Jacob Hill is the founder of the social recruitment agency, Offploy. Offploy supports people with criminal convictions to secure employment.
Jacob started Offploy in April 2016 after he himself had a brush with the law and found himself in a difficult situation that many of Offploy’s candidates face, finding employment with a criminal conviction.
Before forming Offploy, Jacob ran a well-known festival camping business, The Lazy Camper, whilst studying at the University of Huddersfield. Through The Lazy Camper, Jacob received £300,000 investment; The Duke of York’s inaugural Young entrepreneur of the year award; funding from Sir Richard Branson and was crowned Yorkshire’s Young Entrepreneur of the year by the time he was 21 years old.
When faced with disappointing sales and significant debt, Jacob made poor life choices which led to his arrest, the closure of The Lazy Camper and a criminal conviction. This the origin of Offploy Community Interest Company.
Offploy supports both businesses and people with criminal convictions through the recruitment process to ensure both sides gain a successful and sustainable placement.
Since forming the organisation three years ago, Offploy has celebrated mentoring over 300 individuals, grown to a team of 15 and has placed over 150 people with criminal convictions into employment.
Offploy is on a mission to reduce reoffending and make society safer by placing people with criminal convictions into meaningful, mentored and sustainable employment.