Foresight invests £4 million into Glasgow based Firefish Software Limited

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FORESIGHT Group, a leading listed regional private equity and infrastructure investment manager, has announced a £4 million investment into Firefish Software Limited 

Founded in 2010 by Wendy McDougall and Andrew Mackay, Firefish is a CRM and marketing software platform focused in the recruitment sector. The Company’s software helps to significantly improve volumes of active data for customers, streamlining growth and delivering improved candidate conversion, engagement and placement. 

Firefish has experienced strong growth in recent years, expanding its customer base and launching new products for the enterprise market. The Company’s success has been founded on providingexcellent service levels it provides to customers, with continual investment in its platform to deliver new functionality for customers. 

Foresight’s investment will support the Company’s management team with its growth ambitions –providing the capital to invest in product development, create high-quality, sustainable jobs and to expand its commercial capabilities and reach.  

Commenting on the investment, Wendy McDougall, CEO and Founder of Firefish, said: “Firefish has seen significant growth since Andrew and I founded the business and we are proud to support a growing number of recruitment firms. We are excited to partner with an experienced growth investor in Foresight to help us realise our full ambitions for business.” 

Graeme Mckinstry, Investment Director at Foresight, added: “Wendy and Andrew have built an impressive product and customer base. We are delighted to be partnering with a growing software business which we expect will deliver significant job creation in Scotland.” 

Foresight continues to be one of the most active investors in smaller companies, having completed more than 90 investments into SMEs in 2022, alongside a number of strong exits. In the same year,Foresight’s Private Equity team announced three new funds, a ventures fund acquisition and expanded its regional office network, opening offices in Dublin and Leeds. So far in 2023, Foresight has invested into nearly 40 SMEs and announced four successful exits and has announced a number of successful exits, including Datapath (11.7x money), Mowgli (3.5x money) and GovGrant (4.5x money). 


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