2014
2014

The Dad Network was Born

The Dad Network was Born

The Dad Network was founded in 2014 by Al Ferguson. Al and his wife, Jen, experienced their first of seven miscarriages on their wedding day. Al turned to the world wide web for advice, guidance and support and found nothing. So, he started The Dad Network; an online platform aiming to connect dads to parenting resources, entertainment and other dads.

2014

Going Viral

Going Viral

In September 2014, The Dad Network had its first viral image reaching millions of people worldwide. This iconic image was found in hundreds of media outlets including Buzzfeed, Today, The Huffington Post and just about every national newspaper in the UK. Ashton Kutcher even used it as his profile picture on Facebook!

2015
2015

1st Annual DadCon Convention

1st Annual DadCon Convention

The Dad Network needed a way of bringing what occurred online, offline. It was decided that we should start an annual convention bringing together father’s from all across the UK. In 2014, branded ‘The Dad Network Live’ we held our very first convention with 35 dads. Now returning for its 4th time, DadCon sees over 120 dads gather in central London to hone their fatherly skills and connect with like-minded dads. Find out more here: www.dadcon.co.uk

2016
2016

Dads Don’t Babysit

Dads Don’t Babysit

This image was the start of a worldwide campaign to raise the profile of father’s. It gained over 12,000,000 hits within 48 hours and has gone on to appear on talk shows and media outlets around the globe.

2016

Becoming a Limited Company

Becoming a Limited Company

In 2016, The Dad Network moved from a personal blog to a Limited Company. With an increasing following on social media and growing readership, founders Al & Jen gave up their careers as primary school teachers to take this new project on full time. It was no longer a 1-man-band, but instead a husband and wife start-up.

2016

Insanity Management / Sony Music UK

Insanity Management / Sony Music UK

Shortly after leaving work, Al, Jen and The Dad Network were scouted by talent agency and management company, Insanity Group; a company in partnership with Sony Music UK. This was the start of a hugely exciting and long-term partnership that is still in full-swing today.  

2016

First TV Appearance

First TV Appearance

Over the years, founder, Al, has had many TV appearances on shows such as Good Morning Britain, Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, This Morning and Sky News. Al is well known as an ‘expert’ in the field of fatherhood and is often called upon for TV and radio comment.

2016

Rebrand

Rebrand

In 2015, The Dad Network had a full rebrand. In today’s technological age, standing out is crucial for any business.

2017
2017

Our Communities Reached 120,000 Followers

Our Communities Reached 120,000 Followers

At the heart of The Dad Network is a community of dads from around the world. This closed network is private and just for dads and in 2017, we reached 20,000 members. On top of this inner core of dads, our public facing social platforms reached a combined total of 100,000.

2018
2018

Investment Opportunity

Investment Opportunity

After nearly 2 years of growing The Dad Network, we realised that in order for it to reach its full potential, we needed some external support from people with not just financial backing, but more importantly the expertise in growing and scaling a business. After reaching out to Clever Digit Media, The Dad Network secured investment and business mentoring from experts who could take the business to the next level. The Dad Network now has a board of directors and is partially owned by Clever Digit Media.

2018

Brand New Website

Brand New Website

In June 2018, The Dad Network will be re-launching their website equipped with all the tools to expand. With SEO built into the core, a team of over 100 writers and thousands of loyal members, The Dad Network will be poised to make a significant difference in the parenting world.