Posted 3 December, 2018 OBI BLOG
How did the idea for Broadstone Engage come around and can you tell us more on the problem you are trying to solve?
In previous roles, my co-founders (Nick & James) and I were implementing employment tax solutions into companies that have large transient workforces and recognised that the current method of labour provision is inefficient and not befitting the current working landscape. In an age where people want speed and transparency at the click of a button on their mobile phone, recruitment and staffing is still a cumbersome process which is getting worse as labour markets tighten; slow for employers and painful for the job seeker.
Broadstone’s “Labour-as-a-Service” staffing platform allows job seekers to find fair and flexible temporary work opportunities with large corporates working in traditional, regulated industries such as security, cleaning and logistics. Many of which have been left behind in the wake of tech giants such as Uber, Deliveroo and JustEat. They have been hugely successful demonstrating that people find a more flexible, tech-driven approach to work very appealing.
How do you feel the traditional working landscape will change over the next 5 years?
We believe there will be a fundamental shift in how people approach their work life, in fact, this has already begun with flexible/ gig style work increasing dramatically in the past few years. But I will go even further and say that there will be more people finding work through a variety of platforms like Broadstone, creating a flexible career path that suit their lifestyles. And more companies utilising a contingent workforce to support their needs.
What’s next for Broadstone Engage?
We’re continuing to build our user base, both employers and job seekers; understanding what drives them and getting them to participate in helping us to create a high-end scalable product. After that, we will begin to step into new sectors and start to rapidly scale our teams which will be supported by a series A fundraise.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Hopefully, still helping Broadstone to build out a great team and amazing product experience for our users. If we focus on doing that, then I think everything else will fall into place. To make a startup a success you and your team must be fully invested and enjoy what you’re doing; if I’m still doing what I’m doing now, then I will be very happy.