Pool-based software outsourcing specialist, Headforwards, has revealed details of an ambitious five-year growth plan.

The company outlined its plans during its fifth birthday celebrations.

It aims to grow its current team from 60 to 100 employees by next year, and then to 250 by 2021.

Directors Craig Girvan and Toby Parkins intend to launch an e-Health division, which will support the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEPs’ Smart Specialisation strategy of growing a strong e-health industry in the area.

In addition, a Special Projects division will focus on individual and separate projects including a new app technology.

Key to Headforwards’ plans for the future will be the creation of the previously-announced Fibre Park Digital Academy, which would be the “largest employment space project in Cornwall for many decades”.

It also wants to see the numbers of students on computing degrees in Cornwall grow ten-fold by 2020, to meet the demands of a growing industry, and encourage more primary and secondary school age children to take an interest in computing skills.

“We need to help grow the whole sector by 300%,” said Parkins. “It’s essential to Headforwards that the whole software industry continues to grow. By presenting a greater cluster in Cornwall, we will attract more people to return to Cornwall or to relocate here.

“Headforwards believes in working closely with universities and colleges to drive forward continual improvement within courses.”