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Orka Technology Group


Orka Technology Group (formally Broadstone Engage) is an online recruitment platform designed for the private security industry. Its online and mobile platform allows job-seekers and employers in the sector to find each other and seamlessly communicate about opportunities, providing a fully-compliant vetting procedure that is quicker and easier for both parties.

Deal size



Greater Manchester

Funding need

Software development and job creation



Accessing investment can be a complex process, but Maven was extremely supportive throughout. The investment community is extremely excited about marketplace models and Maven recognised our unique offering and approach to the private security industry. They share our vision for introducing change and innovation to this bespoke market.

Tom Pickersgill
CEO of Orka Technology Group

Growth Journey

While online platforms serving other sectors of the security marketplace were already in existence in 2018, Broadstone was the first to offer an online platform and integrated mobile app, known as Engage, to the private security segment.

Founder and CEO, Tom Pickersgill, worked in the private security industry for three years before starting the business, making him well-placed to see a gap in the market. It was clear to Pickersgill that the private security sector needed to embrace technology. The sector is a £5bn marketplace with a high turnover rate, making recruitment costly, particularly as anyone new to the sector needs to go through a thorough vetting process before they can start working. Broadstone’s online platform alleviates these issues, providing solutions to the highly fragmented private security recruitment market which is ripe for disruption.

The investment will enable Broadstone to create five new software development positions to update the current platform and enable the business to integrate its mobile app. The funding will also strengthen the marketing function and allow the Broadstone to expand its existing premises.

In May 2020, the company was renamed to Orka (Orka Technology Group) as their new group brand, encompassing their other brands, like Broadstone. This will allow them to broaden their product offering to their client base and communicate clearly.

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