Outsourced on-shore software development copy

Headforwards are an Agile outsource software development company based in Cornwall where quality of life means we can recruit and retain staff. Clients get dedicated teams with the right skills and people. This means higher quality teams, better knowledge retention, longer term focus and lower risk for the client.


  • Agile software development
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • All software stacks including .net, React, Angular, Open Source
  • Cloud architecture, micro services, containerisation
  • DevOps approaches, including continuous delivery and automation
  • Minimum Viable Product prototyping development
  • API development and SOA
  • Data Analytics systems development
  • Agile and Digital Transformation
  • Technical Consultancy


  • UK based on-shore development teams
  • Continuity through dedicated teams of developers for each client
  • Agile mindsets helping cultivate internal agile culture change
  • Long term approach reduces overheads and costs
  • Low staff attrition, better knowledge retention, higher quality outcomes
  • Staff training programme and knowledge sharing activities
  • Lower risk through collaborative working relationships
  • Continuous Delivery creating more frequent software releases
  • Transparency around contract and delivery approaches
  • Improved productivity through Agile development processes


£30000 to £200000 per person per year

  • Education pricing available
  • Free trial available

Service documents


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Service ID

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Terry Corby

07446 173137


Service scope

Software add-on or extension
What software services is the service an extension to
Our software development teams can work with any other existing software systems.
Cloud deployment model
  • Public cloud
  • Private cloud
  • Community cloud
  • Hybrid cloud
Service constraints
We develop long term project teams to enable a more cost effective service.
System requirements

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Yes, at extra cost
Support response times
1 hour is standard. At weekends we can arrange on call support.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Phone support
Phone support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
Clients have their own dedicated teams of developers who continually work with clients providing whatever services they need. We create a bespoke SLA around client needs.
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
We work together with the client to design the most appropriate team to meet the client's objectives. We then recruit specific people into the roles allowing the client to approve each appointment. We help advise on the best product ownership approaches. Team members spend time onsite with the client to build relationships and understanding of requirements.
Service documentation
End-of-contract data extraction
All data is kept by the client on their infrastructure.
End-of-contract process
The team works collaboratively with the client's in-house team or new supplier to share knowledge over all areas of the software systems.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Application to install
Designed for use on mobile devices
Service interface
Customisation available
Description of customisation
Our software development teams are customised by co-creation with the client.


Independence of resources
We provide dedicated software development teams that are not shared with other clients.


Service usage metrics


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Security Clearance (SC)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Managed by a third party
Penetration testing frequency
At least once a year
Penetration testing approach
Protecting data at rest
Encryption of all physical media
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach
In-house destruction process

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
Data export formats
  • CSV
  • ODF
Data import formats
  • CSV
  • ODF

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
We design a bespoke process for each client based on their need.
Approach to resilience
We work with clients to design resilience into their solutions as they are developed.
Outage reporting
We design a bespoke process for each client based on their need.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users receive audit information on a regular basis
How long user audit data is stored for
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users receive audit information on a regular basis
How long supplier audit data is stored for
How long system logs are stored for

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Other security certifications

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance approach
We have an ISMS compliance roadmap that is built around other FCA regulated client requirements.
Information security policies and processes
We have internal policies governing all aspects of security. These are reviewed continually to ensure staff are adopting the policies. Compliance is assured through an inspection programme.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
We design a bespoke process for each client based on their need.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
We design a bespoke process for each client based on their need.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
We design a bespoke process for each client based on their need.
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
We design a bespoke process for each client based on their need.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Supplier-defined process

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks


£30000 to £200000 per person per year
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available
Description of free trial
Free workshop to identify client solution

Service documents

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