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Posted on March 5, 2019 by staff

Digital staffing platform raises £1m funding

A digital staffing platform has raised £1m in funding.

Founded in 2017, Norwich-based Pickr provides a digital staffing platform for utility and energy service providers and workers, reducing the cost and time of building and managing a flexible workforce.

The £1m fund comes from venture capital firm Episode 1, and follows investment by Angels including Nick Kingsbury last year. It will be used to secure key senior hires and to expand the company’s existing talent pool of skilled workers.

“Our customers win and lose contracts based on the speed at which they can scale their workforce,” said Kane Halsey, CEO of Pickr.

“They need the right people with the right skills in the right place, often at short notice. If they can’t find them quickly, it can cost them dearly.

“We’ve already built a community of the workers our customers need – from groundworkers and cablers to fibre splicers and works supervisors – which means we can fulfil pretty much any requirement quickly and at low cost.

Haley said that the company’s goal is to be the ‘connector’ that the sector turns to, and to remove the pain and cost of resourcing for businesses in the supply chain.

Adrian Lloyd, Episode 1 director, added: “The Pickr team knows its niche and has proven its business model. The company is solving a real problem much more cost-effectively than traditional recruitment agencies and has all the ingredients needed to disrupt the marketplace.”