Archives for January 2021

January 29, 2021 - No Comments!

Looking back on 2020: Year in Review

Most of us want to leave 2020 firmly in the rear view mirror. Rather than hitting you with a full Year in Review blog post, we'll give you brief rundown of what we got up to in the weirdest year in recent memory...

The Paperclip community
  • We managed to grow our userbase 2.5x, from 100,000 to 250,000 users!
  • Our university presence grew 4x from 42 to 168 universities.
  • 2020 saw a record number of transactions across our public, student and enterprise marketplaces.
  • Our Digital Welcome Pack for university freshers and returning students was launched. Here worked huge brands such as Wilko, tastecard, Amazon Prime, Perlego and Ola to provide real value to our student userbase.
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We launched our Digital Welcome Pack for students in Autumn 2020...
  • We gave away hundreds of freebies, shopping vouchers and even a brand new PlayStation 5 to our beloved trading community!
Marketplace upgrades
  • Payments was released, enabling our users to buy and sell securely with online payments, the next step in our plan to add delivery and rental services...
From September 2020, our users could purchase items using their credit/debit card!
  • Our homepage got a makeover and made upgrades to our buying, selling and messaging user experience.
  • We consolidated all of our university marketplaces onto a single marketplace, enabling students from any university to buy and sell with students at any other university and the wider public
Behind the scenes
  • We we're listed as number 34 in BusinessCloud's top 100 eCommerce Trailblazers.
  • We brought onboard some key advisory talent and investors with a successful investment round.
  • And finally, Keith Parkman (COO) and Millie Bowie (Designer) joined us full time, providing fantastic marketing, design and commercial sales talent and experience with them...

Despite some real progress in a number of areas, rest assured that we're just as keen to see the back of 2020 as you are.

Thanks for checking out our Year in Review and here's to a happy and healthy 2021!

Keep up with the latest news from Paperclip HQ, follow us on Twitter here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News, Perspective

January 20, 2021 - No Comments!

Paperclip’s Fitness Fortnight: keeping you moving through lockdown

During these challenging times, it's never been more important for us to keep moving. Exercise is proven to boost self-esteem, sleep quality and brain power while reducing the risk of depression and disease. The January weather (and blues) can make it all the more difficult for us to motivate ourselves to get fit. But fear not, Paperclip is here with our top tips for staying active...

Give Yoga a go-go

Yoga is a safe and effective way to build up your strength, flexibility and balance. Learning the poses correctly helps minimise the risk of injury and a even a quick session once in a while can be great for clearing your mind. Attending classes are usually advisable if you’ve never done it before, but there are plenty of teach-yourself videos and live-streams online you can access for free during lockdown.

Home cookin'

Whether you're jetting off to school, college or work, it can be all too easy for us to grab some food-to-go and as we know, it's not always the healthiest option...

Now we are all spending more time at home, there's never been a better time to work on our culinary prowess. Whats more, there's a ton of free recipe apps dedicated to helping you hit your weight-loss and fitness targets...

You can also check out Paperclip's 'Home & Garden' category. There are some great bargains on utensils and all your other kitchen essentials.

Now not having the correct kit is no excuse...

Bring the gym to your living room

For some us, not being able to hit the gym has been one of the toughest parts of lockdown. The wet weather and short days can make pounding the pavement seem even less appealing than it did before.

However, you can now bring the gym the comfort of your front room. If you don't mind buying your gear second hand, there are some real bargains out there. Remember, used plates weigh the exact same amount as brand new ones and cost a fraction of the price. Head to Paperclip's 'Sports and Outdoors' category and save up to 50% on the RRP of all your home gym essentials.

Want to make a 100% saving on your home workout kit?

We're giving away everything you need to turbo-charge your workout completely free to one lucky user. It's free and super simple (it takes less than a minute) to enter. Just head to our Fitness Fortnight competition post to find out more...

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Click to enter our giveaway now...
Learn to meditate

During times of anxiety, it can be really useful to practice meditation to help manage your headspace. Reducing stress can help lower cortisol (the stress hormone that makes losing weight all the more difficult) considerably. If you’re not sure what meditation or breathwork entails, it’s the practice of training the mind to a state of mental clarity that studies have found helps you deal with stress, anxiety and more.

Meditation needn't be something that takes hours out of your schedule. Just 15 minutes of sitting alone in a quiet room is a great start. There are plenty of great resources online and some great communities on social media for you to get involved with...

Exercise with friends

Prefer to hit the gym or go for a run with your buddy? Well you've got plenty of options for you break a sweat with your mates from home. Not only have Houseparty and Zoom surged in popularity over lockdown, but online instructor classes from Turnd Up and SG23 have also kept us moving with interactive, screen-sharing sessions available online. In short, there are now loads ways for you to link up with your pals online, without having to leave the home.

Remember you win everything you need for the perfect home workout by entering our Fitness Fortnight home gym competition. Click here for more info...

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Musings, Perspective

January 12, 2021 - No Comments!

Paperclip’s Fitness Fortnight

Good morning and happy new year from the team at Paperclip HQ!

We hope you enjoyed your break (if you were fortunate enough to have one) and that you are joining us in looking forward to what promises to be a brighter year.

First off, we'd like to give a huge thanks to all users and to everyone who entered our end of year competition.

For those who missed it, last month, we ran a very special giveaway to reward one lucky Paperclip user with the ultimate 'must-have' festive gift. On offer this year was the brand new Sony PlayStation 5...

At the start of Christmas week, the Paperclip marketing team were given the job of selecting a winner at random. It was Tracey from Edinburgh's lucky day as she took home the console for her two young boys, just in time for the big day. Our runner-up prizes (two £50 Amazon vouchers) were scooped by new users Brooke and Samantha. We hope you put them to good use!

Welcome to Fitness Fortnight

This January really does bring a new meaning to 'fresh year, fresh start'. With so many of us wanting to start 2021 on the right foot, staying healthy and atoning for our sins over the holidays, Paperclip is here give you a helping hand!

No-fees fitness

In any normal January, gyms up and down the country would be heaving. Sadly, our hangover from 2020 has meant that, for now, we're having to sweat it out at home instead...

To help you get moving, we're removing all fees from everything in our Sports & Outdoors category. That means whatever health, fitness or sporting good you purchase from our marketplace, you'll get all of your fees sent back to your Paperclip wallet within 72 hours!

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There's no limit on fee refunds. The more you buy, the more you save!

Win a home gym set-up!

But we're not stopping there. We're giving one lucky user the chance to win everything they need to turbo charge their workout at home!

The team at HQ have shortlisted 10 must-have pieces of home gym equipment, no matter what your fitness goal...

In this year's home gym bundle, we have:

  • Adjustable weight kettlebell
  • Power grippers
  • Resistance bands
  • Any size skipping rope
  • Push-up bars

  • Portable dumbbell set
  • Ab roller
  • Yoga mat
  • Protein shaker
  • Bluetooth mini speaker

Every item above will be delivered, free of charge to our lucky winner's doorstep later this month.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is:

1.) Like our competition post and give us a follow on either Facebook or Instagram.

2.) Create a free Paperclip account (if you haven't already).

3.) Sit back and cross your fingers...

You can also share our post and tag your friends to get an extra bonus entry into our draw!

Just make sure that you're signed up to Paperclip by 11:30pm on Sunday 24th January 2021.

The winner will be announced at 3:00pm on Monday 25th January 2021 on our socials.

See below for full terms and conditions...

Terms and conditions
  • This competition is not endorsed by Instagram, Facebook or any other social media platform.
  • This competition is promoted by Paperclip App Ltd (Promoter).
  • Competition entry is only open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or older. No purchase necessary.
  • Prize is supplied by Paperclip. Delivery to be arranged by the Promoter.
  • The Promoter will not be responsible for lost or late competition entries.
  • The deadline for entries is 11:30pm on Sunday 24th January 2021. This may be extended due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • The winner will be chosen at random and will be notified via email or social media.
  • If the Promoter cannot: (a) contact the winner (via the details provided at the date of entry) within 5 working days or (b) the winner does not return details of its postal address to the Promoter within 14 days of notification that they have won the Prize, the Promoter reserves the right to re-draw a new winner until a winner on these terms is found.
  • If you have any questions, you can get in touch by sending the Paperclip team an email at: hello@paperclip.co
  • The competition is free to enter.
  • Good luck!





Published by: Paperclip HQ in News