A topic by popular request, this Founder Brunch will explore the ups and downs of hiring and firing in startups. How do you find the right person to become up to 50% of your team? Do you hire for skills, experience or how well they’ll fit in? How do you know when it’s the right time to hire someone? The right time to let someone go? Should you prioritise quality over cost? These are the questions you’ve been asking us so here is your opportunity to hear the hiring stories of three Sheffield companies and their founders…

Faye Savory, Bear Hugs | bearhugsgifts.com
Bear Hugs Gifts is an E-Commerce startup which sells hugs in a box. Bear Hugs has won several awards including our very own Evolve Startup Copmetition in 2016, just a year after launch. Since then, Faye has grown the team to four and is currently hiring a 5th for the role of Hugs Donation Assistant.

Scott Gladwood, Tutora | tutora.co.uk
Tutora is the trusted way to find a tutor. Through their online matching platform they connect students with their perfect tutor in over 300 subjects. Also just 2 years old, two rounds of investment and sustained revenue growth have allowed Tutora to grow to a team of 20. They’re currently hiring for all kinds of people.

Sam Chapman, The Floow | thefloow.com
Formed in 2012, The Floow is a global telematics company that’s been growing rapidly and hiring aggressively. A £13m investment last year accelerated this even further and allowed them to add another 70 employees to their already sizeable team. Sam has been there from the beginning. They’re still hiring for all kinds of tech types.

We can’t wait to hear how these three very different companies approach the hiring process. Make sure to come armed and ready with your questions! And buy your ticket quickly. This one is sure to sell out!

10:00am – coffee and mingling (and muffins!)
10:30(ish) – conversation and Q&A
11:45ish – more coffee if there’s any left!
12pm – close

Feel free to bring your laptop and use our coworking space for the rest of the day, free of charge!


26 October 2017 10:00 am
26 October 2017 12:00 pm


Evolve – University of Sheffield Enterprise


Evolve Coworking Space
210 Portobello Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4AE United Kingdom
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