Published on 13th Feb 2017
It was my dream to help young people find employment. To give them a helping hand on to the first few steps of their career. I wanted to replicate the help and moral support that I had received from my family and friends growing up. Help that secured me a successful career building websites.
But first before i continue, I owe you an apology. An apology for not giving you the service that we were meant to deliver.
JobPage began, as many do, as something else…
In 2009 my fiancé, Naz, gave me the inspiration and confidence to follow a dream of building something that could help others in the same way that I had been helped. My career started because someone believed in me more than I believed in myself. They gave me a chance.
I found my first job at a Birmingham based classified ads publishing company (a bit like Loot, but based in the West Midlands). Straight after my two week work experience there they offered me a part time job – long before the internet – doing “DTP & Graphic Design”… They offered me this job on the same night that a graphic design college told me I could not join their college because i wasn’t good enough. I worked at the publishing company for 6.5 years, in the evenings and weekends, and it funded me all the way through college and university without having to take out a student loan. I am thankful for this. I was lucky enough to have a supporting boss who didn’t want anything from me except to see me succeed.
Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to have a successful career creating websites for large and small businesses.
Knowing that other people believed in me – more than I believed in myself had helped me get me this far. So at a strong moment in my career I thought what if I could use my skills to build a social platform that captured the spirit of helping young persons get their foot on the career ladder.
Imagine building a social platform that would allow people like my younger self, to find a job that they love.
JobPage was born as I left one of the UK’s largest recruitment companies. I wanted to replicate recruitment agencies did, but make the service free and use the power, wisdom and advice of the general public to help individuals get their first or early job.
But how could I fund such a project? I didn’t want to go into debt. What about investors? A social project of this nature was less attractive to investors compared to if I was targeting a more lucrative demographic like LinkedIn (that’s what i was told after countless meetings with investors). So the only way forward was to get a new job that could paid well, and instead of saving for my retirement, invest that money into JobPage, and later Tech City Jobs (our spin off site that helped young people get into the tech industry). That challenge was hard in itself, but i did it.
Things were looking good, very good; With a great team from UK, India, Ukraine and Russia working with me. We started to make traction and revenue, and we even made a video. The press started talking about us, we won an award for the social technology that we developed to help make sharing jobs easy and viral.
After a few years an unmissable offer of investment eventually came along. After four intense pitching rounds I was promised a contract a six figure investment by one of the UK’s leading investors, and a contract to work for them. But only on one condition… I had to help them launch a new business, and setup the technology and branding for five more startups in their group. After that they would invest. And so I did. I setup the tech and infrastructure, negotiated the contracts for a shiny new enterprise recruitment CRM, company branding and also helped build websites for all five of the new businesses. Everything was going very well.
A week before my probation was due to finish, and three months after my investment was due to start (a constant barrage of red tape was being thrown at me and countless excuses for why the investment was being delayed), I was called into office for an early morning meeting. In that meeting, without warning, I was told I was being ‘let go’. Their strategy had changed, technology companies were no longer being invested in.
I lost my job and my investment on the same day. Soon after I sadly had to let my entire team at JobPage go as a result.
The day my world changed, forever
Two months later I had started a new job at one of the UK’s biggest retail businesses. On my first day I received an urgent phone call informing me to go home. Immediately. I packed my bag and left the office not knowing what was going on or why.
As I raced home and ran up the hill towards the home that my fiancé Naz and I shared, I turned the corner and entered our street.
I was confronted with crowds of people, police tape and blue lights.
That’s when i noticed a red blanket on the floor.
That’s when i realised that my world had collapsed. The love of my life, my beautiful soulmate Naz had passed away. After thirteen years of being together he had suddenly been taken cruelly away from me.
My life had crumbled. I had no reason to go on.
For the last two years since Naz passed away I have struggled go keep myself going, and JobPage & Tech City Jobs alive. I’ve found it hard to get through the pain of losing the man that I was due to marry and spend the rest of my life with.
Creating hope in an otherwise dark future
To help me cope I setup the Naz and Matt Foundation, a charity that tackles religious homophobia – the reason why I understand Naz had taken his own life. All my life and energy is poured into that now.
I can’t sit back and let what happened to Naz, and why, happen to anyone else. More information and our story is available here:
If you would like to donate to help stop religious and cultural homophobia, please click on the link below.
I have tried to hard to find a positive future for JobPage and Tech City Jobs, but I am no longer able to afford financially or support emotionally either site.
I hope you understand.
I’ve not taken this decision lightly. It’s taken me two years and a substantial amount of my own money to keep JobPage and Tech City Jobs operating during this period.
I thank you for all for your patience and support over the last six years and I hope that we can remain connected.
I will be sending out an email to companies using JobPage over the coming days outlining the notice period and date of closure.
If you are business you may navigate to you “My Applicants” page and click the “Export” button at the bottom of the page to download a high level view of your data.
If you’d like to download CVs for candidates, please view each applicant individually and click on the blue “Download CV Resume” button on each candidates page for the job they have applied for.
Important Key Dates
Access to CV downloads will be disabled:
25th March 2017
Logging in to JobPage and Tech City Jobs will be disabled:
25th March 2017
Both sites will be closed down
25th of March 2017