Meet Andy Forkgen: Founder of GlobalizeMe Digital

Welcome to the world of GlobalizeMe Digital, where innovation meets expertise, and technical solutions come to life. At the core of our company is Andy Forkgen, an expert in his field with a true passion for technology, who’s driven by a vision to bridge the gap between digital agencies and tech companies. In this interview style article, we invite you to meet Andy, the person behind the scenes, to offer you a clearer understanding of who we are, what we do, and the exciting path we're charting ahead. 

So, who is Andy Forkgen? 

At the youthful age of 50 (because, as he puts it, 50 is the new 40!), Andy is a family man who lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and three teenage children. A Londoner by birth, he spent the first 35 years of his life in the capital, where his career path included a stint of 5 years in the Metropolitan Police tech section, followed by 6 years at the Telegraph Newspaper, with intermittent roles at various tech and consultancy companies. 

Beyond GlobalizeMe, Andy wears many hats – a founder and manager of football teams, a 2017 London Marathon runner (with plans for a rerun at some point), a board member of a non-profit community radio station and a dedicated host of two breakfast shows a week. 

What inspired the birth of GlobalizeMe Digital? 

The spark for GlobalizeMe Digital ignited from Andy's collaboration with Marc Janssen, the brain behind GlobalizeMe (our sister company). Recognising a niche for a wholly-technical set of digital, cloud, QA and project management teams managed entirely from Europe, they set out to bridge the gap between traditional tech companies and digital agencies. So, in 2008, the company was born, aiming to offer a unique blend of skills and approaches tailored for digital projects. 

How would you describe the company? 

In a nutshell, we are more than just a tech company, we are a powerhouse of innovation and reliability. With teams across the UK, Europe and India, we craft secure and scalable digital solutions for businesses worldwide. From secure app development to web app and cloud solutions, we offer versatile services on both “build and transfer” or “build and maintain” models. Whether it’s architecting, building, managing, or maintaining digital ecosystems, we excel in delivering excellence with a touch of tough love. 

What’s your role? 

A techie at heart, Andy finds it challenging to resist diving into the technical intricacies of the projects. However, with over 15 years of leadership behind him, he has learned to trust his talented colleagues and the invaluable skills they contribute. Today, his responsibilities encompass client onboarding, ensuring technical and service excellence, and nurturing a healthy work environment which encourages success and growth. 

What are your Aspirations in 2024? 

The year 2024 holds exciting prospects for the company. With ongoing projects nearing completion and new ventures on the horizon, Andy anticipates a year filled with growth and innovation. The aim, to maintain our personalised approach while scaling operations, ensuring that clients continue to receive a quality service and dedication. Furthermore, we remain committed to innovation, upgrades, accreditations (such as the recent ISO27001 re-certification), and staff training stays a priority. 

What’s your Long-Term Vision? 

Looking ahead, we envision scaling upwards while retaining the essence of our close-knit team. Andy emphasises the importance of preserving the personal touch and competitive pricing that our clients love. As we tread the path of expansion, maintaining client satisfaction remains paramount. 

As you can see, Andy's journey embodies the spirit of innovation and adaptability. As the founder of GlobalizeMe Digital, his vision continues to drive the company towards new heights, shaping the future of digital solutions one project at a time.