Recruitment & HR

Freelance staffing platform YoungOnes is expanding its UK operations into a second city after it hit a new milestone of having provided seven million hours of support to businesses.

The Dutch startup has now launched in Manchester after first landing in London in 2021.

Founded by Pim Graafmans in 2017 as an offshoot of YoungCapital recruitment agency, the platform aims to turbocharge how businesses connect with quality freelancers to meet both long-term and last-minute workforce needs.

It has helped connect many businesses across a range of industries including retail, logistics and events with trusted and reviewed staff at short notice.

YoungOnes has seen almost 350 UK businesses sign up to the platform to find quality freelancers since 2021. The platform already assists an array of big names with their staffing needs including Nando’s, HelloFresh, IKEA and H&M.

In London, YoungOnes currently provides gig workers at luxury hotels and A-List celeb haunts including Shangri La at The Shard and the exclusive Berkeley Hotel. 

YoungOnes set its sights on the hospitality and industrial hotspot of the North. To launch its Manchester expansion, YoungOnes connected Manchester City Council’s Neighbourhood team with a squad of litter pickers.

Making its mark in the city, the platform is already working with some renowned Manchester favourites such as Masons Bar and Restaurant, connecting them with quality freelancers.

“YoungOnes’ fantastic success in the Netherlands has continued since its launch in the UK and, as we reach nearly 7 million hours of work provided to our freelancers, we’re delighted to expand to the Northern powerhouse of Manchester,” said ‘city launcher’ Joe Loughlin.

“Since its launch, YoungOnes has connected countless businesses with quality freelancers, and we look forward to helping Manchester businesses do the same, across its thriving hospitality, retail and logistics sectors.”

Ian Brown, head of operations at sales samples company Showcase, said: “YoungOnes have been an invaluable support. While running pop-up luxury sample events in Manchester, finding staff on the platform has been easy. 

“It is especially great to be able to see freelancers’ star ratings and know you will be getting quality people to join the team.”

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