring Top 100 Companies, among other accolades.
www.raretvgroup.com is a consolidation vehicle for the UK independent TV production sector. It made its first acquisition of 360 Production in June 2014. 360 Production makes long and short form factual content with offices in London and Northern Ireland. The business already produces content for the world’s leading online and broadcast networks including Yahoo, YouTube, Discovery, National Geographic BBC and Channel 5. In 2014, RareTV also signed a co-venturing agreement with Babygrand Productions which focuses on talent-driven format TV production. In January 2015 RareTV acquired Screenchannel Television which specialises in factual, formatted and factual entertainment programming, with successful programmes including Oxford Street: Revealed, Fake Britain and The Sheriffs are Coming.
Adtrackmedia is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada and has an experienced senior management team with backgrounds in both the media and finance industries. The company is an end‐to‐end operator in that it owns the underlying IP, manufactures its own LED screens, installs them in tunnels and also sells the advertising space to leading global brands. The key points of differentiation are that these LED displays are located in metro tunnels in between stations and play display a high quality video image which appears in the window of a train as it passes by. It currently sells advertising on its systems in Brazil, and is installing further systems in Spain. We believe Adtrackmedia has a very exciting future as this high quality outdoor media platform is significantly differentiated from its competition.
Forward Internet Group acquired uSwitch in 2009 from the US media company E W Scripps. uSwitch.com is a free, online and telephone-based price comparison and switching service, helping consumers compare prices on energy, finance, insurance and other services. Forward invested significantly in uSwitch’s technical platform as well as acquiring Top10 in 2011, which added capabilities in broadband and mobile. In 2013 a controlling equity interest was sold to LDC, the private equity business of Lloyds Bank, and the remaining minority interest was transferred into what is now FDC. The whole of uSwitch was then sold to Zoopla plc in June 2015.
uSwitch was a highly successful investment for Forward and the business continues to offer great services for its customers.