Bristol entrepreneurs launch platform to support SME’s with the Kickstart Scheme

Funding | South West | Technology
Jon Basker

Three Bristol digital marketing and tech experts have set themselves up as an official government Kickstart gateway.

They say they are launching the most user-friendly and comprehensive platform to enable smaller businesses to apply to the government’s recently launched Kickstart Scheme.

KickstartGo has just one simple form that businesses need to complete if they want to make an application for a job placement.

As soon as there are 30 applications on the system (the minimum the government will allow), KickstartGo will submit them as a batch to the government.

Jon Basker, Geoff Roberts and Deon Fourie, who also run a small digital marketing business together in Redland, Bristol, came up with the idea for KickstartGo after they decided to apply for a placement through the scheme and found the process offered by most gateway providers time consuming and difficult.

Jon Basker comments: “When we looked into the current options out there for applying to the Kickstart Scheme and saw how convoluted and time consuming the process was, we realised there would be a lot of businesses that would say it was too much hassle and walk away, even though they would really benefit from the scheme.

“The jobs market is so tough at the moment, with young people the worst affected – there are currently more than half a million people on Universal Credit that would be eligible for a job placement through this scheme.

“Our background is in digital and tech and we all have a passion for helping small businesses and start-ups, so this just seemed the obvious thing to do – to develop a platform that uses automation to make it really easy for businesses and help enable the funding for as many job placements as we can.”

They soft released KickstartGo three weeks ago and have already had 47 employers sign up, applying for 107 roles so far. Applications have come in from all over the country – from as far afield as Swansea and Liverpool to Skegness and London.

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