Technology start-up Broadstone and the provider of cloud based security workforce management solution, TrackTik, have announced a partnership integration deal. The partnership will see the company integrate with Broadstone’s ‘Labour-as-a-Service’ technology as they go-to-market together to promote this exciting new relationship. Canadian-based TrackTik, helps organisations manage all aspects of their security personnel via a single software solution. Already an established player in North America and actively expanding in the UK, the partnership with Broadstone will accelerate TrackTik’s continued growth in the EMEA market. The Broadstone platform uses data and automation to solve complex tasks that traditional temporary staffing agencies would handle on a day-to-day basis. Complete visibility Key tasks such as payroll management, background checking and license checking, company-worker matching and performance management are automated for both the company and employees seeking permanent and temporary contracts. The new partnership will mean that TrackTik’s offering will allow customers to simply push shifts that cannot be filled by existing staff, through to the Broadstone community. A pool of screened workers will be matched, and then scheduled into the TrackTik solution. The integration will give TrackTik customers complete visibility of their current and contingent workforce, including the ability to see when temporary staff are clocking in and out for shifts, with a real time overview of the temporary staffing costs being incurred. Providing a frictionless experience The services we offer will be a perfect fit, and will further bolster TrackTik’s solution Co-founder & CEO Tom Pickersgill, said: “This latest partnership with TrackTik, sees us integrating with a well-established and trusted workforce management solution. We choose our partners very carefully and feel that this is a great strategic win for both companies – particularly given our aspirations to break into the US market by 2021.” “TrackTik has a great reputation in the region for providing a solution which offers organisations an easy way to optimise their security workforce’s operations. Given its focus on this regulated market segment, the services we offer will be a perfect fit, and will further bolster TrackTik’s solution when it comes to providing a frictionless experience.” Innovative technology companies Brian Strasser, TrackTik’s Senior Director of Partnerships, said: “The deal we’ve signed with Broadstone is a perfect example of how we provide additional value to our clients. Our strategy is to partner with leading and innovative technology companies in an effort to provide our customers with an even greater suite of capabilities.” Mark Folmer, CPP, FSyI, TrackTik’s Vice President, Industry, added: “Our focus, knowledge, and experience in the security sector, coupled with Broadstone’s unique capabilities, is a great combination that will help our mutual clients efficiently respond to the ever-changing resource allocation landscape.”
Manchester-based security tech scale-up, Broadstone, is celebrating unprecedented growth as it reports a 300% increase in revenue in the past five months and a 700% increase in its user community in the past six months (up from 2,500 users in October 2018 to 20,000 users this month). They predict that transactions via their platform (people looking for temporary work) will be in excess of £1m per month by 2020. As a result, the high growth firm is looking to expand its headcount by 50% over the next three months, as it enters a period of major fundraising and active investment. To support its rapid growth and enable further scalability, Broadstone is also moving to new, state-of-the-art premises at The Garages in Allied London’s XYZ building in Spinningfields, Manchester. Accelerate growth strategy Moving to The Garages in the XYZ building will ensure we are well positioned to continue to grow at pace" Tom Pickersgill, founder and CEO, said: “Since we launched just over 12 months ago, we’ve experienced incredible success, from securing contracts with some of the UK’s major corporations to growing month-on-month in every aspect of our business. And our future plans are even more ambitious, as we look to undertake a Series A fundraise later in the year to accelerate our growth strategy both here in the UK.” “Moving to The Garages in the XYZ building will ensure we are well positioned to continue to grow at pace, while providing a high spec environment for our valued team. Being part of the Allied London portfolio provides the flexibility we need as a high growth scale up, and means we are able to double or even triple headcount without any major disruption to our office space.” Highly streamlined process Launched in January 2018 by founders Tom Pickersgill, James Doyle and Nick Groves, Broadstone is successfully challenging the archaic temporary staffing market within the regulated services industry, currently focused on the security sector. Tom says “The worker landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade. More people are looking for work that fits around their life, yet traditional recruiters and bricks and mortar staffing agencies have not adapted to this and tech giants like Uber and Deliveroo are reaping the rewards of engaging with these labour pools as a result.” Our unique labour-as-a-service approach is democratising recruitment" “Our unique labour-as-a-service approach is democratising recruitment; providing companies with much needed instant access to a pool of verified and vetted workers, and providing candidates with access to fair and flexible temporary work, resulting in a fast and highly streamlined process.” Vast user community Broadstone launched their InstantPay feature late last year – which enables workers to instantly draw down on their pay. They have seen a 55% increase in uptake in the past three months, reinforcing the firm’s belief that handing increased control and flexibility to the employee is the future of the workforce. In the next 12 months, Broadstone predicts its transactions to be in excess of £1m per month with a vast user community of 40,000 people looking for temporary work via their platform.
Broadstone, a new recruitment marketplace for the private security sector has entered into a strategic partnership with one of the UK’s leading security services providers, Brooknight. Broadstone will support Brooknight to identify and secure high quality, vetted and background checked security personnel. The new app-based service manages the whole recruitment process from job posting, background vetting, and candidate selection via an algorithm, to invoice administration, scheduling and rostering of permanent and temporary roles. Following a six-week national trial, Brooknight has rolled out Broadstone’s new technology to bring benefits to end clients, assuring them that they are working with a trustworthy, credible, fully pre-vetted workforce. Security expertise During the trial there were some challenging roles to fill in regions that can often have a smaller talent pool" Chris Fieldhouse, managing director at Brooknight, says: “We had encouraging results following the trial and feedback internally, and from candidates, was that the process was much more efficient and reliable, and connected quality security professionals with security roles to suit their specific experience.” He further said, “During the trial there were some challenging roles to fill in regions that can often have a smaller talent pool, but Broadstone succeeded in securing high-quality candidates that really matched the job requirements, so we took the decision to roll out the system nationally.” Direct communication The UK private security sector has experienced a rapid increase in jobs as security requirements change in the modern world. Recruitment and vetting is traditionally a slow and lengthy process, but Broadstone’s new service makes it easier and more effective for employers to hire temporary and permanent employees, and for job-seekers to access and apply for roles quickly. The service provides background checks carried out to BS7858 standard. It captures accurate data upfront to verify details, reducing lead times from 12 weeks to just 15 days. Checks are consistent and refreshed on a regular basis so that there is a full understanding of a job seeker’s work history, effectively creating a ‘job passport’ for recruits. Chris continues: “The security industry has a decreasing pool of quality personnel so Broadstone’s service allows us to tap into a fully vetted, compliant workforce to fill our roles and support our customers in the retail and corporate sectors. The service provides a direct communication interface between us, and our applicants and employees. It speeds up the recruitment process, and our customers are assured of a high caliber of security personnel within their operation.” Broadstone is really leading the way in the security recruitment sector and bringing a more effective and efficient process" Intelligent software “We are constantly reviewing and investing in technology and innovations to drive our business forward. Our partnership with Broadstone is part of our wider growth strategy as we recognise the benefits of new technology and how that fits in to the changing recruitment landscape. Using this intelligent software, we are guaranteed a high quality of candidates, connecting the right people with the right roles and opportunities, and we’re looking forward to working with Tom and the team.” He infers, “Broadstone is really leading the way in the security recruitment sector and bringing a more effective and efficient process, giving peace of mind to businesses and making life easier for job-seekers and candidates. The team acts as an extension of our own HR department and understands our business, the industry, the challenges and the opportunities to maintain a competitive edge.” Technology innovations and digital trends Tom Pickersgill, founder and director of Broadstone, says “We are delighted to be working with such a forward-thinking company, embracing new technology to build their business and deliver great results for their clients. Lifestyles are changing rapidly, which includes how people look for work, apply for jobs and how companies can identify and manage them. With security in the spotlight more than ever, it’s important for businesses to ensure they are taking steps to tackle industry challenges and Brooknight is a great example of an established organisation investing in technology to enhance their offering.” With this partnership, the two companies are changing the face of the private security sector. It will help bring new talent into the sector and drive growth in the industry overall. Broadstone is aiming to attract over 60,000 individual job seekers to the platform by 2020 Event security Tom concludes: “The private security sector is ripe for innovation so it’s important for organisations to keep up with technology and trends, forge useful partnerships, and embrace the technological innovations and digital trends to stay ahead in this competitive and increasingly important marketplace.” Broadstone is aiming to attract over 60,000 individual job seekers to the platform by 2020 to provide temporary and permanent security for venues, events, and individuals around the UK. It intends to work solely with ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme) registered companies.
Demand for security jobs in the UK has increased rapidly in the past two years in light of heightened security measures being taken as a result of terror attack threats. Consequently, the UK’s private security sector (worth £5bn per year, £265bn globally) looks set to be the next to join the ‘app economy’ when a new service launches this month from tech start-up Broadstone—following in the footsteps of other ‘gig economy’ technology platforms like Uber and Deliveroo. According to Tom Pickersgill, founder and CEO of UK tech firm Broadstone, “Private security spend in the UK is forecasted to increase by nine per cent over the next five years and the number of jobs in the industry will increase by 10 to12 per cent. Many industry experts are putting this down to increased security requirements and safety measures as a result of terrorist attacks and security threats. There are currently 400,000 individuals in the UK working in the sector and it is expected that by 2019, this will be more like 450,000 individuals.”Broadstone matches security companies with those looking for work and jobseekers can access temporary and permanent jobs through the app Broadstone app-powered vetting The sector has traditionally been perceived to be a ‘closed shop’ with many jobseekers finding it difficult to access opportunities due to lengthy paperwork procedures and checks required to access positions. The high levels of security vetting required by employers has created a constant challenge. However, according to the founders of Broadstone, this looks set to change as their service includes compliant vetting and background checking service for both employees and employers in the security industry. Tom continues, “We hope that by providing jobseekers with this new app we’ll be attracting new demographics and audiences to the sector. The job opportunities are varied and cover a breadth of permanent and flexible roles ranging from event stewards to close protection officers and even security dog handlers. Broadstone matches security companies with those looking for work and jobseekers can access temporary security staffing jobs, as well as permanent jobs through the app.” “Broadstone will lead the way in security recruitment technology in 2018 and give employers confidence in, and access to, a completely compliant, robustly vetted security workforce.” Accurate date capture and verificationThe firm is aiming to attract over 60,000 individual job seekers to the platform by 2020 “Broadstone’s app will feed directly into a leading global background checking partner firm, allowing us to not only capture accurate data upfront to verify jobseeker details but reduce application lead times from 12 weeks to just 15 days. Checks are consistent; refreshed on a regular basis so that we have a full understanding of a job seeker’s work history, effectively creating an almost instant ‘job passport’ for them. It’s something that has previously been unheard of in the security industry and we’re confident it will have a dramatic effect on the number of roles available and filled in coming years.” Technology platforms in the gig economy have recently been in for criticism. Only last month, Uber lost its licence in York on the grounds of public safety and security, hot on the heels of having its licence revoked in London in September 2017. Tom continued, “The recent cases with Uber, where a rapidly expanding workforce meant that some driver checks were falling through the cracks, demonstrate what can happen if tech companies don’t prioritise vetting and background checks in an ever-growing gig economy. We are confident that we will mitigate these issues and create a safer, more secure workforce. We will continually strive to be recognised as one of the most compliant job marketplaces around and will be looking to add additional checks and processes as we grow.” Following the launch of Broadstone’s new market-leading app for employers, the firm is aiming to attract over 60,000 individual job seekers to the platform by 2020. It was recently the first business in Manchester to receive Northern Powerhouse Investment Funding (NPIF) of £200k for innovative new products and services.
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