Hello there, Adam here! I look after Talent Cupboard and it's my pleasure to introduce you to our wonderful business.
So what do we actually do? Glad you asked.
Back in 2011 we spotted a problem and an opportunity.
There were all of these awesome entrepreneurs and business owners looking for a way to find new customers and grow. Trouble was, tapping into the right talent or marketing agencies were just a wee bit too expensive.
We also noticed that there were loads of talented students & grads out there just clamouring for work. The trouble is, young people are kind of stuck in this rubbish Catch-22. To get work, they need experience. But how are they supposed to get it without a job in the first place? Hmm.
Well then, what if we did something about it and bring these two incredible groups together for freelance work? The businesses get to tap into amazing talent without breaking the bank and these talented youngsters get their foot on the experience ladder whilst getting paid for it. Now that's a win - win.
A little bit of work later and then BOOM, our first site Concept Cupboard was launched in February 2011.
Since then we've done a load of interesting things from meeting Lords through to appearing on the BBC and much much more.
The thing we're most proud of though is seeing our wonderful community of businesses and freelancers add value and bring a little happiness to each others lives. We don't mean to brag but the system we have is pretty awesome. Why not try it out?
At the time, Simon was a client of Guy and Julie's, heading up SME at O2.
All three were chatting about how hard it was to find work-ready graduate creatives in the agency world. Every CV they Guy and Julie received was full of university coursework, with no real commercial work in sight - work that could prove it would be effective in a market, under real business constraints.
Simon pointed out that at least graduate workers were more affordable, as a lot of his SME customers found it very difficult to source high quality creative services, because agencies were too expensive for their budgets.
Why not bring student and graduate creatives together with SMEs on a project basis?
It'd help young people gain the vital experience they needed and simultaneously help SMEs source great creative work that would their businesses grow.
Concept Cupboard was launched on the 1st February 2011 to help creative students & graduates to find work, build a portfolio of work & get paid for it.
Since launch, the site has helped young people to fund their studies through freelance work & have an opportunity to work on real commercial projects. From the moment we launched we knew we were onto something. Businesses were getting access to talented, up-and-coming, creatives & young people were getting a chance to earn & learn at the same time.
Having seen the success of this model work in the creative sector, we realised that it could be applied to the same problem in other markets as well.
On Valentines Day 2014, the team launced Coding Cupboard. An online platform to 'match make' (see what we did there) talented young coders with businesses to build anything from websites through to mobile apps. Again, providing an opportunity where up and coming tech talent could dip a toe into the world of work through freelance projects.
We we're blown away by the success of the success of the new site launch. Hundreds of businesses & coders signed up in the first 48 hours and we even got featured on TechCrunch.
On the back of the successful launch of Coidng Cupboard we saw an opportunity to help young people really showcase their skills. That's why on the 25th June 2014 we launched the first version of Talent Cupboard, a digital CV builder aimed at helping students & gradautes stand out to potential employers.
April 2015 saw the launch of our new site with the mission of becomming the best place in the world to connect businesses with amazing student & graduate talent.
We believe that business should be a force for good & that's why we're proud to help both businesses & young people with the work we do. We've got big plans for the future so watch this space...
Launched 12th August 2015: Talent Cupboard site is launched to connect brilliant businesses looking to grow with the best up-and-coming student & graduate talent.
Meet the key players behind Talent Cupboard.
General Manager, gym boffin and champion of all things tech. Adam is actually 68 years old. He has Benjamin Button syndrome and is getting younger as every year passes.
He's responsible for the day to day operations of Talent Cupboard.
Arthur is a critical member of the team at Talent Cupboard.
His main role is to keep everyone motivated in the office. If he's not doing that then he can be found pushing our online marketing campaigns. Only joking, he's mostly trying to steal our lunches.
If you're looking for experience before joining our team then we recommend using Talent Cupboard to complete some freelance jobs, we'll be super impressed.
It's an exciting time to be starting a business. In 2014 alone there were more than 581,000 new businesses registered with Companies House. Starting a business is easier than ever, growing it is more complcated in the digital world. We're here to help those looking to grow their business.
50% of SMEs have no digital presence in the UK. That over 2 million organisations who are not reaping the benefits of the digital revolution. There are plenty of hurdles to face in getting online. For many it can be down to a lack of money or time. That's why we've launched a new service to help them get online easily.
There are over 5 million small businesses in the UK. There are also just under 1 million young people left unemployed. Imagine the good that could come of getting these two groups to collaborate. It's something we're passionate to be working on.
There is a simple catch-22 around youth unemployment. In order to get a job, you need experience. But how do you get this in the first place? Freelancing creates an accessible way to build experience & get paid for it. We want to see more students participating in freelance work early on in their studies.
Currently 87% of Britain's leading employers have entry-level vacancies open due to the poor quality of applications. Writing a CV is tough. Reading dozens of them as an employer is tougher. That's why we've created a brand new CV building tool made for the 21st century.
Careers content can run the risk of being a bit boring for young people today. That's why we're shaking this up with our own unique take on providing advice. Expect to see a lot of videos, blogs, quizzes & more. Check it out here.