Events staffing entrepreneur Lee Thomas has launched link2staff.com to put budget sensitive businesses and available staff in direct contact with one another to make finding the right people quick, easy and hassle-free.
Thomas had the idea 18 months ago and is now targeting the company towards a different sector of the market to her current business and will focus on the exhibition, marketing and sampling industries.
Since conceiving the idea, Thomas developed her plan before contracting IT software specialist Arquila to build and code the system which will allow industry professionals to find the type of staff they are looking for anywhere in the world by setting a series of criteria online which match against staff details.
More than 4,500 events staff – including hosts, hostesses, models, drivers and artists – have already signed up to the system and have included their availability, skills and working criteria, such as pay rate.
Businesses can now sign in when they need staff for events. They set the criteria they need and the budget they have, and the system will find the right available staff for them to choose from.
The system will also take payment and pay the staff on behalf of the client once the job has been completed.
Thomas said the idea had been a Eureka moment.
She said: “I was having lunch with an industry professional in London and we were just chatting saying: ‘wouldn’t it be great if there was a system that could do this and this and this when it comes to finding staff in the event industry.’
“There wasn’t such a system, so I decided to create one! “So much of our everyday lives and our business is now done via the web – we look for houses, we shop, we download our music – but there wasn’t a system for finding event staff in this way that also took care of payments and had a rating system.
“We wanted to make sure we got link2staff.com absolutely right so we have spent the last six or seven months working with Arquila to code and test the system.
“The idea was to open it up to staff first to register and we have been delighted with the numbers so far with more than 4,500 registering their details with us. “Now we are ready to start signing up businesses and we believe it is going to revolutionise the industry.”
Link2staff.com will be launched at ExCel in London across three shows – the Digital Marketing Show, BETT 2014 and ICE 2014.