A graduate recruitment agency which specialises in the startup space is setting their sights on the north after establishing themselves in the capital.
BrighterBox, which was founded by Mancunian Charlie Johnson in 2015, connects London-based start-ups and small businesses with graduate talent. After 3 years operating only in London, Johnson is now looking closer to home as the business looks to play its part in attracting and retaining talent in the North West.
The northern office will be headed up by another Mancunian, Toby Levy, who has been with the business for two years after successful stints in Manchester with Havas PR and outdoor brand, Regatta.
Toby Levy, GM BrighterBox North, commented: “We are excited to be coming home and to work with start-ups and small businesses across Manchester and the north. The start-up scene has previously been dominated by London, but we have been seeing growth in the north and, naturally, we want to connect with it given our northern roots.
“I lived in Manchester after graduating for four years and loved everything about it. Having spent two years in London, it has only strengthened my belief that Manchester is also a start-up hub and graduates shouldn’t automatically look to London to launch their careers – Manchester’s time is now.”
BrighterBox has worked with high-growth UK start-up success stories including Captify and Butternut Box, both of whom have recently launched Manchester offices.
Charlie Johnson, CEO and Founder at BrighterBox, adds: “Manchester is now a viable option for early stage talent who know that the corporate route isn’t for them and want to steer clear of London and its high living costs and house prices.
“With Manchester’s tech, digital, e-commerce and media scenes now thriving and the much-improved public transport infrastructure allowing for better connections into the city, we felt that now was the right time to introduce BrighterBox and support the North-West’s growth.”