Space industry recruiter blasts off with expansion to Manchester

EVONA's Spinningfields team

Space sector recruitment specialist, EVONA, has opened an office in Manchester’s Spinningfields, its second UK location, to meet its growth plans.

Founded four years ago, the company places engineering, tech, business operations staff, and even the odd astronaut.

Its mission is to raise the curtain on the space sector so everyone, regardless of background, qualifications or skills can discover their role in space.

Having doubled its workforce every year since its inception in 2018, this year will be no different with plans to grow to 100 by the fourth quarter.

Already at 60 heads, the growth has been fuelled by a successful first few years in business; building out a contract function and supporting the growing permanent division. Reporting a 610% increase in year-over-year revenue, the new office will help support this expansion strategy and solidify EVONA’s position in space recruitment across the world.

Director of contract, Ben Carrigan, is already on location and ready to grow the team. He said: “This is a key strategic move for EVONA to develop the team and provide a second UK location.

“It will provide the HQ for EVONA’s contract function, but also provide a new base for those who wish to move to the city from our Bristol home. With staff all over the UK and eventually globally, this second location will allow us to tap into new markets and attract new talent to our growing company.”

The new Manchester office will accommodate up to 10 new members of staff in Spinningfields and provide a second hub in addition to Bristol for remote staff all over the UK.

Co-founder, Ryan Hill, who has been instrumental in orchestrating the move, said: “We’re incredibly excited for this next step in EVONA’s journey. Having been recognised last year by Lloyds Bank as the New Business of the Year, we’ve continued on the trajectory to deliver on the lofty ambitions we set out in 2018.

“As we grow rapidly it makes sense to expand to a second location in the UK in addition to our plans to expand into the US as we announced last year.”

He added: “It’s our philosophy to allow any staff to work wherever best suits them with unlimited remote working, but we know for some you can’t replicate the workplace environment, and it’s important we understand how best to serve the needs of our crew.

“We’re hopeful this move will open us up to more recruitment professionals in the North of the UK and it’s a huge step forward for our expansion plans.”

Hot on the heels of this second location will be a third based in the US and headed up by co-founder Tom Kelly. Plans to open this office in the coming months have come after a growing demand for EVONA’s services.

EVONA is looking to recruit a further 40 people by the end of 2022 in Bristol, Manchester and the US.