September 20, 2018 - No Comments!

Cardiff Met join the Paperclip revolution

Another week, another uni...

Last week, we gleefully announced that Paperclip will be powering the official marketplace for Brunel students. This time, the team are heading just five minutes from Paperclip HQ to Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Cardiff Metropolitan is one of the country's fastest growing unis and houses the famous Cardiff School of Art & Design. The university has over 13,000 students studying across their campuses in Llandaff and Cyncoed.

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A sneak peak of the new Cardiff Met marketplace

Paperclip CMO Laurence comments "We are delighted to have Cardiff Metropolitan University on board. The university has a great reputation at home and abroad and we are excited to be launching the marketplace alongside The Union. As an (adopted) Cardiffian, it's great to be working with a student community so close to home. Here our knowledge of the area will prove invaluable as we aim to reach out to students through local events, partnerships with popular local brands and engaging with students face-to-face."

The Cardiff Met marketplace has been prepped and will be launched this month, in time for the new 2018/19 cohort.

We managed to speak with David Jackson Commercial Development Manager at Cardiff Met Students' Union who added "For most students, going to university is their first time leaving home which means they need all the university essentials. With a degree costing so much, they need to find ways to keep their living costs down. This is where the marketplace comes in."

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Justin and Laurence pose with Cardiff Met Development Manager David outside the Campus Centre

Not only this, but Paperclip will be planning to trial some fab new features and offers for students on this platform - details to follow...

Our new Marketing Officer Justin, who will be spearheading the student onboarding process at this uni, said "It's great to be working with Cardiff Met Student Union. With our ability to dedicate more time to student engagement, we can gather valuable feedback through focus groups which will allow us to further grow our platform."

Could your university benefit from a student marketplace? Get in touch!

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September 11, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip comes to Brunel!

As the Paperclip family grows, so does the list of universities who have taken proactive steps to improve their student experience.

In our last post, we explored the true cost of university for British undergraduates in 2018. With the total surpassing an eye-watering £140,000 for a three year degree course, higher education providers and students themselves are looking for ways to both save and earn money during their studies.

This was the primary motivation for Paperclip to create our innovative platform to help students save money on core university essentials (textbooks, laptops study materials, etc) as well as giving them an opportunity to earn quick cash decluttering.

Paperclip heads to Uxbridge

Located at the very edge of West London, Brunel University was founded in 1966. The uni organised into three colleges and now caters for 13,000 students. The university has a busy, vibrant and diverse campus which caters to students from all over the world.

After beginning preliminary discussions with some of the uni's closest neighbours, we approached The Union of Brunel Students to explore the possibility of them trialling a Paperclip marketplace in time for the start of the academic year 2018/19.

Speaking about the meeting, COO Alan said "We approached the Union of Brunel Students back in the Spring. After speaking with the team, they agreed to go ahead with the marketplace. It's great to have another London university on board, especially as they have agreed to link their platform to the marketplaces we have already provided to the students at UCL, King's College London and Queen Mary University. This provides users with an even more items available to purchase and gives students a greater chance of selling their unwanted items."

Naomi Candorf, Advertising and Fundraising Administrator at The Union of Brunel Students added "The Union of Brunel Students is excited to be working with Paperclip to create a marketplace that is beneficial to all involved."

Team Brunel assemble!

With the Union staff now fully onboard, we began our quest to assemble a team of Student Brand Ambassadors to get the word out about the new marketplace and let other students know about the benefits of signing up for free.

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Team Paperclip adding the final touches to the marketplace

Within hours of putting out the ad, we were inundated with applications from Brunel Uni students looking for an opportunity to gain some real work experience and to help us get the word out about the new marketplace.

Sadly, though we had some amazing applicants, we could only select our top five to join the team.

One of the students who stood out was Communications & Media Studies undergraduate, Oliviyah Harry. Asked about her new role, Oliviyah said "I'm really looking forward to working on this project. Not only is this is a great opportunity for students to save money, but it is a great opportunity for me to gain some real work experience on campus."

With such strong backing from the Union, the Paperclip marketing team have been granted access to not only this year's Brunel Fresher's Fayre, but to other key activity days throughout the year.

Paperclip CMO Laurence added "We are delighted that Naomi and The Union team are so committed to integrating their new marketplace into student's daily life and we are grateful for the access given. We are here to make this a success on campus, and with the help of the team at Uxbridge, we have no doubts it will be."

Does your university need it's own bespoke student marketplace? If so, get in touch here.

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September 10, 2018 - No Comments!

Meet the new ‘Clip – say hello to Justin

There has been a new addition to the Paperclip family! This week we are extending a warm welcome to Justin, our new Graduate Marketing Officer.

Justin, originally from Plymouth, is a recent Business Management graduate of Swansea University.

Way back in 2015, Paperclip partnered with Justin's uni faculty, the Swansea School of Management and Leadership. We created a bespoke marketplace, just for the SoM students.

This gave Justin a perfect project for his dissertation on growing small businesses. Justin spearheading the entire project, working on promo stalls and analysing performance data.

Justins' experience working as a Red Bull Brand Manager will be invaluable as Paperclip gets the word out to freshers up and down the UK later this month.

We sat down with the new recruit to see how he is enjoying his new role...

So Justin, tell us a bit about yourself...

"Hey! I’m Justin and I'm the newest member of the Paperclip team. I’m 22 years old and an avid free diver with the ambition so explore the world. I have just recently graduated from Swansea Uni with a Business Management degree - one of my proudest achievements to this date. I'm delighted to be starting my career in marketing as Paperclip's Graduate Marketing Officer."

What will you be doing at Paperclip?

"From previous experience as a Red Bull Student Brand Manager and a Paperclip Student Brand Ambassador, I have gained some great experience in this job role. Therefore, at Paperclip, I will be developing their Student Ambassador scheme, supporting C-level executive decisions to ensure an effective programme is implemented across the UK. Myself, and the CMO, are working on finding the most capable students to implement the scheme and managing them to guarantee the marketplace is immersed into everyday university life.

As well as dealing with students, I will also be managing the relationships with various Student Unions to ensure they are happy and on-board with their marketplace. I have also been reaching out to companies to increase our number of partnerships."

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Junior Designer Ana with her new colleague Justin

What made you apply for the position?

"From my experience in ambassador roles and my degree, I knew I could excel in the role at Paperclip. Also, working with the company in my final year, I knew the Paperclip team had values, hard work and ambition, which aligned with mine."

How have you found your first month on the job?

"The first month in the job has been an incredible experience, I have been challenged daily, becoming a more well-rounded employee and growing as a person. I have received help from all departments of the Paperclip team, especially from the CMO, to ensure tasks are completed to a standard of high quality.

I am now ready for what will becoming for the rest of the year, and ready to make my mark on the company!"

Interested in working with Paperclip, head to our jobs page.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News

August 30, 2018 - No Comments!

The real cost of university

Exploring the real cost of attending university in 2018

Does going to university in 2018 have to break the bank?

The average three year degree will cost a student £140,000; enough for a house deposit, a brand new BMW, a trip around the world for a year, a jet ski, and still have enough left over for a rainy day!

So how does a degree end up costing a student so much?

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We have broken it down into five different areas...

  1. Study costs (inc. maintenance loan)

£50,000

The current upper limit for tuition fee loans is £9,250 per annum, with most UK universities taking advantage of the upper limit.  A typical undergraduate degree in the UK lasts three years, meaning that the average student debt amounted to an eye-watering £27,000 in 2017. If you take out a maintenance loan, which most students do, this will increase your total to around £40,000. If you add the interest rates to the loan repayments, we're talking upwards of £50,000.

  1. Student Accommodation

£14,625 - this is included in the maintenance loan so let's not add that to the total.

In 2017, the average student rent came to £125 per week or (£535 a month) however, students in London can expect to pay an average of £182 a week (£640 a month). The average annual cost for students is £4,875. One-third of students will pay bills on top of rent!

  1. Essential Living expenses

£26,970

Including food, course costs (textbooks, printing, laptops), transport, socialising and utility contracts, the average total student living cost for 2016 was £8,990 – amounting to £26,970 across a three-year period.

  1. Realistic Costs

£2,448

Students spend £32 a month on clothes and on average £36 on other expenses such as house hold essentials, bikes, electronics. This figure depends on lifestyle, amongst other factors.

  1. The opportunity cost

£63,000

The main alternative to university is going out into the real world and getting a job, which is what most school leavers do. According to total jobs the average UK school leaver salary is £21,000 a year. This means by going to University you miss out on the opportunity to earn £63,000

Use your money wisely

This is not meant to scare students and put them off attending University because University is one of the best life experiences you will ever have which will open up so many areas for your career, development, experiences and relationships…provided you do your work!

This just highlights how careful students need to be with their finances and to be strategic with how they spend their money. There are plenty of ways students are able to save money on everyday living expenses through student discounts, subsidized services and other life hacks.

The ever increasing university costs was one of the main reasons that Paperclip decided to provide UK universities with their own marketplace for free. Paperclip wanted to provide a community where students can buy, sell and swap all of their university essentials on campus…..for free!

Paperclip is not only free, students are able to find items that are on average 60% cheaper than buying new. Paperclip is also safe and secure to use as you are only trading with other verified students from your University or nearby university e.g. if you are in London and go to UCL, you can buy and sell with students from Queen MaryKCL and more.

Paperclip is live in over 30 universities, but if you want us to come to your university to provide you with your own marketplace, you can get in touch here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in Musings, Perspective

August 13, 2018 - No Comments!

Rich & Alan make the 35 Under 35

Another exciting week at Paperclip HQ...

Last week, Paperclip co-founders Rich and Alan were featured on this year's 35 Under 35!

The WalesOnline 35 Under 35, sponsored by FOR Cardiff, celebrate the best young business people and professionals in Wales. The platform has been run annually by WalesOnline since 2014 and showcases the best and brightest young talent living and working in the county.

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Paul Rowland, Editor-in-chief, Media Wales, writes: “The WalesOnline 35 under 35 is a great platform to showcase the rising stars in the Welsh economy, across the private, public, education and third sectors...many of those who have made the lists, have gone on to achieve even greater success."

Speaking of the commendation, our CEO Rich said "Being named as a one of Wales' top business people was certainly the highlight of my year. The whole team has put a lot of effort into making Paperclip a strong product with a globally recognisable brand and we'd love to do our part to help chisel Wales onto the startup map. To have our efforts recognized in such a manner is both incredibly rewarding and motivating for everyone involved."

CCO Alan added, "It's an honour to be listed alongside some of these brilliant business people. Let's hope we can keep our place next year - before we get too old!"

The whole team would like to thank WalesOnline for taking the time to recognise both our founders and the brand.

Another week, another uni...

Not only this, but Paperclip have also added another university partner with the distinguished Queen Mary University London also jumping on board as Paperclip look to roll out yet another marketplace in time for Fresher's Week 2018. Much like our friends at KCLSU, the Queen Mary University London marketplace will be a joint venture with their Students' Union.

Speaking about the partnership, our CMO Laurence said "I'm delighted to have Queen Mary's new marketplace finished up and tested in time for the new academic year. Queen Mary has a great reputation both domestically and internationally and we are looking forward to rolling this out to the new September cohort."

Would your university benefit from a bespoke student marketplace? Get in touch here.

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July 19, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip needs you!

Happy Thursday everybody!

Take the survey here.

Just a quick update from Paperclip HQ...

The Paperclip team have been hard at work this week, adding new features to the UK's most trusted marketplace.

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The Paperclip marketplace

The Development team have been busy building the latest version of the mobile app, whilst the Design team have been working on some slick new graphics for our promo campaigns.

The Marketing team have been growing our university platforms and working closely with Student Unions to make sure our users are having the best experience possible. Not only that, but more universities have jumped on board and will have their own marketplaces live in time for Fresher's week 2018 (but you will have to wait until next week to find out who!)

Furthermore, we are delighted to announce that next month Paperclip will be announcing their first signing of the transfer window! The team have been lucky enough to snag a reinforcement to the marketing team - and they might not be the only one...

This week however...

Paperclip needs your help!

We are always striving to make the marketplace better, faster, with more of the stuff you love!

We were hoping you can help by sparing 60 seconds to answer a few questions about Paperclip and what you want to see more of in the future.

Click here to be transported to a brief survey about the marketplace.

Thanks for the feedback - and remember to stay tuned to our blog for more Paperclip news!

 

Published by: Paperclip HQ in General musings, News

July 11, 2018 - No Comments!

Growing the One Central Square community with Paperclip

Teaming up with OCS

It's been yet another busy week at PaperclipHQ! We have been hard at work creating more beautiful, bespoke marketplaces for our corporate clients and universities.

Last Tuesday, however, we began our marketing campaign for an existing client: One Central Square.

Back in 2016, the Paperclip team were fortunate enough to snag office space in Cardiff's most prestigious development sites. One Central Square is located in the heart of the Welsh capital and caters for a number of companies both big and small.

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One Central Square next to iconic Millennium Stadium

What's different to other office spaces in the city, is OCS' commitment to building an active, supportive business community within its four walls. OCS explain "The office is more than just a place to work, it is a community that serves to ensure that the professional services staff that reside there are as content as possible."

Paperclip reached out to OCS last year and have always been keen to help OCS further develop relationships amongst tenants. With so many businesses now looking to boost employee satisfaction and retention by offering staff perks, this was the perfect opportunity to work together.

After a quick catch-up with the OCS management team, we pitched the idea of a local marketplace, just for staff and the tenants of the building.

Before long, the Development team were spinning up another new marketplace.

Building the community

Speaking about the new partnership, our CEO Rich said "I'm delighted to provide the most prestigious office building in Wales with their very own marketplace. We have thoroughly tested it with tenants such as MotoNovo and we are all very excited to go live. It's a testament to the building management that they've worked so closely with us on this, and aligns well with their vision of One Central Square becoming more than just an office, but a thriving community."

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The OCS marketplace

The Marketing and Design teams have been working on a print and social campaign to spread the word about the platform and it hasn't taken long for tenants to start buying, selling and swapping.

Our CMO, Laurence added "This has been a really rewarding project. Not only have we delivered a marketplace to one of the city's most prestigious developments, but we are helping build a business community too! The Development, Marketing and Design teams have really enjoyed working with One Central Square and are looking forward to getting more users and more great items on the platform."

Would your business benefit from a staff marketplace? Get in touch here.

Published by: Paperclip HQ in General musings, News, Perspective

June 26, 2018 - No Comments!

Say hello to the KCLSU marketplace

A warm hello from a bright and breezy Cardiff!

Sadly, the team at Paperclip HQ haven't had much time to enjoy the sunshine these last few weeks...

From UCL to KCLSU

Earlier this month we were finally able to announce our new partnership with University College London. After our success launching the Swansea University School of Management marketplace, we reached out to the team at UCL Students' Union to pitch the concept of their students having their own marketplace where they can buy, sell and swap their old textbooks, study materials and bric-a-brac in a trusted local community, without those annoying listing and transaction fees.

After careful consideration from the UCL Students' Union team, we were given the opportunity to design and build their bespoke marketplace. Within a few days, the marketplace was live and, with the help of our Student Brand Ambassadors, we began onboarding students.

Word travels quick in the city and before long we found ourselves pitching to the team at KCLSU - the King's College London Students' Union.

Fortunately, we given the opportunity to deliver another bespoke marketplace to another Russell Group university!

Creating the marketplace

That Monday, our entire Dev team (even our team in Brno) were in at Paperclip HQ to begin developing the new KCLSU marketplace.

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The Dev team (and Alan) working hard on the new KCLSU marketplace

By the end of the week, the new marketplace had been successfully designed, built and tested.

Meanwhile, our in-house design team crafted some great marketing assets for use around the campus. Making use of the university's digital screens, display boards and social media channels, both Head of Design Steve and Junior Designer Ana where able to create a bold, beautiful and effective campaign to let students know about their brand new marketplace.

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The new KCLSU marketplace

Days later, the team welcomed their first student ambassador! Italian BA Management student Nicole reached out to us online and began spreading the word around campus. The following week she linked up with our CMO Laurence and COO Alan on Guy's campus to help us reach out to students directly and the results were astonishing! Hundreds of students signed up on the day, with more jumping on board in the following days.

Speaking about the new marketplace, our CMO Laurence said "It's great to be working with the team at KCLSU. The development team have worked hard to get the marketplace up and running and it's great to see students signing-up, adding items and creating a buzzing online community."

Keep an eye on the Paperclip blog for more exciting developments...

Your new marketplace provider

Does your university need a student marketplace? Get in touch here

Interested in becoming a Student Brand Ambassador? Head to our vacancies page

 

Published by: Paperclip HQ in News

June 13, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip: The UK’s leading student marketplace provider

What a start it's been to 2018!

We are only a few months in and not only have Paperclip claimed a Cardiff Life Award, but the team have also been nominated for Best Digital Start Up and Best Mobile App at the WalesOnline Digital Awards as well as being shortlisted for a South Wales Business Award.

In terms of in-house developments, the Paperclip squad have been keeping our cards close to our chest.

However, it's with great pleasure (drumroll please) that we can announce that we have secured contracts with a number of universities across the UK to power their official student marketplaces!

In the beginning...

Way back in 2015, team Paperclip began researching as to whether or not students in the UK needed their own marketplaces to buy and sell textbooks and study materials with their contemporaries. It turned out that out of our sample, a whopping 85% thought their University needed a space to facilitate buying and selling amongst their student community and a huge 79% said that if such a platform existed, they would use it regularly.

The following year, we reached out to the Swansea University School of Management to see if they would be interested in working with us to deliver their very own bespoke student marketplace. Luckily, the University faculty saw as much potential in the project as we did and within a few weeks, the School of Management had their very own marketplace.

Before long, the marketplace had grown into a thriving community of students buying, selling and swapping their old textbooks, clothes and even their old fancy dress outfits!

We recruited a crack team of Student Ambassadors to push the marketplace even further within the student community and now the marketplace is an indispensable part of student life on campus.

The next steps

Building on the success of our project in Swansea. We reached out to the famous University College London's Student's Union in the capital. A few days after our initial meetings, our test site was ready and we were adding the finishing touches to yet another brand new marketplace.

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UCL marketplace

Speaking about the marketplace, Nick Spence, Sales and Events Coordinator at UCL Students' Union said "We are delighted to announce our partnership with Paperclip. The whole team at UCL SU are pleased to provide our students with this brand new marketplace!"

Rich, our CEO, added "It's an honour to be working with the University College London Students' Union and we are delighted to provide students with a unique platform where they can buy, sell and swap with their contemporaries."

Rather than rest on our laurels, the Paperclip marketing team have been working closely with the Student Union to get the word out about the new marketplace and encourage students to get trading.

Speaking about the onboarding process, our CMO Laurence added, "After starting our outreach campaign in the Spring, the Paperclip team have been blown away by the response. Working within print, digital and social media, the marketing team have successfully build awareness about the new marketplace and familiarised hundreds of students with the concept and interface. We've had great feedback so far and we're looking forward to introducing even more students to the platform!"

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COO Alan and CEO Rich at UCL

The Paperclip team have also worked closely with the students, hiring a team of Student Brand Ambassadors to spread the word around campus and incentivise students to sign up with cash bonuses and heaps of great prizes and competitions.

Going national

News of our success spread quickly and our inbox lit up with more and more universities wanting to trial their very own student marketplaces.

As of September 2018, Paperclip will now be powering the official student marketplace at 50 Universities and Student's Unions across the United Kingdom making us the UK's leading student marketplace provider!

Your new marketplace provider

Does your University need a student marketplace? Find out how to get in touch here

Interested in becoming a Student Ambassador? Check out our vacancies page

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April 11, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip clinch Cardiff Life Award!

Earlier this year, a mystery envelope arrived at Paperclip HQ with a very special message:

"Paperclip have been invited to Cardiff City Hall for the annual Cardiff Life Awards"

Not only this, but it turns out that our pals at Front Door Communications recommended us for not one, but two different awards! Our humble marketplace had been shortlisted, along with some of the most well known local brands in the Best Retailer category. Not only this, but we were up for the New Business Award too!

The big day

After a gruelling two and a half hours in the office, our CEO Rich, CMO Laurence and our two star interns Ana and Sebastiano retired home early to don their finest glad rags and head off to the venue.

Naturally, we were greeted with the obligatory champagne reception and photo shoot. The team felt star-stuck rubbing shoulders with the titans of Cardiff's industry and culture (unfortunately Laurence didn't get the chance to meet his boyhood hero Neil Warnock).

We were herded into the banquet hall and took our seats by our new friends, local financial planning firm Penguin Wealth. Both teams were served an exquisite dinner, followed by yet more bubbly!

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After a rousing speech by local hero and superstar referee Nigel Owens it was on to the awards...

The team had barely finished their tiramisu before it was time to announce the winner of the Best Retailer category was announced.

"An innovative and truly unique concept..."

"Tripled their workforce in only a few months..."

Could it be?

It could!

Team Paperclip had only gone and won it!

The room filled with raucous applause, the Paperclip squad made our way up to the stage to deliver a hastily prepared and completely unrehearsed speech in front of our sporting heroes and local business leaders.

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To have been named in the same category as our fellow nominees was an honour. To win was a dream come true!

As the winners collected their respective awards, the team were introduced to some great local companies and made some really valuable connections.

After that, it was on to the after party!

This year's event was held just down the road at Barley & Rye, a gorgeous new gastropub and events venue in the heart of the city centre.

Feeling their age, both Rich and Laurence left our interns to fly the Paperclip flag - and they certainly didn't disappoint on the dance floor.

Winner's Dinners

Only a week had past before we received our second surprise package...

This time we had been invited to the exclusive Cardiff Life Awards Winner's Evening, hosted at Chapel 1877. This amazing venue, steeped in history, was selected for an intimate get together for the lucky awards recipients.

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Sponsored by Cardiff Airport, the evening was a mix of great food, great company and yes, even more bubbly!

Two thoroughly enjoyable outings to raise our profile and enjoy food even the late, great Michael Winner would have approved of.

See you next year Cardiff Life!

About Cardiff Life

Cardiff Life is a local publication that celebrates the best and brightest in Cardiff and surrounding area. The best bars, restaurants, retailers and charities are given the opportunity to promote their business or cause to a readership of thousands.

The Cardiff Life Awards recognise businesses and organisations in the Welsh capital that are at the very top of their field, chosen by a panel of independent judges.

And more...

Paperclip can now be found on the UK Small Business Directory here.

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