I started Bright Network as I had a bold vision – to fix a problem that I believe is one of the biggest in British society; how the brightest graduate talent, regardless of background, connects with the best employment opportunities.

I was born into a family where both of my parents left school at 16. For students like me who go to university, I wanted to make sure that regardless of their background or parents’ education, they have access to the knowledge, the network, help and insights to both discover what career route is right for them as well as the know-how on getting hired after university.

Every year in the UK, there are a staggering 70,000 unfilled graduate vacancies and 50% of leading firms fail to find the graduate talent they need to grow. I wanted to take action to redress the imbalance.

I set out to make sure every student receives the very best possible careers advice. By harnessing rich data insights and technology we can support the next generation of talent and enable companies to find their needles in the haystack.

Since we started in 2013, we’ve come a long way and we’re delighted to have now closed a Series A investment round of £2.5 million to help invest in even better results and outcomes for our clients and members.

From our humble beginnings in a glorified broom cupboard and following many bumps in the road and a whole lot of learning, we now have a network of 150,000+ students and work with 250+ of the world’s leading employers.

With a brilliant team of 20+ (and growing every month) on Regent Street in central London, we are steadfast in our dedication to our mission – to give the brightest graduates access to the best possible career opportunities and in turn help the world’s best companies find the talent they need to grow their businesses faster.

Every one of our 150,000+ members is unique and we strive to treat each of them that way. That’s what sets Bright Network apart. Our members are awesome. They’re inspiring and incredibly talented and we’re very fortunate to work with and support them every day.

All young people, regardless of their economic and social background, ethnicity, sexuality and gender deserve the best advice.

By using the skills and commitment of the Bright Network team along with our unique technology and in-depth data insights and analysis we know that we can ensure leading firms find their future hires more effectively and help every Bright Network member not only discover, but also fulfil their potential.

With visits to the Bright Network platform doubling YoY and a trusted track record of proven ROI for 250+ top employers, we’re modernising the graduate recruitment industry. In five years, we’ve achieved a lot, but there’s still a long way to go. One thing we do know is that the future is bright. We’re just getting started.

To read more about our £2.5 million Series A investment click here.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Bright Network and wish to get in touch with James directly, please drop him an email – james@brightnetwork.co.uk

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