February 16, 2018 - No Comments!

Say hello to the new ‘Clips: Introducing Jacob and Sebastiano

This week we welcome Sebastiano, our new Junior Sales Executive and Jacob, who will be working with the marketing team.

Sebastiano joins us all the way from Italy and Jacob from Spain. We caught up with them to see how they are settling in at Paperclip HQ.

How did you hear about Paperclip and what made you want to work here?

Sebastiano: "I am currently studying International Business & Languages at Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Holland. I crossed paths with Paperclip through my University. My course offers me the possibility to do a 6-month internship in my third year and I was delighted when Paperclip offered me a position of Junior Sales."

Jacob: "I am currently studying a degree in Journalism with Advertising and PR and I also love learning languages and discovering new places and cultures. I decided to join Paperclip simply because their internship offer seemed really attractive to me."

Could you tell us a little more about your background?

Jacob: "I grew up in Spain but until recently I have been living in China. Here I was studying and teaching English to the local community. I saw astonishingly beautiful places and tried great food. I would recommend everyone to go there!"

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Jacob and Sebastiano at Paperclip HQ

 

And yourself, Sebastiano...

Sebastiano: "I grew up in Italy and then later studied in Holland. During my first two years of university started working as one of the 'Stenden Ambassadors'. The Stenden Ambassadors are essentially students that work for the marketing department of Stenden University of Applied Sciences and are in charge of helping new prospective students in their enrolling process as well as making presentations in their own home country’s High Schools or at Student Fairs. During these weeks spent in your own home country, in my case Italy, you would visit loads of schools and run presentations for the students. It was a great experience for me."

And how are you finding life at Paperclip HQ?

Jacob: "This is a very nice company with great people working in it. Here I find that any idea I can give is considered, and we all together work towards some goal - that is really cool. The office hours are quite flexible too, which I think is great.
The app is also great, so I think working here can give me new knowledge about lots of things. I am having a good time here and my tasks involve communicating, which is something I love. Then, the office is really nice and my workmates too!"

Sebastiano: "I feel the same, though I have only been here a few days I feel at home and enjoy my role here."

What are your plans for the future?

Jacob: "Regarding my future, I am still not sure of what I want to do, as I think I am still quite young and have to try different stuff. But the idea of being a doctor and researcher at uni appeals to me, so I'm thinking about doing PhD in Advertising and Marketing. I am really into sport too so I would love mixing both things somehow."

Sebastiano: "I plan to finish my current studies and then complete a Masters degree in marketing and then start my career in said field."

We wish Jacob and Sebastiano all the best and hope they enjoy their new roles at Paperclip.

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February 2, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip x Student Money Saver February competition

Paperclip and Student Money Saver have teamed up to give you the chance to win up to £100!

In honour of our new partnership with Student Money Saver, we are giving you the chance to win £100's worth of of pre-paid Visa cards to spend wherever you want!

It's quick and easy to enter, all you have to do is:

1.) Visit the Paperclip marketplace on Student Money Saver here

2.) Log-in by using Facebook, SMS login or create a new account in seconds

3.) Upload an item to the marketplace

For every individual item you upload, you will be entered into our prize draw.

There are no limits to the number of products you can upload. That means the more you add to the marketplace, the higher your chances of winning!

Terms and Conditions
  • This competition is not endorsed by Facebook or any other social media platform.
  • This competition is promoted by Student Money Saver (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.
  • The Promoter will not be responsible for lost or late competition entries.
  • The deadline for entries is 1st March 2018
  • The winner will be chosen at random by an independent judge and will be notified via email or social media.
  • Winners have 28 days from the closing date to claim their prize
  • 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 through Facebook, Twitter or by sending the Paperclip team an email at: hello@paperclip.co
  • The competition is free to enter
  • Good luck!

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January 30, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip x MoneyMagpie Competition Update

Greetings from Paperclip HQ!

Here's quick update about the Paperclip x MoneyMagpie January competition

Earlier this month, Paperclip teamed up with self-help money site MoneyMagpie to help users save money on their online shopping and earn a some extra cash decluttering after Christmas.

The team at Paperclip HQ have spent the month getting the word out about the new partnership and we've been taken back by the response we've had!

Hundreds of you have already taken to the new marketplace to sell your old stuff and savvy new users are popping up every minute! So, due to enormous public demand, we've taken the decision to extend the competition deadline to 2pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018.

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Just to recap what's on offer...

To celebrate this new partnership with MoneyMagpie, we are giving users of the new marketplace the chance to win £100's worth of of pre-paid Visa cards to spend wherever they want. Not bad, eh?

It's super-quick and super-easy to enter, all you have to do is:

1.) Visit the Paperclip powered marketplace on MoneyMagpie here

2.) Log-in by using your Facebook login or create a new account with MoneyMagpie in seconds

3.) Upload an item to the marketplace

For every item you upload, you will be entered into our January prize draw.

There are no limits to the number of products you can upload. In short, get adding for a higher chance of winning this fab prize.

Winners will be announced at 2pm on 28th December 2018 on our Facebook page and will be contacted by private message.

All terms and conditions can be found on our first competition post here.

Any questions?

Got a question about the competition? Feel free to drop a message in the comments below or Tweet us as @PaperclipHQ.

Good luck and remember to keep your eyes peeled for further competitions coming soon!

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January 23, 2018 - 1 comment.

Paperclip link up with Student Money Saver!

Paperclip are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Student Money Saver to help students buy, sell and swap on their very own safe, secure online marketplace. Savvy students using the Student Money Saver website will be able to grab essential Uni supplies and more at a fraction of the retail price and make money online by selling their old stuff.

The marketplace is free to use for all SMS users and always will be. As usual, there are no listing fees or transaction fees and students can get started simply by logging into the marketplace with their Facebook credentials. Just look for the Marketplace tab on the Student Money Saver website.

The student marketplace

We did some research and found that as many as half of students are worried about being able to buy course resources such as books and materials. Not only that, but financial pressures meant almost three-quarters of students (71%*) were stressed and anxious about money.

To help with this, Student Money Saver users are now able to save money on everything from smartphones and laptops to the kit they might need for sports societies. It also gives students the chance to trade and sell any unwanted kitchen items and books that they wouldn’t need after they graduate, but that a new student could really use.

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Linking up with SMS

Speaking about the partnership, Mark Stevenson, Head of Operations at Student Money Saver said “Having been involved with Student Money Saver for five years I understand just how important it is for students to be savvy with their finances, which is why I’m so excited to be launching our very own student marketplace with Paperclip.

It’ll provide a fantastic opportunity for students to be able to buy, sell and swap items within the comfort of their university community, and hopefully prove to be an important tool in what can be a financially tricky time.”

Alan, our Co-Founder and CCO added “We’re so proud to be working with Student Money Saver this year. A student marketplace isn’t just about saving money, it’s about being part of a community and we couldn’t think of a better platform to work with than one which has helped so tremendously with student wellbeing.

“My co-founder Rich and I met at university and we know firsthand how important it is to budget well and take every opportunity to save when you’re a student. We really hope that having a free marketplace available not only helps with saving, but that it goes some way towards reducing the stress that can come with being in a new environment and budgeting for the first time.”

Competition time

Not only this, but Paperclip will be running a special competition where users of the Student Money Saver marketplace can win up to £100 as well as a host of other cool runner-up prizes. The details of this will be announced later this week on our Facebook page, keep your eyes peeled for more info about how to enter and increase your chances of taking home a sweet prize!

 

 

*University of Swansea research 2016

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January 10, 2018 - No Comments!

Win big with Paperclip & MoneyMagpie

Paperclip and MoneyMagpie are giving you the chance to win up to £100 with our January competition.

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To celebrate our new partnership, we are teaming up with MoneyMagpie to give you the chance to win £100's worth of of pre-paid Visa cards to spend wherever you want!

It's quick and easy to enter, all you have to do is:

1.) Visit the Paperclip marketplace on MoneyMagpie here

2.) Log-in by using Facebook or create a new account in seconds

3.) Upload an item to the marketplace

For every item you upload, you will be entered into our prize draw.

There are no limits to the number of products you can upload. There more you add to the marketplace, the higher your chances of winning!

Terms and Conditions
  • This competition is not endorsed by Facebook or any other social media platform.
  • This competition is promoted by MoneyMagpie (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.
  • The Promoter will not be responsible for lost or late competition entries.
  • The deadline for entries is 31st January 2018. This may be extended due to unforseen circumstances. *Deadline now: 28th February 2018*
  • The winner will be chosen at random by an independent judge 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 through Facebook, Twitter or by sending the Paperclip team an email at: hello@paperclip.co
  • The competition is free to enter
  • Good luck!

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January 10, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip team up with MoneyMagpie!

Paperclip are delighted to announce that we will be partnering with the UK's leading self-help money site, MoneyMagpie!

What's it all about?

This new partnership will allow all MoneyMagpie visitors to upload and sell anything they don’t need on their very own Paperclip marketplace. Not only will MoneyMagpie be featuring their own Paperclip marketplace on their website, Paperclip will also be providing expert advice on how to save money, and how to get the most out of second-hand shopping.

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Talking about the partnership, Marc Crosby, Assistant Editor at MoneyMagpie said: "At MoneyMagpie, we're big believers in finding great deals and freebies online, as well as selling things you no longer need both to de-clutter and to earn a bit of extra cash.
“That's why we've teamed up with Paperclip to give our users access to a fantastic marketplace where they can buy, sell, swap and freecycle with people in their local area.”

Our CEO and co-founder Rich Woolley, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be working with MoneyMagpie this year. Our marketplace is first and foremost about saving money, and so we couldn’t think of a better website to partner with than one which has helped the UK so tremendously with earning that little bit extra. We hope that along with the introduction of the Paperclip marketplace, our continued guidance and support on how best to buy, sell and swap will make it even easier for MoneyMagpie users to save money.”

Co-founder and COO, Alan Small, said:  “What we wanted to do was create a place where people could buy, sell and trade in a community of people they trust, and we really hope that integrating a safe and secure platform like Paperclip with MoneyMagpie will help even more people in the UK save money at this time of year.”

Competition time

Not only this, but Paperclip will be running a special competition where users of the marketplace on MoneyMagpie can win up to £100. The details of this will be announced later this week on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for more...

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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...

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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.

 

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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...

This is our first Christmas giveaway and we have started with a cracker!

Just to recap, this year's first prize is a brand new 32GB Apple iPad in Space Grey. This gorgeous bit of kit is perfect for everything from watching movies to browsing the net to editing your own videos.

This year's runners-up can claim some great prizes too!

We have £50 worth vouchers for Nando's restaurant for our second placed contestant. Third place will also receive their choice of Paperclip swag.

We are also picking a bonus runner-up who will receive a £20 voucher from a mystery High Street retailer!

 If you are still yet to enter, just:

1.) Like the Paperclip Facebook page

2.) Like and share the competition post

3.) Cross your fingers!

Winners will be announced at 4pm on 18th December 2017 on our Facebook page and will be contacted by private message.

Remember to keep your eyes peeled for further competitions throughout 2018.

Good luck, Merry Christmas and remember: sharing is caring!

 

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Competition Rules (update: 14th December 2017)

1.) Entrants must be 18 years old or over

2.) Strictly one entry to the competition per person

3.) This competition is not endorsed by Facebook, Apple, Nando's or any other third party

4.) We will not share your personal data with anyone and never will

5.) Winners will be contacted on 18th December 2017 through social media

6.) Winners have 48 hours to accept their prize or another winner will be selected

 

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November 29, 2017 - No Comments!

Paperclip Christmas Competition

Santa comes early to Paperclip HQ...

Merry Christmas to all our users at home and abroad!

Following the success of last year's 'Name our Mascot' competition, the team at Paperclip HQ are giving our users the chance to win a whole host of amazing prizes!

The Paperclip team have had quite the year....

Starting 2017 with only three full-time members of staff, the Paperclip family now has now grown to thirteen!  Not only that, but we released our long-awaited, completely redesigned v2.0 apps on Android and iPhone as well as Paperclip desktop version.
We have also added some strong members to our board this year; Hayley Parsons (the Founder of GoCompare.com), John Davis (ex-CFO of the Financial Times and Yell.com), Tim Ward (prominent angel investor, sold Friends Reunited and invested in startups such as Quidco, Streetlife and Design My Night)

To celebrate a brilliant 2017, we are giving our users the chance to win three wicked prizes.

1st Prize - Apple 32GB iPad

Paperclip are delighted to be offering a brand new Apple 32GB iPad in Space Grey as this years' top prize!

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Along with its durable design, the new iPad boats Full HD 1080p video and a 8 megapixel rear camera. The new front-facing FaceTime HD camera makes selfies and video calls effortless and the tablet comes with built in Touch ID as well as super-fast AC WiFi.

And don't worry, it's compatible with the Paperclip app.

2nd Prize - £50 Nando's vouchers

Our 2nd Prize this year is a bit tasty..

Paperclip HQ are offering £50 of Nando's vouchers for our runner-up!

The vouchers will be valid from December 2017 all through 2018 at Nando's nationwide.

3rd Prize - Paperclip merch

That's not all!

Our third placed entry will get a load of Paperclip gear to keep warm through the winter months! We have a stack of Paperclip branded t-shirts, hoodies and more.

We will inbox the 3rd placed winner for size and colour preference once the names are drawn at noon on 18th December!

How to take part

Entry is FREE and takes less than a minute - it couldn't be simpler.

All you need to do is follow this link:

1.) Like the Paperclip Facebook Page

2.) Like the competition post

3.) Share it (that's it!)

Winners will be announced on the 18th December 2017 (plenty of time for us to arrange 1st Class shipping before Christmas)!

Good luck & Merry Christmas!

Still looking for a gift for that special someone?

Download the Paperclip app for Android here and for iOS here.

Alternatively, you can check out the desktop version of Paperclip here.

 

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