Tom Pickersgill's Broadstone Engage, located in Manchest City Center, has launched a new recruitment platform and mobile app.
Broadstone Engage has created an online platform to help job seekers and employers find each other and communicate about opportunities in the sector more easily. This begins a fully-compliant vetting procedure that is easier and quicker for everyone involved.
Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, or NPIF, invested Broadstone last year, giving the company £200,000 after Pickersgill sought advice with his investor pitch and other strategic matters from Business Growth Hub, which is part of The Growth Company.
“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,” said Pickersgill.
The fund received from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund pays for extending the team of software developers and build both community and commercial teams before the launch of the new platform.
He also used the funds to hire local talent, saying 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.”