A Blackpool business man has teamed up with a Preston marketing firm to launch a new social network for the construction and engineering sector.
Sean Wilson, managing director, of Premier Building Service Engineers in Blackpool, came up with the idea to help firms find the staff they need.
He said Tradefit would help to help tackle the problem many companies in the construction and engineering industries face of struggling to find suitable candidates when they need to fill long or short term vacancies.
In order to develop his idea Wilson teamed up with Nathaniel Cassidy, James Duffell, and Tom Stables of Preston based marketing firm 3ManFactory.
They have already invested £60,000 in the project and the team are currently hoping to raise a further £10,000 through online crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to fund development of an iPhone app ahead of the launch on September 8.
Sean said: “The idea came about after years spent working in the construction industry, struggling to locate the right tradesman for the job.
“Unless you went through recruitment companies, it was extremely difficult to find suitable tradesmen for a job as they don’t tend to have websites or much online presence.
“I’ve tried using LinkedIn, but a lot of the skilled plumbers, electricians, and so on that I’d be looking to find wouldn’t use a network like that as they see it as being for the suits.
“So I decided to set up my own social network to make the whole process of companies finding good engineers and trades people finding work a lot easier.”
The website, which has been in development for the last six months, is more than just jobs, and features forums, news, and competitions.
Nathaniel Cassidy, Managing Director of 3ManFactory said: “With the construction industry currently providing around 2.9 million jobs in the UK and contributing nearly £90billion to the UK economy, the potential impact of this new platform is massive.
“We’ve known Sean for a long time and when he explained the idea for Tradefit we loved it and had to be invloved.”
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