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10 Year Anniversary for The Virtual Forge

Studio members The Virtual Forge celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2020, and we invited them to share their story with us. Huge congratulations to The Virtual Forge on a brilliant first decade!

Ten years ago Matt Wicks and Garrett Doyle formed The Virtual Forge with the goal of creating a company where people wanted to work, respected each other and created great and beautiful software. They wanted to bridge the gap between design and development and come to a common understanding, creating more cohesively designed and developed products.

The objective was to form a team of bright, creative and inspiring professionals who were keen, able to challenge and were sufficiently enthused by the love of their daily creations, whichever part of the business they joined.

We’re now a global team, spanning 3 continents, with a client base we’re immensely proud of.

The early days …

The Virtual Forge was founded in Bath in October 2010 by Garrett and Matt, but our story begins before then, in a small town in America in 1987 where The XL Group was founded. We acquired The XL Group in 2017 and this is now our Data Centre of Excellence in Philadelphia.

Initially, Virtual Forge was a very small team based in the UK, including our current Head of DevOps, Christian Backlund. This team quickly grew and in subsequent years we opened offices in various locations including India (2013), Portugal (2014) and the USA in 2017 with the acquisition of The XL Group.

The home of our UK operation is Glove Factory Studios, a rural workspace near Bath, alongside offices in London and Warwick.

The bit between the beginning and now is a long story, full of lessons learned, successes and failures. We’re delighted to say there are many more successes than failures, and we’d like to thank everyone who has played an important role in getting us to where we are now.

And now?

We’re a global software company that is immensely proud of the development, UX, data and cloud services we provide our clients. With over 100 people working from the UK to Dubai, to Bratislava, Portugal and the US, Virtual Forge is truly virtual by name and virtual by nature.

In 2020, we’ve proved that the team really can pull together in the midst of huge disruption. So, here’s to the next decades of The Virtual Forge.

We’ll just leave this here with a simple sign-off: whatever comes next, we’re certain it’ll be big.




Words courtesy of Gemma Christie at The Virtual Forge.


Design Group International is a design and marketing agency with over 35 years experience.

Developing brilliant brands is what makes us tick. Whether launching new brands or transforming existing, we love nothing better than delivering creative, strategically smart solutions that add value to our clients’ businesses.

We believe good design can ’talk’, engaging people and communicating a brand’s unique and appealing story. This is the key to differentiating a product and getting it noticed and purchased. We also help brands communicate effectively via digital media, point of sale, literature, advertising and sales support material.

We have a broad and brilliant range of clients from global giants to entrepreneurial start-ups. From paint to pet food, our experience across a diverse range of categories brings a broad perspective to any brief.

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SystemPAK specialises in providing food containers throughout the world.

Our containers are European manufactured high-quality tamper-evident containers.

One of the leading suppliers of Tamper proof containers in the UK since 2016, we guarantee quality and are committed to providing high standards of customer service.

Our highly knowledgable dedicated UK team are on hand to assist you with your every need.

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Quick Crepes

Quick Crêpes has been an innovator in the crêpes industry, creating healthy and convenient solutions for over 25 years.

Our instant crêpe mix uses both buckwheat and wheat flours to achieve the traditional flavour and texture of French crêpes but with the ease of an instant dry mix. As well as our catering sizes we are now also offering our award-winning crêpe mix that has been sold in Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason in a handy 1kg size.

We are Europe’s market leader representing excellent value and quality for the customer, as well as high gross profit margins for restaurant owner users.

We also offer our exclusive waffle mix, maple syrup and other related products.


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Soul Charts

Sound of Superbad Goes Global

The latest track from Sound of Superbad, a musical passion project from Whitespace Agency‘s Sarah Perrett, has topped the UK Soul Charts.

Released on 29th April, ‘I Want Cha’ has proved unhindered by lockdown and taken on a potent viral life of its own. Soul stations worldwide have been pumping out the new groove from Sound of Superbad.

To date, it has entered the Top 10 in soul charts in four countries, including reaching No 1 in the UK Soul Charts!

Barry White, Soul Unlimited and seventies soul groove fans this is definitely one for you! Get your ears on it below and head over to Bandcamp to support the project by downloading the tune.

Congratulations to Sarah and all the gang at Sound of Superbad –  what a phenomenal achievement!

See you soon getting your groove on at Glove Factory …