Michael Grainger left his job as an engineer for BT and took the leap to set up his own business, Ely Telecom.
Ely Telecom secures Ely Cathedral as a client for a major project.
Son of Michael, Stuart, joins the business as an apprentice engineer
Ely Telecom outgrow the family home's garage and expand into two further outbuildings in the garden.
As business booms, Ely Telecom secure repeat business with Ely Cathedral to install a new fibre and copper infrastructure across the Ely Cathedral Estate
Ely Telecom win a 1500 cat5e network cabling project at Cambridge Science Park.
Ely Telecom secure their first IP CCTV installation project for Cambridge University with 25 Axis IP CCTV Cameras.
Ely Telecom expand into the audio visual market and secure their first project installing 30 smart interactive boards and 30 projectors for Witchford Village College.
Ely Telecom has outgrown the family home, and moves into a professional business unit just outside of Ely.
After an increase in demand for security systems, FWD IP branch out to offer a range of security installs for businesses across East Anglia.
After 18 years building the business up, Michael retires from full time duties and hands over to his son Stuart who takes on the role of Managing Director.
After two decades as Ely Telecom, MD Stuart decides to re-brand the business to FWD-IP to reflect the new services the business offers.
FWD-IP are the first business to install Nokia's Passive Optical Lan (POL) system across Europe.
FWD-IP win a major project to install 240 cat6a network and wireless access points across the student accommodation for St.John's College, Cambridge.
FWD-IP win a pilot project rolling out fibre to home connectivity for a leading fibre provider.
FWD-IP works with PLT to install screens in their new London offices.