Dutch freelancer start-up expands UK operations to Manchester

Dutch freelance staffing platform YoungOnes is expanding its UK operations into a second city – Manchester – after first launching in London in 2021.

The start-up was founded by Pim Graafmans in Holland in 2017 as an offshoot of YoungCapital recruitment agency.

According to the company, the platform turbocharges how businesses connect with quality freelancers to meet both long-term and last-minute workforce needs. Since its launch, 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 gigs at luxury hotels and A-List celeb haunts including Shangri La at The Shard and the exclusive Berkeley Hotel.

The platform not only meets short-term business needs, with responses to gig posts as fast as five minutes, but is also able to connect staff from a quality talent pool with companies’ long-term needs, replacing the need for agencies.

YoungOnes set its sights on the hospitality and industrial hotspot of the North, to help the city’s fast-moving businesses meet their ever-changing staffing needs. The platform is already working with some renowned Manchester favourites such as Masons Bar and Restaurant, connecting them with quality freelancers.

YoungOnes city launcher Joe Loughlin has said: “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.”

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