Private security sector recruitment platform, Broadstone Engage, launches

11 Jan 11:00 by Rebecca Wilson

Broadstone Engage, a recruitment platform and mobile application for the private security industry, has launched this week.

Manchester City Centre-based Broadstone Engage was set up last year by Tom Pickersgill, who launched the recruitment platform and mobile app on Monday 8th January.

Pickersgill (pictured) had worked in the private security industry for three years prior to launching his business. He says this has given him a unique insight into how the sector could improve, making him well-placed to see a gap in the market for a new recruitment platform. In particular, it was clear to Pickersgill that the private security sector needed to embrace technology. The 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 seamlessly about opportunities, 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 – Maven Equity Finance, a product fund managed by Maven Capital Partners, after Pickersgill sought advice with his investor pitch and other strategic matters from Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company.

Pickersgill was directed to the Hub by the Start Up Loan Company, who had initially given him enough funding to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), for further support, where he was introduced to Shiraz Anwar, a specialist creative, digital and tech start-up advisor.

Following news of the investment, Pickersgill commented, “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.

Pickersgill 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.”