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UK-based Pickr is a digital staffing platform meant for utility service providers and staff. In a recent development, this startup raised £1 million (nearly €1.1 million) funding from Episode 1. The new capital will be used to secure key senior hires and to expand Pickr’s existing talent cloud of skilled workers.
Pickr was founded in 2017 by Kane Halsey in Norwich. The digital staffing platform makes use of intelligent matching algorithms to recognise the best candidate for the roles that are vacant. It is one of the largest community in the UK for skilled industrial workers. It has a talent cloud with over 17,000 workers all over the UK and this continues to grow.
This UK-based startup aims to reduce the time and cost of building as well as managing a flexible workforce. It uses machine learning and helps customers hire for the temporary, short-term and on-demand requirements within hours. Eventually, it saves the huge sum of money given to the recruitment agencies for the purpose.
Pickr works with a slew of leading utility service providers in the UK including HAL Utilities, KN Network Services, Cellex and Defusion Utility Services.
“Our customers win and lose contracts based on the speed at which they can scale their workforce. 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 created Pickr specifically to solve this problem,” said Kane Halsey, CEO of Pickr.
Adrian Lloyd, the Episode 1 Director, explained why he had backed the start-up: “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. Utilities is a big enough market in itself to get us excited, but Pickr has potential well beyond into all aspect of the industrial workforce.”
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