A recruitment platform and mobile application offering a new way of working for the private security industry has launched this week.
Manchester City Centre-based Broadstone Engage, which was set up last year by Tom Pickersgill, has launched the new recruitment platform and mobile app this week.
Tom worked in the private security industry for three years prior to launching his business, making him well-placed to see a gap in the market for a new recruitment platform.
The security sector has over 400,000 people working in it, making it a £5bn marketplace. However, there is a high turnover rate, and this makes recruitment costly, particularly as anyone new to the sector needs to go through a thorough vetting process before they can start working.
Broadstone has created an online platform to enable jobseekers and employers in the sector to find each other and communicate about opportunities more easily, beginning a fully-compliant vetting procedure that is quicker and easier for both parties.
The launch follows Broadstone receiving investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) last year. Broadstone received £200,000 from NPIF after Tom sought advice with his investor pitch and other strategic matters from Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company.
Tom said: “Business Growth Hub has been fantastic in providing me with support and advice, but mostly, providing me somebody I could chat over my current thinking and pull all my thoughts together.
“Being a founder, it can be very isolating. This meant having somebody there to talk through the progress I had made, plans that I needed to execute and the challenges I experienced was very valuable.”
The business used the funds received from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund to extend its team of software developers, and build both commercial and community teams ahead of the launch of the new and improved platform in next month.
Tom has also used the funds to hire local talent, remarking that: “It’s very competitive when trying to attract talent in Manchester, but the tech community is rapidly growing and we have very good universities here that we intend to build strong relationships with, alongside the wider community.”