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December 30, 2017 - No Comments!

Year in Review: 2017

2017 has been a huge year for everyone at Paperclip. New staff, new investors, new partnership and new apps - it's all been kicking off at Paperclip HQ!

New Year, new faces...

Starting the year with just three full-time staff working in a flat, the Paperclip team has grown to eleven full-time members. We were delighted to take on new developers, communications and design staff. Not only that, but nine of our eleven 'Clips are now based in our new Cardiff city centre office at One Central Square!

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Paperclip XI squad photo 2017 (more to follow...)

Just over a year ago we fought off fierce competition to secure a spot at some of Cardiff's most desirable office space. By January we were all moved in to our beautiful working space. Modern, spacious and less than a minute from the Millennium Stadium in the heart of the Welsh capital, our new office couldn't be better!

We were also able to to take on two full-time members of staff for our office in Brno, Czech Republic. With two new members of staff expected to join next month, the Paperclip family will grow to a whopping thirteen.

Cash in the bank

During 2017, Paperclip were fortunate enough to secure substantial investment from a number of different sources. After months of hard work, the team managed to raise enough to market the application, take on new staff and further develop the marketplace. Notable investors in 2017 include; Hayley Parsons, CEO and founder of GoCompare.com, and Tim Ward, the creator of Friends Reunited.

We also made some changes to at boardroom level. Back in January, Paperclip appointed the ex-CFO of the Financial Times and Yell.com as our chairman. Needless to say, we were delighted to have someone with such a wealth of experience on board and we're looking forward to many years of success together.

Opening up the marketplace

Not only this, but we somehow found time to design, build and release our web version.

The web platform provides quick, easy access to the Paperclip marketplace direct to your desktop. With a fifth of adults in the UK currently without a smartphone, we knew that there were those who could benefit from the marketplace who simply did not have access to it before.

We were also able to release Version 2.0 of our app for iPhone and Android. With a brand new interface and host of new features, we were really excited to get V2.0 tested and available for users worldwide.

You can download Paperclip Version 2.0 for iPhone here and Android here.

Partnerclips

After months of late nights and early mornings, Paperclip managed to secure lucrative partnerships with Dell EMC and Student Money Saver. We also partnered up with the popular MoneyMagpie website to deliver a marketplace for their users as well as great competitions and giveaways. Not only this, but we built a strong pipeline for 2018 in which we plan to take up even more partnerships and develop our brand further.

 

Making headlines

All this action has not gone unnoticed. Throughout the course of year, we have been featured in the Guardian, the Sun, and the Daily Mail, alongside online publications such as BQ Live and altCardiff (check out our Newspaper 'Clippings article here).

2018 and beyond...
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Team Paperclip & friends celebrate at our end of year bash

Not only are we adding to our existing team in January, but we will be developing our groups function and finalising our partnership agreements with some great companies at home and abroad.

With new features, new staff and new partnerships on the horizon, 2018 promises to be another big year for Paperclip...

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News, Perspective

December 19, 2017 - No Comments!

Newspaper ‘Clippings

So, first thing's first...

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Happy Holidays from Paperclip HQ!

As you can see, the Paperclip team are well and truly in the Christmas spirit!

Now if you have been following us on social media, you may have noticed us cluttering up your newsfeed with a stream of articles and blog posts about the app, our founders and the new Paperclip desktop version.

This year we have been featured in some great publications, both in print and online. If you haven't had chance to catch up on the last month's goss from Paperclip HQ, here's a quick rundown...

BQ Live

Last week we sat down with the guys at BQ Live to discuss the humble beginnings of Paperclip and how we have grown the marketplace since version 1.0. We were quizzed on everything from initial investment to what it's like building a business in Wales. The BQ Live team were also able to extract some pearls of wisdom from our CEO Rich who gave his thoughts on the country's booming tech sector and offered some great advice to budding entrepreneurs.

This isn't the first time we have been featured in the publication. Last year BQ Live published a cracking article about how Alan and Rich secured funding from Finance Wales and how they planned to grow Paperclip from start-up to household name.

The Sun on Sunday and more...

This week, however, it's all about The Sun (not the weather, obviously).

Paperclip was featured in the Mr. Money section of The Sun on Sunday as a way to 'Cash in on Christmas'. With such a huge readership, it was great to have such a candid breakdown of the app and what it can do for users looking to make a little extra cash around the festive period.

Paperclip also made two appearances in Alt Cardiff, a online publication reporting on what's hot in the Welsh capital. The first piece covered the launch of Paperclip desktop version and surge of new items added in 2017. The second was a profile of Rich!

As part of their 'Cardiff Characters' series, Rich sat down with journalist Chris Wallace to shed some light on his first steps in business and his connection to the city. Here Rich delves deeper into the importance of fostering entrepreneurial spirit and developing meaningful partnerships with other businesses.

Anything in the pipeline?

2018 promises to be another huge year for the Paperclip team. Come January, we have a great feature appearing in a leading mother & baby site and another write up in an international, bi-lingual tech blog.

Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Paperclip 2017 'Year in Review' piece coming next week.

In the meantime, you can keep up to date with the daily goings on at 'Clip HQ by following us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

Download the app for iPhone here. Android here.

Or check out the desktop version here.

 

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News

December 14, 2017 - No Comments!

Christmas Competition Update

Good afternoon from a chilly Paperclip HQ!

Here's just a quick update about the Paperclip Christmas Competition

So far well over a thousand of you have entered our Christmas giveaway and we would like to extend a warm welcome to our new followers and a big thanks to our existing audience for spreading the good word. As we have had such a great response, Paperclip HQ have decided to chuck in yet another bonus prize...

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Published by: Paperclip HQ in News