Marketing, digital and IT recruiter Forward Role has announced record growth in 2017.

The Manchester-based business saw turnover rise by 56 per cent in the last 12 months.

The firm employs 32 members of staff and boasts an industry leading staff retention rate of 97 per cent, which it says makes it the largest marketing and digital recruiter in the North of England.

Forward Role was launched in 2008 by founder and managing director Steve Thompson, who set up the business in his bedroom in Bolton ten years ago.

 “By focusing on things I felt were missing from my own experiences with the established players in the market from my days as a marketer, we quickly built a strong brand and reputation,” said Thompson.

“We’ve developed our proposition and brand over the years but those values that served me well at the start have remained.”

 “Most satisfying is the fact that out of the more than 200 businesses we placed candidates with last year, 12 were with the original dozen who bought into our brand in our first 12 months.

“Clients like AO.com have been with us from the beginning and we’d like to think we’ve played a small part in their monumental success due to the great talent we’ve placed with them.”