We chat to Phillip and Debby from Peopley, one of our residents at Southampton Eagle Lab.

Peopley use a mix of software and support to transform hiring for companies facing three key challenges:

  1. Managing frantic & unproductive hiring activity – agencies, job boards and candidates
  2. Finding quality talent – identifying, attracting and securing the right people
  3. Controlling recruitment costs – spiralling fees and protecting employer brand

Tell us more about your company?

Peopley was founded to make hiring easier for founder-led technology SMEs.   Having built the recruiting systems for one of the largest recruiting firms in the world, I took time out to work in environmental non-profits where I learnt that a team with the right people could achieve anything.  But what I was hearing from young, exciting and growing tech businesses was how hard recruiting was and that it was one of their top challenges. After documenting over 160 points of failure in the recruiting process we built the ideal processes and assembled the right tools to give growing technology companies an upper hand in attracting and landing the best people for their businesses.   The Peopley Humanized HiringTM approach is now helping tech companies gain stronger growth, better cashflow and a healthier culture. 

What is your company’s mission?  

We are on a mission to rehumanize recruitment for growing technology companies who’s success depends on having the right people. AI and recruiting technology is keeping human interaction at arms-length.  For SMEs this represents a huge opportunity to selectively win over talent turned off by an impersonal robotic sausage machine approach taken by larger enterprises.

What’s different about your company / product?  

Everything - The wold is changing, business is changing and people are changing, business models and ways of doing things need to change too.   If you ever find yourself asking why something is SO hard, it might be because the way it’s always been done doesn’t work anymore!   So, Peopley have tracked over 160 points of failure in hiring and created tools and techniques that work for today’s growing technology businesses.  I warn you...we are different, but as the old saying goes the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  

How did you start off and when?  

Peopley was founded three years ago from the back of a boat.   Unlike many other start-ups which start across the kitchen table.   18 months of research later into why recruiting is so hard for growing technology businesses and Peopley’s services were being road tested in three clients.

Where is your company at in its business journey now?  

This year Peopley has expanded its products and services to include HR, to help technology businesses accelerate productivity of their people. With our new home in Network Eagle Labs, Peopley is working with companies, partners and entrepreneurs from Israel, New York to Stockholm.

What have been your biggest challenges to get where you are today?  

Peopley’s biggest challenge is changing thinking from tactical recruitment to visionary hiring & HR ecosystem.  Are we an agency? no, but we know how to recruit.  We build an in-house direct hire function that gives an ability to save £1,000s and with an interconnected HR service gives you ownership control of your entire talent funnel. 

What are you most excited about in working at Barclays Eagle Labs? 

Barclay’s Network Eagle Lab is not a space, it’s a community of like-minded people all on their own mission. It’s definitely the people that is the most exciting thing.

What does the future hold for your company – what are your plans? What’s the next big challenge?  

The future is exciting, we have a new partnership with Teamtailor Hiring Software, which means we can build incredible career sites for our customers, give them the power to take control of their own hiring and reach more of the best people to help them grow.   Our next big challenge is hosting a Careers in Tech event at Eagle Lab Southampton on the 15th May.  Peopley have also been shortlisted for an award for Best Candidate Experience & Best Supplier Partnership against stiff competition from some of the UK’s biggest employers.   

As an Entrepreneur what tips do you have for entrepreneurs starting out on their journey?  

  1. Saying NO is the hardest thing, but definitely will change your business 
  2. Don’t lose faith. If your idea is any good, everyone will dismiss it
  3. Know everything about your avatar customer down to what they like for breakfast.

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