The Future Processing Top 5

date: 31 December 2012
reading time: 3 min

Well it is pretty much the end of the year and, predictably, I have been thinking about what I wanted to achieve with the business and what I have achieved this year.

Well it is pretty much the end of the year and, predictably, I have been thinking about what I wanted to achieve with the business and what I have achieved this year. Once again it has been a year of very strong growth for Future Processing, but as importantly, it has also been a year where we have consolidated our business and invested resource into further developing what we had previously created. My top five achievements for this year are partly about this and may seem rather introverted to some but I believe that somehow the future will show them to be watershed achievements for the company.

  1. We won our first clients in Scandinavia. Not only is this an expansion into a new market for us, it has also given us the opportunity to learn about a different business culture and new approaches.
  2. For the second year in a row we were highly ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast Fifty for Central Europe. We rank 19th among the 50 fastest growing Central European technology companies, with a revenue growth rate of 729%. Our 19th place ranking is a rise of 3 places on last year. I feel that this award not only recognises the hard work of every employee at Future Processing but should also open some new doors for us.
  3. In 2012 the Future Processing team grew to over 500 people. For me this is significant on many levels. It doesn’t seem like over ten years ago that I hired my first employee, and in fact it was just a few years ago that I was ‘the boss’ for less than 100 employees. Retaining the unique Future Processing culture as we grow is no mean feat and I am very proud of the fact that we have been able achieve that, and also that most of our earliest employees are still with the company. Also, moving to over 500 employees now takes us out of the SME category – in many people’s eyes – and into the realms of a smaller large enterprise. These are certainly new waters for us.
  4. Of course we have to accommodate all our employees. We have been planning our growth for several years. Two and a half years ago construction began on the new technology campus Future Processing is creating on the site of a former mine. Future Two, the second building on the campus, was opened in the middle of June this year. It accommodates more than 100 employees. It also houses nursery facilities for employees’ children  – a benefit I have long wanted to offer. The completion of the second building means that we are two thirds of the way through the FPark campus project.
  5. This year in response to a larger number of more complicated, bigger and longer development projects, we created a dedicated project management office. This team is responsible for supervising all projects undertaken by Future Processing. Valuable lessons and experiences are shared between all project teams and made available to them via our project management library. The team tries to ensure consistency across projects by documenting and implementing reliable procedures. It also regularly checks the status of each project and takes corrective action as appropriate. The creation of the project management office is an example of the consolidation we have achieved this year, that I hope will support and enable continued growth in the future.

So there you have it – my top five business achievements for this year. I hope that this time next year my top five will be as fulfilling as this year’s are. Happy 2013.

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