We talk to the founder of Broadstone - a North West PBA shortlisted company



Broadstone, founded in October 2016 by Tom Pickersgill, is a staffing platform that leverages AI and Machine Learning to match jobseekers with work opportunities at some of the largest employers in the UK.

Recognising the need for compliant background checks to be completed on a transient workforce, Broadstone created an exclusive partnership with Experian to perform these checks via the platform, capturing accurate data upfront to verify details, making it more complaint and quicker for jobseekers to start work.

Broadstone is currently focused on tackling the UK´s private security industry, which has an estimated turnover of £5bn per year (£265bn globally) with demand increasing rapidly - Broadstone is the only organisation to offer this service in the highly regulated security and event sector.

Attracting a strong team of 'A' players to bring disruption to an established industry by introducing technology will enable the company to enter new sectors.

Following institutional investment from Maven Capital, Broadstone has built a development team based at the Manchester headquarters. The platform features many tech innovations including a machine learning matching algorithm, facial recognition identity checks, automated invoice/payroll processing, AI-driven chatbot and a geolocation punch clock - making the product one of the most innovative staffing platforms in the market.

Company founder, Tom, previously worked in the security industry providing employment tax solutions for three years prior to launching Broadstone, during which time he gained a unique insight into the sector and has built invaluable relationships with key industry stakeholders.

Broadstone believes that by introducing innovative technology, flexibility and improved pay rates can be provided to a transient workforce. By doing so, employers can attract better staff and deal with increased pressures of a shrinking labour pool.

Raising investment with Maven Capital last year was a major milestone for the business and 2018 is also set to be an exciting year for Broadstone. It has been accepted to the Manchester PwC Scale programme, joining some of the UK’s fast growth businesses, onboarding a number of large companies and scaling the team to 20 by December 2018.

Culture and ability are key to Broadstone, as their aim is to build a world-class business and only want to work with the very best. By having a great company culture and well-communicated vision the whole team can accomplish their potential. Morning stand-ups and ‘all-hands’ meetings are a regular feature in the office. There are plans to expand the service into more sectors such as warehousing, logistics, manufacturing and cleaning. The management team is in discussions with investors to decide the focus for the UK market and when to take the business to an international level, as they look to raise a series ‘A’ round of investment later in 2018.

Tom Pickersgill, founder and director at Broadstone commented;

“Broadstone is expanding and growing at pace, moving from a start-up to scale-up in just over 12 months, raising VC investment, building a high performing team and launching the platform to the public.

“We have created a world-class platform for the company to now go on to scale and build a global business. Being part of the PwC Scale programme has also contributed to Broadstone growing into one of the most exciting tech companies based in the North West.”

Emma Suchland, PwC private business partner, added;

“Broadstone is a truly innovative business utilising AI and Machine Learning to better identify and match candidates within the recruitment process and is a fantastic example of how new technologies can be utilized to great effect within business.

“I’m also delighted that Broadstone will be part of our PwC Scale programme this year and I’m looking forward to working alongside them.”     


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