Founded in 2001, Fluent Technology has become a market leader in grant management software.
In our early days, we specialised in case management and local information systems (LIS) building many successful systems. Then a request from our local tourist organisation to build them an online system to manage grant applications started us on the road to developing our grant management product. By now a new Director had come on board and, with his background working for a grant-giving organisation, we were perfectly poised to head down this new path (we just hadn’t quite realised it yet!).
It took the global recession to really focus our minds on the direction to take. With local government budget cuts we saw sales drop and a need for change. We took the bold and somewhat risky decision to secure bank funding, seek no new business and pour all our creative energies into designing and building a brand new grant management system from the ground up. Our goal was to come out the other end with a product people needed and wanted. The bank account got lower, staff got nervous and the Directors suffered many a sleepless night but everyone stuck with it and pulled together as all good teams do.
And so, in 2013 after a long gestation, Flexi-Grant® was born! Or at least the first version. Crucially we know we cannot take for granted that Flexi-Grant® will always remain the most modern GMS on offer. So we constantly improve, modify and add new features. Our reward for our hard work and perseverance is an expanding Flexi-Grant® customer base and a growing Fluent team (we’re running out of room in the office but that’s a good thing!). We still have many of the same valued case management and LIS clients we had in the beginning (and we are even adding new ones) but now we are getting to work with an even more diverse range of people, dedicated to helping others and (dare we use this cliché?) making the world a better place. We love being part of this and adding to our Flexi-Grant® family.
In some ways our story is just beginning…