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New Wild Blue investment in fast-growing internet platform

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Wild Blue Cohort

04 July 2016

Wild Blue Cohort, the business angel investor network based in West London, is pleased to announce a new investment by its members in HireHand, an on-demand staffing platform for small businesses.

Small business owners find it difficult to secure reliable staff to cover work shifts at short notice. HireHand solves the problem through its internet-based service. HireHand matches businesses in need of shift-based support at short notice with a talented pool of assessed individuals and is “growing fast in the pop-up, food and retail sectors”, says Founder and CEO Scott Erwin.

HireHand was founded in Kensington & Chelsea, London, has a social mission, with some of its talent pool or “Hired Hands” coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, and counts as its referral partners organisations such as Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, The Prince’s Trust, Fight for Peace and Thames Reach.

“Wild Blue has been a very supportive investment partner throughout my seed round,” says HireHand Founder Erwin. “I received hugely valuable support on how to pitch my business to the network and the financial investment will help us scale the platform to serve businesses across London.”

Wild Blue CEO David Barrie says: “HireHand is an outstanding, world class venture born and brought up in Earl’s Court. The company has discovered a significant market opportunity and has a very strong management and advisory team, with backgrounds in workforce planning, recruitment, social finance, McKinsey and Goldman Sachs. It is a huge pleasure to our network to have the opportunity to invest in the company.”

Wild Blue Cohort is a network of private ‘angel’ investors who want high quality, early-stage companies and start up businesses to thrive and prosper in West London. The network has over forty members and was founded in 2014 with financial support from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Members have made ten investments to date. More on Wild Blue: http://wildbluekc.com. Twitter: @WildBlueKC. More on HireHand: http://www.hirehand.co.uk/

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